Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds Phonics: Level 4: Teaching Notes by Julia Donaldson


Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds Phonics: Level 4: Teaching Notes by Julia Donaldson

Oxford Reading Tree Songbirds Phonics are highly decodable, beautifully illustrated stories written by best-selling author Julia Donaldson. The series contains a variety of storylines, rhyme, rhythm and genre ensuring there is something for every child to enjoy. The rich, patterned language in the stories is decodable making them perfect for children to practise their phonics. Songbirds Phonics can be used as a complete phonics programme, or the individual books can be used for phonics practice alongside any other phonics programme. Level 4 Songbirds Phonics books focus on different spelling patterns for the long vowel sounds ee as in tree, ie as in tie, oa as in boat and ai as in train. These invaluable teaching notes feature flexible activities to suit your classroom needs. They contain guidance on group reading for all six of the Level 4 Songbirds Phonics titles: Queen Anneena's Feast, Spike Says, The Wrong Kind of Knight, Moan, Moan, Moan!, The Snake and the Drake, Tadpoles. They also include helpful tables of the focus phonics in each story, as well as extension activities that have been designed to improve children's language comprehension and word recognition.

About the Author

Julia Donaldson

Julia Donaldson is the prize-winning author of the world’s most-loved picture books including What the Ladybird Heard and The Gruffalo, the latter of which has sold over 14 million copies worldwide, been translated into 50 languages and been adapted into a popular animated film. She was the UK Children’s Laureate from 2011-2013 and was awarded an MBE in 2011 for services to Literature. Julia lives in West Sussex and Edinburgh.

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24 pages


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Publication date

6th January 2014



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