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Need fun, research-based activities for your mixed language groups? This book companion for Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door is perfect for 1:1 or group sessions with your students in the upper elementary grades and can last for 10 or more sessions.


This resource targets higher-level language skills including critical thinking, perspective-taking, figurative language, Tier 2 vocabulary, morphology, complex sentence building, and much more. You can choose specific skills based on the needs of the students you’re working with, or target them all – it’s up to you!


I developed StoryWhys book companions to help my students improve their higher-level language and critical thinking skills. Strengthening the skills targeted in StoryWhys book companions will also have a positive impact on your students’ social communication, reading comprehension, and writing skills.



STEP 1 Grab your copy of Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin

STEP 2 Print these activities

STEP 3 Enjoy providing tried-and-tested, high-quality therapy without the planning time!



15 Tier 2 vocabulary words with pictures

5 Cause & Effect pages (plus 5 scrambled compound and/or complex sentences with answer key)

3 Feel/Think/Say pages for perspective-taking

6 Main Idea & Details pages (with answer key)

4 Morphology pages

1 Sayings/Figurative Language page

1 Timeline activity for sequencing a narrative

2 Compare and Contrast activities

Thoughts & Feelings Cutouts

Feelings Thermometers

***Detailed, differentiated instructions are provided for each activity type so you’ll know exactly what to do, when to do it, and how to scaffold for different literacy levels. Language goal areas are included for each activity so you’ll always know the specific goals you’re targeting. Supporting research is also included.***



StoryWhys is a one-of-a-kind, literature-based system that combines high-quality storybooks with book companions that contain a set of clear and consistent visual/graphic supports, and that targets the following skill areas:

✔️Comprehension and use of Tier 2 vocabulary

✔️Critical thinking and higher-level comprehension (categories, cause & effect, compare/contrast, main idea & details, etc.)

✔️Perspective-taking/social inferencing with specific feelings/emotion vocabulary

✔️Comprehension of figurative language

✔️Morphological knowledge

✔️Complex/compound sentence building

✔️Sequencing and formulation of organized narratives

And, the best part is, the more you use StoryWhys, the better it works!


Each book companion also contains a list of supporting research, so you can be confident that you are providing high-quality therapy, and teaching skills that really carry over.


*The author of this product is not affiliated with the author or publisher of Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door by Adam Rubin. This product is designed to be used as a book companion for Those Darn Squirrels and the Cat Next Door, not as a standalone product.*


Have a question? Want to make a request for a storybook to be listed in the StoryWhys shop? Email me at [email protected], or go to StoryWhys.com