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Daily Log

Sep 14, 2017 in Education

Day #1. On the first day, children will test their background knowledge about dinosaurs. However, the "test" will be a game. The children will be given handouts with two types of information on them: the names of dinosaurs (Mesosaurus, Dicynodon, etc.) and their descriptions (swimming dinosaur, horned dinosaur, etc.) which they will have to match. Other activities of this kind will include placing the dinosaurs from the biggest to the smallest and dividing them into groups of herbivorous and predators.

Day #2. During the day, children will be creating dinosaur fossils. For this, we will use play dough, which is easy to prepare — all you need is flour, water, salt and oil. They can make everything they want, from dinosaur bones to little dinosaurs which they will take home as souvenirs. They can also color and bake them at home.

Day #3. On the third day, we are going to play active and funny games. The first one is known to everyone and is called "Charades." One participant names a dinosaur to another, and he or she tries to show it to other people without speaking. Another game is known as "Foreheads" each participant has a sticker on their foreheads with a name of a dinosaur written by someone else. While asking questions and using prompts, they have to guess what dinosaur they have.

Day #4. This day will be dedicated to reading. This is a good chance for children to learn about dinosaurs and hear the stories of a famous American writer who had a passion for these creatures. So, they will hear Ray Bradbury's Dinosaur Tales. After reading, we will have a little discussion about the stories and will analyze how fiction differs from reality.

Day #5. On this day, they will have to use both their imagination and knowledge and be as creative as possible, because they will have to come up with their own dinosaurs. They will be given sheets of paper and crayons which they will use to draw their creatures. They will be also asked to name them, as well as describe their way of life, eating habits and tell how they protect themselves from dangers, etc.

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