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Book One

Written by Dr Sheila Twine Published by Prim-Ed Publishing IRE–0371


Foreword Comprehension Lifters is a set of copymasters designed to assist students who have experienced difficulties with reading and comprehension. Topics are of high interest to appeal to older students with low literacy skills. Comprehension activities are varied and include superficial and in-depth questions requiring students to interact with text at a range of levels. The four books of Comprehension Lifters can be used on their own or in conjunction with the four books of Literacy Lifters by the same author. Thus, students working at a basic level on Book 1 of Literacy Lifters would progress to Book 1 of Comprehension Lifters before moving on to Book 2 of Literacy Lifters.

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In both Literacy Lifters and Comprehension Lifters, the book numbers do not correspond to grade or class levels, but rather to the skill level of students. Books progress in level of difficulty. Thus, Book 1 is pitched at a basic reading level and would be suitable for students who had floundered with their start to literacy. Book 2 would be appropriate for students who require assistance with basic skills. Books 3 and 4 would suit students whose reading and understanding of text is at a low level.

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About the Author

Dr Sheila Twine is an educational consultant who has worked with parents, teachers and students with special needs in England, Scotland and Australia. She is the author of three books containing practical techniques for working with children who experience difficulties with reading and spelling. She holds a Masters Degree and a Doctorate in Education.

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Dr Twine has been president of various associations and foundations involved with underachieving children with a variety of disabilities from mild intellectual handicap to attention deficit disorder. She was principal of a residential remedial primary school and has been the director of an education consultancy for many years.

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Teacher Information .... (ii) – (vi) Tigers ............................................1 Kittens ..........................................2 Jenny’s Hen ..................................3 Foxes .............................................4 Sheep ............................................5 Pythons.........................................6 Owls .............................................7 Horses ..........................................8 Storks ...........................................9 Pandas ........................................ 10 Otters ........................................ 11 Polar Bears ............................... 12 Thumper the Dog ................... 13 Stags ........................................... 14 Who Am I? ............................... 15 Hippos ....................................... 16 Rhinos ........................................ 17 Rabbits ....................................... 18 Goat – Postcard ...................... 19 Puffins ........................................ 20

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Wallabies ................................... 21 Foals ........................................... 22 Chimps ...................................... 23 Lions .......................................... 24 Eagles ......................................... 25 Giraffes ...................................... 26 Mouse – Letter ........................ 27 Rattlesnakes ............................. 28 Crocodiles ................................ 29 Seals ........................................... 30 Cattle ......................................... 31 Hares and Rabbits ................... 32 Porcupines ................................ 33 Camels ....................................... 34 Gibbons ..................................... 35 Ostriches .................................. 36 Platypuses ................................. 37 Anacondas ................................ 38 Ducks ......................................... 39 Monkeys .................................... 40 i


Teacher Information GENERAL LAYOUT Comprehension Lifters are designed as a teaching tool to assist you in raising the literacy levels of your students who are experiencing difficulties with reading and comprehension. The page layout is similar throughout the books with text well separated to make discouraged readers feel more at ease. In each book there are 40 topic pages dealing with aspects of the same theme which are intended to be of interest to older students with low literacy skills. The font size is appropriate to the students’ ages and so is smaller than normal for the easier reading level; therefore, the pages do not look ‘babyish’.

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The Backing Sheet can be copied onto the back of any or all of the topic pages. It is general and designed to complement your teaching. It contains space for activities in word study, thought-webbing and writing.

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TOPIC PAGES Each topic page has a number of sections. There is a section for patterned words which are phonically regular (found, sound, round) and for sight words (the, said, enough) for instant recognition. Most pages also have longer words broken into ‘chunks’ to encourage your students to tackle unfamiliar words more easily (nav-i-gate).

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There are many comprehension sections. These include: Main idea – Students need to be able to group the main idea of the text. Selecting and creating a title assists with this and is featured on every topic page. Cloze activity – Each page also features a cloze activity which requires students to think as they read so a sensible word can be inserted into the blank spaces using clues from the text. Questions – Literal questions are included where the answer is clear from the story. There are also inferential questions where students are asked to think and provide a logical answer. (He put on his waterproof coat – What was the weather like?) Others – Some pages feature following directions or giving opinions. Some ask for students to make judgements and some ask for elements to be put in correct sequence.

