LONGLIST REVIEW: Dinosaurs in 30 Seconds

We all find dinosaurs fascinating. Their size, the variety, the way these ancient creatures were (and still are) discovered- all these things make them fascinating. They really were real life monsters! 'Dinosaurs in 30 Seconds' journeys back in time millions of years ago and reveals the facts about the creatures that ruled the earth.

Some lived in swampy forests and toxic lagoons whilst other lived in vast deserts facing deadly sandstorms. This book takes a look at the variety of life that lived in these diverse landscapes and time periods. Thanks to paleontologists we have been able to unearth incredible facts about the lives of these prehistoric creatures and this books compiles this information into 30 second summaries.

There are 30 dinosaur fact topics for lovers of extinct super reptiles. Each topic should take only 30 seconds to read and contains vibrant illustrations, challenges and super quick summaries. Topics are grouped together and have their own glossary of key terminology in order to help the reader better understand the world of palaeontology.

Beginning with evolution and the first dinosaurs and ending with the bird like dinosaurs of the cretaceous period, topics are divided into geological time periods. There are also sections about fossils, dinosaur bones and the palaeontologist who discovered them. It is a fascinating mix which is easy and quick to read.

There are many ways this book could be used in the classroom. Children could be set on a word hunt, using the glossary to find words and write their own definitions.

Writing a precis (Y6 English P of S) is a very hard skill to master. Having a 30 summary offers an excellent example of how this can be done. Children could look at what has been included and discuss why these points have been chosen. Would they have made the same choices? Thy could create their own summaries, like the ones found in each section. Can they makes ones that vary in length? Can they get down to a  10 second or a 5 second summary? How effective are these?

Can each section really be read in 30 seconds? Try timing it to see. Can it still be read effectively or is the reader rushing and the reading becoming less clear? (performing)

Children could write their own glossary, selecting words they feel need to be defined or choose their own dinosaur to write a 30 second summary about.

Dinosaurs in 30 Seconds

30 Fascinating Topics for Dinosaur Detectives Explained in Half a Minute

by Sean Callery, illustrated by Sam Hubbard

Ivy Kids      ISBN: 978-1782403999

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