I am always amazed at how much my students LOVE learning about dinosaurs! After spending two weeks learning about dinosaurs, I decided to plan an entire Dinosaur Day to end our unit. It was a huge hit! I planned six different centers that we spent the day rotating through. All of the activities pictured below are available in my Dinosaur Day unit.
We started our day with making a paleontologist vest. I used brown paper grocery sacks to make the vests. I had the vests pre-cut so the students just had to color, cut and glue on their paleontologist "patches." I loved that their vest included a place to write dinosaur facts. They enjoyed sharing their knowledge with everyone in the hallway and they looked super precious too.
The biggest hit of the day was the DINOSAUR DIG! I won't lie, this is one of those experiences that took a little more time and money on my part, but it was completely worth it!
My Dinosaur Day unit includes all of the details! : )
I looked everywhere for dinosaur bones to hide, but apparently they are extinct! ; ) Amazon saved the day with these dinosaur molds. They were AWESOME. I just poured plaster into them and TA-DA...DINOSAUR BONES!
We also built sentences using words we found in dinosaur eggs and stamped sight word footprints!
We have been talking about oviparous animals, and my students were really surprised to learn that dinosaurs come from eggs! This stegosaurus craft was perfect to illustrate the dinosaur life cycle!
One of my favorite activities all year is making dinosaur models using Model Magic. They always turn out so cute and how much time and detail the kids put into them!
I love this T-Rex!
Directions to make four different dinosaurs are included in my unit! I always help my kids with the basic sequence, but I try to really let them do it all! : )
It also helps for them to have a model to look at!
We also made fossils using small plastic dinosaurs. I scored a big bucket of dinosaurs for $5 at Walmart.
And of course, no special day is complete without a special snack.
We enjoyed digging for dinosaurs! : ) It was just an easy layering snack with pudding and Oreos. I put a small dinosaur for each child to find inside.
I hope you can use some of these ideas in your classroom! Any of the ideas pictured are available in my Dinosaur Day unit on Teachers Pay Teachers.