Whale Tales Level 29-30

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Whale Tales follows Naturalist and photographer Kim Westerskov and his passion forwhales. In this personal account, he shares his thoughts and feelings as he describes some very special encounters with these animals. Features of the Book – The play on words in the title – tales/tails, – Captions that give extra information, – First person point of view, – The photographic sequence, – Fact summary on the last page, – The special note on page 32, – The combination of fact, feelings, and explanations, – Specialised vocabulary – spy hopping, bowriding, – The use of simile – like I was being hit by a small truck; like a cat plays with a mouse, – Purpose Whale Tales can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: -drawing on students’ prior knowledge, – discussing the use of captions, – identifying the author’s feelings, – distinguishing between fact and opinion, – using electronic media to research a topic, – locating and recording key ideas, – recording events in sequence.

Themes covered in this book are: Careers, Habitats, Life Science

Reading Level: 29-30 (Sapphire)


AuthorKim Westerskov

SeriesSkyrider Chapters

Year Level5


Guided Reading Level29

GenreRecount | Report

Theme/TopicCareers | Habitats | Life Science

Strategy/SkillsAuthor's purpose | Fact and opinion | Information skills | Prior knowledge

Page Count32