Over the last four weeks, Pre-Kindergarten has been studying dinosaurs as part of a theme-based unit. Each day brought new learning about these amazing animals:
- During community circle one morning, Mrs. Haines classed danced to “The Dinosaur Stomp” to wake themselves up.
- Ms. Hummel and Mrs. Berkenstock’s class developed their own dinosaur song to the tune of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
- One day, ‘fossil’ was the Word of the Day. The class watched a video to see how fossils are formed and were then able to examine real fossils with a magnifying glass at the science center.
- Middle School friends came to help students create two-dimensional dinosaurs out of parquetry blocks. Using their knowledge of dinosaurs and their imagination, they then wrote a story about their creatures. Naming the dinosaurs was their favorite part. Two examples were the ‘Sidactyl’ and the ‘Selinasaurus.’
- The unit culminated with creating dinosaur eggs out of balloons and papier mache. During show and tell, the class heard some cracking noises and low and behold, the eggs had started to open! Students carefully took them out of the nest and inside were baby dinosaurs. The children rocked them, sang to them, and then placed the eggs and dinosaurs back in their cubby to help keep them warm.
All in all, the dinosaur unit was a roaring good time!