Join them as they research the world of dinosaurs and find out the facts behind the fiction.
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Mary Pope Osborne created this companion to her first book in the Magic Tree House series, Dinosaurs Before Dark. If you would like to learn more about Ms. Osborne her website is below. (This annotation contains a link)
1. A World of Dinosaurs
Why is this fact about a continent written in smaller print?
The list below helps summarize the facts learned so far about dinosaurs.
How does the graphic timeline below help you understand the Mesozoic Era?
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
Use the Define feature to find the definition of grounds. This word has several meanings. Which best fits with the way grounds in used in the highlighted sentence?
3. Dinosaur Hunters
Authors use different text structures when writing non-fiction novels. This video explains one structure, sequence. (This annotation contains a video)
Which clue words below let you know time has passed in the novel?
Each red dot on the map below represents a location where dinosaur fossils have been found. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz for Section One
What additional information can you gain from the photograph above?
Many times when reading non-fiction readers think about the main idea of what they are reading. Listen to this song to get tips for finding the main idea. (This annotation contains a video)
The pronunciation guides help you sound out the dinosaur names correctly.
Write an informational paragraph about Flesh-eating dinosaurs. Include the main idea and three important details that you learned in this chapter.
Comparing the footprints to truck tires is an example of a simile. Similes are a form of figurative language where an object is compared using "like" or "as." Do you see any other similes on this page?
Which sentence below contains a simile?
What new information is found on the website that is not found in this book?
Visit the website below to discover more information about the Edmontosaurus. (This annotation contains a link)
Why is the Brachiosaurus compared to a giraffe?
Many of the dinosaurs' body parts are being compared to other things. This video discusses comparing and contrasting. (This annotation contains a video)
6. Sea Monsters and Flying Creaturesinosaur Hall of Fame
Pterosaurs would be compared to
The diagram of the Pteranodon shows you the different body parts mentioned in the paragraph.
Quiz for Section Two
7. What Happened to the Dinosaurs?
Besides dinosaurs, do you know of any other animals that are extinct?
Compare the theories given for what happened to the dinosaurs. Use information from the passage to support your answer.
There are still many questions about dinosaurs. Do you think paleontologists will ever discover the answers?
8. Dinosaur Neighbors
How do paleontologists determine that today's lizards are very similar to lizards from the dinosaurs' time?
Sometimes you have to make inferences as you read. This video explains how to use this strategy. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on what you read in this chapter, what can you infer about the author's feeling in regards to why some animals surived while dinosaurs went extinct?
Doing More Research
This chapter gives you several different ways you can do your own research.
Why does Mary Pope Osborne include other books by different authors?
Do you think you would learn more from a DVD about dinosaurs or a book? Why?
Quiz for Section Three