In Riding the Steam Train the reader follows Rose and Michael as they take their first ride on a steam train. The children learn how steam can make such a big train move and they tell the reader what they have learnt from this fantastic experience.
The features of this book are:
- Written information presented in a variety of ways.
- The use of photographs to support the text.
- A variety of punctuation cues.
- The use of the “ing” word ending to create the present continuous.
- The use of compound words:- “fireman”, “firebox”, “smokestack”, “platform”, and “countryside”.
- The use of contractions:- “it’s” and “he’s”.
Riding the Steam Train can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies:
- Discussing the organisational structure of the text
- Discussing new vocabulary and extending understanding
- Using diagrams, charts, and other illustrations to support writing.
Themes covered in this book are: Transportation, Science and Technology, Change over time
Reading Level:21-22 (Gold)
Guided Reading Level22
Theme/TopicChange over Time | Science and Technology | Transportation
Strategy/SkillsText structure | Using graphic sources | vocabulary and word
Dimensions165 x 145