Thursday, April 26, 2012

Dino Day Freebies!

There is something absolutely hilarious to me about this dinosaur.  For the sake of this post, let’s call him Rex.  Seriously, after I uploaded the pictures for this post and saw Rex either mocking me, not following directions or just looking off-task in every picture, I couldn’t help but laugh!  Just your typical first grader in plastic dino form.


So, tomorrow is our last day of dinosaur fun.  Deanna’s unit has been absolutely wonderful and we did some stellar informative writing pieces about triceratops.

Last week, during our study of AU & AW, we also made these little guys and wrote our spelling words on the spikes…



We also started using our Dino Centers, which the kiddos loved! {PS.  My pumpkins did phenomenal – in my opinion and compared only to their previous scores – on their MAP tests this past week…and I *really* think a lot of it had to do with skill practice during centers!!!!}


We also celebrated dinosaurs with a series of Dino Days activities.  I’ve uploaded the companion sheet that goes with each activity HERE for *free*!!!! 

We designed a dinosaur after ourselves using kid-cut construction paper and our school pics…



{I also included an alternative prompt – If I were a dinosaur, I would be a _____ivore!  I thought it would be cute for kids to choose their favorite food and make a dinosaur that only ate it – i.e. a chocolate-ivore!  You can find it in the FREE pack.}

One of their favorite activities was designing a dinosaur, recording its stats, and then creating it out of marshmallows and toothpicks!  So fun!


Omiword, did you know they make chocolate marshmallows?!  I could hardly stomach the smell in my car, but the kids adored them!  I created a little marshmallow buffet and let the kids go to town. 



Our marshmallow museum…



Of course, we had to learn about fossils, too.  We read a book about fossilization, drew pictures to represent the process, and then the kids made their own fossils. 


To make our fossils, we used clay, plastic dinosaurs, and seashells. I bought the clay at Target for under $10, and it is more than enough for a class of 25-30.  {See what I mean about Rex? Not even looking at the camera.}



REX!  Of course, he didn’t hear me say FACE FORWARD! 


See? He even taunts me when he’s supposed to be busy making fossils. 036037


I hope you saw something you liked!  I feel like it’s been so long since I brought something original to the table!  I’m going to chalk it up to my year being the year of the Rex.  Fortunately, the stress of the year is winding down, so I’m feeling a little more adventurous :) 

Also, this makes me absolutely crack up:

PS.  I looooooove this kid!  Yes, he’s painted green today to make him look like The Hulk.  And, yes, I let him go out in public looking like that.  I only argue on school nights, when I must enforce a bath to wash it off. 




Owl Things First said...

WOW! I love the happy and you know it dino! What a great post and such wonderful ideas...Thank you!
Owl Things First

Lauren said...

ah! The cutest ideas! Missed your creativity!

Smoran892 said...

These are so flippin' cute! Thanks for the freebie :) This is on my list of "things I can't wait to do next year"


Camille said...

Thank you so much Abby! I will use your ideas next week!
An Open Door

Sprinkle Teaching Magic (Sheila) said...

Roar! Dino Fun! Great idea for the dino museum love it! Cheers for feeling adventurous and making it through a stressful year and keeping your head held high! What a great mom for letting your little bug go out as Hulk. Those are the special memories that will stick with him!


Sprinkle Teaching Magic

amandapreece said...

I'm using your Dino unit next week and can't wait! As for your sweet boy, I are kids once. I let my 5-year old daughter and her buddy play mermaids in a gigantic mud hole during my oldest's ball game last night...I pick my battles!:) thanks for creating these sweet centers!:)

Reagan Tunstall said...

Rex is H-I-L-A-R-I-O-U-S!
and you are a genius. How many more days?


Tunstall's Teaching Tidbits

Jodi said...

Love the green face! He's so cute. Your dinosaur stuff looks great and I can totally relate to the year of the "Rex."


Edana said...

LOVE your centers...and your little man is a cutie!!! :)

Color Me Kinder

Rachelle said...

SO CUTE!!!!!!!!! Your little one is about the most precious thing EVER!!!! And I'm lovin' your dino activities!!!!

Heather said...

Thanks for sharing such wonderful dinosaur ideas!

Jennifer said...

Thanks so much for the freebies! I love the way you tied dinosaurs into everything from reading, to math, to writing, to science. I will definitely be using these activities!

Delighted in Second

Mrs. Anderson said...

Love all the dinosaur activities, especially the dino museum. I had to laugh outloud when I read the "If you're happy and you know it" button:)

Lisa at Stories From Second said...

Love all these fun activities! My college teaching buddies and I had a running inside joke about T Rex, so I ADORE all the T Rex references!

Miss Trayers said...

Love the marshmallow art (I did not know there were chocolate marshmallows!)-my kids would love that! Thank you for sharing.


Miss J said...

How cute!! I just had a few quick questions:). Are you on Pinterest? Also, could I pin your three main rules idea? Love all of your ideas!!

Miss J

Smiles, Crayons, and Endless Stories

Kristen said...

I so wish I could do the dino unit! If I did, the 2nd grade teachers would have my head! That is a unit for them, though I guarantee not as cute or fun!

Sara said...

Thanks for the freebies! I am in the middle of Deanna Jump's unit and these are a perfect add-on. Love everything!!!

Lauren Morse said...

Thank you, thank you, thank you! I'm planning to tackle dinosaurs on the second to last day of school (wish me luck!). I needed some fun activities that reinforce the state standard about fossils. Your pack will be PERFECT and *free* Can't get better than that!