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DinosaursAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading Rockets Contents: Twobooksonefiction,onenonfiction Parentinformationsheet Threeactivitysheets Bookmark ParentsurveyADVENTURESINREADING : DinosAuRsforteachersandlibrariansThis Reading Rockets Activity Packet is designed to support reading activities at home. Weve chosen a fiction and nonfiction book about dinosaurs, appropriate for a first grade listening level, and included related activities to encourage some hands-on fun and learning. Just assemble the packet in a two-gallon zip top bag, and send home with your students.ReadingRocketscarefullychosebooksthatarewidelyavailableandappealingtoyoungreaders.Thetitlesselectedshouldbeavailableinyourschoollibrary.Ifthetwofeaturedtitlesarenotavailable,oryoupreferanothertitle,feelfreetosubstitutebooksrelatedtothetheme.Youllfindalistofalternativetitlesincludedinthebookmark.ThefeaturedbooksfortheDinosaursActivityPacketareDinosaursbyGailGibbonsandDanny and the DinosaurbySydHoff.Duringavisittoamuseum,DannyencountersadinosaurthatturnsouttoberealandtheyleavethemuseumforadayofadventureinDanny and the Dinosaur.GailGibbons,aleadingauthorinnonfictionforchildren,offersanexcellentintroductiontodinosaursofmanyshapesandsizesinDinosaurs.Theparentinformationsheetincludesanintroductorynotethatyoucanpersonalize,instructionsabouthowtousethepacket,andtipsforsharingfictionandnonfictionbookswithchildren.Theactivitiesaredesignedtoencouragefurtherexplorationandlearningathome:>> TheCreativityActivityisahands-oncraftproject>> TheImaginationActivityencouragesimaginativeplay,writing,ordrawing>> TheGetRealActivityfocusesonreal-worldexperiencesforparentandchild>> ThebookmarklistsboththefeaturedtitlesandadditionaltitlesThebookmarklistsboththefeaturedtitleandadditionaltitles.Putting it all together Printoutcopiesoftheparentinformationsheet,theactivities,thesurvey,andamasterformakingbookmarks.Cutthebookmarkpageintostrips.Youmaywishtoprinttheactivitypagesandbookmarkoncardstockfordurability.Intoatwo-gallonziptopbag,place:>> twobooksonefictionandonenonfiction>> parentinformationsheet>> threethemedactivitypages>> bookmark>> surveyforparentsSendthepackethomewithyourstudent.Encourageparentstokeeptheparentinformationsheet,theactivities,andbookmark,andreturnthebooksandsurveytoyoubythedateyouspecify.LetReadingRocketsknowwhatyouthinkofthefamilyactivitypacketsbye-mailingusthroughourwebsite:www.readingrockets.org/sitecontact.ClickonFamilyLiteracyBags.dAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsDearExploringnewideasandenjoyingbookswithyousendsapowerfulmessagetoyourchild:Readingandlearningarefun,andhappeneverywherenotjustatschool.ThisReadingRocketsActivityPacketaboutDinosaurswascreatedtohelpyouandyourchildenjoyreadingandlearningtogether.Startyourlearningadventurebyreadingsomebookswithyourchildaboutthispopulartopic.Thenexplorethetopicwiththreeactivities.Enclosedyoullfindwhatyouneed:>> twobookstosharewithyourchild,>> threerelatedactivities,>> abookmarkwithalistofotherbookstoextendthefun,ifyouwish,and>> ashortsurveytotellmeifyouenjoyedusingthepacket.Thesimplestepsonthebackexplainhowtousethepacket.Thebookmark,thisparentinformationsheet,andtheactivitiesareyourstokeep.Whenyouvefinishedwiththematerials,pleasereturnthebooksandthecompletedsurveytoschoolinyourchildsbackpack.PleasereturntheReadingRocketsActivityPacketby .Ihopeyoullenjoyreadingandlearningtogether!To learn more about childrens books, reading with your child, and information about helping kids become confident readers, please visit www.ReadingRockets.org ADVENTURES IN READ ING!WelcomeAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsADVENTURES IN READ ING!InstructionsTips for reading fiction books with kids:>> Wonder out loud. As you are reading, or afterward, talk about facts you find interesting or questions you have.>> Show your child how to use the table of contents, section headings, index, and word list (glossary) to find the answer to a specific question.