Thursday, February 23, 2012

Paleontology anyone? Free "Mister Bones" Literacy Pack!

I love the fact that we get to study dinosaurs again!  We first learned about dinosaurs back in October.  They learned that some dinosaurs were Herbivores and some were Carnivores.  This week we read about Mister Bones: The founder of the T-Rex! 

The students also got to experience digging bones themselves.  I ordered a few excavating kits for the students to practice with!  You can order these Dinosaur Fossil Kits  for only $2.99 each and they arrive really quickly!  I got mine in 2 days!  I ordered 6 and had small groups of 4-5 work together.  If you don't have time for this, you can always use a toothpick and chocolate chip cookies and dig out the chocolate chips.

Our Grammar and Writing skill was adjectives, so we did a lot of practicing during Writer's Workshop.  We started out using adjectives in sentences with this activity.  Then they began using it more in their stories.

When they finished digging for bones, they worked on sequencing this event.  They wrote about it using this graphic organizer.

Our phonics skill was Long Vowel /oa/ /ow/ and 3-letter blends.  They had fun playing the games in centers!

This is a Word Work game that I use with spinners.  If you don't have clear spinners, you can just use a paperclip with a pencil.

All these activities are FREE in my Mister Bones Literacy Pack.  Click Picture link to download


  1. Such great activities!! Thank you for the awesome ideas!

  2. Stacy,
    I was seriously considering studying dinoaurs with my K/1 combo. (I try to do things that are not done in the regular kinder or the regular first grade classes just so I don't step on anyone's toes). I LOVE your ideas and am going to order some dinosaur kits, plus the book AND I will be using your unit. Many thanks!
    An Open Door

  3. Wow! Thank you so much! I have the book, so this is great!

  4. WOW!! I am a Reading Street teacher and I will definitely be able to use this next year! Thanks so much for sharing. You are awesome!

  5. This is amazing! I teach Reading Street and always struggle to find ways to make it more authentic and engaging. I came across your blog, and have the good fortune of being a few weeks behind you. I used your Dot materials this week to great success and am SO excited to use these for Mister Bones. Please know you are appreciated! :)

  6. Sarah, I find the same problem! So I decided to create my own. I am working on Henry and Mudge and will post real soon! Thanks for taking an interest in my blog:)


  7. What a great activity...I am going to have to order some of those excavation kits!

  8. You have definitely motivated me to do dinosaurs. Our language arts program has a unit called Amazing Creatures. Most of our group wants to do ocean. I am voting for dinosaurs. Thank you.