Dinos Alive!

By Patricia Peters

Books to Share

Dinosnores by Kelly S. DiPucchio

Edwina: The Dinosaur Who Didn't Know She Was Extinct by Mo Willems

I'm Bad by Kate and Jim McMullan

Life-Size Dinosaurs by David Bergen

When Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise Breach

Books to Show or Booktalk

Buying, Training and Caring for Your Dinosaur by Laura Rennert

Dinosaurs: Encyclopedia Prehistorica by Robert Sabuda

Prehistoric Actual Size by Steve Jenkins

Tadpole Rex by Kurt Cyrus

Bulletin Board

Read to Your Dino

Use the bulletin board paper created for the beach scene. Add pictures of trees and fill the bulletin board with pictures of a variety of dinosaur reading books.

Nametag

Dinosaurs

Make dinosaur nametags using the patterns provided in this program.

Costumes and Props

Welcome the children to the program with a dinosaur puppet, such as the dinosaur egg with a baby dinosaur inside it available from Folkmanis, http://www.folkmanis.com/handpuppet_detail.php?item_no=2061=.

Dance and Movement Songs

Dino Stomp

(Play a recording of the "The Bunny Hop." The children hold their hands like claws and make the following movements. Keep repeating the movements until the music ends.)

Stomp right, rock back, stomp right.

Stomp left, rock back, stomp left.

Brandish claws and growl three times.

Stomp right, stomp left, stomp right.

Fingerplays

Tiny Dinosaurs

(By Patricia Peters)

Dinosaurs tiny, dinosaurs tall (Palms close together one atop the other; move apart to show tall)

Dinosaurs large, and dinosaurs small (Hands wide apart; move close together)

But the dinosaur I would most like to see (Hand above eyes "searching")

Is a dinosaur who will play with me. (Point to self with both thumbs)

Rhymes and Poetry

Dinothesaurus: Prehistoric Poems and Paintings by Douglas Florian

Tyrannosaurus Was a Beast by Jack Prelutsky

Flannel Boards

Ten Terrible Dinosaurs

Make a felt version of each of the dinosaurs from Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Stickland. Place all ten dinosaurs on the flannelboard and remove one dinosaur at a time as you read or tell the story.

A photo of three dinosaurs that have been designed from cut out pieces of dinosaur parts and decorated in bright colors. Each dinosaur is a different shape and colored in different combinations of pink, purple, orange, light green, green and brown.

Crafts

Design-a-Dino
Materials
  • Dinosaur patterns
  • Drawing paper (newsprint, sketch paper or white copier paper)
  • Pencils
  • Markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Construction paper
  • Crayons
Directions

Allow each child to choose a head, a body, and a tail pattern to design their own dinosaur using one of Pattern I, Pattern II, and Pattern III provided at the end of this chapter. Trace the outline of each piece onto drawing paper. Decorate each part and cut out the pieces. Glue the pieces onto construction paper, creating a unique dinosaur, like Professor Potts in Big Old Bones. Use crayons to decorate the background. Alternatively, give each child all three complete patterns. Let them decorate all three, cut them apart, and mix and match.

Games and Activities

Dinosaur Identification Game

Use a website such as Search4Dinosaurs, http://www.search4dinosaurs.com, to download and print images of a variety of dinosaurs. Allow your budding paleontologists to identify each one.

Craft Materials

Design-a-Dino Craft Pattern I

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A full page pattern of a design-a-dino craft pattern 1. It has a large dinosaur with a long neck and a long tail. There are two dashed lines one at the base of the neck and the other at the base of the tail.

 

Design-a-Dino Craft Pattern II

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A full page pattern of a design-a-dino craft pattern 2. It has a large dinosaur with a long neck and a long tail. There are two dashed lines one at the base of the neck and the other at the base of the tail. This dinosaur has horns on its head.

 

Design-a-Dino Craft Pattern III

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A full page pattern of a design-a-dino craft pattern 3. A large dinosaur with long neck and tail. There are two dashed lines one at the base of the neck and the other at the base of the tail. This dinosaur has large spikes from the head to the tail.

 



Texas Reading Club 2011 Programming Manual / Dig Up a Good Book!

Published by the Library Development Division of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

Page last modified: June 14, 2011