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These comprehension activities for Magic Tree House Dinosaurs Before Dark are great for beginning readers who aren’t ready for lots of writing! Work on chapter comprehension, vocabulary, story elements, sequencing, and more… without requiring tons of written response!

This resource is designed to help your readers practice their reading comprehension skills with built-in differentiation for early, struggling or reluctant readers/writers! 

You can use these activities alongside the read aloud, audio book, or a child reading the text themselves. They are also great for assessments, literacy center worksheets, homework, and more! 

Options for writing or drawing answers are provided, as well as offering multiple choice questions to help students truly focus on COMPREHENSION and less on needing to write out their thoughts. 

✨Included In This Resource

1. Chapter Comprehension Worksheets

10 sheets

Simple to understand comprehension questions

Vocabulary with picture clues

Drawing space

A predictions prompt

2. Story Elements Worksheets

Students will choose from a menu of different options to identify the setting, characters, problem, and solution. Three differentiated versions are provided: 

Multiple choice answers

Free-writing/drawing space

Writing prompts and lines.

3. Story Sequencing Worksheets

Students cut and paste 6 different sentences into the correct order, then draw a picture. Two levels are provided:

Simpler sentences + vocabulary pictures

Longer sentences and no pictures

4. “What Do You Know” Worksheet 

Students identify information that they know about dinosaurs, write down questions, and identify sources of information they can use to learn more.

5. “A New Ending” Worksheet

Students can write or draw an alternate ending to “Dinosaurs Before Dark.”

6. Vocabulary Matching

Help your students learn some of the trickier words included in these texts! Two levels are provided:

Matching the vocabulary words to written definitions

Matching the words to the picture clues. 

Both versions use the definitions and picture clues found on the Chapter Comprehension Worksheets.

7. Answer Key

✨BONUS✨ 

I’ve added Guided Reading Prompts with scripts and questions to help you engage and assess student comprehension!

Great For…

Struggling readers/writers who love the Magic Tree House books, but cannot write long written responses

Students who have listened to the audio book, but are not independent readers yet

Reluctant writers/readers who need more engagement

Homeschool 

Guided reading groups

Many reading comprehension resources rely on students’ written answers. With this resource, you now have options for differentiating for struggling readers and writers, while engaging the whole class in these delightful books! 

PLEASE NOTE: You must have access to the printed or audio version of Magic Tree House Book 1: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne to use this resource.

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