START READING I
- GOING TO THE ZOO
She goes to the zoo. She sees a lion. The lion roars. She sees an elephant. The elephant has a long trunk. She sees a turtle. The turtle is slow. She sees a rabbit. The rabbit has soft fur. She sees a gorilla. The gorilla is eating a banana.
- CHRISTMAS TIME
It is Christmas. Dad gives Tim a toy. The toy is in the box. Tim takes off the lid. He sees the toy. It is a car. The car is red. The car makes noises. The car moves fast. Tim likes the gift. He hugs his dad. Dad smiles.
- SHE GOES TO THE NURSE
She goes out to play. She runs around. She falls down. It hurts. She cries. She gets up. She goes to the nurse. The nurse is nice. She looks friendly. The nurse gives her a lollipop. It tastes good. The nurse gives her a bandage. She is okay now. She walks back to class.
The kids are in class. The teacher is teaching math. The kids are tired. They want to play. They want to see the sun. They like slides. They also like swings. They don’t like math. They stare at the clock. The clock moves slowly. The kids continue to wait.
He is playing video games. Mom gets mad. She thinks he is lazy. She gives him a list of chores. He frowns. He looks at the list. He has to clean the floors. Then, he has to wash the dishes. Finally, he has to feed his dog. He starts doing his chores.
- THE FIRST SONG
She sits in the car. Her dad turns on the radio. A song plays. She taps her feet. She sways her head. Her dad laughs at her. He likes the song too. The song is over. The radio plays a different song. She does not like the new song. She sits quietly.
- VISITING THE DOCTOR
Haley feels hot. Her mom touches her forehead. Haley has a fever. The mom takes Haley to a doctor. The doctor is kind. He gives her a sticker. He tells her to take a pill. He tells her to drink a lot of water. Haley goes home. She takes the pill and drinks water. She does this for three days. She is healthy again.
- DIFFERENT FOODS
Sara is hungry. She goes to the kitchen. She opens the cabinet. There are a lot of snacks. The marshmallows are too sweet. The potato chips are too salty. The ice cream is too watery. The kiwis are too sour. The cereal is too bland. Her dad comes home. He gives her crackers. The crackers are perfect.
- THE CORNER
Jill does not like math. Jill starts talking about food. Her friends laugh. They stop doing their homework. The teacher is upset. She tells them to stand in the corner. Jill goes to the corner. It is hard to be quiet. She thinks about her family. She thinks about her dog. Five minutes pass. The teacher lets her go.
- SURPRISE PARTY
It is Lily’s birthday. She gets out of bed. Nobody says anything to her. Her mom takes her to school. Her friends do not say anything. The teacher does not say anything. Lily is sad. Lily walks home alone. She opens the door. Her friends and family are holding a cake. They say, “Surprise Lily!”
- A NEW PET
Kate is walking. She sees a dog. The dog wags its tail. Kate likes the dog. It has no collar. Kate takes it home. She washes the dog. She names him “Toby.” She takes Toby to the vet. Toby is healthy. Kate walks Toby every day. They love each other.
- GROUP PROJECT
Ms. Howard assigns a project. She wants the students to work in groups. Adam works with Joe and Bill. Adam is smart. Joe draws well. Bill is cooperative. They make a good group. They turn in their project. Ms. Howard likes it. She gives them a high grade. Adam, Joe, and Bill are joyful.
- A CAT AND A MOUSE
The cat is bored. He tries to have fun. He plays with yarn. He scratches his tummy. He takes a nap. He drinks milk. He is still bored. He sees a mouse. The mouse is eating cheese. The cat steals the cheese. The mouse is angry. The mouse chases the cat. The cat is having fun.
- LEMONADE STAND
John wants to go to his school field trip. He needs fifty dollars. He wants to earn it himself. He plans to open up a lemonade stand. He goes to the market. The lemons are cheap. They are also ripe. He buys fifty lemons. He starts making lemonade. A lot of people are in line. His lemonade stand is a success. He makes enough money.
- NEW AND OLD
Tomorrow is the first day of school. Barbara looks at her backpack. It has holes. It is dirty. She needs a new one. Her mom takes her shopping. There are so many backpacks. One backpack has yellow stars. Another one has rainbow stripes. Another one has dogs. Barbara likes this one. She buys it.
- THE KIND DENTIST
Maria feels pain in her teeth. She tells her mom. Her mom takes her to the dentist. Maria is scared. She enters the waiting room. The secretary calls Maria’s name. Maria goes in. Maria sits in a big chair. She waits for the dentist. The dentist arrives. He is careful with Maria’s teeth. He gives her a new toothbrush. Maria feels good.
- A TRIP TO THE LIBRARY
Mark needs a book. He does not have money. His mom takes him to the library. Mark can borrow books for free. Mark enters the library. There are so many books. There are books about animals. There are books about pirates. There are books about science. Mark borrows them all.
- A LOT OF ANTS
She eats a slice of cake. She drops a crumb. The ants can smell it. They crawl towards the crumb. She notices the ants. She does not want to kill them. She gets a cup. She puts the ants inside. She opens the window. She lets the ants go.
- PICKING A COSTUME
It is Halloween. Nancy is dressed as a princess. She goes trick-or-treating. She walks to one house. She rings the doorbell. A young couple opens the door. Nancy holds out her bag. She receives candy. She says, “Thank You!” The couple smiles. Nancy goes to the next house.
- PETTING ZOO
He goes to the petting zoo. There are many different animals. He pets the turtles. The turtles feel rough. He pets the sheep. The sheep feel wooly. He pets the cows. The cows feel smooth. He pets the bunnies. The bunnies feel fluffy. He tells his mom he wants a pet. His mom says he can get one tomorrow.
- MOM IS MAD
Robert’s room is messy. There is pizza under his bed. There is glue on the wall. There is a pile of clothes. There are toys on the floor. Robert does not care. He watches a television show. His mom goes into his room. She turns off the television. She yells at him. He starts to clean his room.
- FATHER’S DAY
Today is Father’s Day. Daniel surprises his father. He serves him breakfast. There are eggs, bacon, and orange juice on the tray. Daniel’s father is happy. Later, they go play tennis. Daniel stands on one side. He swings the ball. Daniel’s father hits the ball back. Finally, they watch the sunset. What a great day!
- THE BABY SISTER
Betty loves her baby sister. Betty takes care of her. She changes her diaper. She feeds her. She teaches her how to walk. She teaches her new words. It is not easy to take care of babies. Betty’s baby sister cries sometimes. Betty plays peekaboo with her. She covers her eyes and then opens them. The baby laughs.