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At the bottom of each topic page there is a section in smaller type. This can act as a challenge to the more able students in your group to read to the others. The section either asks a deeper level of comprehension question or gives more information about the topic.

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TEACHING TIPS Two teaching strategies which were used when the layout of the topic pages was being trialled concerned pre-reading and gap-filling. You may like to try them. Pre-reading – students were asked to glance at the pictures on their topic page then turn the page over (so no reading took place). They were then asked to volunteer snippets of information on the topic. (It’s all about ballooning, My Mum went up in a hot-air balloon, They have a fire machine to make the balloon go up, Some balloons go on races etc.) This serves to get your students’ brains tuned in to the topic. Three things then happen. First, the reading becomes easier (they’re expecting the words). Second, their comprehension is better, and third, recall is improved. Three good reasons for spending a few moments in a pre-reading activity. Gap-filling – the topic pages are teaching tools for you so it’s a good idea not to let your students fill in the blanks while you are going through the various sections of the page with them. The ‘pencils down’ rule allows them to focus their whole attention on what you’re saying. Later comes their turn for practice and activity by filling in the blanks and answering the questions on their own. The Backing Sheet can be used while you’re teaching. For instance, ‘Let’s spell that word together. Now spell it silently, turn over and see if you can write it down’.

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Teacher Information Topic Pages The Topic Pages have been designed for students who are experiencing difficulties with literacy. They are all pitched to create a high level of interest which will appeal to students with low skill levels.

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The Topic Page layouts have been trialled in small remedial groups using an ACTIVE teaching mode which is outlined in the model below. Students were encouraged to fill in ‘gaps’ in the Topic Pages only after teaching had taken place. The Backing Sheet was used during the teaching for students to write patterned, chunked and sight words from memory. Topics are arranged in themes and each page contains scope for your active teaching as follows:

Pre-reading

Word Study

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• Discovering pre-existing knowledge through discussion, with students volunteering snippets of information after looking at illustrations.

• Predicting.

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• Cloze activity – to promote thinking and to reinforce word study items.

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Comprehension

• Phonic word patterns of regular words or theme words. • Chunked words – words broken into chunks to assist blending and spelling rather than conventional syllables. • Silent letters have been identified by slipping the letter below the line of the whole word.

Reading • Oral, group, silent, paired or partner reading.

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• Questions – literal and inferential.

• Main idea – creating or choosing titles.

Extension – Reading or Comprehension • A more difficult level of comprehension.

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Backing Sheet The Backing Sheet is provided for you to copy on the back of any or all of the Topic Pages. You’ll notice that it is general and suitable for all Topic Pages. It is designed to complement your teaching and you may care to use or adapt the following suggestions as shown on the sample Backing Sheet.

Odd Words/Long Words

• Can be used while you’re teaching or for practice afterwards.

• Practice in reading and writing of longer words or sight words.

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Patterned Words

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Thought Web • Integrating elements from text with pre-existing knowledge. • Practice in sorting out random thoughts into sub-themes, or lists or categories.

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• Matching drawing to main idea of story.

Writing • Space to encourage students to make a start in writing a set theme. • Using words and thoughts from text and thought web in own story.

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My Turn

Backing Sheet

Odd words and long words

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Title

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Programme Overview

6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22

Wallabies Foals Chimps Lions Eagles Giraffes Mouse – Letter Rattlesnakes Crocodiles Seals Cattle Hares and Rabbits Porcupines Camels Gibbons Ostriches Platypuses Anacondas

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Foxes Sheep Pythons Owls Horses Storks Pandas Otters Polar Bears Thumper the Dog Stags Who Am I? Hippos Rhinos Rabbits Goat – Postcard Puffins

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x sh y ow or st oo tt, mm, pp ow th st it's, I'm, I've wh and or old ff

pick a title yes/no read and draw write a title literal inference yes/no literal yes/no/doesn't say literal word meaning listing, drawing yes/no write a title yes/no/doesn't say clues yes/no/doesn't say

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all oa ch gr igh ck ou ttle cr ea o–e a–e i–e ink ing, ong ch nny, ddy ow

pick a title yes/no opinion think of a title yes/no/doesn't say pick a title inference yes/no/doesn't say inference yes/no/doesn't say inference true/false true/false inference choose a title true/false/doesn't say who am I? comparison

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Ducks Monkeys

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Animals

Title: tiger

A tig

is a big c

t.

stripes

s.

