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How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum

Hartland, Jessie (Author/Illustrator)
Blue Apple Books 2011. 36 pages
First published: 2011
ISBN: 9781609050900 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Book type: Non-Fiction

Text Elements:

recurring patterns, 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:

Young readers need not be dinosaur fans to appreciate the adventures of a Diplodocus skeleton—through millions of years of planetary transformation—until its leg bone is found by a dinosaur hunter in the 1930s. The subsequent retrieval and reconstruction of the full skeleton are conveyed in a style that’s as fun and silly as a campfire song.

Children will enjoy the humorous backtrack of events as the process moves forward: “ . . . installed by the riggers, supported by the welders, tumbled over by the night watchman . . . .” New, rich vocabulary is continuously introduced within the framework of repetition, challenging and amusing readers. Special type treatment for terms such as “preparators” and “paleontologist” helps reader recognition.

Quirky painted illustrations depict essential detail in a warm child-friendly style. In one spread, carefully labeled boxes are carted into a bright, messy museum office; the waistcoated curator throws up his hands in joy.

Back material is also illustrated, and offers further information about dinosaurs, fossils, and the real-life discovery behind this particular story.

  •  Discuss the cover illustration, title and endpages. Clarify any new vocabulary and share relevant prior knowledge.  Locate Utah and the Smithsonian Institution using an online map. 
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    Create a chart with the headings Who? and What? For each featured person (e.g. movers), list the associated verbs (hauled, packed, transported). 

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    In pairs, choose a topic and write your own cumulative narrative. Refer to the T-chart for interesting verbs to use in your story.

  •  

    Research a Canadian dinosaur museum. Prepare a short presentation on this museum for your classmates. Share information on the collection, location and any other interesting attractions the museum has to offer.

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    Look at the title and the front and back covers. Predict what the book will be about. Have you ever seen a dinosaur in a museum? Where? Describe your experience.

  •  Role-play what the people in the book did to bring the dinosaur to the museum. Use the descriptions in the book. Research and add other facts about each person’s job.
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    Make a poster of your favourite dinosaurs to display in the classroom. Write and illustrate interesting facts about that dinosaur. Use the information at the end of the book (“A Little Bit of Dino Info”) to guide you.

  • To cooperate with others
  • Personal and Career Planning
  • Geography, History and Citizenship
  • Science and Technology