Learn about flamingos, the unique birds with pink feathers, curved beaks, and long legs. Did you know that a group of flamingos are called a flamboyance? Although 4-5 feet tall, adult flamingos only weigh 4-5 pounds. Flamingos at the Zoo, part of the At the Zoo Set 2, is a nonfiction/informational, G leveled, Upper Emergent title.
Level G Readers
Flamingos at the Zoo is a nonfiction/informational 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.
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.
- Making a Pink Flamingo Bird Book Give students a place to record what they learn about flamingos with a colorful, hand-made bird book.
- After reading Flamingos at the Zoo, design a zoo sign that includes facts you’ve learned and pictures.
- Practice recognizing -nk digraph words with a flamingo coloring exercise.
- Word Work activities using Flamingos at the Zoo.