learning with dinosaurs

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Yesterday and today we worked on making dinosaur snouts.  We learned Wednesday that dinosaurs had scales on their skin and so we used starch to glue our “scales” (read:  colored tissue paper squares) onto our snouts.  We used white paper cups to make our snout.  The opening of the cup is large enough to fit over the children’s nose and mouth.  We cut out the botton of each cup then on each side we cut a triangle shape out so it essentially looks like an open mouth.  The children were super excited when I said I’d punch a hole on each side and use yarn to tie them around each child’s head so that they could wear them to pretend to be dinosaurs!  They actually squealed with joy!  So we might be pretending to be dinosaurs either tomorrow or Monday!  Good times.

I’m also planning on using a die cut of a Stegosaurus I have at work to make counting mats to use with my dinosaur counters.  I’ll write a number between 1 and 20 on each dinosaur then let the children pick one and count out that many manipulative’s.  Some of my children are still having a hard time recognizing numbers while others have a hard time with the concept that they should only pick up one dinosaur counter for each number when they count.  So, this will be a good way to work on that.  They can also sort and/or pattern the counters if the choose.

So we continue to have fun while learning with dinosaurs!

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About deepbluetide

I am a pre-kindergarten teacher at a private christian school. I work mornings with 4 year olds (most of whom enter my class in July still being 3 - they're babies!) and then in the afternoon work "daycare" - which is basically my own class combined with 5 year old children. One things for sure - it's never dull! I had no idea growing up I would be teaching pre-k today! It took me totally off guard - but in the end I wouldn't change a thing! I have worked with children whose age range is 6 weeks through 12 years. In the end I have decided that my current age group is my favorite! And in case you were wondering - all names mentioned are changed to protect the identities of those involved. Enjoy!

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  1. Have you ever heard of the song “We are the Dinosaurs” by Laurie Berkner. It’s on youtube! If you haven’t you have to check it out. It is a favorite with my students.

  2. A couple of years ago we did a summer theme about dinosaurs. My dramatic center turned into a digging site. I used a piece of outdoor green rug for “grass”, I cut the side of a very large box into the body of a ‘3 horn’ dino then cut legs so it could stand up and spray painted it for our very own dino. We wrapped our kitchen in brown paper added some sponge painting to make it look like large boulders added a small swimming pool w/ blocks of this mixture : mix 2 parts sand 1 part plaster and 1 part water together. Adding small dinosaurs before it dried. Gave the children plastic hammers and large paint brushes. A few cook hats and they were off to their own dinosaur dig. They loved it. I have pictures if you’d like to see.

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