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Books About Dinosaurs for Kids

Instructor: Abigail Cook
Who doesn't love learning about dinosaurs? This lesson will give you some fun ideas for teaching children about dinosaurs. Check out these dinosaur books and activities that will get your children excited!

Dinosaur Books and Activities

Learning about dinosaurs is fun and interesting for young children. Illustrated children's books are a perfect way to engage kids and bring dinosaurs to life. Read through this lesson to find some dinosaur books and activities to support what you're learning. Keep in mind, these activities can be adapted to fit large or small groups and children at a variety of ages and abilities. You can also switch activities around and use these ideas for different books.

How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?

''How does a dinosaur say good night?

When papa comes in to turn off the light?

Does a dinosaur slam his tail and pout?

Does he throw his teddy bear all about?''

This book tells the story of dinosaur children who don't want to go to bed. Each page features a different type of dinosaur, with a total of eleven different species. Other books by this author with a similar storyline include How Do Dinosaurs Go to School? and How Do Dinosaurs Play With Their Friends?

Activities

Any or all of the books in this series would work well with the following activities.

  • Have children identify each different species of dinosaur.
  • Highlight the different word families in the story and have children write down the words that rhyme.
  • Have students pick a dinosaur and write a short story about what happened earlier in their day to make them so grumpy at bedtime.
  • Have students choose their favorite species of dinosaur in the book and draw a picture of the dinosaur, including its habitat and what it ate.

My Big Dinosaur Book

''Which dinosaur has a big claw on its toe?

Which dinosaur has two horns on its head?

Which dinosaur has a very long neck?''

This book is filled with realistic looking pictures of a variety of dinosaur species. It also includes questions to ask to help students learn dinosaur facts.

Activities

  • Divide students into two teams. Have one student from each team come up to the front. Ask a question from the book and see which student can pick out the correct dinosaur from the book to answer the question first. Keep score and see who wins!
  • Allow students to trace a dinosaur from the book and draw a scene to show what it might be doing if it existed today.
  • Use the book to help students identify similarities and differences between dinosaurs. They could use the pictures and point out physical characteristics, or apply other facts they've previously learned about a dinosaur's habitat, life span, eating habits, or life cycle.

Digging Up Dinosaurs

This book explains how dinosaurs used to rule the Earth and then suddenly became extinct. It details the process of finding fossils, digging them out, and putting them back together so we can see what different dinosaurs looked like.

Activities

Let your students have some hands-on learning experiences with these activities.

  • After discussing the book and how dinosaur bones can be dug out of the ground, place a variety of small plastic dinosaurs in bins filled with dirt. Let students dig them up and collect as many dinosaurs as they can. You might have them count how many they found, put them into groups, or have them practice identifying the dinosaurs.
  • Have students make their own dinosaur fossils using a salt dough. Find a recipe and make salt dough out of flour, salt, and warm water. Let students roll out a piece of dough, and stamp a plastic dinosaur to imprint a dinosaur shape. Let the dough dry, and allow students to paint their fossil.

Boy Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs!

This book talks about many beliefs scientists once had about dinosaurs that have been proven wrong. Since dinosaur bones were discovered, they've been wrong about how dinosaurs walked, what type of bones they've found, and how dinosaurs protected their eggs. This book teaches children that new scientific evidence can change our theories and beliefs.

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