April 9, 2015
by Jeanelle Tignor
Lesson Plan:

We Write About Dinosaurs

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After this lesson students will understand more about the way a book is written, illustrated, and published.

(5 minutes)

Prior to beginning this project, read several books about dinosaurs as a class. Look at the cover of each book, and use picture clues to help kids decide if the books are factual or make-believe.

  1. Tell the students they are going to help you write a make-believe book about a dinosaur using the poem This Little Piggy.
  2. Have students say This Litle Piggy with you.
  3. Explain that the class is going to write a poem about This Little Dinosaur and make it into a book.
(5 minutes)
  • Remind students that the book you're creating is a make-believe story, so their answers can be a little crazy.
  • Give examples of alternate word endings. For instance, "this little piggy went to market." Challenge your class to fill in the blank for "this little dinosaur went to ___." See what words your students think of.
  • Offer suggestions to help get the thoughts flowing. Great questions include: where do you think a dinosaur might go? What would he eat? What would he do all the way home? If it is a new concept for them, it will take a few tries to get them headed in the right direction.
(10 minutes)
  • Have the class decide on a new story ending for each line.
  • Write the title on a piece of construction page to make a cover page.
  • Make a page for each of the five little dinosaurs, and write the storyline on each page.
  • Glue a different dinosaur (printed and cut out beforehand) on each page.
  • Have students work in groups or individually, depending on your numbers, to illustrate the cover page and the five other pages.
  • Staple the book together and let the children take turns “reading” the story.
(10 minutes)
  • Pass out the individual books and art supplies to students.
  • Ask students to imagine what the dinosaur is doing on each page. Have them illustrate each dinosaur.
  • If students get stuck, offer them suggestions, but strive to have the class work independently.
  • Enrichment: Advanced students could each write and illustrate their own books.
  • Support: Students who are not as advanced could color simple dinosaur coloring pages, or tear pictures from a magazine.
(5 minutes)
  • Review vocabulary terms.
  • Ask children to tell you how they know if a book is make-believe or real.
  • Make sure they understand that book illustrations tell a picture story.
(5 minutes)
  • Recap by reading the class story to your students.
  • Pause and allow them to fill in the words they want to incorporate into the story.
  • Let the students take turns "reading" the book to the class.
  • Ask questions about dinosaurs, based on what you have taught your class.

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