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Plesiosaur Peril

Loxton, Daniel (Author/Illustrator)
Smith, Jim W.W. (Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
Series: Tales of Prehistoric Life
ISBN: 9781554536337 (hardcover)
Original language: English
Dewey: 567.9
Book type: Picture Book

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:

A young Cryptoclidus and her mother swim through the ancient undersea world, avoiding danger as they search for food. But when the baby strays too far from her pod, she is attacked by a Liopleurodon and suddenly she must think fast or end up in the jaws of this fierce and hungry predator.

Young dinosaur lovers will be enthralled by this dramatic fast-paced story that seamlessly blends fact and fiction without sacrificing language. Both informative and colourfully detailed, the narrative sings with imagery: “The baby plesiosaur swam with her mother. Morning sunlight dappled their skin. Lazy waves rolled above their heads... Their flippers rose and fell like wings.”

Each eerily realistic full-bleed spread uses state-of-the-art computer-generated images to capture the thrilling underwater fight for survival. Water is treated almost like a character in the story, appearing alongside the giant swimming creatures in blues ranging from turquoise to midnight.

A fact sheet at the end provides additional information about the two types of prehistoric ocean-dwellers appearing in the story.

  •  

    Brainstorm for examples of how different animals care for their young. As you read, make connections between modern-day animals and Cryptoclidus.

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    What makes this a work of fiction? Find examples of non-fiction elements.

  •  With a group, create a glossary of important terms for the book.
  •  

    Use pictures and words to retell the story in a comic strip. Share your thinking with a partner or with the class.

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    What makes this a work of fiction? Find examples of non-fiction elements.

  •  

    With a partner, draw a plesiosaur and use the text to help you label the body parts.

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    From your understanding of the text, draw a mind map of the life of the plesiosaurs.

  •  

    Compare the way plesiosaur mothers and human mothers care for their young ones. Present your findings in a graphic organizer.

  • To communicate appropriately
  • To exercise critical judgment
  • Environmental Awareness and Consumer Rights and Responsibilities
  • Health and Well-Being
  • Science and Technology