Kindergarten – 3rd Grade program -- Taking a trip back in time -- mixing non-fiction & fantasy, science & math, biographies of the girl who first discovered dinosaurs, and the very important concept that we are always learning new things about what we thought we knew!
Prehistoric Actual Size (J560 JENKINS) Steve Jenkins' wonderful collage pictures depict creatures from 450 to 3 millions years ago -- long before humans! -- 2 ft. long dragonflies and 3 ft. long millipedes, huge teeth and claws, great back-matter. Speaking of scale, booktalked: If Dogs Were Dinosaurs (513.24 SCH) More math: How High Can a Dinosaur Count? & Other Math Mysteries (PicBk FISHER) – more math ideas: http://bedtimemath.org/?s=dinosaur
Fossil Girl – Catherine Brighton (Graphic novel = comic) Vocabulary: "fossil" = "stone bones", "intriqued" = "fascinated" 1st dinosaur bones found by a 12 year old girl 200 years ago! --> Mary Anning became a great fossil finder and her finds helped lead to Darwin's Origin of Species. (Common Core – compare with other versions: e.g. Mary Anning & the Sea Dragon -- Jeannine Atkins, Stone Girl, Bone Girl – Laurence Anholt, Rare Treasure – Don Brown, Mary Anning: Fossil Hunter -- Sally Walker (all JBiog. ANNING))
Boy, Were We Wrong About Dinosaurs! (J567.9 KUDLINSKI) (dinosaur detection, warm bloodedness? feathers & fur? what caused their demise...knowledge always changing with new scientific discoveries…docent at Natural History Museum…major changes every 3 years!)
Puppet/Song/Story: “There’s a Dinosaur Knocking at my Door” – from album Happiness Cake by Linda Arnold (lyrics here: http://carolsimonlevin.blogspot.com/2015/02/preschool-storytime-dinosaur-roar.html) -- did this earlier in the program for kindergartners.
Booktalked: Goldilocks and the Three Dinosaurs – Mo Willems (PicBk WILLEMS) fun fractured fairy tale, Miss Smith Reads Again – Michael Garland, Chalk (Pic Bk THOMSON)...magical chalk...what would they draw?
Additional great read-aloud non-fiction:
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (J567.90228 KER) ...investors dining in model head of a dinosaur, pieces of giant dino models buried under Central Park! Did Dinosaurs have feathers? J568.22 ZOE, Did Dinosaurs Eat Pizza? Mysteries Science Hasn’t Solved J567.9 HOR
Next year? If I Had a Triceratops - George O'Connor (2015)
Bedm. 1/07,1/10, 3/12, 3/15