In Winter in the Woods, Danny and Bee explore the winter woods near their home. Everywhere they look, the quiet bare trees and drifts of white snow show signs of the animals and plants waiting for warmer weather. Winter in the Woods features original photography and has a glossary of new terms. The inside back cover includes instructions for young naturalists on how to make a paperbag field journal to take with them when they go exploring. Winter in the Woods, part of the In the Woods with Danny and Bee Set, is a nonfiction/informational, K leveled, Early Fluent reader.
Winter in the Woods is a Danny Science Book and part of the four-title set, In the Woods with Danny and Bee. Titles in the Danny Science Book series explain basic ideas about nature and science. Each book gently introduces students to simple informational texts and the scientific concepts used to study the natural world and the relationships between organism and their environments.
Level J Readers
Winter in the Woods is a nonfiction/informational, J leveled, Early Fluent reader (Levels I-M), based on independent evaluation by Fountas & Pinnell using the F&P Text Level Gradient™. Level J readers are able to process a wide variety of texts, including short informational texts, short fictional stories, and longer illustrated chapter books. Level J readers automatically recognize a large number of high-frequency words, and quickly use word-solving strategies for complex spelling patterns, multisyllable words, compound words, and many words with inflectional endings, plurals, contractions, and possessives. When reading out loud, they are able to demonstrate appropriate rate, phrasing, intonation, and word stress.
At Level J, readers process texts with complex sentences (containing prepositional phrases, adjectives, clauses, and many compound sentences), multiple episodes, more elaborate story lines, several chapters, and unusual formats such as letters or questions followed by answers. With early reading skills under control, readers can follow more complex story lines. Level J 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.
Early Fluent Readers
Early Fluent 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 Early Fluent readers.
- Individual animals survive the change in the seasons by migrating, hibernating, or adapting. Read about how different animals survive the change in seasons here.
- Design your own wild animal, with characteristics that would help it survive through a cold winter. Does your animal migrate, hibernate, or adapt to the cold weather? Use the questions in our classroom activity as a guide.
- Our five sensing organs send information about our surroundings to our brain, helping us experience and understand the world. Search for signs of the season with our winter scavenger hunt.
- What is the Winter Solstice?