You hopefully saw a post from a few weeks back about our exploration of Greek base elements in which we found English words such as astronaut, choreography, xylophone and rhinoceros–remember? This grew into an imaginative writing project that the students really loved. The assignment: take that same list of Greek bases and “discover” (ie. “invent”) a dinosaur. As you will see below, imaginations ran wild. Most students combined two or three bases into manageable creature-names such as <pneumopyrosaur>–“fire breathing lizard”–<hexacephalosaurus>–“six-headed lizard”–or “lithodermosaur“, the “rock-skinned lizard”. Others were, well, somewhat more ambitious. Good luck pronouncing “titanohexapodorhodopterodynamosoph” or other titanic tongue-twisters! Like a massive dessert buffet, there were just too many juicy Greek bases to only choose two or three!
Our writers richly demonstrated their understanding of the Greek bases, as well as a deep understanding of the lives of these ancient lizards. They also revealed their sense of humour and generally pretty weird imaginations. Many, many amazing physical and behavioural characteristics were described, including upside-down flying, deep kindness and healing powers, gold bodies, hot and cold running water, and of course a wide array of hideous weaponry for repelling or wiping out other dinosaurs. Here is a sample below, but these are currently on exhibit in our hallway so do come on by to read them up close! Hey, make your own!!