Dinosaur Unit Study – What We Used

I love doing unit studies with my twin 7-year-old boys as part of our homeschool routine. Usually, I let them alternate picking themes and this time was Dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are always a hit with kids so here’s how I set up our Dinosaur Unit Study!

Dinosaur themed books and puzzles with a few toy dinosaurs we used as part of our dinosaur unit study.

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I like to include a few main things in my unit studies – hands-on activities, books (lots of books), and games. Here’s a list of my items in this particular unit study. I don’t have dinosaur lesson plans for our homeschool but rather just go with the flow and what the kids want to learn or do that day from the selection of items provided. The only two things that I require when we do our unit study are to read at least one chapter from our chapter book and one to two picture books.

I also recommend checking Etsy for craft options! There’s a great selection of dinosaur crafts available on Etsy!

Chapter Books

I always add a few chapter books and we read about 1-2 chapters a day.

What Was the Age of the Dinosaurs?
A great overview of the Age of Dinosaurs.
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Attack of the Tyrannosaurus (Dinosaur Cove, No. 1)
I have this entire series and my boys love them all!
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Dinosaurs Before Dark (Magic Tree House, No. 1)
Another great series that covers a variety of topics. We have at least half of this series in our house! They are great beginner chapter books to have on hand!
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Picture Books

When I first started homeschooling and reading out loud regularly to my kids, I didn't realize how much value picture books had! There is so much to be learned in fun picture books!

How to Catch a Dinosaur
We love the how-to-catch series and include them in almost everyone one of our unit studies and book lists.
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Dinosaur Encyclopedia for Kids: The Big Book of Prehistoric Creatures
This is a fun book with lots of pictures and information!
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National Geographic Little Kids First Big Book of Dinosaurs
Another good resource book to use as a reference.
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Book of Dinosaurs: 10 Record-Breaking Prehistoric Animals
I absolutely love the writing in this book. It is very kid friendly with great information.
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Dinosaur Lady: The Daring Discoveries of Mary Anning, the First Paleontologist
This book was so interesting! I learned so much personally! Don't forget to grab the free unit study as well from Waldock Way included in the printables section here.
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The Dinosaur Book
I have several of these books in my personal library and reference the often!
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The Dinosaur Who Discovered Hamburgers
A super fun story my kids enjoyed!
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How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight?
An adorable book featuring, of course, a dinosaur.
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The Berenstain Bears’ Dinosaur Dig
Who doesn't love the Berenstain bears?
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Hands-On Activites & Games

I like to have these on hand to keep their hands busy while reading our chapter book or to add a little extra to our unit study.

These are the items I like to add that add richness and depth. Puzzles, games, and fun things to dress up the set-up and get them excited! There is so much to be learned from doing puzzles and playing games!

Paint by Sticker Kids: Dinosaurs: Create 10 Pictures One Sticker at a Time!
These are great for keeping them busy and quiet during read-aloud time.
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PLUS PLUS – Learn to Build Dinosaurs
Another great item to keep hands busy while reading aloud.
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3D Wooden Dinosaur Puzzle – 6 Piece Set Wood Dinosaur Skeleton Model Puzzle
We have so many 3D wooden puzzles now! They love putting these together and displaying them!
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Hapinest 100 Piece Glow-in-The-Dark Dinosaur Jigsaw Puzzle for Kids Boys and Girls Gifts Ages 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Years Old and Up
If you haven't tried a glow-in-the-dark puzzle yet, do it! My kids love them!
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Skillmatics Card Game: Guess in 10 Deadly Dinosaurs
Even I struggled with this game as I do not know as much about dinosaurs as I thought. However, I found fun ways to use it – we divided the dinosaurs by carnivore, herbivore, and omnivore, we put together our continent puzzle and put the dinosaurs where they lived! We'll be sorting them in more ways as well.
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Dinosaur Mad Libs: World’s Greatest Word Game
Add a little language arts to your unit study with Mad Libs!
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Professor Noggin’s World of Dinosaurs Trivia Card Game
A fun trivia game to play for ages 7 and up!
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SUPER JOY 12 Pack of Dinosaur Toy Figures
Don't forget some plastic dinosaurs for imaginative play!
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A huge collection of dinosaur books and activities for our dinosaur unit study.

Printables for My Dinosaur Unit Study

Mary Anning Unit Study Free Printable
Mary Anning Unit Study
Grab these free mini study to go with the book The Dinosaur Lady
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Dinosaur Preschool Memory Game Printable
FREE Printable Dinosaur Memory Game For Kids
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Dinosaur Word Search Printable
Free Printable Dinosaur Word Search for Kids
Free Dinosaur themed word search puzzles.
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10 Dinosaur Connect the Dots Printables
Dinosaur Connect the Dots {10 FREE Printables!}
Free Dinosaur Dot to Dot Coloring Pages
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I hope you enjoy this list of things to include in your dinosaur unit study! The twins loved this one although it didn’t last as long as I’d liked but that’s okay as it was December. We’ll probably revisit this one again next year!

If you like Unit Studies be sure to check out the rest of our Unit Study posts here! What unit study are you working on?

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We love unit studies and this one was one of our absolute favorites! If you’re looking for more unit study ideas, check out our skeleton unit study, Africa unit study, and pirate unit study!

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