Dinosaurs!

The Plan

Books

dinosaurs

Dini Dinosaur by Karen Beamont
Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein
Dinosaur Vs. School by Bob Shea
Here Comes Destructosaurus by Jeremy Tankard
Shape By Shape by Suse MacDonald

Extension Activities

Flannelboard: “Ten Little Dinos”

Action Rhyme: “Dinosaur, Dinosaur”
Dinosaur, dinosaur, turn around
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch the ground
Dinosaur, dinosaur, reach up high
Dinosaur, dinosaur, wink one eye
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your nose
Dinosaur, dinosaur, touch your toes
Dinosaur, dinosaur, slap your knees
Dinosaur, dinosaur, sit down please
Credit: Childhood/Modified “Teddy Bear, Teddy Bear”

Action Rhyme: “Dinosaurs”
Spread your arms, way out wide
Fly like Pteranodon, soar and glide
Bend to the floor, head down low
Move like Stegosaurus, long ago
Reach up tall, try to be
As tall as Apatosaurus eating on a tree
Using your claws, grumble and growl
Just like Tyrannosaurus on the prowl
Credit: Nancy Klein on The Childrens Museum of New Hampshire’s website

How It Went

Site Information
At this location, I do two classrooms. One is a two-year-old classroom and the other is a combined three-year-olds to six-year-olds classroom (basically three classrooms pile into one classroom). I was always directed to the two-year-old room first.

Two-Year-Olds
This storytime should have been an absolutely perfect fit for this age group. Instead, the teachers asked if I would do this storytime outside since it was a gorgeous day. I agreed, provided I had an area. The only area that was fenced in was the playground equipment. You can bet what the toddlers wanted to do instead of listening to Miss Katie. So, I did a very quick storytime where we only read two books “Dini Dinosaur” and “Dino Shapes” and called it a win!

Three-Year-Olds — Six-Year-Olds
This group did much better with everything because a) they’re older and b) we were inside. They had a great time roaring with Bob Shea’s Dinosaur and smashing things with Destructosaurus. I had a great time pretending to be dinosaurs with them. I did wind up using “Shape by Shape” with them, but I should have saved it for just the two-year-olds. I was met with a chorus of “IT’S A DINOSAUR” from the very beginning of opening the book.

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