Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Day 19 Dinosaurs-Picture Book Month

Picture Book Month Day 19 theme: Dinosaurs
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How Barnum Brown Discovered the Most Famous Dinosaur in the World


Right from the start, Barnum Brown was an unusual boy. He had an unusual name, an unusual way of dressing, and a very unusual hobby - fossil hunting. Barnum collected hundreds of fossils on his family’s Kansas farm, but he dreamed of finding something even more unusual: dinosaurs! As a young man, Barnum began hunting for dinosaurs for the American Museum of Natural History and quickly discovered the museum’s first dinosaurs. Then one day in 1902, Barnum was hunting for dinosaurs in the badlands of Montana. He spotted a milky brown bone poking out of a hillside. Barnum had never seen anything like it before. What could it be? It took Barnum months of digging and more months fitting bones together before he knew what he had found: the world’s first Tyrannosaur rex! Barnum went on to collect more dinosaur bones than anyone one earth, and T. rex became the most famous dinosaur in the world – as important and unusual as Barnum himself.

Take a look into the book: MacMillian
Barnum's Bones, by Tracey Fern, tells the story of Barnum Brown--a young man whose parents gave him an unusual name because they hoped he would grow up to do great things. They never dreamed that their son would grow up to be one of the greatest dinosaur hunters who ever lived!

Read more about the book at author Tracey Fern's website

Download the Barnum's Bones Teacher's Guide with literacy activities. 

NPRBone to Pickhear an amazing story of the first T-Rex discovered (#973) and the mystery of a missing bone.

Watch Born to Prey, a digitally animated recreation of the movement of a T-Rex 

Dinosaur Videos:Then End of Dinosaurs-a series of videos from Discovery Channel.What Killed the Dinosaurs? a video from History Channel.

In this picture, Barnum Brown has uncovered his find #973 the first T-Rex.

The bones were shipped, assembled, and displayed to the world. In this era, dinosaur discoveries were huge news and the T-Rex was the most glamorous find of all. 

I love this activity my librarian friend Lisa used for her students. She had them decorate the bones and then carefully cut them out and reassemble them together. 



Dino Links to lessons, activities, and more

Here is a link to Dinosaur activities on Pinterest

Science Kids lessons and activities



Happy Reading!





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