“Dinosaurs” is one of my favorite themes! For this board I gave the students different shapes cut up from construction paper. I had them make their dinosaurs. You may notice some decided to make long necks while others decided to use spikes on their backs. I left them to decide. You can get ideas off the internet for different kinds of dinosaurs. I then gave them pre-cut speech bubbles that I printed off the computer using Word. I think you can also find them on the internet. I had them imagine what their dinosaur would say if they could talk. Some students used their knowledge about a particular dinosaur (I like to eat meat/ I am a carnivore) others said things like (I wish I could play soccer). Again, I let them decide.
For the board I put up black bulletin board paper (you could also use blue but I decided to make it night). I then put brown at the bottom for the ground (it can also be green) and cut it wavy to look uneven. I sometimes rip the paper or you can also use scissors. I then made a palm tree. Tina taught me that if you staple the palm leaves to look bumpy, it looks better, giving it a 3D effect. I recommend that you laminate the palm tree pieces to use again for different boards. I then stapled the dinosaurs randomly on the board and added the speech bubbles. For the title, I cut out the words “If My Dinosaur Could Talk…”. For the border I thought it would be cute to cut out colored speech bubbles and staple them around the board.
Love this board!