Dinosaurs Before Dark

I am so excited! Today, I began writing a unit on the book Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. Osborne’s Magic Tree House series is my favorite book series for kiddos, which means that I am more than excited to be writing this unit. I probably won’t get to teach it in my student teaching experience, but I will definitely keep it and use it someday. I will also post it once it is finished, but for now, I’ll just give a little background information about it! 

It’s a 5-day literacy unit for 2nd grade. I haven’t thought of an introductory or culminating activity just yet, but I’m trying to come up with something super fun! 🙂 I also haven’t finished finding all of the lovely common core standards that I’ll use. So far I have CC.1.5.2.B, CC.1.2.2.F, and CC.1.2.2.K. I got these from http://pdesas.org/Standard/Views.

Lesson 1 is a vocabulary lesson on chapter 2 of the book. In the lesson I use an anchor chart on which the kiddos write the word, draw a picture of the word, and come up with a sentence using the word. I found this idea at http://www.pinterest.com/pin/557390891351196792/

Lesson 2 is a comprehension lesson on chapters 3 and 4. I have the kiddos complete a KWL chart and draw a picture of a dinosaur using characteristics given in the chapters. This is a KWL chart: http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/pdf/kwl.pdf. (This website has a bunch of free printable graphic organizers and such!)

Those are the only lessons I have completed so far. Lesson 3 will be another comprehension lesson using visual aids, artifacts, and graphic organizers. Lesson 4 will be a reader response activity using drama, art, or music. Lesson 5 will be a reading-writing connection activity.

There you have it! I will post updates as I go. 🙂

-Miss E 🙂