Friday, February 18, 2011

The Dinosaur Plan




Here's the plan for the next two weeks:

Monday

  • Activity - Explore tubs of sand to find "dinosaur bones" (tongue depressors, popsicle sticks, toothpick, etc.) and other artifacts.  Then they may piece them together in a skeleton shape and glue to a piece of construction paper.           
  • Go to the library and check out 1,317 books on dinosaurs.
  • Dinosaur flashcards - print and cut out flashcards.  Talk about the different dinosaurs - their different shapes, sizes, etc.  
  • Tyrannosaurus fact sheet 

Tuesday

  • Activity - 
    Can I Have a Stegosaurus, Mom?  Can I?  Please? by Lois G. Grambling
    *
    Students use their marble-painted egg shapes (from the art center) to complete their response to this story.  They will glue the prompt: "Can I have a _______, Mom?  Please?" on the egg, filling in the name of their favorite dinosaur on the blank.  Then they will glue only the top of the egg to a piece of manilla paper (to create a flap).  Under the egg-flap, students will 
    draw the kind of dinosaur they would like to have.
                               




Wednesday

  • Read - If the Dinosaurs Came Back - by Bernard Most
  • Activity - Make a journal page.  *Discuss what would happen if the dinosaurs really came back...    Would you keep one as a pet?  Would you put him to 
    work?  Would you run away?   Students illustrate/respond to the prompt:
    "If the dinosaurs came back, _____________."
  • Dot-to-dot
  • Carnivores and Herbivores


Thursday

  • Activity - Make a journal page:
    • My favorite's dinosaur's name is ______________.
    • Its name means ______________.
    • My dinosaur lived  on the land or in the water.
    • My dinosaur was  __________ long  and ___________ tall.
    • It weighed __________.
    • It ate _____________.
    • It walked on  2 feet or 4 feet.
    • My dinosaur was special because  ____________________________________.
    • More interesting facts about my dinosaur:
  • Dinosaur maze
  • Funsheets (preschool)


Friday



Monday

  • Activity - Baby Dinosaur Eggs - Use one small dino toy, ballon, old newspaper, flour, water, paint.  Place one small dino toy inside each ballon, blow the ballon up and tie it.  Have the students paper mache the ballon and let it dry.  Then have him paint it.  The "egg" can be cut open when dry and a "baby dinosaur" is inside.
  • Dinosaur Maze - count by 1's (great maze for counting to 100!)
  • Color by Number

Tuesday

  • Activity - Footprint Stegosaurus - Have the student step on a piece of construction paper and trace his foot.  Cut it out and paste it on a different piece of paper.  The foot becomes the Stegosaurus's body.  The heel is the head and the toes become the bumps on the back.  Let the student use a marker to draw a tail.  Have the student cut about 10 triangles and paste them to the back.  Discuss why the stegosaurus had these plates on their back (either for defense or to retain heat).
  • Coloring Page 
  • Funsheets (math preschool)


Wednesday

  • Activity - Dinosaur Math - discover just how big these dinosaurs were.  Place a flag on the playground and start walking.  Measure, using one small step for every foot.  Put a flag at the end to show the measured length.
    • Tyrannosaurus Rex - 45 feet
    • Triceratops - 30 feet
    • Brachiosaurus - 90 feet
    • Apatosaurus - 70 feet
    • Stegosaurus - 20 feet
  • Coloring Page
  • Math worksheet - count the dinosaurs and circle the number


Thursday


Friday

Materials Needed:
  1. Print worksheets
  2. tongue depressors
  3. popsicle sticks
  4. toothpicks
  5. sand
  6. Construction paper, markers, glue, etc.
  7. Laminate lacing cards
  8. Shoelace for lacing
  9. Ballon
  10. Dino toy
  11. Newspaper
  12. Dry pasta
- Keep a 3 ringed notebook with journal pages.

Whoo-hoo!  Our first unit study complete!

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