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Read THE DINOSAUR EXPERT before your next class field trip!

Will your class be visiting a local history or science museum? In The Dinosaur Expert, the latest book in Mr. Tiffin’s Classroom Series, Kimmy and her class visit a natural history museum. Read the book aloud, then discuss the following:

  • Kimmy enjoy collecting rocks, shells, leaves, pebbles, feathers, owl pellets, and, most of all, fossils. Ask students if they have collections. Talk about how museums are professional collectors and what kinds of collections you might find on your visit.
  • Kimmy loves science and dinosaurs, but gets discouraged because there aren’t many female paleontologists. Ask the students what subjects interest them. Have them keep an eye out for men and women in those fields that can be their role models. Help them find those subjects and people when you visit the museum.
  • Kimmy is full of facts about dinosaurs. Share what kinds of exhibits you will see at the museum with students, then ask them if they already know any information about those subjects. You might be surprised by the facts that they share!
  • Kimmy is reluctant to share because of a comment her classmate makes. Notice which students are participating and engaged both during this discussion and while at the museum. Like Mr. Tiffin, you have the power to reignite a student’s love of learning.

After your discussion, feel free to have students do further research and read other books to prepare for your visit. Have fun exploring the museum and allow students to see classroom topics applied in real life!

The Dinosaur Expert

The Dinosaur Expert By Margaret McNamara; illustrated by G. Brian Karas

Join Mr. Tiffin and his students on a trip to a natural history museum and learn all about dinosaurs and the scientists who discovered them!

Mr. Tiffin and his students are back in another picture book, and this time the focus is on dinosaur-loving Kimmy. During a field trip to the natural history museum, Kimmy is thrilled to share what she knows about the Stegosaurus and the Archaeopteryx and even the ginormous Titanosaurus. That changes when one of her classmates questions whether girls can be paleontologists. Kimmy starts to feel shy. What if they can't? What if no one wants to hear what she has to say? It will take some help from Mr. Tiffin--and from a famous scientist--for Kimmy to find her voice again.

Join Mr. Tiffin's class as they learn about dinosaurs big and small, feathered and scaly, winged and ocean-dwelling. And root for Kimmy, the dinosaur expert . . . who might just learn something about herself.

Read more in Mr. Tiffin's Classroom Series

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