Tigers have str

live.

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This is where t

jungle

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Big Cats Tigers

Jungle

Yes No

Tigers live in the sea.

Tigers live in a hole in a tree.

Tigers live in the jungle.

Yes No

Yes No

Stripes Why do you think a tiger has stripes?

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Animals

Title: Jan has a kit

black

. too.

Sam has a k

is white.

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white

is black.

Which is Sam’s kitten?

Which is J

kit te n

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’s kitten

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Do you think it’s better to have a black kitten or a white one? Why?

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Animals

Title:

Jenny f

ds her pet hen with s

She also feeds it gr Jenny’s he

tr

ns. ps up in a

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f

d

s

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gr

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ps

pl e

tr

sl

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hen

What does the hen eat?

What does the hen do up in the tree?

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Up a Tree

Jenny’s Hen Seeds and Weeds

Why do you think Jenny’s hen sleeps in a tree?

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Animals

Title:

Ma Ne

and I saw a dog fo t we saw the vi

Ma

en.

Then we saw two f

x

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cubs.

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Put an ‘x’ at the best title.

What did Max and I see last?

What did we see first?

What is a vixen?

Max and I Fox Cubs A Fox Family

What do you think the fox family was doing?

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Animals

Title: sh eep all ear

All of the

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earers

eep are in the pen. earers are here.

The

They have come to

Poor

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Poor Sheep!

Shear means to cut.

The sheep will be cold tonight.

Yes No

Shearing Time In a Pen

Yes No

Why will the sheep look smaller tonight?

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Animals

Title:

‘It’s got m ‘Stop cr

y

arm!’ yelled Pam. ing. It’s m

Don’t be sh

pet p

, it w

thon.

’t harm you,’

said Jim.

sh cr

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p

thon

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don’t

m

wh

Sa m

t won’

The python was on Jim’s arm.

Who was crying?

Yes No

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Think of a title.

Why did Pam not need to be scared?

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Animals

Title: ow ls n h

pl e

d

H

Sa m

br

do

n n

ls see to hunt in the dark?

They look d

n eyes.

g

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When do owls hunt for food?

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What are owls eyes like?

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What else do you think an owl eats?

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Animals

Title:

Mort has a h His h

or

se.

se is called N

He rides N

man.

m

in the

est.

M

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N

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Sort out the best title. In the Forest

What is the horse called?

Where does Mort ride?

Mort’s Horse Lots of Trees

What would Mort see in the forest?

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Animals

Title: st ork tree

ands

ump

icks

ands in the mud.

for a bu

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It w

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or a frog. bug

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What is the stork looking for?

What is on the river bank?

Muddy Water Tree Stump The Stork’s Dinner

Why do you think the stork has long legs?

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Animals

Title:

The panda has a bad t It can not eat its f will have a l

oo

th. z

d, so the vet k.

k

t

k

f

d

t

th

p

r

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r panda!

P

l

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panda

Yes No

The panda’s tooth is bad.

The vet is going to look at the tooth.

The panda eats well.

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The Bad Tooth No Food

What is good about pandas being in zoos?

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Animals

Title: tt

river o

er

bi

en mm y

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Mu swi

ing

pp

er is swimming in the riv

The o

er is ha

The fish is not ha

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This o

y. It has bi

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ha

y

en a fish.

y.

Where is the otter swimming?

What did the otter do to the fish?

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The Otter’s Happy Day The River Unhappy Fish

Why is it not a happy day for the fish?

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Animals

Title: ow sn bl fl ly

pl e

sl

A polar b

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gr

r with her cubs crosses the sn

The cubs are gr

ing fast. Cold winds bl

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y land. over

g

the ice and sn

ing

Yes No Doesn't say

The cubs grow slowly.

Hot winds blow over the snow.

Yes No Doesn't say

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Sometimes a polar bear rides on an ice floe. What does that mean?

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Animals

Title: th at is en

pl e

ump umper

is is T

His tail

umps. His feet at

ump.

under or is it just

umper?

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umper. He is a very big dog.

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under

Yes No

Thumper is a cat.

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What does Thumper thump?

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Think of a title.

Think of another name for Thumper. Why did you choose it?

