Inspired by the text Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker, this pack contains reading comprehension sheets using the QAR (Question and Response) reading strategy to walk students through the text. Vocabulary cards assist students to explore keywords and craft sheets help students explore visual comprehension. Comes with a story retell slider to assist younger students to retell the story.


PLEASE NOTE: the text from the book/whole book as a download is NOT included in this pack due to copyright restrictions. You can purchase the book from any good bookshop or your school library will have a copy. This download is an accompaniment to the book, you will need to have read or currently be reading this book with your students before starting these activities.


In this easy to use pack you will find:

  • Rainforest posters and colour page
  • Sequence the story sheet (story retell: write and draw)
  • 16 Vocabulary Cards (use as vocabulary cards or post on the board as you read the text and come across that word in the sentence)
  • 2 Colouring pages
  • Cut and Paste Collage Pictures
  • Venn Diagram (Rainforest then and now)
  • Rainforest Senses Sheet
  • Butterfly senses vocab sheets
  • Sea Senses Sheet
  • 10 QAR Reading Comprehension Sheets levelled from easy to hard
  • Story Slider Retell Activity

Where the Forest Meets the Sea Literacy Activities

  • File Info

    PDF 35 pages

  • ACARA Alignment

    Foundation Year English

    Understand that texts can take many forms, can be very short (for example an exit sign) or quite long (for example an information book or a film) and that stories and informative texts have different purposes (ACELA1430)

    Understand concepts about print and screen, including how books, film and simple digital texts work, and know some features of print, for example directionality (ACELA1433)

    Explore the different contribution of words and images to meaning in stories and informative texts (ACELA1786)

    Recognise that texts are created by authors who tell stories and share experiences that may be similar or different to students’ own experiences (ACELT1575)

    Respond to texts, identifying favourite stories, authors and illustrators (ACELT1577)

    Share feelings and thoughts about the events and characters in texts (ACELT1783)

    Identify some features of texts including events and characters and retell events from a text (ACELT1578)

    Retell familiar literary texts through performance, use of illustrations and images (ACELT1580)

    Use comprehension strategies to understand and discuss texts listened to, viewed or read independently (ACELY1650 

    Foundation Year HASS

    Reflect on learning to propose how to care for places and sites that are important or significant (ACHASSI009)

    Draw simple conclusions based on discussions, observations and information displayed in pictures and texts and on maps (ACHASSI008