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Doing Differentiated Dinosaurs Up Big With a Freebie!

It’s one of my favorite times of the year . . . Dinosaur Days have arrived in my classroom.  Kindergarteners just have a natural curiosityand love for dinosaurs which makes studying them so much fun.
This isn’t my first dino rodeo.  I’ve been sporting a dino theme each year since I’ve been in kindergarten and before.  As a result, I’ve collected a few (just a couple) of dinosaur books along the way.  I just can’t help myself.  I can’t say no to a dinosaur themed book, and I have as many non-fiction and fiction.  And my friends  . . . eat them UP.
While I’m only giving you a taste of some of our dinosaur activities this week here, you can check out some of my  earlier dinosaur themed posts by clicking HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE and HERE. (I told you I liked dinosaurs!)  You may even find a couple of extra freebies there.
We  get a little dino-crazy with our math stations, too.  (This mixed addition bump game is from my Diggin Dinosaur Math Stations Galore.)
(It’s a HUGE packet!)
And, of course, we write the room dino-math style.

In fact, I’m finding it’s harder and harder to find enough spots  to post write the room cards, because this year’s class loves to be on the move.  They were so happy that I had write the room for time, it was like Christmas during math stations this week.  (I think I need to make some more . . .)

It’s fun to see how excited they are about time and money during this part of the year.  They actually ‘get it.’  
We also try and learn as much as we can about the different kinds of dinosaurs and their features.   I actually whipped up this little dinosaur book that we use to record the information we learn.
It’s free if you’d like it.  Just click on the picture below.
Each day we feature a new dinosaur.  We talk about their eating habits, where they lived, what special features they had . . .
 . . . and of course, we figure out just how big they were.  We use a tape measure for part of this and then we lie end to end to see what that means in non-standard measurement using kids.
So if you’d like a copy for your own class, I’m delighted to share.  Just grab it.
We’re digging out dinos in our science table too.  I made these plaster of paris rocks that have a hidden dinosaur inside.  You can’t even imagine the concentration they have on their faces trying to ‘find’ their dinosaur.  (The ‘how to’ for this is in an earlier post, but if you click on the picture below, it will take you to it.)
We were even able to pound out a dino craft.  This one from my friend Tara from Little Minds at Work.  Aren’t the they the cutest? If you click on the picture, it will take you right to the how – tos for this craft.  
Here’s hoping you have a dino-mite week end of the school year.

Marsha Moffit McGuire

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