Penguins at the Zoo

Single Book (NFZ44-192-8): $5.50
6-Pack (PKNFZ44-192-8): $31.00
Size: 7.25 x 6.25
Word Count: 84
Pages: 16
Level: E/8
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In Penguins at the Zoo, penguins can swim extremely well. Read about Penguins at the Zoo, part of the At the Zoo Set 2, in this nonfiction/informational book featuring original photography and a glossary of newly introduced, subject-specific terms. Penguins at the Zoo is an E leveled, Emergent title.

Penguins at the Zoo is part of the At the Zoo Set 2. You may purchase the book individually, as a 6-pk (six books of the same title), or as part of At the Zoo Set 2. Penguins at the Zoo is also included when you buy the At the Zoo Collection (single copy of each of the 12 At the Zoo books) or the At the Zoo Classroom Collection (6-pk of each of the 12 At the Zoo titles).

Level E Readers

Penguins at the Zoo is an informational E leveled reader, based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. The title is appropriate for Emergent readers (Levels D-E). Level E fiction titles typically feature stories about simple one-dimensional human characters or animal fantasy where the animal characters have human experiences, exhibit emotions, talk, and have the ability to reason. The printed text in Level E readers continues to be strongly supported by illustrations. 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 Evoice‐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 E readers are able to consistently self-monitor, and cross‐check other sources of information to self‐correct while they are 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.


Emergent Readers

The guided reading Emergent reader category includes Levels D-E. 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.

Readers at this level 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 Emergent readers.

Coordinating Activities

What did the polar bear say to the penguin? Nothing… because they never met! Polar bears and penguins both love to swim and depend on the oceans that surround them for survival. After reading about penguins and polar bears, make a classroom Venn diagram to compare the two animals, noting their similarities and differences. Get started by downloading our classroom activity.

Male emperor penguins are considered to be among the best fathers in the animal kingdom. Learn more about how emperor penguin parents split the responsibilities of raising chicks by downloading our free classroom activity. Test your motor skills with a game that lets you try to do something emperor penguin parents do.

January 20th we celebrate Penguin Awareness Day. The January 2018 MRB calendar page features fun facts about penguins.

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.













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