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Oh Say Can You Say Di-no-saur?

Last updated Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Author: Bonnie Worth
Date of Publication: 1999
ISBN: 0679891145
Grade Level: 1st    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Apr. 2018

Synopsis: The Cat in the Hat makes another surprise appearance at Dick and Sally's house--only this time he makes his entrance riding atop a brachiosaurus! Soon, he's off, along with Dick and Sally, millions of years back in time to see how fossils were created. Then it's on to a tour through the Cat's own Super Dino Museum--a fabulous place where the correct pronunciation of a dinosaur's name wins you a peek at the real living thing! Beginning readers will love exploring the prehistoric world of dinosaurs with the Cat in the Hat as their guide!

Note to readers:
•  Explain that dinosaur names are so long because they are the names that scientists gave them and most of the time are not regular names. For example: feline domestica = house cat
•  Go over names of dinosaurs in book so the kids know how each is spelled and pronounced.

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you like dinosaurs? Do you have a favorite?
•  Have you been to see the dinosaurs at a museum?
•  Have you read any other "cat in the hat" books or books by Dr Seuss? What are your favorites?


•  Fossils: preserved parts of animals that lived millions of years ago
•  Carnivore: meat eater (Name the carnivorous dinosaurs in the book?)
•  Herbivore: plant eater (Name the herbivorous animals in the book?)
•  Extra words in glossary at end of book

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Compare hundreds, thousands, millions of years, money, etc.
•  Have any of you seen Dinosaur Train or Cat in the Hat on PBS/TV?
•  Are you primarily a carnivore, herbivore, or omnivore (both plants and animals)?

Craft ideas:
•  Draw a picture of your favorite dinosaur
•  Draw a picture of a "pretend" dinosaur like the "catinahatosaurus" at the end of the book
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

Special activities:
•  Act like a dinosaur

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!