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Both our books, Stone Girl Bone Girl and When Sue Found Sue are a type of story we call a biography. They talk about the events in the life of one person.

In our first story, we will be learning about Mary Anning who was born 222 years ago!  Life was very different back then. In our second story, we will be learning about Sue Hendrickson who is still working as a scientist today.

Take a look at these two pictures. One shows Mary Anning and one shows Sue Hendrickson.



Talk to your helper. What's the same and what's different?

What do you notice about the clothes that the two scientists are wearing?

What do you notice about the equipment the scientists have in their pictures?

What do you notice about the way the pictures have been made?

If you haven't already done so, visit the Fun Activities section of the website and make a fossil from salt dough. You will need it for the next activity.

Look carefully at your fossil, what words could you use to describe it?

What size is it?

What colour is it?

What shapes can you see?

What does it feel like?

Imagine you have just discovered your fossil when you were walking on the beach like Mary Anning.

How did you feel when you first saw it?

Did you know what it was straight away?

Who did you tell first and why?

A museum is interested in displaying your fossil and they would like to talk to you about how you found it.


The curator is going to interview you about your discovery to find out as much information as they can about the fossil and the place in which it was found.


Ask your helper if they can pretend to be the museum curator.

What questions do you think the museum curator should ask you?

Make a list of questions with your helper.

Remember, when you write a question it always needs to start with a capital letter and you need a question mark at the end of the sentence.

Now you have a list of questions, you need to think about how you will answer them.

Go back and look at the words you used to describe your fossil.

Make sure you include these words in your answers. Using special vocabulary will make you sound like an expert.

In school, we will be videoing ourselves being interviewed about our fossil discoveries. If you have a device that can record a video, why not make a video with your helper. We would love to see it if you can send it to us!

If you look in our sound suitcase, you will see that this week's sound is sh. We have chosen this because Mary Anning has been remembered in a special rhyme called a tongue twister! A tongue twister is a phrase that is actually really difficult to say quickly because it has lots of sounds that are the same.

Watch this video to find out a bit more about Mary Anning's special tongue twister.

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore: The Real Story

Now have a practice with the tongue twister! Start off by saying it really slowly - it's very tricky. Don't worry if you get the words wrong, everybody does and it is supposed to make you giggle!

She Sells Seashells by the Seashore | Tongue Twisters

See, it's really hard!

Still image for this video