Add Some Magic to Your Reading with Dinosaurs Before Dark

Add Some Magic to Your Reading with Dinosaurs Before Dark

The Magic Treehouse series is one of the best-selling chapter book series of all time for a reason. The books are a great entry into the chapter book genre and there is a book for nearly every topic of interest. Dinosaurs Before Dark is the first book in the series and introduces the reader to the Magic Treehouse and the adventure that it can bring to the lives of Jack and Annie. It is a great book to use in your classroom or homeschool for a whole class novel study, small book groups, or individual book studies.

I created this novel study for my own son to use during the summer months after second grade. The goal was to launch him into the chapter book world with this book as the hook.

From the Book Jacket:

Where did the tree house come from?

Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur’s dinner?


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Your students will be drawn into the nail-biting adventure with Jack and Annie. This is a great introduction to chapter books and novel studies and with the full series of 32 books that range in topics from space, the Titanic, war, and even Shakespearean times, your students will be launched onto a path of independent reading as they move from one book to the next hungry for more!

I offer a complete novel study to accompany Dinosaurs Before Dark for use in the classroom or homeschool. The unit includes both a printable format and a Google Drive™ format for use in a paperless classroom or with Google Classroom.

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