Dinosaurs Before Dark: MTH #1 Novel Study for Special Ed with questions


Total Pages 80 pages
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


Dinosaurs Before Dark is the first in the Magic Treehouse series by Mary Pope Osborne is the focus of this novel unit for students with autism and special learning needs. Have you ever wanted to read a novel to your special education students but thought, there is no way they will sit and listen? Persevere, it is worth it!! This 80 page unit on the novel Dinosaurs Before Dark is designed for students who have significant disabilities and special learning needs. I was always reading a novel to my students, regardless of their learning level. The lesson of learning to sit while someone is talking is an invaluable skill that is worthwhile teaching.


This unit has various activities to accompany Mary Pope Osborne’s book, Dinosaurs Before Dark. The materials were designed to allow students with multiple levels of learning to access and engage in lessons learned through listening to this novel. There are many opportunities for students to engage in repeated information as they get to go on Jack and Annie’s first adventure in the magic treehouse to prehistoric times. This repetition encourages deeper engagement of the book. Finally, many of activities include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation and options for presentation. There is 1 activity (10 different activities) to go with each chapter as your students stay engaged while you read this novel aloud.

There are 2 complete files to go with this unit. One is in color and one is in BW.

***There are also comprehension questions included in this unit. There are 15 questions in total with 3 picture choices for each question.

See preview for the table of contents and a detailed look at what is included.


Dinosaurs Before Dark Unit Includes:

  • 80 pages of activities to accompany Dinosaurs Before Dark
  • Table of Contents
  • Suggestions for Use and Suggestions for Differentiation for activities
  • 10 activities (1 for each chapter)
  • 15 comprehension questions


There are so many benefits to reading out loud to your students. You will teach them an invaluable skill of learning to sit still while someone else is talking. Your parents will also LOVE you for not only teaching them this skill of sitting, but also for exposing them to age appropriate material. Plus, you never know which students you will touch with each story you read.

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I also have a blog post on reading novels to a low incidence class that includes some FREE SAMPLES:

Reading Novels to a Low Incidence Class