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Dino-Hockey

Wheeler, Lisa (Author)
Gott, Barry (Illustrator)
Lerner 2007. 32 pages
First published: 2007
Series: Dino-Sports
ISBN: 9780822561910 (hardcover)
9781580136228 (e-book)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

setting, structures and features

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This picture book combines two winners: dinosaurs and hockey. It’s the meat eaters against the veggies in this match, with the dodo as referee. The story flies along, with rhythm and rhyme. The pace is not unlike a real hockey game: “Trocera slips. He spins. He reels!/Watch out—check! And Raptor steals.”

The story embodies the chaos of hockey, with the constant back and forth, cheering crowds, scores, fights and assists. The dinosaurs are named, so the reader also learns names of species like Apatosaurus and Ankylosaurus. Unlike normal hockey games, there are some dino-related factors like drooling, sharp teeth, and a flying Triceratops.

Illustrations are cartoony and capture the chaos of the game, with humorous angles, such as the Allosaurus, with her face pressed up against the glass, behind “the toothy fans.” Another image features a wide view of the rink with vastly different sized players, some of which take up half the length of the rink.

It’s a gruelling match but the veggiesaurs come out on top. It’s an absurd concept that is sure to please, combining the excitement of hockey with the particularities of each dinosaur species. A fun way to learn about both.

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    Based on the book cover, make predictions for the story. As the book is read aloud, adjust your predictions.

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    Team up with (three) other students and divide up the pages between you. Practise reading the story out loud using the style and intonation of a hockey commentator.

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    Make a list of the hockey vocabulary and expressions. Verify that you understand all of the terms. Plan a story sequel with a similar structure. Spice up your writing with terms from your list.

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    Choose one of the dinosaur characters and research it to learn about the period when it lived, its habitat and its diet.

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    Based on the book cover, make predictions for the story. As the book is read aloud, adjust your predictions.

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    Discuss the various categories in this book (dinosaurs, hockey, vegetarians, etc.). Use a graphic organizer to sort words and expressions into different categories.

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    Practise reading the story out loud using the style and intonation of a hockey commentator.

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    Collect soccer vocabulary and expressions. Imagine and write a sequel to this book.

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