Dinosaurs Before Dark Novel Study

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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18 pages
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Learning Objective

The student will read and analyze the text using the following skills: making predictions, context clues, story elements, problem/solution, character traits, summarizing, writing about reading, questioning, and making comparisons.


This guided reading unit is set up with before/during/after activities and vocabulary for each chapter. Each chapter focuses on a different comprehension skill making it a great choice for your class book clubs.

Skills include:

☀making predictions


☀problem and solution


☀character traits

☀question types

☀citing text evidence

☀author's purpose

☀making comparisons and connections

☀and drawing conclusions.

Group discussion is encouraged throughout the reading of the book. The unit would also work well reading partners. It's been tested in several classrooms and found to be easy to follow for parents and teaching assistants. An answer key is not included as some answers vary and group discussion fosters higher level thinking skills.

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Total Pages
18 pages
Answer Key
Not Included
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain how specific aspects of a text’s illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story (e.g., create mood, emphasize aspects of a character or setting).
Refer to parts of stories, dramas, and poems when writing or speaking about a text, using terms such as chapter, scene, and stanza; describe how each successive part builds on earlier sections.
Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.


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