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Dinosaurs Theme Pack for Lower Primary

Written by Helen Hall

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Theme Packs for Lower Primary - Set 3 Foreword Written by Helen Hall Illustrated by Roseanne Humphreys This series of books has been published for use in lower primary Years and is based on a series of themes that students of this age level have shown empathy with. The books present a range of activities that can be integrated into the teaching program as a complete theme or as individual activities. Activities cover the language, mathematics, creative and problem-solving aspects of the school program. To supplement the activities a further selection of ideas is provided to develop the theme and to allow for integration into the class program. The author has written the activities to be used mainly in the first and second years of a student's schooling; however, they can also be applied as high-interest remedial activities for other Year levels. Titles available in this series: Set 1 - Giants - Pirates - Witches - Dragons - Frogs

Set 2 - Shopping - Bears - Space - Bikes - Clowns

Set 3 - The Zoo - Dinosaurs - Snails - Spiders - Butterflies & Caterpillars

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Ideas to develop the Dinosaur theme Language/Science Brainstorm: Facts and ideas about dinosaurs. Write words on shaped cards. Organise facts under headings suitable for writing a report. Excursion:

Visit the museum or local science centre to view dinosaur displays. Write a recount of your visit.

Art/Crafts Crayon-resist pictures: 3-D modelling: With plasticine. Sewing: Around a dinosaur shape. Dinosaur Frieze: Children draw and cut out their own dinosaurs . Paint the background on a long strip of paper. Glue dinosaurs to the background. Paper sculptures: Draw large dinosaurs then cut out and trace onto another sheet of paper. Colour backs and fronts then staple the edges together leaving a small opening. Stuff the dinosaur with bits of torn paper then staple the opening. Mathematics: Sorting and Classifying: Use small plastic dinosaur figures and sort them into a variety of groups. Let the children decide the attributes for sorting; for example colour, size, types, special features, e.g. spikes, long neck, walks on two feet . Draw a large dinosaur footprint. Estimate then measure the area with a © Rof. I . C.P u b l i ca t i o ns variety arbitrary units, for example, books, hands or feet, rulers, dusters. Jigsaws: •f There arei ae large number of dinosaur jigsaws available, which children oralways r ev w p u r p o s e s o n l y • enjoy completing. Measuring Area:

Comprehension:

Pages 3, 4, 6, 11, 12

Word Study:

Pages 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11

Writing:

Pages 8

Mathematics:

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Dinosaurs Dinosaur is the name given to a kind of reptile that lived millions of years ago. Dinosaurs lived in the earth's tropical areas. The word 'dinosaur' means 'terrible lizard'. Dinosaurs were the largest animals to live on the earth. Some of the biggest dinosaurs were the Diplodocus, the Apatosaurus and Tyrannosaurus rex. They were usually heavy, slow movers. Not all dinosaurs were huge. Compsognathus, the smallest dinosaur, was only as big as a chicken and could move ©quickly. R. I . C.Publ i cat i ons

•f o rr e vi ew ureptiles r pose onl y• Dinosaurs were similar to p the ofs today because they had the same type of scaly skin. Some dinosaurs ate plants and were called 'herbivores'. Others were meat eaters and were called 'carnivores'. Scientists who study dinosaurs are called palaeontologists. They are able to learn about these huge creatures by studying fossils. Fossils are the remains of animals or plants found in the rocks of the earth.

Scientists don't know why the dinosaurs died. Some believe they died when a meteorite hit the Earth. Others believe the climate of the Earth became too cold and they died. Still others believe that the meat-eating dinosaurs killed so many that the remainder were not able to survive. Dinosaurs are now extinct. Dinosaurs – 2 R.I.C. Publications www.ricgroup.com.au


Answer the questions

1. What was a dinosaur?

2. What does the word 'dinosaur ' mean?

3. Name three of the largest dinosaurs.

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5. Why are dinosaurs extinct?

