Reading/Writing

(1) Reporters’ Notebook

  • Students will partner read the book The Magic School Bus In the Time of the Dinosaurs and take informational notes in a reporters’ notebook.
  • Information to be written in the notebook includes characteristics of each time period of the Mesozoic Era, fossils, vocabulary words, and other general dinosaur information.

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(2) Step Books

  • Students will use the information they recorded in their reporters’ notebook to make a step book on how the dinosaurs became fossils.
  • Each step will be written and illustrated and the last page can show the five types of fossils.

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(3) Time Line Posters

  • Separate the students into 3 groups and have each group create a poster on a period of the Mesozoic Era.
  • Have each student use the information from their reporters’ notebook to give one fact and write it on the poster.
  • Posters can be hung in order to give a visual representation of the time line of the dinosaurs.

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(4) Film Production

  • Each student will be responsible for writing a complete sentence or sentences about a pre-chosen topic and design a picture that represents the sentence.
  • Sentences will be typed on a computer and attached to the picture.
  • The sentences will follow a logical order and made into a movie that will describe the time of the dinosaurs.

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