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Transcript of Dinosaurs
Play with the letter "d" for Dinosaur
DIY Dinosaur Puzzle
Dinosaur DIY puzzle is a great activity
for Kindergarten aged children. Children
can apply this knowledge of how to make a puzzle
to any other drawing they may do.
What you will need:
- one scavenger hunt checklist (per child)
- one dry erase marker (per child)
- plastic dinosaurs, one of each type listed
-Chalk for drawing dinosaur prints or
dinosaur prints cut out of card stock.
- Draw and Colour a Dinosaur
If outdoors, you can draw different dinosaurs
prints with chalk on the pavement. If indoors you can tape dino prints onto floor. Dinosaurs are to be hidden around the playground or classroom.
Children are gathered and given instructions.
Each child is given a laminated scavenger hunt form and dry erase maker.
Children are asked to follow the prints to find different dinosaurs. When they find the right one they are to check it off their list. They are asked not to move the dinosaurs but to leave them for the next child
to find. Once they are finished they can ask a friend if they need help with their dinosaur hunt.
Read an artifact (storybook) and include props. Props may include stick puppets, flannel board with velcro pictures or realistic props. Using props to tell a story will help capture children's attention and allow them to discover the joy of reading. Whaley (2002) states, "story enactments in preschool and kindergarten classrooms create curiosity about literature" (p.2).
Dad's Dinosaur Day by Betsy Hearne
How do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? By Jane Yolen
Dinosaur Bones by Bob Barner
Dinosaur Roar! By Paul and Henrietta Strickland
Snore, Dinosaur, Snore! by John Bendall- Brunello
Songs and Finger play
Benefits of this activity
Children are physically active while learning. The classroom
has been moved outdoors with all the benefits of fresh air and space.
Children are learning how to use a checklist, how to identify a dinosaur based on the picture, learning about the dinosaur and its prints. Pretending to be on a dinosaur hunt, using their imagination.
Language development - children are learning the names for different dinosaurs. Advanced readers will be able to try to read the names while others can be shown the first letter and the sound it makes.
Children are given their own sheets and sent out to search.
Conversations and discussions about the activity will likely occur around the schoolyard or classroom as the children go about
finding their dinosaurs. Children who have finished the activity
first can ask their classmates if they want help.
Paste on the head
feet and tail of your dinosaur.
Play with Alphabet "d"
Children will draw an
alphabet d in lower case and then draw dinosaur head, feet and tail.
In this activity, children will first draw and colour a dinosaur of their choice. After that they will either make horizontal and vertical straight lines using ruler or draw free hand shapes like a puzzle piece. The next step will be to cut the lines on the picture. The size and number of the pieces can be altered to small and big size depending upon the age of the children After this, children can mix and match these pieces together and join them like a puzzle. Once done playing with their own puzzle they can exchange and have fun playing with other children's puzzles. A teacher can keep these puzzles in a zip lock bag and take them out to play on different occasions.
Students will develop problem solving skills, fine motor skills as well as develop hand eye coordination.
What you will need:
Activity can be set up during regular playtime. Teacher can be outside near the sandbox asking if the children would like to be junior paleontologists as they approach. Each child given a sticker, fact sheet, tools, notebook and pencil.
Physical: Children practice fine motor skills using tools to dig for and brush away sand from dinosaur bones. They will also have an opportunity to practice writing and holding a pencil with their paleontologist notepad.
Cognitive: Children learn about dinosaurs and paleontologists. They are encouraged to use paper and notebook for literacy. Even if child cannot write they can trace the bones they find or draw them.
Children can guess which dinosaur bones they have found by comparing them to pictures and names of dinosaurs on laminated dinosaur fact sheets provided. They can use this to copy into their notebooks if they wish.
Social/Emotional: As the children join in there will
most likely be conversations and
imaginative play taking place.
by Aleya, Nicole, Lucy, Manju
The aim of these activities is to expose children to the letter "d", identify what the letter "d" looks like and what sound it makes. It is to provide an opportunity to talk about the letter, make connections with spoken language and real life experiences. Learning the letter sound first and then the letter name are important for reading and writing development. Letter recognition and connect with craft dinosaur.
Oral language development - hearing the sound and saying it out loud.
Development of fine motor skills using scissors, pencils, crayons.
Eye & hand coordination - watching and doing and coordination these actions.
Sensory-Development of the sense of touch.
Feeling and manipulating objects.
Learning alphabet letter name and letter sounds.
Identify and recognize colors
Junior Paleontologist sticker badges
Outdoor or indoor sandbox filled with dinosaur bones, fossils and rocks.
Brushes, scoops, sifters
small notebooks labeled "
" and pencil
Dinosaur Themed Circle Time
Start the theme by hanging a large piece of paper on the wall or using a flip chart at circle time. Ask the children questions about what they know about dinosaurs and write their responses on the chart. When they are done answering offer a few basic facts that they have not already told you about dinosaurs.
For our group activity we have
chosen to have a Dinosaur Scavenger Hunt. This activity can be done outdoors preferably or indoors if necessary.
We can help children develop a love for books and learning by making these early literacy experiences fun and exciting. These are some suggestions.
Once you are done reading the story you can end the circle
time by singing a dinosaur song or finger play. For example:
Tyrannosaurus Rex (sung to Mary had a little lamb.)
Dinosaurs walked on this earth, on this earth, on this earth.
Dinosaurs walked on this earth... a very long time ago.
Add more facts about what you have discussed as a group on the chart.
Benefits of Storytelling
Supports language and literacy learning
Teaches children new grammar and vocabulary
Children learn sequencing of events through storytelling
Encourages children to be creative and use their imagination
Enhances Children's reading and writing skills
Isbell, Rebecca T. (2012).
Telling and retelling stories: Learning language and literacy.
Retrieved from http://www.naeyc.org/yc/files/yc/file/200203/Isbell_article_March_2002.pdf
- Cut the picture
- mix and make a puzzle
retrieved from: http://viking.coe.uh.edu/~cewolgamott/hiring_portfolio dinosaur_unit.html
Retreived from: http://pinterest.com/pin/16114511140187995/
What you will need:
Cardstock Paper, Crayons
or Markers, Glue, Scissors
In this activity children will learn what a dinosaur scientist is called as well as have the opportunity to become one.