Dinosaur Emergent Reader

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Do you have any dinosaur fans in your classroom or home? I always have at least a few each year, and I try to build off that interest if I can. This free Dinosaur Emergent Reader is perfect for that! It’s fun for kids to read, color, and keep. I have a TON (over 2,000!) of children’s books, so I definitely like to have some great dinosaur activities for my dino lovers to pair with the dinosaur books in my collection!

*Pair with our Fluency Passages for Early Readers Bundle Pack!

This free Dinosaur Emergent Reader for Pre-K & Kindergarten is a fun companion to your favorite dinosaur books and activities!

Dinosaur Emergent Reader

“Dino-Count!” is great for beginning readers. It focuses on sight words (I, see), number words 1-6, and color words, too!

It is set up with repetitive phrasing, which helps young readers feel successful as they start to get the rhythm of the story. This is especially helpful for students who are not yet decoding or blending sounds into words. This is also a great way to practice tracking print!

This emergent reader is set up with repetitive phrasing, which helps young readers feel successful as they start to get the rhythm of the story.

How to Prep

This book is super easy to prepare! Simply print it double sided, cut in half, and staple. Printing one set gives you two books! Grab the crayons or markers and you’re all set to go!

I love that I can run off books for my whole class and it doesn’t take too long. (Because we know that we teachers don’t have a ton of time to deal with the copy machine!)

The cover says "Colored by" so students can feel like little illustrators.

How to Use the Emergent Reader

In this dinosaur book, kids read the number words (the pictures support them with that) and also the color words. They color the dinosaurs to match the word.

Teacher Tip: It may be helpful for students to highlight or circle the words in the story first to really help them see what color that word represents.

On the last page of the book, students get to add their own twist to the story by choosing the color of the dinosaurs! We have posters in our room where students can look for their color and see how to spell the color word.

In this dinosaur book, kids read the number words and color words. They color the dinosaurs to match the word.

If you don’t have something like this available for reference, you could help your child or students with writing the color word. They could also look at their crayon wrapper to help them spell it (if they are generic colors and not the really long crayon names, even though those are fun!).

Grab Your FREE Copy

Ready to count and color those dinos? You can grab your own free copy of the Dinosaur Emergent Reader by clicking the large, yellow download button below!

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More Dinosaur Fun

For even more awesome dinosaur fun, check out these activities from some amazing kid bloggers!

14 must-try dinosaur activities for kids!

Dinosaur Matching Puzzles Free Printable // Powerful Mothering

Dinosaur Playdough Kit // Mama. Papa. Bubba.

Dinosaur Counting Cards // The Kindergarten Connection

Dinosaur Matching // Coffee Cups and Crayons

Dinosaur Guessing Game // Play & Learn Everyday

Free Editable Dinosaur Name Plates // Fairy Poppins

Free Dinosaur Number Puzzles // Playdough to Plato

Dinosaur Egg Colour Matching // Teach Me Mommy

How to Stomp Out Dinosaur Sized // Sugar Aunts

Dinosaur Emergent Reader // The Kindergarten Connection

Free Dinosaur Subitizing Game // Fairy Poppins

Dinosaur Sensory Bottle // Simple Play Ideas

Dinosaur Letter Tracing // Modern Preschool

(Not Shown) Dinosaur Busy Bag // Study at Home Mama

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  1. Hi Alex,

    I cannot seem to find the link for the book. I have the page for the counting cards but would love to have a copy of the dino number book.. please advise where the link is.

    Many thanks! Angie

    1. Hi Angie,
      If you click the yellow “download here” button above you should be able to grab the book. 🙂

    1. Hi Connie!
      After opening the book it should open in a pdf or may open in your browser – if it opens in a new tab in your browser just hover near the top and click the printer icon. 🙂 If you print double sided it will give you two copies instantly ready to go!
      Should you need anything feel free to shoot me an email via the contact tab at the top of the site as well! Enjoy the reader!

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