6. How can we learn about dinosaurs?

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Dinosaur sleuth Can you find these dinosaur words? Colour them as you find them. dinosaur

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Yes or No? 1. The word 'dinosaur 'means 'terrible dragon'. 2. Some dinosaurs are alive today. 3. All dinosaurs were carnivores.

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4. Dinosaurs were like reptiles. 5.

Read and Draw

A huge Brontosaurus was wading in the swamp. It was eating water plants. A friendly Stegosaurus stood at the side of the swamp watching the Brontosaurus. A volcano started to erupt.

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Rhyming words kind mean slow some cold

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Practise your spelling Study the words in the first list. Now cover them and try to finish the spelling in the next lists. dinosaur

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Write a report about your favourite dinosaur.

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Alphabetical Order

dinosaur carnivore

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Make as many words as you can using the letters in the word

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Dinosaur crosspatch Across 1. A word meaning ‘having gone forever’ 3. A meat-eating animal 4. The type of skin dinosaurs had 7. A scientist who studies dinosaurs 8. A plant-eating animal 2. 10. A 'terrible lizard' 1. 3.

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Unjumble these sentences 1. word The 'terrible lizard’. 'dinosaur' means 2. ago. lived Dinosaurs years millions of 3. was Tyrannosaurus rex fierce a dinosaur. eating meat4. Dinosaurs the on live to largest earth. were animals 5. study Scientists to about fossils learn dinosaurs.

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What am I? Draw me I am a large dinosaur. I eat meat. I am very fierce. They call me the king of the dinosaurs. I am .

I am a herbivore. I am very large. I have bony plates on my back. My name starts with 's'. I am .

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I am a small dinosaur. I can run very fast. I am as big as a chicken. I am a carnivore. I am .

I am a person. I study fossils. I like to learn about dinosaurs. My name begins with 'p'. I am a

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Solve these Problems. 1. Down at the swamp there were 4 stegosaurus, 3 compsognathus and 7 triceratops. How many dinosaurs were there altogether?

2. Three dinosaurs laid 6 eggs each. How many dinosaur eggs were there altogether?

© R. I . C.Publ i cat i ons 3. Eight brontosaurus plodded the jungle. Can •f orr evi e w puthrough r pos es onl y • you count their legs?

4. Fifteen dinosaurs were eating the plants. Nine of them moved away. How many dinosaurs were left?

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Dinosaur tangram Cut out the tangram below and make this dinosaur. Try to make other dinosaurs.

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Measure the dinosaur.

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He is as tall as pegs.

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He is as tall as pencils.

He is as tall as counters.

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Keep the score. Cut out the spinner and glue it onto the card. Use a matchstick through the centre to make it spin. Record your spins on the graph below. Compare and discuss your results.

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Measure the dinosaur's footprint. Unit

Estimate

Measurement

Counters Hexagons Pencils Hands Coloured Cubes

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Dot-to-dot Dinosaur Count by 5s and join the dots to find one of our favourite dinosaurs.

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Area Copy this letter D . How many squares does it cover?

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Dinosaur time What time is it on the dinosaur clocks?

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Dinosaur problems 1. Three dinosaur mothers laid 15 eggs altogether. If they laid the same number of eggs each, how many did each lay?

2. Share 14 plants equally among 4 dinosaurs. How many each? Are there any there left over?

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4. Draw three groups of 4 dinosaurs. How many altogether?

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Dinosaur order Cut and order the dinosaurs from smallest to largest.

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Continue the patterns 1, 3, 5,

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Dinosaur Jigsaw Colour the picture then cut along the jigsaw lines. Try to make the dinosaur again.

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Look at this graph.

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How many tryannosaurus rex? How many brontosaurus? How many triceratops? How many stegosaurus? How many pterodactyl? How many triceratops and brontosaurs altogether? Of which of the dinosaurs are there the most? Of which of the dinosaurs are there the least? R.I.C. Publications

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