Introducing the Subject of Dinosaurs to Early Years Students
Each lesson below asks a simple question and allows children to explore their own thinking before the teacher gives them new information and allows them to explore the knowledge with a carpet-based activity.
Read the lesson plans or notes within each Powerpoint to see how the lesson works and also the key questioning and vocabulary to use with the lesson (some of the Powerpoints also come with embedded audio and Powerpoint animations).
The lessons are designed to be taught once a week for 6 weeks so that it can easily slot into your topic/literacy lessons.
Children are natural scientists. Their curiosity leads them to ask open-ended questions, explore by interacting and observing with the world around them and try to figure out how everything works by exploring and playing with the things around them.
The topic of dinosaurs is, therefore, a great way to encourage children to use their observation skills. You may be surprised to see that even very young children can identify dinosaurs by name or make guesses about how the dinosaurs moved or what they ate by looking at dinosaur pictures.
Dinosaurs are one of the topics that fascinate young children. Whether it is their truly larger-than-life image or the fact that you can’t visit a live dinosaur in a zoo, children tend to have lots of questions about dinosaurs.
Asking big open-ended questions alongside discussions about ways to figure out the answers to those questions is the best way to introduce the topic of dinosaurs.