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    Hello,
    Has anyone done prehistoric animals, plants and bugs unit in elementary level? I need help to build my own for my kid. Any idea or book recommendation would be appreciated.

    Thanks in advance.
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    This Nat Geo book on prehistoric mammals was a huge hit with my older when he was young.
    https://www.amazon.com/National-Geog.../dp/0792271343
    After renewing it for months from the library, I bought it.
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    Build your Library has an evolution unit study. You'd have to add in more bugs, but it might give you a nice base to start.
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    You might like the GEMS Guide Life on Earth.

    How old again? There are so many good books for this really.
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    The prehistory unit from byl actually contains a lot of creepy prehistoric bug books. And it's good for early elementary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    You might like the GEMS Guide Life on Earth.

    How old again? There are so many good books for this really.
    He is 7 now, but I would like some books for a bit older kids so that I can adjust according to his interest.

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    I love the BYL prehistory unit. I have now used it with 2 kids, who are as different as night and day and they both love it. Both did or are doing it in 4th grade.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alexsmom View Post
    This Nat Geo book on prehistoric mammals was a huge hit with my older when he was young.
    https://www.amazon.com/National-Geog.../dp/0792271343
    After renewing it for months from the library, I bought it.

    My daughter loves that book. I was going to recommend it myself.. lol I've also used worksheets from education.com and sometimes I've just made my own work sheets to go along with it.

    My kid is only 6, when I'm not being lazy, I will go ahead and do themed days. For a dinosaur day that will usually include a few books I read to her, or a chapter from a larger book, then a dinosaur EZ reader style book that she reads to me, a couple math pages with dinosaur theming, a dot to dot page (she's past that point, but, likes them so I still include them) AND well, I have my Florida state fossil license, so we will dig out a bag of sifted gravel and look for fossils. I have a friend who also has his license and will bring me a couple bags now and then of dredgings. We look for microfossils and have found things like Pleistocene era bird talons and rodent teeth and so on. One of our museums have a couple active dig sites where you can volunteer. She won't be allowed to volunteer until she's 15, but, I've volunteered before and it's a lot of fun. Mostly a lot of shovel work.

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrarwilliams View Post
    You might like the GEMS Guide Life on Earth.

    How old again? There are so many good books for this really.
    Hello Farrar,

    I am still waiting for book recommendation from you. Please advise me. Thanks.

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    For some reason, SHS doesn't give me quoted notifications anymore. Sigh.

    So, I'll second the BYL lists for that age - especially anything you can get from the library because it can be hard to know what a kid will really enjoy. I especially liked Billions of Years, Amazing Changes. In terms of non-dinosaur books, I liked this Cartoon Prehistory of Life Before Dinosaurs a lot - there are three or four of them:
    https://www.amazon.com/Plants-Strang...s+were+strange

    They're a little in depth for that age, but they include a lot of bugs and various other things than dinosaurs, which is nice. I'm trying to think what else is outside the box a little, especially that isn't just dinosaurs. There are a lot of great ones about dinos - several good ones about Sue. There are also some good mammoth/mastodon books if you want to go more recent. But this stuff is relatively easy to find. For that age, I think it's best to child out piles of stuff from the library and see what he likes. It's hard if you don't have one though. For older kids, I tend to think it's better to really target them and require specific things.
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