The Tyrannosaurus Game
written by Steven Kroll; illustrated by S.D. Schindler
(Marshall Cavendish Children) 2010
Source: Orange County Public Library
A rainy day at school created disappointment for the kids in class until Jimmy came up with an idea. With everyone sitting in a circle, he started a story and passed it on to Ava who passed it on to the next classmate. Jimmy started the story with "Last Saturday, I was eating breakfast, when all of a sudden a tyrannosaurus came crashing through the window." The storytellers that followed Jimmy took the dinosaur on a trip that included stops on the school bus, the playground, and a local amusement park. The story ended with a clever twist that allowed the T-Rex to hide.
Circle writing is an fun strategy to use to inspire reluctant writers. The Tyrannosaurus Game would be an excellent read aloud to use to introduce circle writing. Students like dinosaurs and humor, so this book would be a good choice. It would also be a great pairing with Chalk by Bill Thomson. Both books involve a T-Rex and student imaginations. Teach contrast by reading each book and using a graphic organizer to find the similarities and differences.