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Animals

Title: st stock still

ag be ger

dan

and

pl e

ock ill

ant

bigge

Sa m

lers

antle

rs

A

mu ju be

g

ag is a male deer. It has its bigge s when it is old.

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Stags stand

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Just pick the best title.

Standing Still

ock

ill when they are in danger.

What do we call a male deer?

What does ‘stock still’ mean?

Biggest Antlers Stags What is the biggest danger for a stag?

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Animals

Title: It’s It is

India big

I’m

ger

I

Africa big big

ges

I’m the big

.

.

Where do elephants live?

and zoos.

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got a long tru

and Afr

I live in In I’m an

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land animal.

I’ve got ( 1, 2, 3 ) tusks. I’

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Who am I?

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Add a number (1, 2, 3 or 4)

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legs

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Title: and hippos

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riv

er

s

river

y

pl e

st

ing

h

Sa m

understand

A b

of hippos was st

river bank. Then they all left the s

ing on a y bank and went

into the river to cool off.

Why did the hippos go into the river?

What does a ‘band of hippos’ mean?

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Title: or rhino

f

rhinoceros

n

sh

t

h

rid

pl e

h

peop

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le

This is a rhinoceros, or rhino for sh All rh

os have one big h

n and sh

t,

rid people kill rhinos.

g

fat legs. H

t.

What is the short name for rhinoceros?

âœŞ

Rhinos have long legs.

Yes No Doesn't say

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Think of a title for this story.

What would you do to people who kill rhinos for their horns?

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Animals

Title: wh en

whiskers

ite iskers

kers. She is my

ite rab

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This is W

pl e

ile

Her fur is

ite and soft. I can pet her

ile she

in

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feeds.

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Soft, White Fur

Whiskers is a pet mouse.

Her fur is soft.

She is a white rabbit.

Pet Rabbit

Yes No

Yes No

Whiskers Feeding

Yes No

Why was she called ‘Whiskers’?

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Animals

Title:

Green Farm Monday

Dear Jo

25c

It’s good on the farm. goat

They have an o ie.

I’m t

she butts,

but she lets me h

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Jo Smith

called G

Flat 43

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S

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her.

ham

I’ll be home on Sunday,

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Love Sam

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Who can hold her?

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Where does Jo live?

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What is the goat’s name?

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G

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Why do you think Sam is staying on the farm?

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Animals

Title: ff o cli pu

in

flu

y

pl e

colours

high

A pu

Sa m

cliffs

in has a big beak with lots of col lays eggs it has to see they

When the pu don’t roll o

the cli

. Puffins swim well and

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eat fish.

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Yes No Doesn't say

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Fluffy Chicks Puffins

Puffin chicks are fluffy.

Puffin eggs roll off cliffs.

Never

Often

Sometimes

Lots of Colours Would you like to be a puffin? Why?

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Animals

Title: all c

Australia

sm

er

w

aby er

aby looks like a sm

Kangar

s are t

Mother walla

kangaroo.

Sa m

A w

pl e

t

er than w

s

c

abies.

to their

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babies when foxes or cats are near.

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Small Kangaroos

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Danger from Cats Wallabies Australian Animals

Which is bigger, a wallaby or a kangaroo?

. are smaller

than

.

Wallabies live in A

.

Why would a mother wallaby call to her babies when foxes were near?

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Animals

Title: oa l

f

ts l

d ch

c

t

I’m a f

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pl e

c

l now and my c

d or pull a c

When I’m big, I’ll carry a l

ch.

ts.

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Then I’ll have lots of

t is jet black.

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Which is the best title?

100 years ago

Yes No

Lots of Oats A Foal Grows Up

A foal is a baby horse.

What does a horse like to eat?

Jet Black In the old days, what would a horse carry?

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Animals This

Title: ch

imp is dressed in red

pants and a

eck

imp

shirt.

ap air and

He is sitting on a of tea.

Lots of

ild

ildren

pl e

has a cu

air

n are looking.

ecked

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ose

in

g

checked shirt

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oose your title.

The chimp is sitting Yes on a chair.

He is dressed in green pants.

Who is watching?

No

Checked Shirt

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Chimp’s Tea Party Children Watching

Yes No

Red Pants What do you think about people watching chimps drinking tea?

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Animals

Title:

Lio

live in the

ass lands of

ass

a.

