Dinosaurs are fascinating for many children and can be an excellent unit study for the beginning of the school/homeschool year. You can emphasize science, history, or any other subject, and it’s easy to find hands-on dinosaur materials.
Of course, you can include dinosaurs as part of a systematic study of animals starting with living/non-living; then plant/animal; animals and their groups; vertebrate/invertebrate; types of vertebrate/types of invertebrate, etc. Montessori at Home shows an example of Montessori zoology classification. You could introduce dinosaurs when you study reptiles.
Or you could introduce dinosaurs with a series of living/non-living/once-living activities like the unit at Kingdom of the Pink Princesses. Young children often enjoy an emphasis on digging for fossils and paleontology terminology as well. You can introduce a dinosaur unit now or any time during the school year, adding activities according to your child’s interests and developmental needs.
Here are some great Montessori-inspired resources that can be used for multi-age learning.
Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Preschool Printables
http://montessorihelper.com/99c-sale-types-of-dinosaurs/ Types of Dinosaurs from Montessori Helper
Types of Dinosaurs available inexpensively from Montessori Helper
Montessori Print Shop has free and inexpensive dinosaur cards.
Jojoebi has free black and white 3-part dinosaur cards and dinosaur info cards.
There are links to many printables that can be used for Montessori-inspired dinosaur activities in my post at PreK + K Sharing: Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Fun with Printables, Water Beads, and Glass Gems.
Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Activities for Preschoolers through Early Elementary
Elaine Ng Friis has a dinosaur “excavation” site using dinosaur figurines (photo at top of post).
Montessori MOMents has a paleontology dig.
Nurturing the Tender Years has dinosaur digging (for dinosaur skeletons), greater than-less than dinosaur worksheet printable, and dinosaur writing practice.
Caminen Plegats has fossil footprint activities (use the Google translator in the right sidebar).
Counting Coconuts has a dinosaur unit with lots of activities.
Maybe Montessori has dinosaur clips for color matching and eye-hand coordination.
The Adventures of Bear has a dinosaur unit.
I have a post at PreK + K Sharing with Montessori-Inspired dinosaur fun with printables, water beads, and glass gems.
Oh! The Things You’ll Know … has a number of creative dinosaur activity trays.
My Little Princess World has lots of Montessori-inspired dinosaur activities.
I have a post called Make Fossils from Montessori at Home! with activities from an excerpt of John Bowman’s Montessori at Home eBook.
I have a post with Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Activities Using Replicas. I share a number of Montessori-inspired activities created using Safari Ltd. Dinosaur TOOBS and Montessori Print Shop materials.
The Pinay Homeschooler has dinosaur posts with lots of creative activities.
The Arrowood Zoo has a dinosaur unit.
There are lots of links to dinosaur resources at Montessori Mom.
Montessori-Inspired Dinosaur Resources for Elementary-Age and Older
For elementary-aged kids, you could focus on the Great Lessons “God Who Has No Hands” and “Coming of Life” as well as the Clock of Eras and Timeline of Life.
Association Montessori Internationale has “Montessori’s View of Cosmic Education.”
Wikisori has information on the Clock of Eras and the Timeline of Life.
Fossils-Facts-and-Finds.com has free materials for the Clock of Eras and the Timeline of Life.
Montessori Research and Development has teacher manuals you can purchase with detailed information on Montessori elementary history.
North American Montessori Center has a free Clock of Eras (history sample) and Montessori elementary manuals available for purchase.
More Ideas for a Dinosaur Unit Study on Pinterest
On Pinterest, I have more resources for a dinosaur unit study for many age levels. The resources aren’t all Montessori resources, but there are many wonderful ideas to choose from to fit into a dinosaur unit.
Have fun individualizing dinosaur activities for your child or students!
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