- SOMETIMES YOU LOSE
Sarah’s basketball team lost today. She is upset. She walks home sadly. She sits down on the couch. She starts crying. Her mom sees her. She gives her a hug. Then, she bakes Sarah’s favorite cookies. The warm cookies make Sarah smile. Sarah wipes her tears away. She realizes that sometimes you win and sometimes you lose.
- A NEW HOME
He moves to a new city. There are many buildings. There are a lot of people walking. There are many taxis. He feels lonely. Everyone acts so different here. He goes to his new school. He sees a friendly looking person. He asks him to show him around.
- CHRIS AND HIS FISH
Christopher wants a pet. He likes fish. Fish are easy to take care of. Fish are pretty. Christopher thinks he is responsible enough too. He decides to go to the pet store himself. He buys a fish. It is small. It is red and black. It swims slowly. Christopher puts it in a tank.
- THE OLDEST BROTHER
Brian is the oldest brother. He has two younger brothers. Brian helps his parents around the house. He washes the dishes. He mops the floor. He picks up his younger brothers from school. Brian also teaches his brothers to do the right thing. He tells them to be honest, kind, and friendly. Brian loves his family.
- A SUCCESSFUL TRADE
It is lunch time. The kids go out to eat. They are excited and hungry. Paul has a ham sandwich. He does not like ham. He wants a tuna sandwich. Sarah has a tuna sandwich. She thinks tuna is smelly. She wants a ham sandwich. Paul and Sarah meet up. They trade their sandwiches. They get what they want.
- MAKING A SNOWMAN
She wants to make a snowman. First, she rolls a large ball of snow. Second, she rolls a medium ball of snow. Finally, she rolls a small ball of snow for the snowman’s head. She stacks them up. The largest ball is on the bottom. She puts a carrot for the nose. She uses buttons for the eyes and mouth. The last thing she adds is a scarf.
- ENGLISH SKILLS
Donald is in the second grade. His reading level is not as good as the other students’. He wants to improve his English skills. He starts to read more. He looks up words he does not know in the dictionary. He writes down what the words mean. Afterwards, he reads the book again.
- PRACTICING DRAWING
I am practicing drawing. I practice drawing every Saturday and Sunday. My teacher shows me new things. I know how to draw people, animals, and objects now. I always want to get better, so I practice every day. My parents always tell me that I am a good artist. They think I can do it as a job.
- A DAY FOR ICE CREAM
It is a sunny day. She feels hot. She fans herself with a book. It is still hot. She turns on the air conditioner. It is still hot. She jumps into a pool. It is still hot. Her dad has an idea! He takes her to the ice cream shop. They share a banana split. She does not feel hot anymore.
- TAKING TESTS
He has a test tomorrow. He does not want to study. Instead, he plays video games. The next day, he takes the test. It is very hard. He does not know anything. He turns in his test blank. The teacher scolds him and gives him an “F.”
- HELEN IS BUSY
Helen wants to do well on the math test tomorrow. She takes out her book and studies. Her brother then comes into her room. He starts making loud noises. Helen yells at him. Her mother then comes into her room. She asks Helen to cook dinner. Helen yells at her. Helen finally tells her family that she is busy.
- MESSING UP
He pours a glass of soda for himself. He accidentally spills some on his shirt. Oh no! His mom will get mad. His shirt is very expensive. He tries to clean it up. He pours water on it. He uses a stain remover. He takes the shirt to a dry cleaner’s. Nothing works.
- INTRODUCING MYSELF
I am a new student in school. I tell the class about myself. I am from Canada, but now I live in Nevada. I live with my mom, dad, and brother. My brother is five years younger than me. Music is very important to me. I like to sing and dance. I also play the saxophone. One day, I hope to be a music teacher.
- A LONG WAIT
The roller coaster ride is fun and fast. The line is so long. John and his friends decide to wait. John tried to find ways to pass time. He taps his foot for ten minutes. Then, he plays games on his phone. Later, he tells his friends jokes. Two hours pass. The boys are still in line.
- THE TEACHER TAKES AWAY HIS PHONE
Mr. Brown’s lectures are boring. A student looks up at Mr. Brown to check what he is doing. Mr. Brown is writing something on the board. The student takes out his phone. He starts playing games. Mr. Brown walks over to his desk. Mr. Brown takes the student’s phone away. He is in trouble.
- NO ONE LIKES THE FLU
He is sick. He goes to the doctor. The doctor gives him some medicine. He is still sick after one week. His mom tells him to go to sleep. He lies in bed all day. He rests. He drinks chicken soup and eats vegetables. He is still sick. No one likes the flu.
- THE CIRCUS
She goes to the circus. She sees a clown. He is very colorful. She sees magicians. They take rabbits out of hats. She sees people walking on rope up in the air. She sees people juggling balls. She sees a lot of animals too. There are lions that jump through hoops of fire. There are elephants that dance. She never wants to leave the circus.
- AN UNHEALTHY BOY
He is fat. He only eats red meat, chips, and candy. His parents worry about him. They ban him from eating fattening foods. They cook healthy meals only from now on. They eat oatmeal for breakfast. They eat fish, carrots, and vegetables for lunch. They eat chicken and salad for dinner.
- FERRIS WHEEL
A Ferris wheel is a huge rotating wheel. It has many seats. He sits on one of them. His seat is yellow. He is excited. He puts his seatbelt on. He holds on to the metal bar. He wants to be safe. The wheel moves. He starts to go up higher and higher. He looks down. The people are so small. The view is so nice.
- MORE MONEY
She gets an allowance from her parents. They give her $10 a week. She wants more. She asks her parents nicely. They say no. She tries to change their minds. She washes their cars. She makes them dinner. She compliments them. Her parents decide to give her a raise. She will get $15 a week.
- LOVING DANCE
She loves to dance. She dances on her school’s team. She dances after school. She loves to dance in her room. She loves to dance in the kitchen. She even loves to dance in the bathroom. Anyone can see that she is passionate. People say she is the best dancer in the world.
- A FUN SLEEPOVER
She sleeps over at a friend’s house. They do a lot of fun activities. They fight with their pillows. They roast marshmallows over a fire. They sing songs. They watch movies. The movies are funny. They eat popcorn while they watch. They braid each other’s hair. They use sleeping bags. They fall asleep.
He does not like school. He hates his teachers. He hates learning. He hates his classmates. He picks on them. He bothers them. He rips up their homework. He steals their lunch money. One day, his teacher sees him being mean. She yells at him. She makes him say sorry to his classmates.
- GLASS OF MILK ON THE DESK
A glass of milk is on the desk. It is near the edge. The child looks at the milk. The child wants to drink it. The cat looks at the milk. The cat wants to drink it too. They both walk towards the desk. The cat is faster. It jumps on the desk. The glass of milk tips over. The milk is all over the floor.
- A SIMPLE GIFT
He wants to get something for his teacher. He has no money though. He gets creative. He goes to his backyard. He looks at his rose bush. He cuts a nice, red one. He puts it in a vase. He pours some water in the vase. His gift is complete.
John covers his eyes. Sandra finds a place to hide. John counts to ten. At “ten,” he opens his eyes. He tries to find Sandra. He walks around their room. He checks the kitchen. He checks under the bed. He checks the laundry room. He does not find her yet. Sandra is in their parents’ room.
- EXCITED FOR THE MAIL
The boy waits for the mailman. A package is supposed to come today. He sits by the window. He sees the mailman walking. He goes outside. He says hello to the mailman. The mailman gives him the package. They say good-bye to each other. The boy goes back to his house.
- HAVING FUN ON A SWING
Michael and his grandmother go to the park’s playground. There are so many things to do. Michael runs over to the swing set. He sits on a swing. He kicks the ground. His legs are in the air. His grandmother pushes him. He is even higher! He feels like he can touch the sky.
- HE WALKS HIS DOGS
Brian has three dogs. The first one is black. The second one is brown. The third one is gray. The black dog is very big. The brown dog is medium-sized. The gray dog is very small. Brian loves all of them. He walks with his dogs at the park. The dogs enjoy it. They always seem happy when they are walking.
- A PENCIL FOR EVERYTHING
She has a pencil. It is four inches long. It is shiny and pink. It has an eraser on one end. It even has her name on it. She uses her pencil for everything. She uses it to write letters. She uses it to do her homework. She uses it on her tests.
- BEING CARELESS
Two brothers are bored. They play catch with each other inside the house. The older brother throws the ball to the younger brother. He catches it. He throws it back. The ball hits the window. The window breaks. Their mom hears the loud sound. She is mad. She takes the ball away.
- FLUFFY THE RABBIT
He has a pet. It is a rabbit. His rabbit’s name is Fluffy. Fluffy is female. She is white. She has black eyes. She is very soft. She is playful. She weighs seven pounds. She likes to hop around the house. She likes to eat carrots. He gives Fluffy five carrots a day.
- THREE FRIENDS AND A JUMP ROPE
It is break time. The students go out to play. Three friends play with a jump rope. Elizabeth holds one end. Susan holds the other end. They stand apart from each other. They swing the rope. Maria jumps in. The rope goes over her head. She is good. She keeps jumping over the rope.
- HE PLAYS WITH THE LADYBUG
He goes outside. He sees a ladybug. The ladybug is red. It has black spots too. It has six legs. It has two wings. It is small. He puts the ladybug on his finger. It tickles! The ladybug crawls all over him. He wants to keep it. The ladybug flies away. He tries to catch it.
- THE DOG THAT DIGS
The dog likes to dig. It is his favorite thing to do. He goes into his owner’s house. He takes a necklace. He puts the necklace in his mouth. He runs to the backyard. He digs a hole with his paws. He puts the necklace inside. He covers the hole with dirt.
- PLAYING WITH THE MONKEY BARS
She likes the monkey bars. She grabs the first bar with both hands. Her legs are swinging from the ground. She puts her right hand on the second bar. She then puts her left hand on the second bar. She continues doing this. She reaches the last bar. She jumps down. She starts over again for fun.
- PLAYING A DOCTOR
She likes to pretend she is a doctor for fun. She wears a white coat. She pretends her room is a medical office. Her dad pretends he is a patient. Her dad goes into her room. He tells her how he is feeling. He says that he keeps coughing. She tells him to drink a lot of water.
- ART CLASS
She goes to her art class. She wears a special white coat. Now, her inside clothes will be clean. She is going to draw a sunflower. She gets a paintbrush. She gets green, yellow, and brown paint. She gets a white piece of paper. She dips her paintbrush in the paint. She starts to draw.
- GETTING READY FOR SOCCER PRACTICE
She is getting ready for soccer practice. She wears her uniform. She gets a soccer ball. Her mom drives her to the soccer field. She gets out of the car. She says hi to all her teammates. They stretch. They put their legs together. They reach their toes with their hands.
- THE POUCH OF A KANGAROO
A kangaroo is an interesting animal. It has a pouch. A kangaroo’s baby goes into the pouch. It is safe there. James would like to have a pouch. He would not put a baby in there. He would put food and video games inside. People and kangaroos are different.
- AUNT AND UNCLE
He visits his aunt and uncle. They are very different from each other. His aunt is tall and skinny. His uncle is fat and short. His aunt likes vegetables. His uncle only eats meat. His aunt is quiet. His uncle is loud. They still love each other. They like it when he visits. He always has fun with his aunt and uncle.
- A BUSY BOY
The boy is always busy. He goes to school for eight hours. He has seven classes. They are all hard. He has a lot of homework. It takes him five hours to finish it. He also has piano practice. He spends two hours playing the piano. He only sleeps for four hours. He is tired.
- FRUIT SALAD
She pours some chips in a bowl. Her dad sees her. He tells her chips are bad. They are unhealthy. She throws away the chips. She goes back to the kitchen. She starts to make fruit salad. She gets bananas, strawberries, kiwis, and apples. She cuts them up in small pieces. She puts them all together in a bowl.
- HE TAKES HIS TEST
The teacher announces that there is a test. The students clear off their desks. The teacher passes out the tests. A student takes a deep breath. He takes out his pencil. He looks at the questions. He knows the answers. He writes them down. He finishes the test. He feels good.
- PARENT-TEACHER CONFERENCE
Lisa and her mom go to school. They meet with Lisa’s teacher. The teacher smiles. They all sit down. The teacher talks about Lisa’s grades. She is doing very well. She is very smart. The teacher also talks about Lisa’s behavior. She is friendly to everyone. Her mom is happy.
- THE SECOND DOG
She has one dog already. It has black fur. It is very big. She wants another one. She goes to the pet store. She buys another dog. It has brown fur. It is medium-sized. She brings it home. She puts her two dogs together. They run away from each other. They do not like each other.
