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.
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!