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Everything Dinosaurs

Hoena, Blake (Author)
Sereno, Paul (Author)
Tempesta, Franco (Illustrator)
National Geographic Society 2014. 64 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781426314964 (paperback)
Original language: English
Dewey: 567.9
Book type: Non-Fiction

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
ESL Intensive & Enriched
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

“Chomp on tons of earthshaking facts” in this lively guide to the fascinating world of dinosaurs. When and where did these prehistoric giants live? How big were the smallest ones? What if they hadn’t become extinct? Chock full of over 100 pictures, maps, diagrams, infographics, facts and cool comparisons, this book covers everything from the time dinosaurs first appeared to the current hunt for fossils.

The book’s table of contents and index are good tools for navigating through the informative, sometimes technical text. The last chapter, “Fun With Dinos” includes matching games and quizzes, as well as a few quirky items asking readers to create their own dinosaur name or match their personality to a dinosaur type.

Organized into four chapters, the book features colourful eye-catching images that capture the drama of the dinosaurs’ time on earth. Other design elements include clearly labelled subsections, “Dino Bites” (little nuggets of information) and “Explorer’s Corner” sidebars containing field notes and tips from a real paleontologist.

Extras include an interactive glossary to test readers’ knowledge, and a resource page listing “Dino Documentaries,” “Dino-riffic Reads,” related websites and places to visit.

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    Browse through the pages with a partner, using sticky notes to flag interesting sections you’d like to revisit in depth.

  •  Take the “what kind of dinosaur are you” quiz on page 46. Write your own quiz in the same style.
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    Prepare notes to debate which dinosaur you think is the coolest. Use facts from the text to support your argument. Engage in a friendly debate with a classmate whose opinion differs.

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    Do a group KWL chart about dinosaurs. Explore how the book is structured. What book features help you tackle a non-fiction book?

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    Using pages 14 and 15 as a guide, create a timeline of the dinosaur period. As you read, add dinosaur names to the timeline. What can you observe from that timeline?

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    Prepare a Dino quiz. Construct five questions about surprising information from the book. Use the glossary (page 61) as model.

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    Design an information poster about one of your favourite dinosaurs. Explain its main features and particularities.

  • To cooperate with others
  • To use information
  • To use information and communications technologies
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology