Tail Talk & Animal Messages Level 23-24

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This book contains the fiction title Tail Talk and the non-fiction title Animal Messages. Tail Talk and Other Poems This anthology of poems looks at the ways that animals communicate with each other and with people. Features of Tail Talk and Other Poems – Variety of rhymes – Narrative poetry – Descriptive language used to convey how animals communicate -waggle, tail’s a flag, rattle Purpose Tail Talk and other poems can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – encouraging students to enjoy reading and listening to poetry – understanding how rhythm and rhyme are used for poetic effect – exploring the author’s use of descriptive language – finding factual information in poems Animal Messages Animals don’t communicate in the same way as people but they can still find each other frighten off predators and share information about food. They do this in lots of different ways often without making a sound! Features of Animal Messages – Fact boxes and grids – Labelled diagrams – Captioned photographs and illustrations – Headings and sub-headings – Contents page, glossary, index – Specialised vocabulary Purpose Animal Messages can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – using the features of non-fiction such as headings, glossaries, captions, and grids – locating information using the contents page and index – summarising and retelling information – using the text as a model for writing.

Themes covered in this book are: Animals Birds and Insects, Communication, Life science, Pets

Reading Level:23-24 (Silver)

AuthorVarious/Kevin Boon

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level3


Guided Reading Level23

GenreExplanation | Poetry

Theme/Topicand insects | Animals | birds | Communication | Life Science | Pets

Strategy/SkillsDescriptive language | features of non-fiction | Fluency | Information skills | Summarising | using texts as models

Page Count32