A Tale of Two Squirrels

Kerrie Shanahan

A Tale of Two Squirrels

Kerrie Shanahan






1 Jan 2019




Flying Start to Literacy

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Title:A Tale of Two Squirrels
Synopsis:  A Tale of Two Squirrels is a play about animals that are preparing for winter by collecting and storing food. Sid the squirrel is too busy playing to collect food, and when winter comes Sid finds himself in trouble.
Year level(s): 1  2  3
Reading level: 21
Text type: Play
Curriculum link: Science: Biological sciences  Living things, animal behaviour
Content vocabulary:
acorn acorn woodpecker bark beavers collect grass hay leaves squirrels store/d summer winter
High frequency words:
Key concepts: At times, some plant-eating animals do not have enough fresh food. Some animals collect and store food when it is plentiful so they can eat it when food is scarce.
Reading strategies: Recognising and using text features (play)
Phonics: Identifying contractions
Paired text: Animals That Store Food
Supporting material: Lesson Plan - Animals That Store Food / A Tale of Two Squirrels
Series: Flying Start to Literacy
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Series information:

Flying Start to Literacy is an award-winning comprehensive literacy program. It reflects best practice in literacy instruction and supports the systematic development of students’ reading strategies and skills.

Each Student Book is part of connected pair, a narrative book and an informative book, both presenting the same key concepts and vocabulary. These titles have been trialled with a range of readers, including English language learners.

Each pair of Student Books is supported by a Lesson Plan. These visually appealing resources are durable and easy-to-use.  They integrate oral language, vocabulary development, fluency and comprehension, writing and phonics.

Reading strategies, phonics and phonemic awareness and repetition of high-frequency words are all developed through this series, enhancing the reader’s fluency and comprehension. With an array of engaging titles to choose from, readers will laugh, explore and share in the adventure whilst learning and expanding their vocabulary.

Flying Start to Literacy resources are suitable for use as part of an early intervention program and provide effective support for English language learners.

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  • scope and sequence documents
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  • records of reading behaviour are provided for books at each stage
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  • getting started tips and guidance
  • title-level correlations to the Australian Curriculum
  • information about the research that underpins the series
  • percentage of decodable words tables for Levels 1—10.

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