Help for the Red Panda Cubs

Before you Start

Before Reading Activity

Watch the mini-documentary on the red panda to build background knowledge about the forest habitat as a setting.

Skill Level: For students to read this book independently they need to be able to:

  • Recognize high-frequency words: want, to, they, go, for, play, goes look, are, down, says, their
  • Sound out (decode) words that have a closed syllable pattern: VC ,CVC, CCVC, CCVC
  • Use short vowel sounds (a,e,i,o,u) and long /e/ spelled ee,  to read words.
  • Use the illustrations to confirm what a word says.
  • Participate in word work activities with the teacher.

Purpose: Post and read these statements with students to set a purpose for reading.

  1. I can sound out words I don’t know.
  2. I can connect the words with the pictures and what I know to make inferences.
  3. I can retell parts of a story.


  1. Letter cards for word chain  (vowels: a, i, o, u; consonants: c, b, t, h, p, ch, s, ck, r) or wipe-off board and marker. Print the vowel letters in a different color from the consonants.
  2. Color copy of the book on the computer screen.
  3. Individual black and white or color copies of the book for each student.
  4. Individual word cards with the sequence words (first, next, then, after that, finally) and connecting words (but, so, because).