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Dinosaur Research Unit & Journal. Informational text features.


  • Grades: 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade

  • Subjects: Reading, Writing

  • Product Type: Lesson/Unit Plans, Printable

  • Format: Digital product, Downloadable

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Product Description

Dinosaur Research Unit for Informational Text! This unit is perfect for students who are learning how to use informational text and studying dinosaurs. Students will first learn how to use the text features in informational text including the table of contents and index. Then, students will be assigned a dinosaur and a partner to work with. Students will have a Dinosaur Research Journal that they will use as a guide as they research about dinosaurs and an assigned dinosaur species. Once students have completed their research, they will use it to complete two culminating activities: a report/presentation and salt dough fossils. For the salt dough fossils, students will shape the bones of their assigned dinosaur! Finally, other classes and parents will be invited to the "Dinosaur Fair" where your students can show off their cool dinosaur fossils!

Who is it for?

  • 3rd-5th grade teachers who are teaching their students about informational text or animals and habitats.
  • Homeschool families whose children love dinosaurs.
  • Parents who want their students ENGAGED in informational text.
  • Anyone who LOVES dinosaurs!

Why Buy?

  • This unit will get your students highly engaged in reading informational text.
  • Students will WANT to read to learn more about their dinosaur.
  • It is a perfect way to integrate ELA and Science.
  • Perfect for DINOSAUR LOVERS!

How does it work?

  • Simply download and print and gather informational texts for your children to use!
  • Download is for ONE educator or family. Thank you in advance for your honesty!

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-Unit Outline/Timeline
-Unit Preparation
-Table of Contents & Index Mini Lesson
-Other Text Features Mini Lesson
-My Dinosaur Research Journal Instructions
-Salt Dough Fossils & Dinosaur Report Instructions
-Salt Dough Fossils Example
-Presentations & Dinosaur Fair Instructions
-Report Paper
-Grading Rubric
-Dinosaur Cards
-Unit Parent Letter
-Dinosaur Fair Invitation
-Using the Table of Contents & Index Worksheet
-Text Features Worksheet
-My Dinosaur Research Journal Cover + 17 writing prompts. 10 pages (18 student pages once cut in half)


***BONUS! Full document also included in Ink Friendly Black & White for your convenience***


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    Fun and useful
    Jun 16, 2015

    These unit journals and worksheets are very simple to understand and has lots of fun activities/journals for the students to enjoy

    Rachel - Super-hero

About the Seller

Wife Teacher Mommy

My name is Kelsey Sorenson and I'm a wife, former teacher and substitute teacher, and mommy from Utah! I am currently primarily a stay at home mommy to my sweet little boy, Parker, and a little girl on the way. I love creating resources for pre-school and elementary aged students that I will be able to use with my own children as they grow! 


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