Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis



Bibliographic Information: Dino-Basketball.  Written by Lisa Wheeler and illustrated by Barry Gott.  Carolrhoda Books. c.,2011.

Reading Level:  300L

Synopsis:  In this nail-biter game between the Grass Clippers and the Meat, it’s hard to tell which team of dinosaurs will win.  This story takes us through the action of this basketball game that will determine the winners of the championship game.

Rationale for Classroom Use:  This book would be good to use to draw in students with other interests.  If there are a lot of basketball fans or players among the students, they will enjoy this book because it uses a lot of basketball terminology with a fantasy twist.  It would also be interesting for dinosaur fans because it uses of the names of the different dinosaur species.

Common Core Connection:  Since this book is told in a rhyming format, it could be used in a writing lesson to talk about the rhymes and why this helped add to the story.  It could also be used when talking about sequencing and identifying major events in the story versus the supporting details.


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This entry was posted on June 5, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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