Polar Bears at the Zoo

Single Book (NFZ44-193-5): $5.50
6-Pack (PKNFZ44-193-5): $31.00
Size: 7.25 x 6.25
Word Count: 141
Pages: 16
Level: H/13
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In Polar Bears at the Zoo, find out how a polar bear’s skin is really black and that polar bears do not really hibernate. Polar Bears at the Zoo, part of At the Zoo Set 2, is a nonfiction/informational, H leveled, Upper Emergent reader.

Polar Bears at the Zoo is part of 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. Polar Bears 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 H Readers

Polar Bears at the Zoo is a nonfiction/informational H is a nonfiction/informational H leveled title, based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™Level H 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 any unfamiliar vocabulary. Level H 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 H, 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 H 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 and Nonfiction/Informational Texts

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. Early exposure to the language and structure of nonfiction/informational books benefits children not only as they learn to read, but as they build their general knowledge of the world. Reading informational books, like Polar Bears at the Zoo, provides a different type of literacy benefit to early readers. Nonfiction texts help 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
  • 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.
  • Read the nonfiction book, Polar Bears at the Zoo, then download the classroom activity, What Do You Know About Polar Bears? to test how much you’ve learned!
  • On February 27th we celebrate International Polar Bear Day. The February 2018 MRB calendar page features fun facts and links for more information about polar bears, including how to adopt one!













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