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Duckling Doings: DINOSAURS!!

October 12, 2011

Last week we did D for Dinosaurs – ROOOAAAAARRRRRR!!! The kids had a great time learning about D! Here’s what we did:

Literature – We have a LOT of dinosaur books in the classroom! First we read Visiting the Dinosaurs by Aliki and learned about fossils, paleontologists, and different kinds of dinosaurs. This book is great because it kept their interest, and it had a lot of educational information. We also read Mrs. Toggle and the Dinosaur by Robin Pulver. Mrs. Toggle is getting a new student, a dinosaur! Actually, the student’s name is Dina Sawyer… But we also got a new student last week, so this book was perfect! For our poem, I looked to William Wise’s Dinosaurs Forever, a book of dino poems.

Stomp! Stomp! Stomp!

The dinosaurs are walking.

Roar! Roar! Roar!

The dinosaurs are talking.

Munch! Munch! Munch!

The dinosaurs are eating.

Burp! Burp! Burp!

Their stomachs are over heating!

Art – We made fossils! Using modeling clay we rolled out a pizza and pressed small plastic dinosaurs in to make an impression. Simple and cute! We also sponge painted a T-rex. The kids love to paint! We had some rollers in our paint drawer with different textures, which I thought would make cute dinosaurs. The kids rolled over and over so you couldn’t really see the texture… but they had fun!

Science – Of course we talked all about different dinosaurs. We learned about herbivores and carnivores. We ran out of time, but I wanted to do a dinosaur dig. To do this in your class, fill a tub with play sand and bury some small plastic dinosaurs. Then have the kids, one at a time, carefully dig through the sand with a plastic spoon to find the dinosaurs.

Games – We also played Dino, Dino, Where’s Your Bone? Same as Doggie, Doggie, Where’s Your Bone? Another game we didn’t get a chance to play was the Dino Stomp. Make a few large dinosaur foot prints  in a few different colors and stick them on the floor with contact paper, or some other removable adhesive. Then play music and let the kids dance and move around the room. Periodically stop the music and call out a color. Depending on how big you make the dinosaur foot prints, the kids should either stand on, or put one foot on the print of the named color. Repeat.

Fun Fact – The Brontosaurus is no more… Or rather, it never existed in the first place. Instead, we have the Brachiosaurus, the Apatosaurus, the Camarasaurus, and the Diplodocus which are each different dinosaurs with many similar characteristics. Apparently, some “scientist” in the late 1800s wanted to discover a new dinosaur, so he took the body of one dinosaur and the head of another and, like Frankenstein,  created the brontosaurus. Frankly, I’m not surprised. Science has let me down before – remember Pluto, the so-called planet?

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Uncle Tom permalink
    October 12, 2011 8:23 pm

    You mean we can’t order a brontosaurus burger in the town of Bedrock anymore? What’s this world coming to? And Pluto was always a dog, anyhow.
    Uncle Tom

    • Rose permalink
      October 14, 2011 1:34 pm

      Love it Tom – too funny……I remember at Diseny that people often questioned – “what is Pluto”

      • Rose permalink
        October 14, 2011 1:36 pm

        I meant Disney!

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