The Jurassic Park Transformation:
- 12 Pack Safari Hats
- Dino Photo Props
- T-Rex Inflatable
- Dino Footprints — included for DIY on TPT
- Small Puck Lights
- Dino Eggs
SNAPSHOT OF OUR TEXT FEATURE WEEK:
Day One: Welcome to the park! Students train to become Archeologist by studying and practicing making text features using their Dino Text Feature Booklet.
Day Two: Students help sick Triceratops, by inspecting their droppings. They collect task cards from within the droppings and sort them on the correct “patient card.”
Day Three: Students help the park find their missing dinosaur eggs. Inside the eggs are slips of paper with a text feature listed. They must paste the correct feature on the appropriate space on the page provided.
Day Four: Research dinosaur using dinosaur research guide
Day Five: Students create their own Dino Text Feature Lap-Book.
THE TEXT FEATURE LESSON:
Find the accompanying TPT product HERE!
“Good morning park rangers and welcome to JURASSIC PARK! Jurassic Park is a new area we created to house dinosaurs that have been brought back to life by our team of scientists! We get to be one of the first groups to enter and explore the park! You should keep their hands feet and other objects inside your vehicle at all times!”
“Now that you’re here, we have some training to do! We must study hard in order to become Archeologists that are able to help the dinosaurs in the park. You will be receiving a certificate of completion when are research is done.”
Students create their own Dinosaur Text Feature booklet. Included are fill in the blank text feature definitions and a page for students to create their own example. I really worked WITH my students on this discussing and creating together.
Watch Clip: (edit/skip at 1:02 & 2:15 for inappropriate word)
“Gross, Rangers! But it is what HAS to be done. We have to figure out what is wrong with our sick Triceratops. Dig through the dung to match each set of three cards.”
Students match the “dropping” cards (text features) to their definitions! They placed these on patient cards—the dino’s were sick and needed help. Each patient card had an example text feature….so they new where to place their cards!
Watch Clip (stop at 1:50):
“Rangers! We need your help. Our eggs have been compromised. We believe they are scattered around the park. With your team, quietly (We don’t want to wake the momma dino’s) search for your teams color eggs. These will be used to complete task one.”
Students searched for the missing eggs around the room! Inside the eggs were text features! They had to paste the text features onto a dinosaur article to correctly label.
Students completed research on the dinosaur of their choice. They used research guides found HERE to complete using google search. This took a lot of work for my third graders, but they will DEFINITELY know their text features!! I helped them with their percentages that they used for their pie graph.
Students used their research to fill out their own lap books. We used manila folders. They filled out their information, colored, cut, and glued!
I hope you have as much fun as we did with you Jurassic Park Transformation!! If you are looking for some materials to accompany your text features lesson…look no further! CLICK HERE for the Text Feature Escape included in my TPT store! 🙂