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One thing I learned while homeschooling is to take what my kids are interested in and run with it! Early on they showed interest in Dinosaurs so I made a whole 4-week dinosaur unit study for them. I put everything together and below I share what we did so you can recreate it yourself!
4 Week Preschool Dinosaur Unit Study
Please note you may have seen this post before!! I this used to be 4 separate posts (1 each week) I just combined them to make it easier on you!
My kids recently caught the Blues Clues Dino episode and had been playing make-believe dinosaurs for the past few days. This inspired me to do a whole lesson plan for both my then PreK kid (then age 4 and my preschooler (age 3). I combined them together for this lesson.
We turned this into a 4-week course as we mixed in Math workbooks, and for my 4-year-old Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons, along with some PreK workbooks. We have a field trip planned for each Saturday of this unit as well.4 Week Dino Unit Study with Books, Movies, Printables, activities, and more! #Homeschooling #UnitStudy
Week 1 Dinosaur Unit Study
Week One we eased into the study and the start of school this year. Make sure you follow our Preschool Pinterest Board.
We started the unit off the weekend before by having the kids watch some Dino Train from PBS Kids. This show is great because being on PBS it is very educational. They give the real name of the dinosaurs and they have a paleontologist that talks about different dino-related topics.
Monday started off by reading Go Diego Go – The Great Dinosaur Rescue. I chose this book because they love the Diego show and I figured a great way to kick it off was with a character they knew.
We also watched the movie Dinosaur Train Pteranodon Family Adventures from Netflix on and off threw out the week.
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To prepare for the upcoming field trip we did a Dino Egg Hatch using Hatch'em (Growing Pet Dinosaur). Parents are warned this is more work for you then the kids. It takes some serious scrapping. I would scrap then let them ‘dust' while I did the 2nd egg. All in all the kids loved it. My son got a stegosaurus and my daughter got a triceratops. You will need to clean the toys well before letting them play with them.
We also made our own Kool-Aid Play Dough. We had the kids make Dinosaurs from the playdough and let my 3 year old go to town as it's a big help for her fine motor skills.
We also mixed in the Dinosaur Handwriting Without Tears Set from Homeschool Share. My 4-year-old traced the words and colored than on the back drew his own version of that dinosaur. My 3-year-old just colored the pages and studied the types of dinosaurs.
For our field Trip that week I had found real-life dinosaur dig about an hour from the house where the kids could look for real dinosaur Fossils! The Dinosaur Park is open to the public 2 days a month (the first and 3rd Saturday of each month. I Found out about this dig from Bowie Living! Below is a picture of the fossils that have been found at the park to date!
Week 2 Dinosaur Unit Study
We continued Week 2 with watching Dino Train from PBS Kids.
We also started reading books from the How Do Dinosaurs book series. Lots of great lessons we were able to have discussions about as well.
Week 2 we started reading What Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? By Ken Ham.
We also read The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs. As a bonus this got my kids addicted to the Magic School Bus show!
We started this Dinosaur Lapbook to go with the What Really Happened to Dinosaurs book. This is a bible based creation lesson.
We did the World Map book and also taped the Dinosaurs to our Classroom map. (this activity is in the above lap book)
We have also have been doing one activity a day from The Magic School Bus: Back in Time with the Dinosaurs Science Kit.
Our Field Trip was to the Smithsonian Museum of Natural History. At the time we lived so close to DC we had to take advantage of it!
Week 3 Dinosaur Unit Study
We continued Week 3 with watching more Dino Train from PBS Kids.
Since my kids had a love for T-rex the week before we read Tyrannosaurus Rex & Barnum Brown. We also continued talking about how Scientist digs up dinosaurs and read books on the subject including Dig Those Dinosaurs, Digging Up Dinosaurs (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2) and Bones, Bones, Dinosaur Bones.
We also read The Magic School Bus in the Time of the Dinosaurs and continued activities from The Magic School Bus: Back in Time with the Dinosaurs.
We then did a dino dig of our own. I used Safari Ltd Dinosaur Skulls TOOB® buried them in a small tote of sand and let the kids dig them up they then had to identify them (using a card).
We then set up the Grow Your Own Dinosaurs Party Accessory activity.
Week 4 Dinosaur Unit Study
We finished up our Dino unit with week 4. We continued Watching Dino Train from PBS Kids. I also want to not my kids watched this for weeks after we finished this unit study too!
We finished the activities in The Magic School Bus: Back in Time with the Dinosaurs.
For the last day, we did a Design Your Own Dinosaur Sticker Scene much like that one.