Down on the Farm

Single Book Each Title (6 Books) (FMS6): $31.00
6-PK Each Title (36 Books) (PKFMS6): $180.00
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Down on the Farm is a set of 6 illustrated titles featuring favorite farm animals, including a goat who likes to eat flowers, a little pig who gets lost, a farm cat with whom no one wants to play, and some very clever chickens who outfox a fox. Titles in the set range from Early Emergent to Emergent  levels, encouraging early readers to continue practicing and progressing in order to follow the adventures of the familiar characters.

Early Emergent Readers, Levels A-C

Early Emergent readers benefit from books about familiar topics that use carefully controlled text and repeated vocabulary.  Illustrations are important keys to readers at this level, supporting the decoding of new words. Early Emergent readers are still building a vocabulary of high-frequency words. Having a large vocabulary of frequently used words enables reading that is more fluent and sounds like natural speaking language.

I Like Flowers and Little Pig are B leveled readers, based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient. The books are appropriate for Early Emergent readers (Levels A-C). Level B titles typically feature simple characters and colorful pictures that support the printed text. The vocabulary is already familiar to the reader and most pages have just two to five lines of text, with phrases that are repetitive, to help children build confidence as they read. Level B titles can also be helpful tools in supporting and encouraging students who are struggling or reluctant to read.

The Cat Wants to Play and The Yellow Coat are appropriate for students reading at level C. These readers are able to match spoken words to the printed words with their eyes. Level C readers notice punctuation and begin to use expression and phrasing in their reading as their comprehension skills continue to improve. They understand and can identify a simple sequence of events in the story. Reading at level C, they now have a wider range of high-frequency words and are able to self-correct while reading. Illustrations are still important keys to readers at this level, helping them in the decoding of new words.

Emergent Readers, Levels D-E

The Chickens and the Fox and Little Pig Gets Stuck are typical of level D titles with their stories of animal characters having human experiences. The animals in the story exhibit emotions, talk, and have the ability to reason. The printed text continues to be strongly supported by the illustrations, and while the vocabulary and themes are familiar to the reader, at this level they can be examined in more depth. Additionally, Emergent readers no longer rely as heavily on repetitive language patterns.

For students reading at Level D, voice‐print matching is smooth and automatic. They no longer track text with their fingers. They’re able to read pages with up to six lines of text and increased sentence complexity. The text can include prepositional phrases, adjectives, simple contractions, and possessive words (using apostrophes). Some of the sentences on a page can be longer (containing more than six words) and carry over to a second line of text. Level D readers are able to consistently self-monitor, and cross‐check other sources of information to self‐correct while they are reading.

Emergent readers have a good understanding of the alphabet and early phonics that help them decode unknown words. They are developing comprehension skills and word-attack strategies, and are comfortable with a significant number of high-frequency words. Emergent readers are more flexible in their ability to handle varied placement of text on a page and understand most punctuation. They’re also able to recognize that reading has a variety of purposes and reading different kinds of books is enjoyable for distinct reasons. Readers at the Emergent level are able to understand a wider range of punctuation and can read dialogue, reflecting the meaning through their phrasing. They’re also able to recognize and understand inflectional endings, like s and ing, and the effect those endings have on root words.

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