Mum and the children are distracted from their picnic by farm animals. The birds take advantage of the situation and steal the picnic. Building Basic Skills – High-frequency words – The, Look, at, the, said, – Content words – Picnic, cow, sheep, goat, hen, horse, goose, turkey, picnic, – Repeated phrase – “Look at the,” said Mum, – Phonics and phonemic awareness – h (hen, horse), g (goat, goose), – Punctuation – quotation marks, commas, full stops, capital letters, exclamation mark – Special Feature – Story line told in the illustrations. Skills and Strategies The Picnic can be used to introduce and reinforce: – predicting the story line using illustrations from the book, – reading a variety of simple high-frequency words in context, – innovating on the story to create own versions of stories plays and songs, – identifying onset and rime within words. Materials – copies of words and punctuation for this book from page 96 (cut and ready for use), – copies of BLM, pencil, markers, – rug, snack, – magnetic letters, – paper, markers. For more information please see our Lesson Plan.