>> Dont be afraid to jump around, reading pages that especially interest your child. You dont have to read a nonfiction book straight through.Tips for reading fiction books with kids:>> Take your time and talk about the story with your child. Ask your child questions.>> Explore the pictures with your child.>> Read with expression. Change your voice or how fast you read to create excitement. Ham it up!>> You dont need to read every word. Keeping your child interested is the goal.How to use your Reading Rockets Activity PacketGetting ready1. Beforeyoureadthebookstoyourchild,besuretoreadthemyourself.Onebookisfictionamake-believestory.Theotherbookisnonfiction,orinformationalandtrue.Readingthebooksfirstwillgiveyoutheinsidescooptothetwistsandturnsofthestory,theinterestinginformationinside,andthepartsofthebooksthatwillappealmosttoyourchild.2. Next,readthethreeactivitiestoseewhichofthemyouthinkyourchildwillenjoymost,andwhichoneyouhavethetimeandmaterialson-handtodorightaway.Chancesare,afteryoureadone(orboth)ofthebookswithyourchild,heorshemaywanttodoanactivityrightaway.StartthefunStart the fun3. Whenyouknowyoullhaveatleastenoughtimetoreadandtalkaboutoneofthebooks,grabyourchildandabook,anddiverightin.Startwiththefictionselection.Talkaboutthecoverofthebookwithyourchildcanheguesswhatitisabout?Havetheyeverreadabookbythesameauthororillustratororaboutthesametopic?Readthebooktoyourchild.Taketimetoaskandanswerquestions,explorethepictures,andwonderwhatwillhappennext.Readitagain,ifyourchildasksyouto.Then,trythenonfictionbookoroneoftheactivities.4. Whenyoureadthenonfictionbook,takeamomenttoexplaintoyourchildthedifferencebetweenthetwotypesofbooks.Thefirstbooktoldamade-up,make-believestory,andanonfictionbookisaboutrealpeople,places,andthings.Theinformationinnonfictionbookscananswerlotsofquestions.5. Feelfreetopickandchoosefromtheactivities,orchangethemtosuityourchildsinterests.Readthebooksagainoverthenextfewdaysandtrydifferentactivities.Mostimportant:havefun!When youre done...6. Keepthebookmark,theactivities,andthispage.Completethesurveyandreturnitwiththebookstoyourchildsschool.Makethemostoftheexcitementthebookscreate,andtrysomehands-onlearningormake-believefun.Exploringnewideasalongsideyouletsyourchildseeyoulearningandreadingtoo,andgivesyourchildpersonalexperiencestosupporthergrowingknowledge.Adventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsCREATIVE ACTIVITY : DinosAuRsmakeapuzzleJustlikeapaleontologist(someonewhostudiesfossilsandprehistoriclife)hastofigureoutwhichbonesgowhereinordertoputtogetherhisdinosaurdiscovery,youandyourchildcanhaveasimilarexperiencebycreatingandputtingtogetheryourowndinosaurjigsawpuzzle.supplies>> Cardboardorposterboard(anemptycerealboxwouldworkwell)>> Picturesofdinosaursdrawnbyyouoryourchild,imagesfrommagazines,orpicturesprintedfromacomputer(www.search4dinosaurs.comofferslinkstoillustrateddinosaurimages)>> Markerorpencil>> Glueorotheradhesive>> Scissors>> Ziplocbagforkeepingpuzzlepiecesinstructions1. First,choosethepictureyouwanttouseforyourpuzzle.(Makesureyourchildunderstandsthattheimagewillbecutintopuzzlepieces.) 2. Gluetheimagetoapieceofposterboardorcardboardthatisthesamesizeasyourpicture. 3. Showyourchildhowtodrawpuzzleshapes.Encourageyourchildnottomakepuzzlepiecesthataretoocomplexasthosewillbedifficulttocutout.Drawthepuzzlepieceswithmarkerorpencilonthebackofthecardboard,notontheimage. 4. Afterthegluehasdried,cutoutyourpuzzlepiecestogether.Itmaybedifficultforyourchildtocutthroughthickcardboardorposterboard,soexercisecautionandpayattentiontosmallchildrenwhenscissorsareused.When you and your child put together the dinosaur puzzle, talk about:>> Wherethisdinosaurmighthavelived>> Howscientistsdiscoverdinosaurbones>> Wherepeoplecangotoseedinosaurbones>> Howdoscientistsknowhowtoputdinosaurbonestogether?Buildadinosauronline:http://teacher.scholastic.com/activities/dinosaurs/buildadino/index.htmdDraw picture of dinosaur glue to cardboard cut out puzzle shapesAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsGET