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!
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!
How to Prep
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!)
RELATED RESOURCE: Color Centers & Activities for Pre-K/Kindergarten
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.
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 at the end of the post!
More Dinosaur Fun
For even more awesome dinosaur fun, check out these activities from some amazing kid bloggers!
FROM LEFT TO RIGHT:
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 Colours and Numbers Busy Bag // Adventures of Adam
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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