In Camping Out, Danny and Dad wanted to spend one more night sleeping under the stars before they return home from their camping trip. Beartown Lakes Reservation sounded like it would be the perfect spot. But was it? Danny had a funny feeling that he and Dad were not alone. Camping Out, the fourth title in the Danny’s Big Adventure Chapter Books Set, is a J leveled, Early Fluent reader.
Level J Readers
Camping Out is a J leveled, Early Fluent reader (Levels I-M), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Level J readers are able to process a wide variety of texts, including short informational texts, short fictional stories, and longer illustrated chapter books. Level J readers automatically recognize a large number of high-frequency words, and quickly use word-solving strategies for complex spelling patterns, multisyllable words, compound words, and many words with inflectional endings, plurals, contractions, and possessives. When reading out loud, they are able to demonstrate appropriate rate, phrasing, intonation, and word stress.
At Level J, readers process texts with complex sentences (containing prepositional phrases, adjectives, clauses, and many compound sentences), multiple episodes, more elaborate story lines, several chapters, and unusual formats such as letters or questions followed by answers. With early reading skills under control, readers can follow more complex story lines. Level J readers understand dimensional characters, identify with them, and feel empathy. They can talk about a character’s motivations and feelings, and can sometimes predict what may happen next based on knowledge of the characters or the type of story they’re reading.
Early Fluent Readers
Early Fluent readers recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons. They should be reading both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. Reading informational books provides a different type of literacy benefit to early readers. Reading nonfiction helps young students develop background knowledge, which increases their comprehension ability by enabling them to make sense of new ideas. Additionally, informational texts have the potential to motivate students to read more by tapping into their personal interests. Encouraging students to explore a broad array of informational texts can help them see that the real world is as interesting and amazing as any fictional one. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators, when teaching Early Fluent readers.
What is a Chapter Book?
Books for new readers typically have few pages, short sentences, and get help telling their simple story from plenty of pictures. As children grow in their reading ability and can follow longer and more complicated stories, chapter books are the next step. Chapter books still feature illustrations, but fewer than the books for early readers. A chapter book tells the story primarily through the text. The story is long and complex enough to be broken up into short chapters that provide natural breaking points for readers to stop and resume reading later. And many children like the grown-up feeling of reading a book with chapters.
Each title in the Danny’s Big Adventure Chapter Books Set features original photography and has a storyline that is more complicated than the books leveled as early emergent and emergent. Titles in this series are written especially for early fluent readers. Early fluent readers are comfortable with books that have more pages, longer sentences, fewer pictures, and more text per page. Following Danny’s adventures throughout the Danny’s Big Adventure Chapter Books Set encourages progressing readers to continue to practice their reading, resulting in their being able to read more smoothly, decode unknown words more quickly, and readily understand the cues given by punctuation marks.
- Roasting marshmallows is one of the best things about camping out. You can have the marshmallows without the campfire by making your own solar oven using everyday items and a little bit of science! Download instructions here.
- Help students practice sequencing and writing skills by creating a photo album of Danny and Dad’s camping trip.
- Download the lesson plan and running records for Camping Out