Cat gets stuck chasing a bird up a tree followed by the boy, girl, Dad, and Mum. They are all brought down by a firefighter but once they are down the bird and cat go up the tree again. Building Basic Skills – High-frequency words – Up, the, The, is, going, up, – Content words – Tree, bird, cat, boy, girl, Dad, Mum, firefighter, – Repeated phrase – The, is going up, – Phonics and phonemic awareness – g (going, girl); word ending -ing (going), – Punctuation – full stops, capital letters, exclamation mark – Special Features – Sequenced illustrations on page 15; Circular story structure. Skills and Strategies Up the Tree can be used to introduce and reinforce: – retelling the sequence of the story using own words, – creating artwork or a piece of writing related to the text, – writing labels for a specific purpose, – recognising the relationship between letters and their sounds. Materials – copies of words and punctuation for this book from page 90 (cut and ready for use), – copies of BLM, pencil, scissors, glue, – large piece of paper, paper strips, glue, stapler, – paint leaves for collage, glue, markers, scissors. For more information please see our Lesson Plan.