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Teaching Notes: I’m a Dirty Dinosaur


I’m a Dirty Dinosaur
Janeen Brian and Ann James


Stomp, splash, slide, dive . . . .  This little dinosaur just loves mud!

My Little Question Time!

Before reading: Include a plastic or plush dinosaur toy inside a ‘story bag’. Provide clues like, ”I have sharp teeth and spikes. I roar and stomp around through the swamp.”

Sing a dinosaur song, such as ”Dinosaur Roar” by Justine Clarke.

Ask: What do you know about dinosaurs? Are they real or make believe? What do dinosaurs look like? What do dinosaurs like to do?
Look at the book cover. Where do you think this dinosaur has been playing?

During reading: What do you think the dinosaur will do next? Why does he like to get dirty? Do you think the dinosaur will have a wash? How? Point to the dinosaur’s body parts, ask children to point to their own and do the actions.

After reading: What fun things did the dinosaur do in the mud? How did the dinosaur get clean? What do you think the dinosaur is thinking about at the end? What other animal/s like to get dirty in the mud? What do you like to do to get dirty?  
Abbie dino book 2

My Little Activities

1. Drama – Re-enact the actions of the dinosaur in the story. Sniff and snuff your snout, shake your head, tap your tummy like a drum, stamp your feet, flick and slide your tail, and have a wash.

2. Literacy – Writing:
Objectives: Learn about and use language with rhyme.
Relate the story to personal experiences.
Identify and compare body parts.

Write a sentence / story / poem about fun things you like to do to play in mud, water, sand.
Eg. ”Jump, jump, jump, jump, Jump in muddy puddles!”
”I’m a funny boy/girl, I look just like a bear, With two big foamy bubble ears I’ve patted on my hair!”
Illustrate using a range of media, including pencils, paint and natural materials, like mud! See Art activity.
Re-enact your story (if you dare!)

Mia painting dirty dino Mia painting dirty dino 2

3. Reading: Read more books about dinosaurs and / or bathtime.
Eg. Oh My Oh My Oh Dinosaurs! by Sandra Boynton
Dinosaurumpus by Tony Mitton
Mr Archimedes’ Bath by Pamela Allen
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion and Margaret Bloy Graham
2014-06-20-21-02-43--1468346784 dinosaurumpus 9780207172854 oh_my_dino_fnl

4. Art – Objectives:
Explore a range of natural and art materials.
Use different application techniques.
Use a range of media, including mud, coloured pencils, paint, collected leaves, create a piece of artwork.

Leave it open ended. Children can be creative and paint an abstract or figuritive picture.

5. Construction / Technology – Build a dinosaur!
Use different sized boxes, containers, bottle lids, paper, tape, etc, design and build your own dinosaur.
What are the different body parts needed?

6. Craft – Make your own RAINBOW dinosaur spikes!
Spikes mia2

Identify and describe dinosaur body parts
Fine motor skills including cutting, rolling, sticking, drawing
Mathematical concepts include sorting, counting, number equations, measuring length
Dramatic role play
Recount of the story

1. Recount the story and discuss what the dinosaur did with his body.
2. To make dinosaur spikes, gather the materials.
We used: Coloured paper 24 pieces (6xA4 sheets cut into 4), scissors, textas, ribbon, sticky tape, stapler (optional), hole punch, any other materials for decoration.
3. Roll each piece into cone shapes. Make tall Ones and short ones.
4. Decorate with different patterns, then stick/ staple bottom of each together in a line.
5. Make two holes on either side of first spike and thread ribbon through.
6. Place spikes on child’s head and tie ribbon under chin, tie another piece around their middle.
7. Everybody, Now ROAR like a dinosaur!  

Sorting – Before sticking spikes together, ask child to sort into colour groups, size, pattern, etc.
Counting – Count the total number of spikes. Count number in each group.
Number equations – Number stories with addition and subtraction.
Eg. The dinosaur had three red spikes and grew two more yellow ones. How many altogether?
The dinosaur had four blue spikes but one fell off. How many blue ones are left?
Measurement – How long is your line of spikes? Use different measuring units like straws, blocks, pegs, etc.

Spikes materials2 Spikes made2 Spikes ribbon2

7. Mathematics –
Space / Location: Play ‘Where is the Dinosaur?’
Have an understanding of space to identify where an object is located.
Use prepositional language to describe the object’s location, including under, behind, beside, on top of, below, above, next to, in between.

Using a dinosaur toy, take turns to place it in different locations and ask children to describe where it is. Eg. The dinosaur is on top of the couch. The dinosaur is under the chair. The dinosaur is hiding behind the T.V.
Dino prepo toy Dino prepo on top Dino prepo under Dino prepos tv

Measurement/ Counting: Play ‘How Many Times Can You…?’
Counting forwards up to 20.
Coordinate counting with physical skills.
Use time as a unit of measure.

With smaller children, suggest a number of times that they shake their head, tap their tum, stamp their feet, flick their tail, and so on.
Extension: How many times can you…? Hop on one leg, pat your back, bounce a ball, and so on.
Further extension: Suggest a time limit to complete an action. Eg. In one minute, how many times can you…? throw a ball in the air and catch it, write your name, say ‘I’m a dirty dinosaur!’ and so on.

Teaching notes and photography by Romi Sharp 2014

Author: Romi Sharp

Qualified teacher, copywriter, reviewer, picture book writer and fanatic, acting publicist to the book stars, and constantly immersed in the world of children's literature. Founder of Books On Tour PR & Marketing, Just Write For Kids and My Little Story Corner.

3 thoughts on “Teaching Notes: I’m a Dirty Dinosaur

  1. Love all of these activities – thanks so much for providing them! I have a class of dinosaur obsessed little ones so this book will no doubt be a big hit. It’s been wet and miserable here – lots of mud around to make great dinosaur paintings today!

  2. Pingback: Teaching Notes: I’m a Dirty Dinosaur | Love to read, love to learn!

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