Paired Text Questions: "Who Is Sue?" & Digging Up Dinosaurs
Digging Up Dinosaurs | 490L
- Learning Goal
- Integrate information from “Who Is Sue?” and Digging Up Dinosaurs to determine whether the sequence of finding and studying fossils is explained with the same level of detail in both texts.
Approximately 15 minutes
- Necessary Materials
- Non-fiction reading passage “Who is Sue?”
Digging Up Dinosaurs
- Questions 1 and 2 refer to the book Digging Up Dinosaurs. Questions 3 and 4 refer to the passage “Who is Sue?”. Questions 5 and 6 refer to both the passage and the book.
- Student versions of the questions are in the 'Texts & Materials' tab.
Part 1: Digging Up Dinosaurs
Question 1: What is a fossil?
Sample student answer:
- A fossil is the hard remains of an ancient animal or plant found inside in the ground or a rock.
- A fossil is a very old dinosaur bone found in the ground or rock.
- A fossil is made from the remains of plants and animals that died long ago.
- A fossil is stone that was made from mud and bones.
Question 2: According to the book how does a fossil under the ground end up in a museum? What are the steps involved?
Sample student answer (may vary but should include most of the following):
The fossils must be found, dug out of the ground, drawn and/or photographed, carefully packed, and sent to the museum (where many fossil bones can be put together into a skeleton).
Part 2: "Who is Sue?"
Read the passage “Who is Sue?” out loud to your students.
Question 3: Sue Hendrickson is the fossil hunter. There is another thing named Sue in the passage. What else is named Sue?
Sample student answer: Sue is the dinosaur or the T. Rex dinosaur.
Question 4: This passage states that Sue Hendrickson found the dinosaur bones on August 12, 1990. The passage then describes two more events that happened after Sue Hendrickson found the bones. One of these events happened in 1997, and the other event happened in 2000. What are these two other events?
Sample student answer: The dinosaur bones arrived at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois. Then the dinosaur, Sue, went on display in the museum.
Part 3: "Who is Sue?" and Digging Up Dinosaurs
Question 5: Both the book and the passage talk about the process of finding fossils and then displaying or showing them in a museum. Which of the two texts gives us more detail and explains more about how fossils are found, dug up, photographed, shipped to a museum, studied and then put on display?<b>Question 5</b>: Both the book and the passage talk about the process of finding fossils and then displaying or showing them in a museum. Which of the two texts gives us more detail and explains more about how fossils are found, dug up, photographed, shipped to a museum, studied and then put on display?
Sample student answer: The book Digging Up Dinosaurs explains the process more, in more detail.
Question 6: Explain what probably happened to the fossils after Sue Hendrickson found them, but before they arrived at the Field Museum in Chicago.
Sample student answer (may vary and should include):
- They were dug out of the ground.
- They were drawn in their exact positions.
- They were photographed.
- They were packed carefully.
- They were sent to the museum.
Texts & Materials
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