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“Busy Bees” – Level D

My next songbook I’d like to highlight is Busy Bees.  I’ve determined the Fountas & Pinnell Reading Level for this title to be Level D based on the characteristics I’ve noted below. It would be most appropriate for ages 4 – 7 and beginning first grade readers. (Of course, PreK through second graders love this book!)

  • 2 – 3  sentences per page
  • 4 – 8 lines of text per page
  • repetition throughout
  • rhyming structure

I have identified the various teaching points when using Busy Bees during your Shared Reading lessons below. *Please note my Blog dated October 25th at normagentner.com as to how to plan out your week with one of my Songbooks of Science!

  • VOCABULARY: queen, hive, drone, mate, date, honey, money, colony, cooperate,   fruit, flowers, bzz-bzz, buzz-buzz, group
  • INFLECTIONAL ENDINGS: 

         ing – laying         s – bees, makes, flowers

  • CONTRACTIONS: I’m, can’t, we’re, there’s, couldn’t
  • PUNCTUATION: ?, !, bzz-bzz and buzz-buzz (hyphen), buzzin’ and hummin’ (apostrophe)
  • ADJECTIVES: special mate

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