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After this dinosaur lesson, students will be able to compare and contrast ten different types





Title – Dinosaurs
By – Marcella Ludena
Primary Subject – Science
Grade Level – K

Focus: Students will explore prehistoric times to expand their knowledge of dinosaurs.

Student Objectives:

  • Students will compare dinosaurs based on their appearance (size, weight, shape, etc.), whether they were meat eaters or plant eaters and what period they lived in.
  • Students will be able to identify at least ten dinosaurs.

Materials Digging up Dinosaurs

      by Aliki


      by Gail Gibbons

The Search for Dinosaurs

    by Dougal Dixon

Discussion Questions

      Which dinosaur would you like to learn more about?

      Which dinosaur would have the greatest chance of survival if it were alive today?

      Which is the most interesting idea you learned about dinosaurs from this book?

    What were dinosaurs like? How were they alike? How were they different?

Instructional Plan

      1. Have students read the book


      by Gail Gibbons. After reading the book, students will be able to identify at least ten different dinosaurs and name them. What did they find to be the most interesting dinosaur and why? What was the most interesting idea you learned about dinosaurs from this book? What dinosaur features are evident in some animals you see today?
      2. Students will identify the differences between plant-eating dinosaurs and meat-eating dinosaurs.
      3. I will tell students that after reading the book they should select one dinosaur and, using an encyclopedia, do additional research on that particular dinosaur. I will ask they to write a brief report on their findings and share it with the class.
      4. Students will create a dinosaur book with any information learned or collected such as name, nickname, characteristics (big, small), whether they ate plants or meat, lived on land, flew or lived in the water, walked on two or four legs, etc.
    5. Students will complete a worksheet on different dinosaurs and list the characteristics.


      There is at least one dinosaur name for each letter of the alphabet. Assign one letter to each student and tell them to find a dinosaur whose name begins with that letter. Have them draw the dinosaur and write a one-page summary describing it. The summary should include the pronunciation of the dinosaur’s name, its size, where it lived, what it ate, etc. To conclude this unit, compile reports into an

ABC book of Dinosaurs



      I will use a rubric to assess student’s accomplishments.

      Were the students able to identify the different types of dinosaurs?

      Were the students able to distinguish the dinosaurs by their appearance?

    Can the students distinguish between the meat eaters, plant eaters and tell what period they lived in?


      S4a. Demonstrates understanding of big ideas and unifying concepts.

      S4e. Demonstrates understanding of impact of science.

      S5c. Uses evidence from reliable sources to develop descriptions, explanations, and models.

    S5f. Works individually and teams to collect and share information and ideas.

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