Dinosaurs Before Dark Novel Study

Grade Levels
2nd - 4th, Homeschool
Formats Included
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18 pages
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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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"Kids love completing each chapter after they read. Really makes them think. Great for advanced grade 2 readers."

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"This is going to be a great way to incorporate read alouds in my class. I like that each chapter is not simply a copy of the last one with new wording. I love Magic Tree House books and can see kids get excited about things that they might not think about with these books. Thank you for your hard work!"

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).
Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.
Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Describe how words and phrases (e.g., regular beats, alliteration, rhymes, repeated lines) supply rhythm and meaning in a story, poem, or song.
Describe the overall structure of a story, including describing how the beginning introduces the story and the ending concludes the action.


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