Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs

Tips for "Captain Flinn and the Pirate Dinosaurs"

As You Read:

Encourage your child to make predictions as you go along. Examine the illustrations together and then ask your child "What do you think will happen next? What makes you think that? If Flinn had done this instead, what do you think would have happened?"


Extending the Story:

Help your child brainstorm new adventures that Flinn could go on! Instead of finding a pirate with a stolen shipping, what if he had found an alien from a different planet who was stranded on earth or a mysterious object that can transport him to a different time. Ask your child about an adventure that s/he would like to go on and then write about what Flinn might experience! Then have your child illustrate the story and before you know it, you'll have a new, original bedtime story! Source: Teaching Ideas

Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...