Tortoises at the Zoo

Single Book (NFZ44-205-59): $5.85
6-Pack (PKNFZ44-205-59): $33.00
Size: 7.25 x 6.25
Word Count: 110
Pages: 16
Level: H/11
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In Tortoises at the Zoo, learn about one of the longest-living land animals. A tortoise is a turtle, but not all turtles are tortoises. When you get a group of tortoises together, it’s called a creep. Maybe that’s because tortoises are thought to be slow moving? Tortoises at the Zoo, part of At the Zoo Set 3, is a nonfiction/informational, H leveled, Upper Emergent title.

Tortoises at the Zoo is part of the At the Zoo Set 3. You may purchase the book individually, as a 6-pk (six books of the same title), or as part of At the Zoo Set 3. Tortoises 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

Tortoises at the Zoo 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 Tortoises 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
  • For additional information on how and why scientists think turtles developed their shells click here.
  • All tortoises are turtles, but all turtles are not tortoises. Understand their similarities and differences by completing a Turtles and Tortoises Venn Diagram.
  • Phantom of the Turtle at Zoo Knoxville: Read an amazing story about Patches, a small black-breasted leaf turtle, who wears a tiny 3-D resin mask, made by zoo veterinarians, to protect her injured face.













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