Dinosaurs Before Dark

Dinosaurs Before Dark is the first Magic Tree House book, written by Mary Pope Osborne. S.T.W. has a collection of reading comprehension questions, project ideas, and literature circle role sheets to go along with this story.

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Chapters 1-3
Answer seven comprehension questions to check your understanding of chapters one through three. Includes questions about the setting, finding the magical tree house, and Jack and Annie's adventures with the pteranodon.
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Which character in the story are you most like? Are you generally a careful person, like Jack, or more a adventurous person, like Annie?
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This printable has a picture of Jack looking out of the trees house and seeing a giant Pteranodon.
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Chapters 4-6
These six comprehension questions focus on Jack and Annie's prehistoric encounters with the Pteranodon, Anatosaurus, and Triceratops.
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This worksheet has an illustration of a large Anatosaurus. Jack is fearfully hiding behind Annie as they look up at the dinosaur.
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Chapters 7-10
The questions on this worksheet cover the last four chapters of the book. Students answer questions about Jack's escape from the Tyrannosaurus rex and their magical return home.
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An angry T-rex towers over Jack and Annie in this graphic.
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Whole Book
Answer questions about Jack and Annie's adventure to prehistoric times. This worksheet covers all ten chapters of the book.
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A set of four illustrated bookmarks, featuring scenes from Dinosaurs Before Dark.
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Dinos Before Dark
Literature Circles
Write a brief summary of the assigned chapters and share it with your group.
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Create open-ended discussion questions for your group to talk about.
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Draw a specific scene from the story. Can your group members tell you what's happening in the illustration?
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Tell how events from the story remind you of something that's happened in real life.
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Choose tough vocabulary words from the reading selection and define them.
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This sheet can be used as a cover page for your literature circle packet.
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