Wednesday, May 29, 2024
Katie and the Dinosaurs

Katie And The Dinosaurs

by Mark Warner
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A visit to the Natural History Museum turns into an adventure for Katie when she steps back in time to the world of the dinosaurs! Katie helps a baby dinosaur find his family, rides on the back of a Brontosaurus, and has a picnic with a Triceratops! But just what will she feed a very hungry Tyrannosaurus Rex?

Teaching Ideas and Resources:


  • Katie has lots of adventures in different books. Can you write a new story about an adventure that she has when she visits somewhere new?
  • Plan an interview with Katie about the different adventures that she has had. What answers might she give to your questions?
  • Imagine that you could travel back in time to see the dinosaurs. Can you write a story about your experiences?
  • Using the information in the back of the book, work with a friend to practise saying the names of each dinosaur.
  • Make a list of words that can be used to describe dinosaurs.
  • Katie goes through a door that has a sign saying ‘ABSOLUTELY NO ADMITTANCE WHATSOEVER’. Can you write a story about another child who ignores this sign?
  • Imagine that you can talk to a dinosaur. What would you say to them? How might they respond?
  • What will Katie say to her grandma about her day with the dinosaurs? Write the conversation that they might have.


  • Use sorting diagrams to organise dinosaurs into different groups.
  • Compare the sizes of different dinosaurs.


  • Find out about different dinosaurs. Can you write a report about them?
  • Think about the adaptations that different dinosaurs had.
  • Look at the skeletons of humans, dinosaurs and other animals. How are they similar / different?


  • Can you retell this story using multimedia software? Add the text, your own images, animation and sounds.

Design Technology

  • Can you and your friends create models of different dinosaurs?


  • Look at different images and illustrations of dinosaurs. Can you try to create your own?


  • Compose a theme tune for a new film about dinosaurs. What instruments could you use?
  • Imagine the sounds that dinosaurs might have made. How would you describe them?


  • Are there any natural history museums (or other museums) near where you live? Could you plan a trip there? How far away is it? How will you get there? How long will the journey be, and what places with you travel through to get there?
  • Plan the layout of a new museum. What different exhibitions could it have?


  • Create a timeline that shows when different events in history (including when dinosaurs lived).
  • Research how people find out about dinosaurs. What clues do they use? What tools do they have to help them?

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