The Praying Mantis (SE)

The Praying Mantis (SE)
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In The Praying Mantis the reader will follow a praying mantis as it hunts its prey by viewing close-up photos. Features of the Book – The circular nature of the story. – The blends – “pr” and “th”. – The rhymes – ” fly”, “by” and “munch”, “crunch”. – The use of photographs to convey information. – The onomatopoeia – “Bzzzz”, “Pow!” and “Munch, crunch”. – The use of ellipses to indicate anticipation. – The creative use of type – “Bzzzz” and “POW!” – The high-frequency words – “very”, “comes”, “this”, and “that”. Purpose The Praying Mantis can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: -using a range of punctuation to read expressively; – discussing the motives of specific characters; -introducing and discussing the meaning of new words within the story; -writing labels for a specific purpose.

Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects

Reading Level: 6-8 (Yellow)

AuthorPauline Cartwright

SeriesLM Literacy

Year Level1


Guided Reading Level6


Theme/TopicAnimals | Birds and Insects

Strategy/SkillsCharacter study | Fluency | Using texts as models for writing | vocabulary and word

Page Count8

Word Count43


Dimensions165 x 145