Curriculum, Homeschooling

Magic Tree House Curriculum: Dinosaurs Before Dark (Book 1)

Supplies:

  1. Magic Tree House Book Dinosaurs Before Dark and MTH Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs- A Nonfiction Companion to Dinosaurs Before Dark (I try to get books from the library whenever possible, but they don’t always have everything)
  2. Backpack Journals for Book 1 (Click on the book and download the Backpack Study-Books 1-4. Print Travel Journals page, 1 Story Mapping with Annie page, and 1 Jack’s Facts page). You can fill in facts you want to write down on Jack’s Facts page as you come across them in the reading.
  3. Optional: Magic Tree House Games and Puzzles from the Treehouse book [This gets used a lot, but I will try to find alternatives online when possible. I make copies of the pages for easy gluing into the notebook]
  4.  A spiral or composition notebook (I like to use these instead of individual file folders for lapbook pieces)
  5. Create a free account at MagicTreeHouse.com
  6. The usual: paper, printer, ink, pencils, crayons or colored pencils
  7. Other supplies will depend on what additional projects you choose to do

Day 1

  • Dinosaur Lapbook Cover – color and glue in notebook (if using a composition notebook, print at custom scale 80% or adjust paper size to executive 7 1/4 x 10 1/2)
  • Read chapters 1-2 of Dinosaurs Before Dark.
  • After each chapter, use the story map to summarize the main event in the chapter.
  • On story map, draw the setting of where they landed

Day 2

  • Read chapters 3-4
  • Story map after each chapter
  • Connect-the-Dots (Page 2 from MTH Games and Puzzles); Alternative: Dinosaur Connect-the-Dots

Day 3

  • Read chapters 5-6
  • Story map after each chapter
  • Maze (Page 1 from MTH Games and Puzzles)

Day 4

Day 5

  • Read chapters 9-10
  • Story map after each chapter
  • Illustrate It! (Page 3 from MTH Games and Puzzles)– Draw the dinosaur Jack is looking at
  • Fill in clue #1 on the Travel Journals Page. Color the backpack if you want.

Day 6

Day 7

  • Read chapter 2 Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs
  • Paleontologist Matchbook lapbook piece (page 27)
  • Read chapter 3 Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaur Matchbook lapbook piece (page 27)

Day 8

  • Read chapters 4-5 Fact Tracker #1: Dinosaurs
  • Code Breaker (Page 4 from MTH Games and Puzzles)
  • Do a dinosaur dig

Day 9

Day 10

Extras:

(Updated 5/4/17)



 

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