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Dinosaurs on My Street

West, David (Author)
Firefly Books 2013. 62 pages
First published: 2013
ISBN: 9781770852204 (hardcover)
9781770852211 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 567.9
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

This lively, colourful reference book takes a “What if dinosaurs came back?” premise and combines it with digital artwork. Placing the prehistoric creatures in the city alongside buildings, cars, trucks, bicycles, parks and construction sites gives readers a sense of their shape, texture and enormity.

Street scenes illustrate people going about their business and coming face to face with the giants of prehistory from Altirhinus to Zuniceratops. “Big, scary, meat-eating ones . . . Giant, long-necked ones . . . spiky armoured ones” and more. The opposing page provides the name of the species, a simple descriptive text in large clear letters, a pronunciation guide to assist with the challenging names and, very helpfully, a small picture comparing the height of each creature with that of a child.

The book also includes a fact sheet at the end listing the names of the dinosaurs; their actual height, weight, length and diet; when they lived and the countries where they were found.

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    Read the introduction. Discuss what it would be like if dinosaurs “roamed the streets” where you live. Compare the advantages and disadvantages of having a dinosaur in town. What would you prefer?

  •  

    Closely examine one of the illustrations. Discuss the characters, setting and action. What do you think happened just before and just after this image? Write a story describing the events.

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    Notice the scale of the dinosaurs compared to the children in the illustrations. Working on pavement or in the gym, use materials such as sidewalk chalk or skipping ropes to make models of the sizes of the dinosaurs. Use meter sticks or tape measures to be as accurate as possible.

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    Discuss what you know about dinosaurs. What are they doing in the city? Describe them, comparing their size to other things in the illustrations. Which is your favourite? What happened to the dinosaurs?

  •  

    Practise pronouncing the names of the dinosaurs, using the guide.

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    Choose your favourite dinosaur from the book. Tell the class its length, weight and height, and one fun fact.

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    Research dinosaur fossils found in Canada. Illustrate and present the information on a poster.

  • To construct his/her identity
  • To use information
  • Citizenship and Community Life
  • Science and Technology