You can feel it in the air. You are closing in on the final battle. But. Not. Quite. Yet.
To get to Miss Sunday, you must first outwit her henchmen – the Bear and the Scarecrow – in their scary (but silly) lair. And you’re right to be wary about that broken-down old mare who watches you from the back paddock, For, in the Land of Nowhere, things are not always as they seem…
Set in an abandoned fairground, this is the 11th and penultimate instalment of the Scatter-Slayer’s Extended Code decodable Adventures, focusing on reading <air> and <are> words like “hair” and “care”. Beware! Take care!
“Suddenly, you hear the bang of a flare gun and duck just in time as a red and green flare rockets past your left ear. The bang scares the dairy cows, who moo nervously. The mare comes to a stop and stares at you, as if you are to blame for the noise.”
- screen friendliness, so that our stories can be played on phones, iPads, other devices, laptops, and smart boards (as well as in print if you prefer);
- simple sound effects and black-and-white animations (in Google Slides) to increase engagement without distracting readers from the text (or letting them guess from the pictures);
- second person perspective, so readers are reading about themselves (“you”);
- length (67 pages), so you can work on reading fluency (rate, accuracy, and expression) at the same time as word decoding;
- text in a large, sans serif font with lots of white space and not too many words per page;
- suspense, drama, intrigue, and silliness increases interest;
- some Tier 2 vocabulary to help stimulate oral language development; and
- choice, so readers (and parents, educators) are in control of which tale comes next.
We designed this inexpensive resource for students who are learning or revising the extended code, including older students with reading difficulties, and students who are interested in fantasy and adventure tales. Here’s a preview:
We hope you enjoy it!