Dinosaur Storytime Lesson Plan
By Kate Currie
If I Had A Raptor by George O’Connor, Candlewick, 2014
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen, The Blue Sky Press, 2000
Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields, Candlewick, 2008
Dinosaur Roar! by Paul Stickland, Puffin Books, 2008
Ten Terrible Dinosaurs by Paul Strickland, Puffin Books, 2000
ABC T-Rex by Bernard Most, HMH Books for Young Readers, 2004
Dinosaurs Galore! by Giles Andreae, Tiger Tales, 2006
Dinosaur vs Bedtime by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2011
Shape by Shape by Suse McDonald, Little Simon, 2009
How Do Dinosaurs Say I Love You? by Jane Yolen, The Blue Sky Press, 2009
Dinosaur vs The Library by Bob Shea, Disney-Hyperion, 2011
Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron Barton, HarperCollins, 1989
If I Had a Triceratops by George O’Connor, Candlewick, 2015
The Dinosaurs Are Having a Party by Gareth P. Jones, Andersen Press USA, 2015
If You Happen to Have a Dinosaur by Linda Bailey, Tundra Books, 2014
Fingerplays & Action Rhymes:
Every Child Ready To Read Skills/Practices:
Print Conventions/Awareness: Ask the kids what words begin with D before starting the dinosaur theme.
Background Knowledge: Ask kids if they know what dinosaurs are being shown.
Letter Knowledge: Point out the letters in ABC T-Rex (Most) to the kids.
Vocabulary: The dinosaurs themselves may be new words to the kids.
Phonological Awareness: Using the rhymes will help the kids hear the similar sounds in words.
Sing: Encourage kids sing along with the dinosaur songs.
Talk: Ask the kids the emotions the dinosaurs have in How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (Yolen).
Read: Have the children read the word ‘roar’ along with you in Dinosaur vs The Library (Shea).
Write: Kids can write their names on their art projects.
Play: Kids will be moving and dancing with the rhymes, such as Dinosaurs Lived Long Ago.
Asides to Parents and Caregivers:
1. By reading to your children, you can introduce them to rare words that may not be used in every day speech and explain what they mean. This will help them build their vocabulary.
2. Make sure that your child has access to different tools to write with. This way they can be creative while they practice their writing and drawing skills, and will become more comfortable with writing faster.
Minnesota Early Childhood Indicators of Progress:
Domain: Language, Literacy, and Communications:
Concepts of print
Vocabulary and Syntax
Comprehension of narrative text
Motivation and engagement
Age: 3-6 Year Olds
Introduction: Letter of the Day (D for Dinosaur)
Book: Dinosaur vs The Library (Shea)
Fingerplay: Five Enormous Dinosaurs
Flannel board: There Were Five Dinosaurs (song)
Book: ABC T-Rex (Most)
Song: Dino Diddy
Fingerplay: Dinosaurs Lived a Long Time Ago
Book: How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? (Yolen)
Song: I’m Bringing Home a Baby Dinosaur
Optional Craft: Paper Plate Dinosaur