In Down at the River, the reader will enjoy a simple rhythmic text about the pastime of skipping stones. Features of the Book – The poetic quality of the text. – The blends -“sk”, “st”, “sm”, “fl”, and “pl”. – The “thr” letter cluster -“three”. – The use of numbers. – The way the illustrator has shown movement. – The close-up illustrations to show detail. – The use of onomatopoeia -“skip” and “plop”. – The use of exaggeration for effect -“We skip a million stones.” – The high-frequency words -“We”, “at”, and “the”. Purpose Down at the River can be used in a guided reading setting to introduce and reinforce the following skills and strategies: – using visual cues to monitor that reading is making sense; – using knowledge of onset and rime to create new words from those in the story; – summarising the main parts of the story; – comparing the story to events in own lives.
Themes covered in this book are: Relationships, Leisure and Recreation
Reading Level: 6-8 (Yellow)
Guided Reading Level7
Theme/TopicLeisure and Recreation | Relationships
Strategy/SkillsComprehension strategies | Making connections | Summarising
Dimensions165 x 145