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You can purchase the 28-page literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game for Barnum's Bones and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (with song) for immediate download for only $17.95!
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Barnum’s Bones
by Tracey Fern
2013-2014 Texas Bluebonnet Nominee
2013 Kids Wings Top Flight Award

Picture Book
Kindle Edition

They say that if you do what you love, you'll never work a day in your life. That worked for Barnum Brown who had always loved to dig and look for treasures in the soil. He decided he wanted to do it for his life's work ... so he went to college to learn and then became one of the most important American paleontologists of all times. He spent his life looking for the bones of new species of dinosaurs.

And guess what?

He found them! Tons and tons of ancient bones! He found them buried in sandstone in South Dakota. He found them in India. He found them by diving in the Gulf of Mexico! In Canada, he hunted for them from a raft. But, in Hell's Creek, Montana, he found his "favorite child," a dinosaur that had been sleeping for more than sixty-six million year after dinosaurs became extinct. It became the most famous dinosaur in the world. What was this dinosaur that Barnum Brown discovered in Montana? Where can you see it today? How did find it? How big was it? Did anything scary ever happen to him? (Hint: YES!)

This scientist was the personification of the American spirit. He had high ideals, he worked hard in spite of often difficult circumstances, and his perseverance, creativity, and desire to find better techniques were never ending. Tracey Fern has written Barnum Brown's biography in Barnum's Bones! A terrific artist named Boris Kulikov illustrated it. And NOW, it's in your library! (if you're lucky)

Barnum's Bones will become one of your favorite picture book biographies! Kids Wings had created the perfect classroom study to go with it. Our activities will inspire problem solving and innovation, work ethic, creativity, and admiration of character traits that represent the best in the American Dream. It will be a classroom favorite, so Kids Wings recommends you consider purchasing a class set. The Kids Wings unit and 50-slide Jeopardy-type game will delight every teacher and guarantee thoughtful, fun, social and exciting academic growth for every classroom. In addition, we have included our literature guide for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins to create a pair of stories to compare and contrast.

Research Links for
Barnum's Bones
written by Tracey Fern, Illustrated by Boris Kulikov

Author Tracey Fern

National Museum of Natural History: Dinosaurs, A Virtual Dig

A Dino-Database

A Bone to Pick
Watch T-Rex Come Alive
The American Museum of Natural History
Discovery Channel: The End of the Dinosaurs
T-Rex on the Hunt
Natural History of Museum Dinosaur Exhibit of Los Angeles County
National Geographic Prehistoric Timeline

Country Reports
Calendar Home

Answer Sheet Scantron Generator

More Dinosaur Books with Kids Wings Literature Guides:
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins--Companion Book
Encyclopedia Prehistorica: Dinosaurs
in a Robert Sabuda Pop-Up
Mammoths on the Move, Rhyming Narrative
Gorgonzola, A Very Stinkysaurus
Hubert Invents the Wheel (prehistoric funnyman...a must-read with your simple machines unit)


Quotes to Memorize:

"Dinosaurs may be extinct from the face of the planet, but they are alive and well in our imaginations." Steve Miller, Freaks!

"Great white sharks, big storms - somehow, I think we like to be put in our place by awesome things. Dinosaurs do that." Sue Hendrickson


With special thanks to the talented Sandra Bradley Gaither for allowing us to use her beautiful original composition, "Joy Returning."

You can purchase the 28-page literature guide PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game for Barnum's Bones and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins (with song) for immediate download for only $17.95!
Click Here to Purchase and Download
from Kids Wings at Teachers Pay Teachers

A 29-page unit PLUS interactive Jeopardy-type game, perfect for lesson plans, handouts, or projection on your SmartBoard for Barnum's Bones is available NOW!

The Activity Guide Contains:

Pre-reading Discussion Cards
Anticipation Guide
2-page Readers Theater
Mapping: Where in the USA are Montana and New York?
Vocabulary List
Vocabulary Game: Five in a Row!
Sequence and Summary of Letters
Sizing Up Time and Weight, Math
Research Reports, A Logic Puzzle
Researching a Museum
Researching a Dinosaur: Which is YOUR Favorite Child?
Dinosaur Crossing
Building the Bones
Connectiong Barnum’s Bones and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
Evaluating Illustrations, Comparing Books
Comparing Three Books: Balloons Over Broadway, Barnum’s Bones, and The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins
Researching Another American Scientist
Writing a Biography, Tips, MA'S CAVE SOAP, and First Draft
Answer Pages
Plus, a BONUS Interactive Jeopardy-type Game

PLUS A Kids Wings Unit for The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins:


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