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See my review for teaching ideas using this book as a stimulus for: saving the planet and animals, safari, zoo, animals, habitat
on 8 February 2016
Storyline - Another classic Harry and the Dinosaurs story where Harry visits a safari park and discovers some animals are in danger of becoming extinct. He decides he want to help save them and creates his own posters to go into the local shop which eventually get turned into cards for sale where profits go to the helping the endangered animals. From this, the key message given to readers is that Harry knows that however small you are then you CAN make a difference.
Teachers - This forms part of a collection of books from the well known and respected children's author Ian Whybrow. Harry and his dinosaurs are a fab resource for in the classroom a they have proven to really capture the imagination of, in particular, the boys who usually are not too keen on books. However, teachers beware that i feel that final line of "Quite right, my dinosaurs! Because even if you are as tiny as a tick on the tail of my green turtle you can do something that makes a big difference!" does not fit in with the story and certainly does not sound like what a child would say.
Themes: saving the planet and animals, safari, zoo, animals, habitats, helping, caring,
- The size of the animals discussed in the story could be a starting point for comparative discussions in maths around big, small etc.
- Children could research endangered animals and create a factfile.
- Children could create their own posters to help the endangered animals just like Harry.
- During choosing time a bucketful of plastic dinosaurs could be set up on the carpet space along with the books. Some clipboards and pencils could also be added to encourage some mark making. Depending on which stories are present, other props could be introduced such as characters puppets on sticks (all books), a football (united book), zoo animals (go wild book), camera & suitcase (go on holiday book), bones (museum book).
- Children could create pictures using different mediums of the dinosaurs. They could focus on their texture using clay, colours using paints, facial expressions using pencils etc.
- Older children could write their own story or create a storyboard of something Harry could do with the dinosaurs e.g visit their local shop (linking with local communities) or playing with them at home and helping to cook the tea (healthy eating).
- Children could draw a picture of their favourite toy and write key words about its identity e.g the name.
Activity ideas relevant to the Harry and the Dinosaurs series:
- Children could discuss in PSHE about being lost and found - how would they feel if they were lost? How do they think the dinosaurs felt? How did their emotions change throughout the story.
- Children could use this book to see how to use a library. They could then do a task like Harry did in his first book e.g. they could go to the library (schools library) or online to find out about the dinosaurs. They could then extend this by doing a fact file for each dinosaur.
- The books could be used as a discussion point for playing as a team player e.g. accepting when you lose or are not as good as someone else. This could then lead onto writing about or simply sharing 'i am good at' quotes.
- The book could be used as a discussion point for how to choose a team. You choose one by one.
- Children could use this to explore mathematical concepts such as full, half full, overflowing. This could be done by placing the dinosaurs in a bucket and discussing and mark making about what it shows e.g. full.