In the book Dinosaur Detectives, Denzel’s allowance is not enough to buy the computer game that he wants so he starts work as a detective. With the help of his friend Tere, he finds Helen Hadrosaur’s missing eggs and is rewarded with a generous fee. Features of the Book – Colloquial language – awesome, cool, wild-goose chase, – Direct speech, – Humour, – Labelled diagram, – Specialised vocabulary – Allosaur, detectives, Hadrosaur, Word Study Opportunities – Blends “gr” and “pl” – grocery, growled; please playing, – Contractions – I’ll, here’s, you’re, it’s, – Compound words – backyard, sunglasses, bathroom, footprint, – Double vowels “ee” and “oo” – need, see, tree; zoo, looked, footprint, good, shook, – Digraph “th” – these, thief, this. Purpose Dinosaur Detectives can be used to introduce and reinforce the following standards-related skills: – making confirming and revising predictions, – exploring dialogue, – reading aloud with expression, – exploring digraphs, – identifying the features of different genres, – using text as a model for writing.
Themes covered in this book are: Discovery, Problem Solving
Reading Level: 17-18 (Turquoise)