REAL ACTIVITY : DinosAuRsmeasuringupdOne thing about dinosaurs that fascinates many children is their size. But how big is big? You may read together that Brachiosaurus is about 80 feet long, 40 feet tall, and weighed 70-80 tons, but what does that mean? Get out and about and use everyday measurements to help your child understand the size of dinosaurs: >> Showyourchildatreethattops40feet(birchormapleoftenarethatheight)orafourstorybuildingtogetthesenseofhowtallBrachiosaurusstood.Astandardkidssoccerfieldisabout90feetwide,soaBrachiosauruscouldliedowncross-wiseonthefieldbuthistailwouldstillstickoutbyabout10feet!Orifabusisabout40feetlong,aBrachiosauruswouldbeabout2buseslong.Thereare2,000poundsinaton.Howmuchdoesyourchildweigh?HowmanyofyourchildwouldittaketoequaloneBrachiosaurus?Findoutthemeasurementsofyourfavoritedinosaursandseehowtheymeasureup!>> Someofthelargestdinosaurfootprintsfoundintheworldwouldbebigenoughtositinaboutthreefeetbythreefeet.Makeacut-outpaperversionofafossilizeddinosaurprintandapaperversionofyourchildsfootandyourfoot.Haveyouchildguesshowmanyofhisfootprintwouldbeneededtofillinthedinosaurprintandwritedownhisestimate.Thenlethimtracehispaperfootprintasmanytimesasnecessarytofillinthedinosaurprint.Havehimcounthisfootprintsandseehowclosehisestimatewas.Turnthepaperdinosaurprintoverandhavehimtryagainthistimewithyourfootprint.>> Manydinosaurswereverylarge,butsomeweresmall.Thesmallest,thenon-aviandinosaurParvicursor,waslessthan15incheslong.Useatapemeasureorrulertomeasureyourchildsheight.HowmuchtallerishethanParvicursor?Thanothersmalldinosaurs?Talkaboutthekindsofthingsthatyourchildcandothathecouldntdoifheweresmaller.Thenthinkaboutbigdinosaurs.Whatkindsofthingscouldyourchilddoifheweremuchbiggerorhadthehelpofaverylargedinosaur?Encourageyourchildtowriteordrawpicturesaboutbeingbigorbeinglittle.More great online resources about dinosaursForhisCaldecott-Honor-winningillustrationsinThe Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins,illustratorBrianSelznicktraveledtoLondontosketch,photograph,andclimbinsidethefamousdinosaurreplicas.WatchthisReadingRocketsvideointerviewinwhichheshareshisdinosauradventure.http://www.readingrockets.org/books/interviews/selznickEnteryourzipcodetofindoutwhatdinosaurslivedinyourbackyardmillionsofyearsago.TheDiscoveryChanneloffersaninteractivetourofprehistoricNorthAmerica.http://dsc.discovery.com/convergence/dinos/dinos.htmlDownloadadditionaltitlerecommendationsandactivityideasintheReadingIsFundamentalStorySamplerDino-StoriesforpreschoolersandchildreningradesK-2.http://www.rif.org/assets/Documents/StorySamplers/Dinosaurs.pdfGowithNOVAonanexcitingArctictrekandwatchasateamofpaleontologistsattemptstotunnelintothepermafrostofNorthernAlaskainsearchoffossildinosaurbones.http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/arcticdino/program.htmlJoininavirtualdinosaurdigandfindmoredinosaurlinksattheSmithsonianNationalMuseumofNaturalHistory.http://paleobiology.si.edu/dinosaurs/ExplorePBSsdinosaurfieldguide,acompanionresourceforthePBSshowDinosaurTrain,developedespeciallyforkids3-8yearsold.http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/games/fieldguide.htmlAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsIMAGINATION ACTIVITY : DinosAuRsDinosaur: from the Greek deinos meaning terrible or powerful and sauros meaning lizardWiththeirunusualandcomplicatednames,dinosaursofferarichopportunitytoexplorelettersandlanguage.Herearesomeideastotry:>> FormalscientificnamesfordinosaurscomefromLatinandGreekwordsandarehardtopronounceusingEnglish.UsetheDinoDictionarytolistentothepronunciationofmorethan300dinosaurnames.www.dinodictionary.com>> Dinosaursareusuallynamedforthewaytheylookorbehave,butthescientistwhodiscoversanewdinosaurcannameitforanythingheorshelikesaspeciallocation,afamilymemberorfriend,oramythicalbeast.Spendsometimecomingupwithandwritingdownnewnamesfordinosaursthatyourchilddrawsorimagines.