- A CAT AND A BALL OF YARN
The boy tries to study for his quiz tomorrow. His cat keeps bothering him. It keeps pulling his leg. It keeps making noises. He gets a ball of yarn. He throws it across the room. The cat chases the ball of yarn. The cat catches the yarn. It plays with it. The boy can finally study.
- TAKING CARE OF HIS ORANGE TREE
He wants to grow an orange tree. He digs a small hole. He puts the seeds in it. He covers the seeds with soil. He waters it for a week. No oranges have grown. He asks his mom what he is doing wrong. She says, “You have to be patient.” He continues to water the tree for a month. He sees an orange start to grow.
- THE MISSING NOTEBOOK
Helen leaves her notebook in the cafeteria. She does not know this yet. She goes to class. Kevin enters the cafeteria. He sees a notebook. He does not know whose it is. He puts it in the lost and found box. Helen realizes her notebook is gone. She checks the lost and found box. She finds her notebook.
- TAG, YOU’RE IT!
Tag is a very fun game. George, Lisa, and Laura play tag everyday. Lisa and Laura run around. George tries to chase them. He runs as fast as he can. He decides to find Lisa. She is a slow runner. He sees her running. He catches up to her. He taps her on the shoulder. He says to her, “Tag, you’re it!”
- DIFFERENT FLAVORS
I like cupcakes and lollipops. Both of them are sweet. My mom likes hamburgers and French fries. Both of them are salty. My dad likes lemons and grapefruits. Both of them are sour. My sister likes coffee and dark chocolate. Both of them are bitter. My brother likes everything.
- DAYDREAMING AT SCHOOL
The teacher is talking about U.S. government. She thinks it is boring. She stares at her desk. She starts to daydream. She dreams about her friends. They invite her to a party. The party is fun. She dances and sings. She listens to good music. The teacher wakes her up.
- A PET FOR DAD
Her dad is lonely. He lives in a big house with no one. He is divorced. His friends live far away. He does not work anymore. He just sits at home and watches movies. She feels bad for her dad. She surprises him with a dog. He loves the dog so much. He takes care of it.
- TOO SICK
She is too sick. She has the cold. She can’t stop sneezing. She keeps a tissue box near her. Her nose is so red. She also has a fever. She puts a cold towel over her forehead. She is too sick to go to school. Her friends visit her. They give her the homework assignments. They try to make her feel better.
- THE WORST STUDENT
Ronald is the worst student. He does not do his homework. Instead, he plays video games. His teacher yells at him. Ronald does not care. He listens to music when the teacher is talking. He does not study. His test scores are bad. He is mean to his classmates too. Charles asks to borrow his eraser. Ronald hits him.
- BAD MANNERS
She has bad manners. She never shows any respect. Her mother buys her a present. She does not say thank you. Her grandparents come to her house. She asks them to leave. Her classmate has something she wants. She steals it. Her dad asks her for a favor. She does not do it.
- TRANSFERRING TO ANOTHER CLASS
He does not like Ms. Garcia, his math teacher. She always separates him from his classmates. She always gives him a lot of homework. She always calls him mean names. She never helps him. He drops out of Ms. Garcia’s class. He transfers to Ms. Moore’s class. She is much better.
- GOOD MANNERS
Michelle eats with her family. She wants to eat peas. She asks her mom, “Will you please pass me the peas?” The mom smiles. She gives her the plate. Michelle gets a gift from her dad. She thanks him. Michelle sees a classmate cry. She gives the classmate a tissue. Michelle has really good manners.
- THE TROUBLE WITH BRACES
He has bad teeth. He gets braces. He goes to school. He starts to talk. His classmates see his braces. They make fun of him. He feels sad. He closes his mouth. He stops talking. His teacher asks him a question. He decides to talk. He does not care if people make fun of him anymore.
- LOST ON THE FIRST DAY
It is the first day of high school. She is completely lost. She has never been here before. Her first class is Spanish. The class is in the A building. A staff member sees her wandering around. He gives her a map. She looks at it. She finds her Spanish class.
- STEALING IS BAD
Donna and her uncle go to a school supplies shop. Donna sees a pink eraser. She likes it. She does not have any money. She puts the eraser in her pocket. She runs out of the store. Her uncle sees her. He tells her that stealing is bad. He puts the eraser back. He makes Donna apologize to the manager.
- PICKING HER UP
He is talking to his friends. His cell phone rings. He answers it. It is his sister. She asks if he could pick her up at school. He tells her to wait. He gets off the couch. He tells his friends to leave. He drives his car. He parks on the street. His sister gets in the car.
- SAVING THE PRINCESS
The princess is stuck in the tower. A dragon will eat her soon. The king and queen are sad. They offer to give money to the person who saves her. They put up posters around town. A poor farmer sees it. He climbs up the tower. He gets the princess. He takes her to his horse. They ride back to town.
- MAKE IT HOT, MAKE IT COLD
He wants to eat some pizza. He opens the refrigerator. He reaches for the frozen pizza. It is cold. He wants it to be hot. He puts it in the microwave. He heats the pizza for five minutes. His sister wants to drink cold water. She gets a bottle of water from the kitchen. It is warm. She puts it in the refrigerator.
- A GOOD SHOWER
She goes to the market. She buys ingredients for lunch and dinner. She goes to the pharmacy. She picks up her medicine. She goes to school. She takes three tests. She goes to the park. She runs ten laps. She finally goes home. She is tired and sweaty. What a day! She takes a cold shower. She feels good.
- THE WRONG COLOR
He waits for his package. He is excited. He will finally get his t-shirt today. He waits outside his house. The mail carrier gives him the package. He opens it. The t-shirt is red. He ordered the blue one. He is upset. He calls the company. The manager apologizes. He will send the blue t-shirt for free.
- FORGETTING HER GLASSES
She goes to English class. She reaches into her backpack. Her glasses are not inside. She cannot see anything. Her teacher writes the sentence: “The cat chases the ball.” The teacher asks the students to copy this sentence. She squints. She still cannot see the sentence. She sits closer to the board. She will never forget her glasses again.
- QUITTING HIS JOB
He works at a fast-food restaurant. He hates his job. He flips burgers. He cuts potatoes. He pours soda in cups. He thinks doing these things is boring. He does not like talking to customers. His boss, Susan Wright, is mean. She always makes him work extra hours. He finally quits his job.
- FUTURE GOALS
She thinks about the future a lot. She wants to be a doctor. Doctors have cool uniforms. Doctors make people feel better. Doctors make a lot of money. She wants to live in Beverly Hills, California. The city is very clean. The houses there are nice. She wants to get married and have kids too.
