I Spy & Secrets of the Deep Level 27-28

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This book contains the fiction title I Spy and the non-fiction title Secrets of the Deep.

In I Spy, Aunt Serena asks Kim to look after her plants while she’s away. When the seeds of a rare plant start disappearing Kim thinks of an innovative way to solve the mystery. Features of I Spy – Mystery genre – First-person narrative – Similes – Procedural text within a narrative Purpose I Spy can be used for the following purposes: – introducing the ideas and vocabulary in the associated non-fiction title – identifying a problem and its resolution – exploring figurative language

Secrets of the Deep: In May 2003 a group of scientists set sail to explore the seamounts and ridges between New Zealand and Australia. During the expedition they encountered many problems that required the use of technology and innovative thinking. Features of Secrets of the Deep – Jigsaw-puzzle analogy – Photographs with captions – Maps – Fact boxes – Descriptive language – Specialised vocabulary – sled, SWATH mapping, formalin, seamount Purpose Secrets of the Deep can be used to introduce and reinforce the following skills: – examining the use of descriptive language in non-fiction texts – using prior knowledge to support understanding of complex texts – exploring analogies.

Themes covered in this book are: Plants, Problem Solving, Life science, Science and Technology

Reading Level:27-28 (Ruby)

AuthorJanine Scott/ John Bonallack

SeriesSkyrider Double Takes

Year Level5


Guided Reading Level27

GenreExplanation | Mystery | Report

Theme/TopicExploration | Life Science | Plants | Problem Solving | Science and Technology

Strategy/SkillsCause and effect | Descriptive language | features of non-fiction | Figurative language | Prior knowledge

Page Count32