D is for Dinosaur: Storytime Plan

Opening Song: "If You're Happy and You Know It" [standing up] with whispered added verse "If it's storytime and you know it, say Shhhh..."

Letter of the Day

Activity/Guessing Game: "Dinosaur, Dinosaur, Are You Behind the Grocery Store?" 
One word that rhymes with 'dinosaur' is 'store.' Can you think of MORE? [Store, bore, shore, etc.] A dinosaur is hiding behind one of these stores. Let's look for him! [Graphics used for magnets (pdf)]

BEFORE OUR FIRST BOOK, LET'S DO SOME THINGS THAT START WITH D [seated]: We can DRIVE. We can DIG. We can DROOP. We can DREAM [pretend you’re asleep and having a wonderful dream….hey, wake up! It’s time for our first story!]

Book: Triceratops Stomp by Karen Patkau (GREAT vocab and sounds to repeat)


Book: Groovy Joe: Ice Cream and Dinosaurs by Eric Litwin


Book: Too Many Dinosaurs by Mercer Mayer [If don't need the extra participation large-crowd boost of Groovy Joe, which is not really about dinos at all]

Action Chant"Bread and Butter" with dinosaur names--take names from the crowd

Action Rhyme: "Two Little Velociraptors" ("Two Little Blackbirds" variation)

Song: “Dance, Freeze, Melt” by The Learning Groove from Rockin' Red (D for Dance)

Books: pages from nonfiction selections:

*DK's The Big Book of Dinosaurs: a First Book for Young Children --show page 6. Dinosaurs are extinct...how do we know they existed? Vocab: fossils, skeleton  


*Life-Size Dinosaurs by David Bergen--show page 35. Life-size dinosaur poop! Vocab: coprolite. Show page 43: life-size T. Tex egg--egg tie-in to "I Know a Chicken" with shakers.

Cover image for Life-size dinosaurs / David Bergen.


Book: How Tall Was a T. Rex? by Alison Limentani [show T. Rex teeth/banana page to go with "How Many T. Tex Teeth Tall Are You?" post-storytime measuring activity

Cover image for How tall was a T. Rex? / Alison Limentani.

Action Rhyme/Song: "Two Dinosaurs Went Out to Play"
(to the tune of "Five Little Ducks"--adapted from version at Mel's Desk)

Two dinosaurs went out to play
over the hills and far away.
They had such enormous fun,
they called for another dinosaur to come:

[Raise hands to cup mouth, and call all together] Oh, Diiiinosaaur!
[Slap hands on thighs to make sound of dinosaur running to join]

Three dinosaurs...four dinosaurs...five dinosaurs...
They had such enormous fun,
they played 'til The Cretaceous Period* was done 

*(144-65 million yrs ago, when dinosaur diversity reached its peak)

Song with Shaker Eggs: “I Know a Chicken” by Laurie Berkner [Ask kids: Why a chicken song? What do chickens and dinosaurs have in common? They both hatch from eggs! So the song could also go "I Know a Dino!"]

Possible second book if time: 

Book: [sing]: Old MacDino Had a Farm by Becky Davies 

Cover image for Old MacDino had a farm / by Becky Davies; illustrated by Ben Whitehouse.

OR Book [can be sung]: Dig Those Dinosaurs by Lori Haskins Houran

OR Book: Dinosaur Roar! by Paul and Henrietta Stickland

Cover image for Dinosaur roar! / Paul & Henrietta Stickland.

Closing Song: Laurie Berkner's "These Are My Glasses" a cappella. "Today, everything we find in our book will begin with D." Possibles before opening to kids for suggestions: deranged dragon! Dirty dingo! Disruptive dodobird! (dog, duck, etc)

After-storytime measuring activity: "How Many T. Rex Teeth Tall Are you?"

Before storytime, cut out and tape teeth in vertical line on wall (make sure to put tooth labeled "1" at the bottom, etc). "T. Rex had teeth that could be up to 9 inches long, and 6-inch teeth were common. After storytime, you can measure how many 6-inch T Rex. teeth tall you are! Stand against the wall right where the T. Rex teeth are taped in a vertical line. How many teeth tall are you? How many teeth tall is your grownup?" [Teeth graphics (pdf)]

Alternates to Swap in--

"Five Enormous Dinosaurs"

Book [selections]: How Big Were Dinosaurs? by Lita Judge (nonfiction) [read and show Microraptor, Velociraptor, Ankylosaurus, Stegosaurus, Tyrannosaurus, and Argentinosaurus--talk about nonfiction as interest and vocabulary-builder: "You don't need to read all the words or even all the pages." Talk about fossils, bones--how we know how big dinosaurs were. Might also show a page from Roxie Munro's Inside-Outside Dinosaurs]

Book: If audience skews young, do Dinosaur Vs. Bedtime instead of the longer first books. Have kids do ROARs (including the roars that get sleepier at the end as dino winds down]. Have kids throw up their arms like champions and shout "Dinosaur Wins!" each time the phrase occurs. Point out (print awareness) when more "ROARs" are added (count them) and when "Again" is added to "Dinosaur Wins."

Book: Dinosaur Kisses by David Ezra Stein