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Dinosaur Countdown

Oldland, Nicholas (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2012. 24 pages
First published: 2012
ISBN: 9781554538348 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 513.2
Book type: Picture Book

Text Elements:

character, 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:

The main characters in this short, fun, educational book that counts down from ten to zero are a kooky lot of cartoonish, pointy-toothed creatures that fly, trot and saunter across the plain white terrain of every page. Each double-page illustration, rendered in earthy tones, showcases a particular breed of dinosaur—including a few of the less familiar ones—sporting sometimes silly, sometimes fiendish expressions, with the matching number spelled out for the reader.

Children will appreciate the irony in the final drawing—the mere skeleton of a dinosaur with the accompanying quip “No dinosaurs (They’re extinct, silly!),” a gentle reminder of the fragility of life on earth.

A helpful pronunciation guide at the end of the book offers assistance with some of the trickier names (e.g. Velociraptor, Parasaurolophus, Deinosuchus).

  •  

    Make a chart of new and interesting words from the book. Discuss these as a group and define their meanings.

  •  

    Discuss why these animals are extinct. What other animals are extinct or endangered? 

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    Using the adjectives in the book, make new sentences that describe other animals.

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    Read along, counting the numbers down from ten and then up again.

  •  

    Practise saying the names of the dinosaurs. Consult the pronunciation guide at the end of the book.

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    Act out the actions of the dinosaurs on each page.

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    Practise other adjectives (e.g. ten brown and green dinosaurs, nine tired dinosaurs, eight hungry dinosaurs).

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    Discuss a Big Question: Where are the dinosaurs today?

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To use information
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Mathematics
  • Science and Technology