Preschool and Kindergarten Printables
The video to the left demonstrates how to use the interactive readers for preschool and kindergarten reading. These provide an engaging reading experience for young learners. Many similar readers found on the member site make use of this interactive component within the different theme units. The video also demonstrates how games can be created for alphabet recognition. These are great to use as an alternative to worksheets.
Printable Emergent Reader 1
The emergent reader "Different Dinosaurs" can be made into a big book with the enlarged pictures found in the Dinosaur Theme unit or made into a predictable chart. The teacher would model the reading process using the emergent reader. Sample page found in the link below:
The children would draw or cut and paste a dinosaur on the repetitive lines that say "Different dinosaurs, what do we know?"
New - Shorter, More Predictable and No Interactive Component Version
Sample of More Predictable Version
Focus Sight Words: some, were and on
Printable Emergent Reader 2 - Rap Song
The emergent reader "The Dinosaur Quiz" would be displayed for all the children to view the print. The teacher would model the reading process in a shared reading experience. After, this could be made into a rap song where one group of children sing the questions and the other group answers them.
New - Shorter, More Predictable and No Interactive Component Version
Sample Version of More Predictable Version
Focus Sight Words: here, is, a, like and about
The "Alphabet Review Game" is also available to use on the Smart Board. View the video to preview how the game is played. The download of the game is available to members.
New Don't Crack the Dinossaur Egg Alphabet Sound Recognition Game - Great Fine-Motor Activity!
Trace the head template on to colored construction paper and cut. Copy the oval shaped mouth on to paper or cardstock. Have the students cut and squeeze the small marshmallows to make them sharp for teeth and glue them to the circles found in the mouth. Fold the paper in half to form a mouth. Glue the mouth to the dinosaur head.
Stuffed Stegosaurus Craft
2. Make 2 photocopies of the stegosaurus template found in the theme unit. 2. Children paint the dinosaur. Ensure both sides match if you are painting both sides. 3. Glue the dinosaur together leaving a hole on the bottom to stuff tissue. 4. Stuff tissue in the bottom hole. 5. Glue the bottom hole together
Paint the template 2. Cut the dinosaur 3. Glue on a coffee filter on the back of the dimetrodon for the sail.
3D Triceratops Craft - Using Marshmallows for the Horns
1. Paint body and head templates of the triceratops template. 2. After drying, the children cut the head and body. They assemble triceratops using a coffee filter as the frill (shown in the photograph on the right) and small marshmallows for form the horns. Craft template found under the heading Craft Templates on the Members' Site. After, they can write about triceratops using the shape template.
These colorful dinosaurs can add a flair to your Dinosaur Craft Center. The templates to complete these crafts are found in the theme unit or on the member site.
Trace the shapes on the desired color of construction paper. Each dinosaur has a mouth flap that opens.
In this theme I also do a guided drawing and measurement activity. After the students have completed drawing and painting their dinosaur, they do a follow-up literacy and math activity. They guess how many snap cubes tall or long their dinosaur is and write this on the template provided within the theme unit. This is displayed on the bulletin board beside their guided drawing activity.
Diplodocus Textured Coloring
1. Lay the diplodocus template on top of sandpaper. Have the children use the side of a wax crayon to color this dinosaur (crayon paper removed).
2. Cut out the textured dinosaur. This would be added to the dinosaur bulletin board display.
Preschool and Kindergarten Activities - Tyrannosaurus Rex Sponge-Painting
1. Children sponge-paint tyrannosaurus two different colors (light colors work the best).
2. After drying, cut out the dinosaur and add it to the bulletin board display.
Making Dinosaur Tracers
Using plastic or foam sheets make great dinosaur tracers. Draw an outline of the dinosaurs on the sheets. The templates found in the theme unit were intentionally made to be simple for cutting but also for using as tracers. The outline would be cut from the middle of the sheet. Using plastic or foam sheets allows the tracers to be cleaned and used year after year.
Using the tracers outlined above, the children paint over the top of the tracer making a silhouette of the dinosaur as shown in the photograph.
Dinosaur Treat Bag for Collecting Dinosaur Eggs
Have children make a dinosaur egg collecting bag. Hide jellybeans (wrapped in plastic wrap) around the classroom. The children go on a hunt to find them. They must count them before eating their find.
Math Center - Stegosaurus Shape Dinosaur
1. The children would color or paint the stegosaurus template.
2. Reproduce the shapes on a different color of paper. The shapes could be cut in advance (depending on your age group) or the children could cut them.
3. The children add the shapes where indicated on the dinosaur.
Crack the Dinosaur Egg Game - Decomposing Numbers
I painted lima beans on one side and left the other side white. Different amounts of beans were placed in plastic Easter eggs. The students spill the eggs (beans) and can print the amount, make an addition sentence or subtraction sentence similar to what is displayed in the photograph. The templates to play this game is found in the Math Program.
Measuring Length and Height Math Station
Students can use real dinosaur figurines to measure the height or length of a dinosaur. They would estimate how many snap cubes long to tall the dinosaur is. After, they would measure the dinosaur to see how close their estimation was. In the Dinosaur theme unit you will find pictures that can be used to instead, as displayed in the photograph.
Numeral Ten Frame Identification and Printing
This is one of the math stations used within this theme. The students need continual review of correct numeral identification and formation. The templates displayed in the photograph are included within the theme unit. Numeral printing sheets include ten frames 1-10 and 1-20 (this will vary depending on your math outcomes). According to the "Common Core Standards" the students are required to identify and print numerals 1-20. The students draw a ten frame card and print the numeral on the dotted printing sheet provided (can be place in plastic cover so they can be reused). The students will continue to draw the cards until they have printed all the numerals.
Preschool-Kindergarten Math Program
If you are a member, you can follow the Math Focus program that has been specifically developed for meeting the curriculum instead of the above math
In the theme unit you will find a shape writing book as displayed in the photograph. There is a title page and a lined page. The complexity of the book would vary according to the age group you teach. The simple version, the children cut the dinosaur picture with the word on it and paste it on the shape book. After, they would cut the name that matches on the picture and glue it along side the picture. . In this unit I focus on specific sight words and the use of description (big, large, fast, meat eating, fierce, spiky, etc.). These words are generated from reading informational books about dinosaurs.
Word Family Activity
Print the focus word family on half the dinosaur. Print different initial consonants on the other half of the dinosaur (like a puzzle). Discuss what word is made when you change the puzzle.
Connect the Alphabet Dots Dinosaur Picture