Unit Study: Preschool Dinosaurs

Target Age Group:

Preschoolers (Ages 3-5) Grade Level: Pre-K


By the end of this unit study, preschoolers will be able to:

  1. Identify and name different types of dinosaurs.
  2. Understand basic concepts of dinosaurs, such as their appearance and habitat.
  3. Recognize the role of paleontologists in discovering dinosaurs.
  4. Develop creativity and imagination through dinosaur-related activities.
  5. Gain a basic understanding of prehistoric times and Earth’s history.

Schedule: 5-Day Plan

Day 1: Introduction to Dinosaurs

  • Introduce the concept of dinosaurs and their existence in the past.
  • Discuss different types of dinosaurs (Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, etc.).
  • Read books about dinosaurs.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a paper plate dinosaur.

Day 2: Dinosaur Characteristics

  • Explore the characteristics of different dinosaurs (size, shape, etc.).
  • Learn about herbivores and carnivores.
  • Read books about dinosaur features.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a dinosaur footprint artwork.

Day 3: Dinosaur Habitats

  • Focus on different dinosaur habitats (jungles, deserts, etc.).
  • Discuss the environments where dinosaurs lived.
  • Read books about dinosaur habitats.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a dinosaur diorama.

Day 4: Discovering Dinosaurs

  • Discover the work of paleontologists in studying dinosaurs.
  • Learn how fossils provide information about dinosaurs.
  • Read books about paleontology.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a dinosaur fossil replica.

Day 5: Dinosaur Fun and Imagination

  • Engage in dinosaur-themed activities and imaginative play.
  • Discuss what it might be like to meet a dinosaur.
  • Read books about dinosaur adventures.
  • Arts and Crafts: Create a dinosaur mask.

Resource List:


  1. “Dinosaur Dance” by Sandra Boynton – Amazon Link
  2. “How Do Dinosaurs Say Good Night?” by Jane Yolen – Amazon Link
  3. “Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs” by Byron Barton – Amazon Link


  1. “Dinosaur Songs for Kids” by Pancake Manor – YouTube Link
  2. “Dinosaurs A to Z” by The Singing Walrus – YouTube Link
  3. “The Good Dinosaur” Story by ToyTimeTV – YouTube Link

Arts and Crafts:

  1. Paper Plate Dinosaur – Create a dinosaur using a paper plate and art supplies.
  2. Dinosaur Footprint Artwork – Create artwork using dinosaur footprints.
  3. Dinosaur Diorama – Create a small scene depicting a dinosaur habitat.
  4. Dinosaur Fossil Replica – Create a fossil replica using clay or playdough.
  5. Dinosaur Mask – Create a mask representing a dinosaur face.
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