A puppy plays around the house making a big mess. Building Basic Skills – High-frequency words – The, and, the, – Content words – Puppy, puppy, socks, blocks, soap, rope, mat, bat, cat, Stop, that, – Repeated phrase – The puppy and the, – Phonics and phonemic awareness – S (Stop), s (socks, soap, blocks), Th (The), th (the, that); -at rime (mat, bat, cat, that), – Punctuation – full stops, capital letters, exclamation marks – Special Feature – Rhyme at the end of each line. Skills and Strategies The Puppy can be used to introduce and reinforce: – responding to simple questions about the story content, – reading a variety of simple high-frequency words in context, – writing using the conventions of capital letters and full stops – recognising rhyming words. Materials – copies of words and punctuation for this book from page 89 (cut and ready for use), – copies of BLM, scissors, glue, pencil, water-based paint, painting shirts/aprons, wipeable tabletop, – paper divided into three sections, scissors, glue. For more information please see our Lesson Plan.