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and Recommended Lesson Plan:
unit is based on The Checklist and has been designed to
be completed in three
covering two, 1 - 3 hour lessons per week. This is a very
short introduction to the subject. For a more detailed
study, customize the unit to the length you desire by
choosing how much material you cover and how long you
take to cover it.
More than enough materials is suggested so that you can
pick and choose what will work for your family.
science-based unit should include a study
of the majors concepts related to the topic, a biographical
examination of major scientists or inventors related to the
topic, and an understanding of specific terminology related
to the topic. Include a timeline study of events and map study,
if appropriate. Follow up with a review lesson and quizzes,
if desired. Read over General Directions
for Cindy's Unit Studies for more information. For help
in this area, The Checklist includes
a list of major concepts generally covered for each topic,
a list of major scientists/inventors relative to the topic,
and a list of pertinent terminology.
Unit Project Suggestion:
a notebook for each unit. Include drawings/sketches of the
topic studied, biographical sketches of important inventors/scientists
(if appropriate), a dictionary of important terms, copies
or photos of worksheets, composition projects, crafts, lab
work, and/or other hands-on projects related to the unit.
At the end of each year, select a representative sample and
place in your child's portfolio.
Genesis & the Gospel, DVD by Ken Ham. Music,
pictures, and scripture combine to show that God created
all animals---even Tyrannosaurus rex! Kids learn about
the earth's age, the "Seven Cs of History," dinosaurs
in the Bible, fossils, and more. Includes discussion
guide. Ages 4 to 10. Two DVDs, 30 minutes each.
of Eden: A Biblical Journey Through Time by Ken
Ham. Who were the dinosaurs? Are they mentioned in the
Bible? How long ago did they live? What did they eat?
Did they ever share the earth with mankind . . . and
are any of these "terrible lizards" still living
today? Ken Ham provides teen-friendly answers to these
and other questions in his fascinating, lavishly illustrated
resource. 64 pages, hardcover.
and the Dinosaur by Syd Hoff. A must-read
for PreK-2nd. ISBN 0064440028.
by Design by Duane T. Gish. I really like
this one for the colorful illustrations and the easy-to-understand
text. Recommended for 3rd-8th+. ISBN 0890511659.
Days, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Liza
Baker. Another of my granddaughter's favorites. ISBN 0060005416.
Intermediate Thematic Unit (TCM 238) makes
a good starting point for a unit on dinosaurs. Making
dinosaur eggs from clay, matching dinosaur pictures
with their defenses, and creating a paper plate dinosaur
are three of the activities your kids will do in this
unit. Your kids will learn about dinosaurs by reading
the books, Digging up Dinosaurs
by Aliki and The Magic Schoolbus in the Time of the
Dinosaurs by Joanna Cole. (You'll need to borrow
them from the library.) This unit has been written
for grades 4-6. Order from Teacher Created Resources.
The Biggest Baddest Strangest Fastest by
Howard Zimmerman. ISBN 0689832761. Grades 2-5.
Made Dinosaurs: Simple Science for Kids by
Heno Head, Jr. A Happy Day book with colorful illustrations
that explores the world of dinosaurs from a Christian
perspective. Recommended for K-2nd+ ISBN 0784712247.
do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen.
This is one of my granddaughter's favorites. Oversize
picture book with adorable illustrations. ISBN 0590316818.
Tree House #1, Dinosaurs Before Dark by
Mary Pope Osborne. This is a fun-to-read chapter book
for kids ages PreK-3rd+. Read it together or assign it
Really Happened to the Dinosaurs? by John
Morris. A wonderful book filled with cute color pictures
(cartoon style) and easy text. Published by the Institute
for Creation Research. Recommended for PreK-6th. ISBN
God's Awesome Acts by Susan Mortimer. This is
a must for those of you who want a Biblical perspective
on Ancient History. Recommended for 2nd grade and up.
ISBN 9781931292511. 2-12.
your child likes dinosaurs, you have to buy Old
Dinosaur, a card game published by Birdcage Books.
Instructions include three versions of the game played
like Old Maid, Concentration, or Go Fish so it's easy
to learn and lots of fun for all. Each card is illustrated
with a dinosaur and it's scientific name. The cards are
printed on high quality, plastic-coated cardstock so they
should hold up well for many years of use. A mini book
of dinosaur facts is included, along with the deck of
cards; and all are stored in a beautifully-illustrated
tin can. Available online through their website at www.BirdcageBooks.com.
Activities on Dinosaurs:
products that make a dino unit fun.
Pal Stegosaurus (and other books in this
series) by Child's Play. ISBN 0859531139. These colorful
board books introduce your PreK-K to the dinosaur world.
Created the Dinosaurs of the World rld sticker
book by Master Books. Each page includes a picture to
color, facts about a dinosaur to read, and a dinosaur
sticker to attach to the page. ISBN 0890511535. 32 pages.
Bones, Dinosaur 3D Wooden Puzzle. Build
and rebuild a 18" long Stegosaurus with this fun
kit. No tools or glue needed. Made
from 4mm thick wood. Purchase at Apple Tree or other educational
Dinosaurs Bulletin Board Set by TREND.
Display this large, colorful dinosaurs around the
room during your dinosaur unit. The kids will love
at educational stores)
Dinosaur Digs Game.
(Ages 6 and up)
Dig Dinosaurs lab kit. Using a steel hammer
and chisel, kids chip away at the sand block to dig up
a glow-in-the dark dinosaur skeleton. FUN!
Floor Puzzle by Melissa & Doug. Extra large
(2 x 3 feet) floor puzzle with 48 easy-clean jumbo pieces.
at educational stores)
dinosaur figures by Safari Limited. My
granddaughter loves to play with these large-size figures.
at educational stores)
Paper-Thick Lines (pdf document)
Paper-Thin Lines (pdf document)
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