In Danny and the Monarch Butterfly, Danny visits the garden every day and watches with amazement as a caterpillar slowly transforms into a beautiful butterfly. Danny and the Monarch Butterfly is an I leveled, Early Fluent, informational, lap-sized book.
Danny and the Monarch Butterfly is a Danny Science Book. The titles in the Danny Science Book series gently introduce students to simple informational texts and the scientific concepts used to study the natural world and the relationships between organisms and their environments. The lap-size science themed books, Danny and the Monarch Butterfly and Danny’s Special Tree, explain basic ideas about nature. Each book contains original photography and a glossary of new terms to acquaint Early Fluent readers with concepts like metamorphosis and photosynthesis.
- After reading Danny and the Monarch Butterfly, have students use a timeline wheel graphic organizer to list information in sequential order.
Level I Readers
Danny and the Monarch Butterfly is an informational I
leveled, Early Fluent reader (Levels I-M), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Level I readers use clusters, blends and digraphs, as well as consonant and vowel letter-sound relationships to solve words. They connect words that mean the same or almost the same, and use context and pictures to figure out the meaning of unfamiliar vocabulary. Level I readers can quickly and automatically recognize a large number of high-frequency words, and 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 (without using a finger to point at words) appropriate rate, phrasing, intonation, and word stress.
At Level I, readers will begin processing texts with 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 slightly more complex story lines. Level I 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, like Danny and the Monarch Butterfly, 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.
Danny Reading Posters
Colorful, fun posters can create a more stimulating and interesting environment for learning. Use our full-color poster of Danny with a monarch butterfly perched on his forehead to decorate your classroom and remind students that it’s always a good time for reading. The 24 x 18″ poster is a perfect companion piece for the book. It is printed on heavy duty, 100# gloss book stock and shipped in a protective cardboard tube.
Browse all of our full-color posters, featuring Danny and his friends, to look for ideas to decorate your classroom and remind students that it’s always a good time for reading.