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Discovering Dinosaurs - A Unit Study/Lapbook Tour



We love to lapbook!   

Recently, my son completed a dinosaur lapbook and I had him give a "video tour" of his work.  

{This was a huge motivator for him - what child doesn't like to see themselves on film?}

Following are the resources we used for our study, a study which was fueled by my son's interest in dinosaurs.

Many materials I already had here at home because I had a feeling we would get to this at some point this year.    I've posted before about interest-led learning.   Most of my son's learning this Kindergarten year has been interest led and I wouldn't have it any other way.

When I knew my son was interested in dinosaurs I scoured our books for dinosaurs.   

We also made a trip to the library and just sat in the dinosaur section picking out books together - this was fun!    I knew Homeschool Share would have a lapbook about dinosaurs, so printed out all the lapbook elements and we set to work.   ** I need to mention that I also picked up adorable flashcards and a dinosaur workbook last summer at Target in their dollar section.   Keep your eyes out when you go to Target - they have some great stuff there!

We did a little bit of dinosaur study each day, and the entire unit took us two weeks.   I integrated dinosaurs into everything.  Each day I gave him a different dinosaur fact for copywork, we made up math word problems about different types of dinosaurs.   We had such fun!     I hope you find these resources helpful if you embark upon a study of dinosaurs. 


Book List for Dinosaur Unit Study



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What about unit studies to fuel your interest led learners?  




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Love this, My youngest has been on me to put together a study for Dinos and I have been picking up things here and there too for about 2-3 months. We are going to do a lapbook(the same as you from hss, i love that place) and also some learning about them to in August!

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKayla

These resources are wonderful and so are your lapbooks! We used the Homeschool Share lapbook on dinosaurs last year and it was such a hit! Glad your little one enjoyed it too.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJess

Hooray! We have a dinosaur unit in our future this year I think. Joseph chose Robots to start with but dinosaurs was pretty high up on his list too.

May 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTristan

What a fun project to do with your kids. My son would love this. I will have to check out Homeschool Share.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterOrdainedPraise

THIS is why I love homeschooling! We can jump on our kids' interests and run with them. Dinosaurs are a huge favorite with little boys. :)
I'm glad you linked up today!

We do a version of lapbooks. I enjoy them because they break things down so well.
Visiting from Hip Homeschool Moms. We are going to do dinos in August. Will have to mark your post for reference.
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May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMommyKuehner

I agree with Dawn! It's great that homeschooling allows us to teach our kids based on their interests. I will have to check out Homeschool Share to see what I can find.

May 3, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterBecky

Holy smokes, those videos just convinced me to do lap books. No matter how people explained them to me in 140 character sound bites, I couldn't figure out why they were such a big deal.

They're an awesome blend of craft meets education. And the opportunity for puns is endless! Thankfully I'm well stocked on construction paper!

May 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEryn

This is great! We love lapbooks too and Noodle keeps asking to do a Dinosaur one.

Great job!

May 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMary

This could be a fun article to use as a compliment to a Dinosaur Unit. It investigates whether or not Jurassic Park could happen in real life!


January 23, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle Prielipp

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