Meet the Dinosaurs

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Take your class of youngsters on a prehistoric adventure with this four-lesson series on dinosaurs. Accompanying the Meet the Dinosaurs books by Don Lessem, these lessons engage children in writing their own dinosaur books, making timelines, creating fossils, and playing games as they expand their understanding of these ancient creatures and develop their ability to read informational text.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas
  • Include this lesson series in a primary grade life science unit on dinosaurs
  • With children still developing their fluency, read the books in small groups as part of a teacher-led learning center
  • Allow children to work with a partner when creating their dinosaur timelines
Classroom Considerations
  • Lessons require copies of four books from the Meet the Dinosaurs series which may need to be purchased if they are not available in your school or local library
  • Create a dinosaur center in your classroom with books, pictures, and materials that students can explore when they finish lessons early
  • A rubric is included for assessing student's dinosaur books
  • Numerous graphic organizers, worksheets, and other printable materials are included to support the teaching of these lessons
  • A checklist is provided for monitoring children's reading comprehension skills
  • Resource includes an extensive list of additional books and websites relating to dinosaurs
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