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Extension exercises with CARS & STARS

The Extensions in Reading books are for students looking for extra practice in the 12 reading and comprehension strategies. This series consists of eight levels (A–H) and applies and extends the 12 strategies taught in the CARS & STARS program. It gives step-by-step instruction and thorough practice to support students as they develop into strategic, thoughtful and confident readers.

Students are guided in applying reading strategies used by successful readers. Students fill graphic organisers as they learn how each strategy connects to ideas and information in texts.

Core Reading Strategies

The books give step-by-step instruction and thorough practice to support students as they develop into strategic, thoughtful and confident readers and thinkers. They can be used either alongside CARS & STARS, for students that are excelling and want to develop deeper knowledge of the strategies, or as a stand-alone program. Each level comprises a Student Workbook, which covers the strategies below, and one Teacher Guide.

Book
A
  • Finding Main Idea
  • Recalling Facts and Details
  • Understanding Sequence
  • Recognising Cause and Effect
  • Making Predictions
  • Finding Word Meaning in Context
  • Drawing Conclusions & Making Inferences
  • Reading Pictures
Book
B-C
  • Finding Main Idea
  • Recalling Facts and Details
  • Understanding Sequence
  • Recognising Cause and Effect
  • Comparing & Contrasting
  • Making Predictions
  • Finding Word Meaning in Context
  • Drawing Conclusions & Making Inferences
  • Distinguishing Between Fact & Opinion
  • Identifying Author’s Purpose
  • Interpreting Figurative Language
  • Distinguishing Between Real & Make-believe
Book
D-H
  • Finding Main Idea
  • Recalling Facts and Details
  • Understanding Sequence
  • Recognising Cause and Effect
  • Comparing and Contrasting
  • Making Predictions
  • Finding Word Meaning in Context
  • Drawing Conclusions and Making Inferences
  • Distinguishing Between Fact and Opinion
  • Identifying Author’s Purpose
  • Interpreting Figurative Language
  • Summarising

Why use Extensions in Reading?

Watch students reach new heights using increasingly sophisticated elements:

  • graphic organisers
  • explicit instruction
  • characteristics of literacy forms
  • an enriched vocabulary
  • longer reading passages in a range of genres
  • paired passages
  • writing and research projects

Research-based lessons ensure success with:

  • rich nonfiction and fiction selections
  • direct instruction, guided review, independent practice
  • embedded test-taking practice
  • theme-based instruction

Lesson extensions engage students in writing, researching and cross-curricular activities. Assess students’ progress with:

  • Check Your Understanding in every lesson
  • student self-assessment questions
  • teacher assessment questions
  • cumulative review lesson
  • teacher-guided review and practice