- A KIND STRANGER
She walks across the street. She has four boxes in her hand. They are very heavy. She falls down. She drops the boxes. A stranger helps her. He asks if she is okay. She nods her head. He picks up her boxes. He carries them to her car. She says thank you.
- EXCITED FOR THANKSGIVING
He loves Thanksgiving. He looks at his calendar. He gets out his pen. He crosses out the days that have passed. He puts an “X” through them. There are only two more days until Thanksgiving. He is so happy. He is excited to eat turkey. He is excited to see his entire family.
- A SAD BOOK AND A HAPPY BOOK
He reads a book. The main character is a wolf. It tries to find its family. It travels all over the world. In the end, the wolf dies. This book is too sad. He reads another one. The main character is a girl. She wants to win a swimming competition. She practices a lot. In the end, she gets first place. He likes this book.
- THE WATER SLIDE AT THE AMUSEMENT PARK
Betty and Brian go to the amusement park. It is hot and sunny. They want to cool off. They see a water slide. There is a long line. Everyone wants to get wet. Betty and Brian finally reach the front of the line. They get into their bathing suits. They go down the slide. They are completely wet.
- KEEPING A DIARY
Dorothy has a diary. It has a pink cover. It is four inches in length. It is three inches in width. It has 200 pages. There are lines on the pages. She writes in it every day. She writes about how she is feeling. She writes about what happened in school. Sometimes, she draws in her diary.
- TRYING ON SHOES
He goes to a shoe store. He sees a pair he likes. It is black and white. He tries it on. It is too tight. He asks if there is a bigger size. There is not. He looks at the other shoes. He sees another pair he likes. It is bright yellow. He tries it on. It fits perfectly.
- A LOT OF PANTS
She has a lot of pants. She has two pairs of jeans. One of them is light blue. The other one is navy blue. She has two pairs of formal pants. One of them is khaki. The other one is gray. She has two pairs of casual pants. One of them has flowers on it. The other one has hearts on it. She wears pants every day.
- CHILI SAUCE LOVER
He eats noodles. It is plain. He adds chili sauce. He tries the noodles. It tastes a lot better. He starts to put chili sauce in everything. He puts chili sauce on French fries. He puts chili sauce in soup. He puts chili sauce on egg rolls. He even puts chili sauce on rice.
START READING II
- GOING TO SCHOOL
He eats his breakfast. He leaves his house. He walks to the bus stop. He waits five minutes. He gets on the bus. He puts in a quarter. He sits down. He looks outside the window. He sees his school. He walks to the bus door. He thanks the bus driver. He exits the bus.
- A NICE TEACHER
She is a teacher. She teaches third graders. She says “good morning” every day. She asks her students how they are doing. The students love her. She is good at her job. She does not get a lot of money. Teachers should get more money. They work so hard.
- HARRY STUDIES EVERYWHERE
Harry thinks his grades are very important. He studies a lot. He studies everywhere he goes. He studies at the library. He studies when he goes out to eat. He even studies when he goes to parties! His friends make fun of him. Harry does not care. He gets As all the time.
- THE COLORING BOOK
She takes out her coloring book. She gets her crayons. She opens the book. There is a drawing of a bunny dancing. She colors the bunny with a brown crayon. She colors the sky with a blue crayon. She colors the flower with a red crayon. She rips the page out. She sticks it to the wall.
- PICKING A BOOK
She goes to the library. She looks at the shelves. She pulls out a book. She opens the book. She reads the first page. She laughs. The book is funny. She goes to the checkout desk. She gives the book to the librarian. She takes out her library card. She gives it to the librarian. The librarian gives her back the card and the book.
- GETTING READY TO STUDY
He gets ready to study at the library. He puts his science textbook in his backpack. He puts his pencils and pens in his backpack. He puts an eraser in his backpack. He puts a snack in his backpack. He might get hungry. He puts a notebook in his backpack. He is ready to study!
- STUDYING AT THE LIBRARY
He is at the library. There are a lot of people. Everyone is studying for their final exams. He finally finds a seat. He sits down. He takes out his book. He takes out a pen. He takes out a highlighter. He highlights the important parts. Then he takes a study break.
- TAKING NOTES
He takes out his notebook. He reads his textbook. He copies the chapter title on top of the page. He writes down important information. He highlights words he should remember. He turns the page. He takes more notes. He writes a summary of the chapter at the end.
- SHE WRITES AN ESSAY
She is taking an English class. She has to write an essay. The essay is on penguins. She finds information on penguins from the Internet. She finds information on penguins from books. Her first sentence is a riddle about penguins. Her last sentence is the answer to the riddle.
- HE TAKES A TEST
He sits down in his seat. He gets a copy of the test. He reads a question. He writes his answer. There are 20 questions. He checks his answers again when he is done. The bell rings. The class is over. He gets up. He hands his test to the teacher. He is going to celebrate.
- PUNCHING A WALL
He gets his essay back. He got a C minus. He is mad. He feels that he deserves a better grade. He asks his teacher what went wrong. Ms. Flores says he made a lot of grammar mistakes. He asks her to re-grade it. She says no. He punches the wall. He gets in trouble.
- SCHOOL SUPPLIES BOX
He has a school supplies box. There are five pencils inside. They are sharp. They are all yellow. They all have a pink eraser at the end. He has two erasers. One eraser is white. Another is pink. He uses the pencil to write something. He uses the eraser to fix his mistake.
- HE LOSES THE CAP
He takes out a pen. He takes off the cap. He drops it. He looks down. He does not see the cap. He looks around his desk. He still does not see the cap. Where could it be? He has to find it. The pen will dry out without the cap. He goes to the other side of the room. He sees the cap.
- THE LUNCH BAG
She has a lunch bag. It has two pockets. There is one on top. That is the big pocket. She puts a sandwich inside. There is another one in the front. That is the small pocket. She puts a pack of gum inside. There is a long strap too. She can put it over her shoulder.
- SCHOOL CAFETERIA
He gets school lunch. It is not good. At least it is free. He looks around the cafeteria. He thinks about sitting with new people. There are a lot of different groups. He could sit with the athletes. He could sit with the drama club kids. He could sit with the rich kids group. He has a lot of choices.
- ICE CREAM IN THE SUMMER
It is summer. It is 3 o’clock. It is very hot. He goes to the ice cream shop. He looks at all the flavors. There are so many! He wants to get chocolate, but he also wants vanilla. He decides to get both. The line is long. Everyone wants ice cream in the summer.
