Dinosaurs Before Dark

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Young readers travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in this literature unit based on the story Dinosaurs Before Dark. Intended for use with upper-elementary special education students, this resource provides reading comprehension, vocabulary, and extension activities for each chapter of the book, creating a throughly engaging reading experience.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Include this unit in a reading of other Magic Tree House books, comparing and contrasting the different periods of history
  • Perform the activities for each lesson as a series of small group learning centers
  • When reading the book as a class, use different strategies like shared reading, partner reading, and popcorn reading to keep children engaged
Classroom Considerations
  • Though intended for upper-elementary special education students, this lesson can be taught in the primary grades as well
  • Offers a daily routine to follow when performing each lesson in the series
  • Provides multi-sensory activities that meet the needs of special education learners
  • Includes a song to sing with the class at the beginning of each lesson
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