>> Usethenameofarealdinosaurtocreateanacrosticpoem.Writethenameofthedinosaurlikethis:MAIASAURABegineachlinewithawordthatstartswiththeletteronthatline.SinceMaiasaurameansgoodmotherlizardthispoemmightdescribethedinosaurmothersrelationshipwithheryoungones.>> Youcanalsoplaywithwordswiththenamesofrealdinosaurs.FollowthisexamplefromthePBSshowWordWorldtobuildaWordThingofyourchildsfavoritedinosaur:http://pbskids.org/wordworld/activities/103b.htmlwhatsinaname?dAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsADVENTURES IN READ ING!Parent SurveyMychildandIreadbooksanddidactivitiestogetherabout:animalstheenvironmentfolktalesfoodmusictimeTheVeryHungryCaterpillardinosaursTellusaboutyourexperiencewiththeactivities:easyandfuntodothedirectionsweredifficulttounderstandmychildenjoyedtheactivitiesDidtalkingaboutwhatyouwerereading,andtheactivitieshelpyourchildtolearn?(on a scale of 1 to 5)12345(did not learn much) (learned a lot)Wouldyouliketotryanotherreadandlearntogetheractivitywithyourchild?yesnoWhatkindsofthingsisyourchildinterestedin?Adventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsFeatured titlesFiction Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd HoffNonfiction Dinosaurs by Gail GibbonsAdditional fiction titles Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale by Pamela Duncan EdwardsEdwina, the Dinosaur Who Didnt Know She Was Extinct by Mo WillemsHow Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane YolenWhen Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise BroachAdditional nonfiction titles Digging Up Dinosaurs by AlikiDinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron BartonDinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest by Harold Zimmerman & George OlshevskyHow Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard MostD I N O S A U R SdAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsFeatured titlesFiction Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd HoffNonfiction Dinosaurs by Gail GibbonsAdditional fiction titles Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale by Pamela Duncan EdwardsEdwina, the Dinosaur Who Didnt Know She Was Extinct by Mo WillemsHow Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane YolenWhen Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise BroachAdditional nonfiction titles Digging Up Dinosaurs by AlikiDinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron BartonDinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest by Harold Zimmerman & George OlshevskyHow Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard MostD I N O S A U R SdAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsFeatured titlesFiction Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd HoffNonfiction Dinosaurs by Gail GibbonsAdditional fiction titles Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale by Pamela Duncan EdwardsEdwina, the Dinosaur Who Didnt Know She Was Extinct by Mo WillemsHow Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane YolenWhen Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise BroachAdditional nonfiction titles Digging Up Dinosaurs by AlikiDinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron BartonDinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest by Harold Zimmerman & George OlshevskyHow Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard MostD I N O S A U R SdAdventures in Reading: Family Literacy Bags from Reading RocketsFeatured titlesFiction Danny and the Dinosaur by Syd HoffNonfiction Dinosaurs by Gail GibbonsAdditional fiction titles Dinorella: A Prehistoric Fairy Tale by Pamela Duncan EdwardsEdwina, the Dinosaur Who Didnt Know She Was Extinct by Mo WillemsHow Do Dinosaurs Get Well Soon? by Jane YolenWhen Dinosaurs Came with Everything by Elise BroachAdditional nonfiction titles Digging Up Dinosaurs by AlikiDinosaurs, Dinosaurs by Byron BartonDinosaurs: The Biggest, Baddest, Strangest, Fastest by Harold Zimmerman & George OlshevskyHow Big Were the Dinosaurs? by Bernard MostD I N O S A U R Sd

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