- SHE EATS LEMONS
She likes sour stuff. Lemons are sour. Lemons are yellow. She peels the skin off the lemon. She bites into the lemon. It tastes good. She spits out the seeds. The seeds are not good. Her mom says she is weird. Most people eat lemon with another food.
- CHICKEN SMELLS GOOD
He is hungry. He smells something good. It is coming from the kitchen. He leaves the living-room. He goes to the kitchen. He sees a plate of chicken. It is hot. He gets a fork and knife. He cuts a piece of chicken. He sticks the fork in it. He eats the chicken.
- FRYING TOFU
He slices up tofu in ten pieces. He puts the pan on the stove. He turns on the stove. He puts oil in the pan. He puts the tofu in the pan. He waits for the tofu to turn brown. He flips over the tofu. Now the other side is frying. He waits for the tofu to turn brown again. He turns off the stove.
- HE SELLS CHOCOLATE
He stands in front of a supermarket. He stands behind a table. His chocolate is on the table. He has four boxes of chocolate. They are all different kinds. One chocolate bar costs $1.00. He is fundraising for the soccer team. A family buys one whole box. It costs $40.
- BEST FRIENDS
Kelly and Julie are best friends. They do everything together. They walk to school together every morning. They eat breakfast together. Kelly eats bacon and eggs. Julie eats cereal. They take the same classes. Kelly is good at math. Julie is good at English. They help each other out. They plan to go to the same college.
- BUYING A BACKPACK
Howard goes to a backpack store. He likes the red backpack. He looks at the tag. The backpack is $40! He asks the cashier if he can lower the price. “I will sell it you for $39.” Howard shakes his head. “How about $30, and I tell my friends to come here?” The cashier agrees to the deal.
- HE GOES TO A HAT STORE
He is bald. He wants to get a hat to cover his baldness. He goes to a hat store. There are a lot of different hats. There are caps. They are good to wear in the summer. There are beanies. They are good to wear for the winter. He buys a beanie and a cap.
- SHE NEEDS NEW CLOTHES
She needs to get new clothes. She does not fit into her old clothes anymore. She goes to the mall. She buys some dresses. She buys some skirts. She buys some jackets. She buys some pants. She buys some shirts. She has a lot of shopping bags. She can’t wait to wear her new clothes.
- SHE BUYS A SKIRT
She goes to the mall. She goes inside a store. She sees a nice skirt. She takes it off the rack. She touches it. She goes to the fitting-room. She tries it on. It fits perfectly. She goes to the cash register. She hands the cashier $10. The cashier puts the skirt in a bag.
- WHITE SHIRT
He puts on his white shirt. His mom tells him to be careful. White shirts get dirty easily. He says okay. He eats a pizza. His brother accidentally pushes him. He drops his pizza on his shirt. He screams. He takes off the pizza. There is an orange triangle stain.
- UGLY BOOTS
People think his boots are ugly. They are brown. They have yellow spots. He does not care what other people think. He loves his boots. He thinks that they are unique. Other boots are too plain for him. The yellow spots make the boots special. His mom tells him to get new boots. He says no.
- SHOE COLLECTION
He collects shoes. He has 50 pairs of shoes. Some shoes are for running. Other shoes are for walking. His parents tell him to stop buying shoes. He is addicted. He works three jobs to get money for shoes. His favorite pair is designed by Michael Jordan. Michael Jordan is a retired basketball player.
- EAR PIERCINGS
He wants to pierce his ears. His mom does not want him to. She thinks boys should not have earrings. He tells his mom that it looks good. He asks his friends what they think. Some friends say he should do it. Others say it would look terrible. He thinks about getting a fake earring.
- BLACK FRIDAY
It is Black Friday. Black Friday is always the day after Thanksgiving. A lot of stores have good deals. The stores are busy. The lines are long. People want to buy things. They buy clothes. They buy electronics. They buy cooking items. Sometimes people fight for items. It can get crazy.
- EVERYTHING IS 50% OFF
There is a big sale! Everything is 50% off. He likes the expensive watch. The original price is $100. The watch is now $50. He can afford it now. There is only one left. Someone else buys it before him. He is sad. He tries to find a similar watch. He cannot find one.
- A WARM JACKET
She has a warm jacket. It is red. It is shiny on the outside. It is fuzzy on the inside. It is not too tight. It is not too loose. It has two big pockets on the side. She likes to put snacks inside. The zipper is colorful. There is a front pocket. She puts two pens inside.
- PLAYING HIDE-AND-SEEK
They play Hide-and-Seek at school. Kyle is the seeker. He closes his eyes and counts to ten. The other people hide. Some people hide behind trees. Some people hide behind the slide. Some people go inside classrooms! The seeker tries to find all his friends. He needs to find all eight of his friends to win.
- TAKING THE TOY EVERYWHERE
He has a toy. He plays with the toy. He takes the toy everywhere. He takes it to school. During recess, he takes it out of his backpack and plays with it. He takes it when he goes out to eat. He takes it when he goes to swim practice. He wants to swim with his toy. His swim coach did not let him.
- HE MAKES SANDCASTLES
It is spring. It is nice and sunny at the beach. The sun is shining. There is a nice breeze. People are swimming in the water. People are tanning under the sun. Sam is making a sandcastle. No one else is making a sandcastle. He can use all the sand he wants! He can make his castle huge!
- HE LISTENS TO MUSIC
He puts his headphones in. His headphones block out all the noise. He picks his favorite song. It is a rap song. He dances along to the song. He dreams of becoming a professional dancer. He wants to be a backup dancer for famous rappers. He practices every single day.
- SHE LIKES RUNNING
She puts her running shoes on. She leaves her apartment. She runs to her school. She likes to look at other houses. She likes the feeling of the wind on her face. She gets to the school. She sees her teacher. She does not like that teacher. She runs back home.
- HALLOWEEN IS FUN
It is Halloween. Halloween is the time when people dress up. Young people like to dress up. Old people just wear regular clothes. Children like to go trick-or-treating. They go to a house. They ring the doorbell. They say “trick or treat!” They get candy. They go to another house.
- KEITH AND JOHN ARE BOTH CRYING
Keith hits John. John falls back. John cries. Keith laughs. John finds a teacher. He tells the teacher what Keith did. The teacher yells at Keith. Keith cries. Keith and John are both crying. Other kids laugh at them. Keith and John cry even more. The teacher gives them tissues.
- POPPING A BALLOON
Jason blows a balloon. He wants to give it to his mom. Larry pops it with a pen. The sound scares Jason. Jason screams. He is mad at Larry. Larry laughs. Jason punches Larry. Larry falls down. Jason laughs. Larry gets up and punches Jason. The two get in trouble for fighting.
