In Ornithologist Danny, Danny is looking for birds in his yard. Birds are easy for children to observe and entertaining for them to watch. Reading and talking about birds is also a fun way for young students to practice color words. Ornithologist Danny, part of the Scientist Danny Set, is a C leveled, Early Emergent reader.
Level C Readers
Ornithologist Danny is a C leveled reader, based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient. The book is appropriate for Early Emergent readers (Levels A-C). Level C 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. Students reading at level C 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.
Early Emergent Readers
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.
Readers at all levels benefit from reading both fiction and nonfiction/informational books. 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. MaryRuth Books offers many fiction and nonfiction/informational leveled readers, suggested and used by Reading Recovery® and Guided Reading educators, when teaching Early Emergent readers.
Scientist Danny Books
Scientist Danny books are simple texts that explain basic ideas about nature and science. Each book contains original photography and gently introduces young readers to the sciences that study the natural world and the relationships between organisms and their environments. The titles in Scientist Danny range in guided reading levels from C to F, making the collection appropriate for Early Emergent and Upper Emergent readers. The Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA) has a range of from 3-8 for the set, making it an economical way to engage early readers and encourage their advancement. For more specific information on levels, please see the main product pages for each of the four individual titles in the set. Titles include Ornithologist Danny, Botanist Danny, Geologist Danny, and Entomologist Danny.
The suffix logist comes from the Greek word logy, which means “the study of.” Words ending in ologist indicate a person “who studies” something, often an academic subject.
- Print a graphic novel version of Ornithologist Danny.
- Complete a Dot-To-Dot exercise to see what Ornithologist Danny sees in his backyard during the spring and summer.
- Download the bird-themed high-frequency words coloring exercise.
- Making a Pink Flamingo Bird Book Give students a place to record what they learn about birds with a colorful, hand-made flamingo covered book.