Af

They run and

ab

ab a victim,

ipping it with their tee

ipping

pl e

and

Sa m

and feast.

tim

ew

im

in

g

Africa

vic

een

.

Then the cubs and the li have a

gr

vict

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Think of a title.

lions

Where do lions live?

What is a ‘grand feast’?

Do you think lions are cruel to kill animals? Why?

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Animals

Title: igh h r

t

fr

pl e

m

t ty

The m

Sa m

frightened

ty eagle is flying h

If you were a rabbit, you would be fr

. tened of the

t pick

g

eagle. It m

ew

in

you up for its dinner.

t title.

The eagle likes to eat rabbits.

Yes No Doesn't say

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A Fighting Bird

High Flyer

Large animals are frightened of eagles.

Yes No Doesn't say

The Mighty Eagle Why do we say ‘Mighty Eagle’?

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Animals

Title:

The gir

e is lu

long ne

. It can pi

trees. It is unlu l

ck

y to have a leaves from

y to have such long

s because it’s hard to eat grass.

ne pi lu

y

Why is a giraffe unlucky?

Why is it lucky?

y

giraffe

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pl e

unlu

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Animals

Title: ou se

m h

se

f

nd nd

ab

t

pl e

ar

Sa m

Dear Tina,

Mummy said you wished you had a pet m

se. I f

in a pet sh

. Don’t let it run

nd the house! Love from Aunt Jean.

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Who gave Tina a pet mouse?

Who told Aunt Jean that Tina wanted a mouse?

How old is Tina?

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Why do you think Aunt Jean waited till Tina was eight to give her this pet?

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Animals

Title: ttle ra bo se

d

pl e

ca

d down

Sa m

It’s hot and you have se with a water bo

for a drink.

You hear a ra

.

It’s a ra

snake ra

ing its tail.

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Keep still and it may not see you.

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The rattle is in the snake’s tail.

Yes No Doesn't say

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Water Bottle

Why should you keep still?

Keep Still Rattlesnake

In what sort of place do you think rattlers live?

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Animals

Title:

‘Let’s

cr

oss the river,’ said Sam. ocod

‘No! There are

oc

,’

oss

said Kris. ‘I can’t see a

oc, just a big log,’

a

eepy

eepy!’

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‘Wow!

ush

pl e

said Sam. ‘Take this long stick and poke the log.’

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DON’T CROSS HERE

croc o diles

in

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crocodiles

What did Sam want to do?

What did the log turn out to be?

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Across the River A Long Stick The Log that Moved

Was it sensible to poke the log?

Yes No

Why?

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Animals

Title: ea

Woosh, woosh! The s m

s

ls are off to find a

t

l. They don’t mind what d of fish they f

Seals can

s

d.

l

t most kinds, but there

are some they like to

l

m

pl e

k

n

r

b

ch

Sa m

t best.

find d

in

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kind

g

min

Choose your title.

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Off Hunting

All Kinds of Fish Seals Swimming

Yes No

Seals eat fish.

Seals like to eat some kinds of fish best.

Seals swim near the beach.

Yes No

Yes No Doesn't say

Seals hunt and kill small fish. Is that bad? Why or why not?

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Animals

Title: o

e

rode r

p s

dr

v

wh

l

ch

k

Sa m

pl e

th

In the old days cowboys r of cattle. The dust th v

s

rs would r

l

herds

cattle made would ch

p

k

animals which ran the

in

wrong way.

behind wh

g

you. Dr

d

ew

Choose a title.

Vi

Drovers

âœŞ

What sort of animals are cattle?

âœŞ

Why was it dusty?

Wrong Way Dust

Ropes Why do you think they drove cattle?

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Animals H

r

Title:

s and rabbits are not the s

Rabbits live in holes. H Someb

c

r

me.

s live in the grass.

m

to

H

r

t

d and bec

m

a pest.

s are not a pest.

som

same h

r

c

m

s

bec

m

m

t

m

k

d

Sa m

e b ody som ebo dy

e

pl e

Australia with some rabbits. They m

a

âœŞ

There are more hares than rabbits. True False

âœŞ

Where do hares live?

ny a m

ew

hardly any

in

g

y an

Vi

Make a good title.

too many Why did rabbits become a pest in Australia?

