The Impossible Bridge is a story which the reader follows a group of school children who build a variety of bridges in order to achieve solving problems and challenges. While making their models they discover that bridges do come in many shapes and sizes. Once they have completed their challenges the teacher gives them another challenge. Can they build a bridge from one piece of paper?
The features of this book are:
- A range of genres, including diary, recount, report writing, and instructions.
- The use of close-up photography to show detail.
- The use of specialised vocabulary:- “beam”, “arch” and “suspension”.
- The contractions:- “wasn’t”, “can’t”, “it’s” and “isn’t”.
- The use of compound words:- “cardboard”, “today”, “awesome” and “lengthways”.
- The use of the possessive apostrophe:- “Mr Keith’s” and “Engineers”.
- An environment that encourages children to use problem-solving strategies.
The Impossible Bridge can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies:
- Recognising the features of different genres
- Discussing the organisational structure of the text
- Summarising the ideas from a story
- Developing the skill of writing in a sequential manner.
Themes covered in this book are: Science and Technology, Problem solving, School and Community
Reading Level:21-22 (Gold)
Guided Reading Level22
Theme/TopicProblem Solving | School and Community | Science and Technology
Strategy/SkillsSequencing | Summarising | Text structure
Dimensions165 x 145