Danny’s Rocket Lap Book

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Single Book (EC2-44-187-4): $6.50
6-Pack (PKEC2-44-187-4): $35.50
Size: 8.5 x 8.5
Word Count: 131
Pages: 16
Level: G/12
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Danny’s Rocket Lap Book, the larger, lap-sized version of Danny’s Rocket, is the perfect size for reading aloud with children who are just beginning to read on their own. In Danny’s Rocket Lap Book, Danny wants to make a rocket that flies to the moon. Unfortunately, he is too big to ride on the rocket. Who can he get to go in his place? Danny’s Rocket Lap Book is a G leveled, Upper Emergent, lap-sized title.

Danny’s Rocket Lap Book is part of the Early Childhood Unit 2 Kit: Playing and Learning Together. This unit is designed to help young students build social skills and support emotional development needed for success in the classroom. The interactions between Danny and Bee, in the specially selected six books, teach emotional awareness, and encourage empathy and self-regulation. Each book’s corresponding lesson plan is tailored to teach the principles of self-sufficiency, emotional awareness, and empathy demonstrated in the books.

Each themed unit consists of six lap-sized (8.5 x 8.5″) books and a coordinating set of detailed, hands-on lesson plans tailored to teach the principles demonstrated in the books. Unit 2 Kit: Playing and Learning Together includes a My Very Own Bee, just like Danny’s toy, Bee, featured in the Unit 2 books.

The lap-sized books may also be purchased individually and are perfect for small group reading with students.

Level G Readers

Danny’s Rocket Lap Book is a lap-sized, G leveled, Upper Emergent reader (Levels F-H), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Level G 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 G readers can quickly and automatically recognize seventy-five or more high-frequency words within continuous text. 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 G, progressing readers are still reading books with three to eight lines of text per page, but the print size is smaller and there are more words per page. With early reading skills under control, readers can follow slightly more complex story lines. Level G 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.

Add a 2-sheet MRB Letter Set to any order for only $1.00 each set

The 8-1/2 x 11″ sheets are printed in 2-colors on sturdy 110# white index stock and designed to be a portable way for students to do letter or word work whether they’re learning at home or in the classroom. The set includes one sheet of upper case and one sheet of lower case letters, plus several blank tiles so the sheets can be customized. Vowels are printed in red. Consonants are printed in blue. The font used for the letter sheets is student-friendly. Printed dashed lines between the individual letter tiles make cutting them out easy.


Upper Emergent Readers

Upper Emergent 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 Upper Emergent readers.

Coordinating Activities and Products

Danny’s Rocket is a good jump-off point for a fun classroom project. Download Danny’s Rocket design challenge.

Danny Reading Posters 


Colorful, fun posters can create a more stimulating and interesting environment for learning. The full-color 18 x 24″ Open a Book and DREAM Poster features a picture of Danny and Bee from Danny’s Rocket and Danny’s Rocket Lap Book. The inspirational poster 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.













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1 review for Danny’s Rocket Lap Book

  1. Lori

    “I love that these books are bigger. Some kids just need more space. The larger words (font) and space between them works for kids who have trouble with a smaller fonts.”
    –Lori, teacher from Fond Du Lac, WI

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