- SAVING A CAT
She hears a “meow.” It is coming from the tree. She looks closely at the tree. She sees a cute, white cat. It is stuck. She climbs up the tree. She brings the cat down. The cat’s owner is happy. The cat’s owner gives her $15. She buys her own cat with the money.
- KILLING AN ANT
You cannot kill a person. That is against the law. You will go to jail. You cannot kill someone else’s dog. That is against the law, too. You can kill an ant. No one likes ants. Ants eat your food. Ants invade your house. Killing ants is not against the law.
- A WHITE DOG
She has a dog. It is white. It has short legs. It has pointy ears. It runs very fast. She plays with the dog. She throws a toy across the room. She tells the dog to go get it. The dog runs. She watches it. The dog runs back to her. The toy is in the dog’s mouth.
- HE KEEPS A DOG
He finds a dog on the street. There is no collar. He likes dogs. He takes it into his house. He washes it. He takes it to the veterinarian. The dog is sick. It will die soon. The surgery will not help that much. He decides to let the dog go.
- DON’T TOUCH THE DOG
She has a big dog. It is a German Shepherd. She loves her dog. She walks it around town. Strangers always go up to her dog. They pet it. They pet it without asking. She gets mad. She does not like people touching her dog. She pulls her dog away from people.
- FEEDING DUCKS
He goes to the park. There is lake in the park. He takes out a slice of bread. He breaks it up into pieces. He throws them into the water. The ducks chase after the crumbs. He takes out another slice of bread. He throws the whole slice into the lake. Two ducks fight over it.
- SHE IS A BABYSITTER
She is a babysitter. She charges parents $10 per hour. Babysitting is a part-time job for her. She goes to the house. She plays with the kids. She helps them with their homework. She cooks for them. The parents come back from work. They thank her. They pay her $80.
- HIS JOB APPLICATION
He wants to work at a shoe store. He prints out his job application. There are three sheets of paper. He goes to the shoe store. He hands the sheets to the manager. The manager tells him to staple the sheets. He does not have a stapler. He finds a paper clip on the floor. He uses it.
- SHE FINDS A JOB
She is 16 years old. She can get a job now. She wants to work at her favorite restaurant. She can get discounts if she works there. She calls them. She talks to the manager. The manager invites her for an interview. She tells him about herself. The manager says he will call her next week.
- AN EXPENSIVE WALLET
She works hard for her money. She works 40 hours a week. She wants to treat herself to something nice. She decides to go shopping. She goes into her favorite store. There are a lot of nice things. Everything is very expensive. She sees a wallet she likes. It costs $50. She thinks about getting it. She ends up buying it.
- SHE IS A DOCTOR
She is a doctor. She treats children. She takes care of them. She asks them what is wrong. She tells them everything is going to be okay. She gives them candy at the end. The children love her. She gives the prescription to the parents.
- GETTING READY TO SLEEP
Sarah has to do certain things before she sleeps. She has to light up candles. The smell helps her sleep better. She has to change into her pajamas. Pajamas are more comfortable. She has to read a story for ten minutes. Reading makes her sleepy. After all that, she can sleep.
- SHE WASHES HER FACE
She fills up a bowl with water. She pumps some liquid face wash onto her hand. She closes her eyes. She rubs the face wash all over her face. She puts her hands in the bowl of water. She splashes the water on her face. She does this until the water is all gone. She dries her face with a towel.
- SHE GIVES HIM A BIBLE
He is walking. A woman stops him. She asks if he is Christian. He says no. She says that he should be. She gives him a Bible. He takes it. He reads it. He thinks it is really interesting. He cannot put it down. He goes to a nearby church. He prays.
- HIS COMPUTER CRASHES
He is playing a game on his computer. He gets a glass of water from the kitchen. He puts it on his desk. He accidentally knocks down the glass. The water spills all over his keyboard. His computer screen turns black. He tries to turn his computer back on. It did not work.
- BAD MOVIEGOER
He goes to the movie theater. He sits down. He puts his feet up. He looks around. He eats his popcorn loudly. He uses his phone. He calls someone. He is talking loudly. He bothers everyone. The other moviegoers are mad. They tell him to get out.
- RETURNING THE DRESS
She brings her dress back to the store. It is too big. She needs a smaller size. The store does not have a smaller size. She returns it. She gets her money back. She sees another dress she likes. It is very pretty. She buys it. It is cheaper than the other dress.
- SHE GETS COFFEE
She has to be awake for the whole night. She cannot sleep. She decides to buy coffee. Coffee helps people stay awake. She buys four cups of coffee. There are four different flavors. She adds two pack of sugar in each cup. She takes a sip of coffee. It is hot and good.
- HE BUYS A PRESENT
He buys a present for his girlfriend. It is her favorite book. He gets wrapping paper. He puts the book on top of the paper. He folds the paper. He tapes the paper down. He writes her name on it. He puts a bow on the wrapped book. He puts the present in a gift bag.
- PRETTY GIRL
Kate looks at the magazine. The magazine cover has a pretty girl. She has long hair. She has big, blue eyes. Her skin looks nice. She is a fashion model. Kate opens up the magazine. She flips to pages where the model is. She reads about the model. She wishes she could be her.
- HE LOVES HER
He loves a girl. He loves how she talks. He loves how she walks. He thinks she is pretty. He thinks she is smart. She is perfect. She does not know he loves her. He asks her out. She says no. He is sad. He still loves her. He will ask her out again.
- WILL YOU MARRY ME?
Tim gets down on one knee. He looks into Shirley’s eyes. He asks, “Will you marry me?” Shirley cries. Shirley nods her head. Tim and Shirley hug. People around them clap. Tim and Shirley call all their friends and family. Tim’s mom does not like Shirley. Tim does not care.
- BREAKING UP
She does not like her boyfriend. He is lazy. He never does anything for her. He does not have a job. He does not go to school. He just watches TV and plays video games. She wants to break up with him. She does not want to hurt his feelings. She plans out what she is going to say.
- THE LONELY GIRL
She is lonely. She does everything alone. She watches TV by herself. She does not even like watching TV with her family. She even eats alone at restaurants. She is on her school’s basketball team. She does not talk to the other players. She just plays the game.
- GOOD LUCK CHARM
She has an ugly shirt. It is her good luck charm. When she wears it, good things happen. She likes to wear it when something important is happening. She wears it on days when she has tests. She wears it when she wants to impress someone. She wears it when she is feeling sad.
