Danny Reading Science Book

Combining fiction and nonfiction

In Danny’s Tadpoles, Danny puts tadpoles in a bowl and watches them become frogsStudying a life cycle when reading offers a perfect opportunity to meet cross curriculum standards in the primary classroom. and combine fiction and nonfiction. Creating the tadpole to frog flip book is a fun and interactive lesson in sequencing. Students may first practice the life cycle sequence using the images. The lesson can continue with the frog life cycle writing organizer. Have students write about the frog life cycle using sequential sentence starters that encourage organization and reinforce sentence structure, grammar, and science specific vocabulary.

Directions to assemble the flip book: Print the 24 frog life cycle cards on card stock and cut the squares out. Assemble the cards in sequential order and staple along the left edge to keep them together. To flip the book and create the animation, hold the stapled edge of the book with your left hand and hold the bottom right corner of the book with your right hand. Bend the book and let the pages slide against the thumb holding in the bottom right corner.



World Around UsSeptember Equinox diagram

  • Our five senses: sight, smell, taste, hearing, and touch allow us to explore and interact with the world.  The body parts that we use to experience these senses are the eyes for seeing, the nose for smelling, the tongue for tasting, the ears for hearing, and the skin for touching. Let Danny help you make sense of your senses with our monthly series of classroom activities. Read Danny’s Five Senses, where Danny uses his five senses to experience Dad’s birthday cake. Then download and complete the worksheet, Introduction to Understanding the Five Senses. The tongue is used for talking and tasting. Download a hands-on activity for the reading classroom to explore the sense of taste.
  • Cooking in the reading classroom is a fun way to engage students, introduce new vocabulary, and practice math and science.
  • April is a month of changing weather. Use this chart to track April’s weather.
  • Learn about Jupiter, the biggest planet in our solar system
  • Maker Movement design challenge using Danny’s Rocket
  • Learn how to make a simple solar oven
  • An equinox occurs when the sun is exactly over the equator. When this happens, the hours of daylight and the hours of darkness are almost equal. There are two equinoxes every year. Autumn begins with the September Equinox.
  • What is the Winter Solstice?
  • Our five sensing organs send information about our surroundings to our brain, helping us experience and understand the world. Get in touch with your senses with our seasonal scavenger hunts: winter and spring.