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Animals

Title:

Nobody seems to l

k

me.

t

b

I don’t sting.

k

s

set

s and sp

pl e

n

f

k

s.

Sa m

n

s

t

sp

I don’t kick.

of sp

n

sp

.

I just have a f

e

like

Why don’t people hug me? I never b

i

n

p

n

.

no

dy

od

eb

y

od

y

in

porc u pine

bo

an yb

som

g

I’m a porc

Vi

ew

porcupine

A porcupine bites.

A porcupine kicks.

A porcupine stings.

Write a title.

Yes No Yes No Yes No

Why don’t people hug porcupines?

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Animals

Title: ink me on a camel

th dr ing

bl

s

pl e

s

des

Sa m

ert

I th

C

I’d like to ride on a cam

m

s have big flat f

t to stop them

ing in the hot, dry sand of the dese

g

s

.

in

They can go for a long time without dr

Vi

ew

Th which is the best title.

. ing.

Why do camels have big flat feet?

Flat Feet Camels

Camels don’t need to very often.

Deserts Would you like to ride on a camel? Why? Prim-Ed Publishing

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Animals

Title: ng swi cli lo

gib

bon

stro

pl e

gibb

on

A gi

Sa m

fi

has very lo

It uses its arms to sw The g

and str

arms.

from one tree to another.

can cli

on to

with its lo

fi

in

g

bran

âœŞ

ers. branch

The gibbons arms are

ew

Choose a title.

Swinging Through Trees

and .

Long Fingers

Vi

ers

âœŞ

Clinging to Branches

Where does the gibbon swing?

Strong Arms Apart from gripping branches, what else does a gibbon use its fingers for?

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Animals

Title: ch

tall taller

ostri

tallest

mu su

pl e

ip ick

is su

in

than a man. In fact it is the tall Ea

oose

a big bird. It is mu

g

An ostri

Sa m

ea

ick must

ew

very hard eggsh

taller

t bird. ip its way out of a

.

Vi

Choose your title. Hard Eggshells

âœŞ

A man is taller than an ostrich.

The Tallest Bird

âœŞ

Ostrich eggshells are hard.

A Tall Man

True False

Yes No Doesn't say

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Animals

Title: y

Who am I? I’m a funn

but I’ve got webbed f

happ

t.

furr

on milk, but I lay eggs.

I feed my bab

I eat bugs in the mudd

mudd

river.

pl e

I’m furr

funn

animal.

bab

I’m a platypus. A platypus has webbed feet.

It finds food in the river.

Sa m

lad

True False

g

True False

foot

Australia

in

bill

burrow

ew

tail

river

Vi

Draw a platypus.

What is funny about the platypus?

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Animals

Title: ow gr sh kn ing

pl e

gr

arr

Do you kn

which is the

Sa m

da on c a an nda o c a an

you

biggest snake? I’ll sh how big.

to

This snake can gr

g

8 metres long. It can gr

to be

in

200 kilograms.

ew

Put an arrow at the best title.

It is the ana

da.

What is the biggest snake?

A baby anaconda can be 8 metres long.

Vi

200 kg

The Huge Anaconda 8 Metres Long

True False

How many kilograms do you weigh? about

kg.

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Animals

Title: ai r gr

n

sn

ls

pl e

p

Ducks like the r

n

r

n. They don’t get wet like we do. ls and frogs. They also like to eat gr

They lay lots of eg

and a p

r of ducks often

s.

g

have ten duckl

n.

Sa m

They eat sn

What do ducks eat?

Ducks can have ten ducklings.

in

ew

Yes No Doesn't say

Vi

Pick a pair of titles. Ducks and Ducklings Waterproof Birds Snails and Frogs Grains Why don’t ducks get wet in the rain?

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Animals

Title: nk mo

ey

pla s

si

ing

pl e

thi

tru

I’m a mo

Sa m

bla

ey and I thi

the best. I than

bu tha

and all my food.

I have three tru

s to climb and at night

into my little bu

in

I si

my keepers for my little

g

water ta

my zoo is

et

Vi

ew

Think up two titles.

✪ ✪ ✪

of warm straw.

The monkey lives in a zoo.

True False

The monkey has blankets in its bunk.

True False

What can the monkey do all day?

What are the good things and the bad things about keeping monkeys in zoos? Good Bad Prim-Ed Publishing

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