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Dinosaurs and All That Rubbish

Ideas for incorporating skills for students with visual impairments from across the curriculum, including literacy, numeracy and more

There are so many skills that can be taught through a single activity or set of materials.  Here are some ideas on using dinosaurs and environmental awareness in cross-curricular instruction for students who are blind or visually impaired. Ideas are included for incorporating literacy, numeracy, science, design technology, geography, and history.


  • Imagine that you went in a journey in a rocket. Where would you go? Could you write a story about it?
  • Can you rewrite the story from the man’s point of view?
  • Imagine a world that is full of rubbish and pollution. Can you think of words / phrases to describe it?
  • Write a poem using each letter of one of the dinosaurs.
assorted toy insects


  • Count the number of insects / dinosaurs that are in the book.

Sciencerubbish, rocket, bottle, bowler cap

  • Lots of plants and trees grow throughout the story. Find out what plants need to grow healthily.
  • Can you write some instructions to teach someone how to care for a plant?
  • Research the topic of dinosaurs. What different types if dinosaurs were there? How were they similar / different?
model rocket

Design Technology

  • Design a model rocket to help the man reach the stars.


  • Find out about different types of pollution and how they affect the environment.
  • Make a list of things that people can do to help the environment.
  • Find out what happens to waste that isn’t recycled.
  • The dinosaur explains that the earth belongs to everyone. Could you use this message on a poster / banner?
toy alisaurus


  • Make a timeline showing when dinosaurs and humans have been alive.


  • At the start of the story, the man dreams about the star. What are your hopes and dreams?
  • The dinosaur says that the man should have been rules by his heart and not his head. What does this mean?
dinosaurs collage


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