How to Catch a Dinosaur Activities

Embark on a Jurassic journey with our How to Catch a Dinosaur activities! From crafting dino-mite shadow puppets to excavating fossils, these interactive and educational activities complement your Novel Effect reading experience. Perfect for budding paleontologists and eager learners, each activity is a step into a world where dinosaurs roam and imagination takes flight. 

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63 pages

Grades PreK-5


Take roaring readers on a prehistoric adventure with How to Catch a Dinosaur activities! They’re designed to delight and engage learners in literacy and science skills; making read-alouds that rock! Captivate your young paleontologists with fine motor, interactive learning, and creative thinking activities.

Our How to Catch a Dinosaur activities sharpen savvy literacy skills through word tracing, matching rhyme pairs, and alphabetizing words. Learners will also create their own din-mite dictionary by defining story vocabulary, and then using these words to write sentences. The included writing and comprehension prompts, as well as the digital quiz helps you assess reading comprehension. 

Turn learning into a prehistoric stomp as learners develop scientific knowledge through drawing and labeling dinosaurs. They’ll also sort facts and opinions about dinosaurs to apply scientific knowledge and engage in critical thinking. Dig up those paleontological interests as they research dinosaurs and uncover the secrets of the Cretaceous. Lastly, get hands-on with science as learners excavate dinosaur fossils and uncover the bones of behemoths that once roamed our planet.

As a result of the included activities, students will be able to:

  • trace words.
  • match rhyming pairs. 
  • alphabetize words.
  • illustrate story elements.
  • write sentences with story vocabulary.
  • define story vocabulary.
  • apply writing skills with included writing templates and prompts.
  • practice reading comprehension through included discussion questions for beginning, middle, and end of the book. 
  • engage in social skills with included whole group prompts and activities.
  • develop fine motor skills with the included coloring, tracing, cutting, and gluing activities.
  • draw pictures of dinosaurs. 
  • label a dinosaur. 
  • sort facts and opinions about dinosaurs.
  • write about dinosaurs.
  • research dinosaurs.
  • create dinosaur shadow puppets and for interactive storytelling.
  • use digital tools to practice and assess reading comprehension. 
  • excavate dinosaur fossils.

Transform your read-aloud into a mesmerizing Mesozoic moment while weaving science and storytelling into an unforgettable educational adventure! 

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About the Book

Do dinosaurs still walk among us? No one has ever seen one, but dinosaurs must exist if alligators, whales, and birds still exist. Join the daring How to Catch Kids as they try to catch a dinosaur in time for the school science fair! This dinosaur picture book blends STEAM concepts with hilarity and clever chaos that delights readers of all ages.  

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