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Drumheller Dinosaur Dance

Slavin, Bill (Illustrator)
Melo, Esperança (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2006. 32 pages
First published: 2004
ISBN: 9781553379829 (paperback)
Original language: English
Book type: Picture Book
Book genre: Poetry

Text Elements:

character, setting

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Blue Spruce Award Winner – 2005

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 rollicking, rhyming read-aloud showcases Alberta’s famous fossils, the Drumheller dinosaurs, as it imagines a bunch of tangoing, shimmying, shaking skeletons that come to life at night while the rest of the world is fast asleep. But is it real or is it just a sleeping boy’s dream?

Onomatopoeia helps create the poem’s catchy rhythm—in particular, the repeated refrain of the dinosaurs (“boomity-boom, rattely-clack, thumpity-thump and whickety-whack”) that will have children begging to chime in for a choral reading.

Visually appealing, the book employs a “dancing” white font against a darkish background of double-page acrylic illustrations that humorously and eerily convey the dinosaurs’ cadenced brouhaha through the prehistoric Badlands. Children should find most of the text readily accessible, but unfamiliar words such as “transmogrify,” “thunderous” and “assemble” will provide excellent opportunities for language enrichment.

  •  

    Read along with the refrain.

  •  

    Design a party invitation to the dinosaur’s party.

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    Make a list of onomatopoeic words from the poem: boomity-boom, rattley-clack, etc.

  •  

    Choral read along with the rhyming story, particularly the refrain of the dinosaurs. Clap your hands to the rhythm.

  •  

    Research the dinosaurs exhibited at the Tyrrell Museum in Drumheller, Alberta. Identify the names of the dinosaurs and the places in the book.

  •  

    Make a poster advertising an evening at The Drumheller Dinosaur Dance.

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