Friday, June 13, 2014

Dinosaur Unit w/ Free Printables


Dinosaurs are one of Dinomite's most favorite things.  He has spent years reading dinosaur books and encyclopedias.  We have several documentaries as well.  Putting this unit together was not the easiest task, as the material had to be challenging enough for Dinomite, but not too difficult for Bulldozer and Princess.  They have learned from their older brother, but other than those I hear speak on documentaries about dinosaurs, I have never met another who knows as much as Dinomite.  When creating printables and materials I had to be super careful to have my facts straight.  A few examples of this difficult task include: 

1.  The elimination of the Dimetrodon from activities because it's a mammal like reptile, that is actually NOT a dinosaur, and lived before the dinosaur times.
2.  Classifying a Pteranodon as a flying reptile, and NOT a dinosaur, because it's really not a dinosaur.
3.  Including sea monsters or marine reptiles in this unit.  After all, there were many other creatures that lived during the time of the dinosaurs. Dinomite has studied them all.

So, as you dig into the materials presented here, you'll notice this is much more than a dinosaur unit!  A big thanks to Jason for helping create some of the printables.  I couldn't have put this unit together without him.  If you like what you see, don't forget to follow me here on the blog, join us on facebook, Twitter, and/or Pinterest.
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Let's get started!

Language:
Dinosaur Identification
The kiddos will match up the dinosaur figures with dinosaur and fossil cards.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Dinosaur Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Dinosaur Spelling Words
The kiddos will place a marker on the circle under the correct spelling of each word.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Dinosaur Unit Language Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Dinosaur Syllables
This is the ultimate syllable practice and a great way to learn how to say all those difficult dinosaur names.  The kiddos will place markers on the correct syllable number.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Dinosaur Unit Language Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Who Am I?
The kiddos will read the questions on the cards and match them up with the dinosaur picture cards.  Bulldozer won't be able to read them yet, so I'll be reading to him.  We did this together today and they had a blast.  I must say, they know far more about dinosaurs than I do.

Math:
Measuring Dinosaurs
The kiddos will select a card and measure the length of the dinosaur.  Since we are inside, I only included dinosaurs up to 20 feet in length. However, there are cards of dinosaurs that are MUCH bigger included in the printable.  I'm hoping to take the kiddos to a large field and together measure one of the larger dinosaurs.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of the Dinosaur Unit Science & Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Dinosaur Egg Subtraction
The kiddos will subtract using eggs as counters, helping dinosaurs hatch.  Glass beads will be used as markers for the answer on each card.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of the Dinosaur Unit Math Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Science/Culture:
Dinosaur Sorting
I must say this is the largest collection of cards I've created so far, all because of Dinomite's passion and knowledge of dinosaurs (and other prehistoric creatures).  You'll notice some of these cards in previously shown activities.  The kiddos will sort the cards however they'd like.  I've included pronunciations on each card to help people (like me) who know very little about this world.

Source: I created the printable for this activity as part of my Dinosaur Unit Science and Culture Printable Pack 1.  For you free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Dinosaur Dig
The kiddos will search through the sand to find dinosaur skulls/fossils.  They will match the skulls with the dinosaur and fossil cards provided.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Dinosaur Unit Science and Culture Printable Pack 1. For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Sea Monster Identification

I must say, sea monsters fascinate me, once I actually learned what they were.  A dinosaur unit isn't complete without them in Dinomite's mind.  The kiddos will search through the sensory bin looking for sea monsters to match up with picture and fossil cards.  All of the kiddos really enjoyed this activity.  Bulldozer especially enjoyed playing in the sensory bin.

Source:  I created the printable for this activity as part of my Dinosaur Unit Science and Culture Printable Pack 1.  For your free copy, click on the link at the bottom of this post.

Sensorial/Practical Life:
Dinosaur Shape Activity
The kiddos will use the shapes provided to make dinosaurs.  I've provided a picture guide, if needed to help initiate the creative process.

Source: This fabulous activity idea comes from Little Family Fun.  I printed out the picture at the top of the post to use as the guide.

Dinosaur Cutting Activity
The kiddos will practice cutting skills using felt, card stock, scrap book paper, ribbon, etc.

Dinosaur Puzzle
It's been a while since we've had a puzzle on the shelves. Hopefully the kiddos are successful at putting it together.

Dinosaur Invitation to Play
The kiddos are so excited about this invitation to play. Dinomite and Bulldozer played with it for hours yesterday.  Such a great way to put their dinosaur knowledge to great use, as they played out scenes in their heads and even created a habitat for the dinosaurs.

For those interested in the printables, click on the links below:




Next week the kiddos and I will be going on a much needed vacation to an island in the middle of the St. Lawrence River with no internet, computer, or any other media device.  I'm super excited for the time to unwind.  I will be putting together activities for all of the kiddos to do while we're away, but I'm unsure if I'll be able to post before or after our trip.  While I'm gone, Jason will be holding down the fort at home, as he has to work and can't get time off. He will be writing his weekly Special Needs Perspective post, and making sure the Kids Learning Printable Linky Party gets started on time.  Jason will also continue to post ideas on facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, etc.


16 comments:

  1. What awesome activities! I love how you set them up, too :)

    Pinned for later, but sadly, I won't be able to use most of them because we actually do school in Russian (my mother tongue). Regardless, I always love the inspiration I get on your blog and the lovely activities you set up for your kids!

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    1. Happy to share them. Yes, there are more language-based activities in this unit, but I hope you can use some of the math and practical living ideas. Thanks you for commenting.

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    2. Oh definitely will be doing that! My son will ultimately be learning English at school (we live in the Netherlands and everyone has to study English), I can probably still use them to teach him English, but a few years down the line :)

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  2. Wow!!!!!! I LOVE your dinosaur egg subtraction idea!!! They are all great! thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thank you. Hatching eggs is less violent than subtraction by Tyrannosaurus attack :)

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  3. This is beyond amazing, Renae! Thanks so much for sharing both your and Dinomite's extensive knowledge of dinosaurs! I was happy to feature your dinosaur printables as Free Printables of the Day at the Living Montessori Now Facebook page and on Pinterest. Have a wonderful vacation! :)

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    1. Thanks for all the support, Deb. This was a very difficult unit to develop because of Dinomite's vast knowledge of the subject. I'm sure there are some more dino lovers out there on his level who might enjoy these, so thanks again for featuring me!

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  4. This is a very extensive unit! Little Man would enjoy some of the simpler activities. He definitely doesn't have the vast knowledge of dinosaurs that your son has! :) I'm impressed!

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    1. That's okay. There are plenty of activities in the unit that don't require extensive dino knowledge as you can see. Give them a try.

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  5. Such a cool idea! i need to make a Barbie unit :)

    Thank you for linking up with the #pinitparty

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    1. Thanks for sharing and thanks for hosting the pinitparty.

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  6. Awesome! Truly, truly awesome. My little guy is going to be stoked when these activities start showing up on his shelves. Thank you SO much for sharing.

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  7. This is an amazing unit. I can't thank you enough for sharing this resource.

    Thank you for stopping by the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop this week. We hope to see you drop by our neck of the woods next week!

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    1. Thank you! I'm so glad you like it. We're having loads of fun!

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  8. Your units are always top notch. I especially love the dinosaur shape activity in this one! Thanks for sharing at the After School Linky Party!

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