- HE WASHES DISHES
He puts on his dishwashing gloves. He gets the sponge. He squeezes a little bit of dish soap on it. He picks up a plate with his left hand. He puts the sponge on it. He moves his hand in circles. He turns on the faucet. The water washes the soap away. The dish is clean.
- SHE USES A SPARE KEY
She walks up to the door. She looks inside her bag. She tries to find her key. She cannot find it. She thinks she left it inside the house. It is okay though. She has a spare key. She lifts up the welcome mat. She picks up the key. She uses it. It works! She goes inside her house.
- A LOT OF PEOPLE IN LINE
They went to an amusement park. There are a lot of rides. Some are scary and some are for kids. There are a lot of food choices. There is cotton candy. There are corn dogs. There are so many people. It is Saturday. People are off work and school. There are lines for everything.
- TAKING OUT THE TRASH
She smells something bad. It’s the trash can. It is completely filled. The bad smell is coming from the rotten food. There are black bananas and spoiled milk inside. She holds her breath. She pulls out the trash bag. She ties it. She puts it in a new trash bag.
- SOY SAUCE AND RICE
He opens the refrigerator. He looks inside. There is only soy sauce. What is he going to do? He has no car. There are no markets close by. Then, he sees a bag of rice. He cooks the rice with a rice cooker. Rice only takes 15 minutes to be ready. He puts some rice in a bowl. He pours soy sauce on it.
- SHE MAKES A SPEECH
She has to make a speech about birds. She is nervous. She does not like talking in front of people. She does not want to mess up. She does not want people to make fun of her. She tells her teacher she is scared. The teacher tells her to relax. All the students are scared.
- A NEW SHIRT
Michael spills ketchup on his shirt. He goes to his closet. He picks out a clean shirt. It is blue. He takes off his dirty shirt. He puts his new shirt on. He puts the dirty shirt in the laundry machine. There are other dirty clothes inside. He puts detergent in the machine. He turns the machine on.
- PERFORMING FOR MONEY
He is homeless, but he can sing well. He takes off his cap. He puts it on the floor. He starts singing. People like his voice. They stop and listen. People put money in the cap. He thanks them. He sings for two hours. There is $50 in his cap.
- GIVING FOOD
She is in the car. She waits for the car in front to move. The traffic is bad. A man on the street knocks on her window. She opens the window. He asks for money. She has no money. She gives him a sandwich. He is so happy. He asks another driver for money.
- MAKING A SANDWICH
She is hungry. She opens the refrigerator. She takes out bread, ham, lettuce, and cheese. She also takes out mayonnaise. She puts two slices of bread in the toaster. She waits for it to be heated. She puts mayonnaise on one slice. She puts ham, lettuce, and cheese on it. She puts the other bread on top.
- HE CLEANS THE TABLES
He works at a cafe. He cleans the tables. He takes away the dirty plates. He takes away the sauce bottles. He uses a rag to wipe the table. He does the same thing for all the tables. He sweeps the floor. He cleans the chairs. He puts the chairs on top of the tables at the end.
- HE BUYS A DISNEYLAND TICKET
He is at the Disneyland website. He picks the “1-day” ticket. It is $100. It is very expensive. He wants to go though. He puts in his credit card information. He submits his order. He gets a ticket in his email. He prints out the ticket. He puts it in a safe place.
- SHE BUYS A NEWSPAPER
She goes to the newsstand. She wants to buy a newspaper. She wants to know what is going on. She buys the newspaper for the week. She reads the cover story first. It is about a murderer on the loose. It is scary. She looks at the cartoons. It is funny.
- HE DOES NOT EAT MEAT
He is a vegetarian. He does not eat meat. He believes that animals should not be killed. It is hard for him to go out with people. Most people like eating meat. He tells his parents to become vegetarians. They laugh at him. They can’t give up meat.
- HE GIVES HER FLOWERS
He picks out roses from his garden. He puts the roses in a vase. He pours water in the vase. He goes to his girlfriend’s house. He rings her doorbell. She is happy to see him. She hugs him. She likes the roses. He tells her to water it every day.
- TANNING AT THE BEACH
It is summer. The sun is out and shining. She goes to the beach. She lays a towel on the sand. She puts on sunscreen. It protects her skin. She puts on sunglasses. She does not want the sun to hurt her eyes. She lies down on the towel. She is excited to get tan.
- HE FORGETS TO BRING A JACKET
He is in a rush. He puts on a t-shirt and shorts. He leaves his house. He drives to work. It is cold at his work place. He wants a jacket. He tries to turn on the heater. His coworkers get mad. He asks his friend if he has a jacket. His friend does not.
- SCRUBBING THE FLOOR
It is time to clean. She gets a bucket. She fills it with water and soap. It is all bubbly now. She puts a sponge inside the bucket. It is wet. She scrubs the floor. It takes an hour. Her house is big. Later, she dries the floor with towels.
- HE MAKES TEA
He pours water in a pot. He puts the pot on the stove. He turns up the heat. He waits for five minutes. The water is boiling hot. He pours the water into a mug. He puts a tea packet inside. The liquid turns green. He puts some honey inside. He mixes it with a spoon.
- FAKE TATTOO
Juliana loves tattoos. She thinks they look really cool. She wants a lot of tattoos. She is scared of needles though. She gets fake tattoos. One of them is an elephant. She puts the elephant tattoo on her arm. They do not look as nice as real ones.
- CHANGING CHANNELS
She sits on the couch. She grabs the remote control. She turns on the TV. She sees the news. She does not feel like watching the news. She goes to the next channel. It is the kids channel. She changes the channel again. Mean Girls is playing. It is her favorite movie.
- GETTING READY FOR BASKETBALL PRACTICE
He gets ready for basketball practice. He is the team captain. He wears a t-shirt and loose shorts. He wears basketball shoes. He fills up his water bottle. He puts it inside his gym bag. He also puts his basketball inside. He gets in his car. He drives to the gym.
- THEY DANCE TOGETHER
It is a dance competition. It is an annual competition. Winners get a trophy and money. The dancers perform together on stage. They perform a dance to a song. They chose a hip-hop song. There are a lot of dance steps. It is hard to memorize them all. Hundreds of people watch them.
- THE 18TH BIRTHDAY
She is now 18. She can do a lot now. She can buy cigarettes. Cigarettes are bad for you though. She can work full-time. She throws a party for herself. A lot of people come. She gets a lot of gifts. Her cousin gives her a pack of cigarettes. She says she does not want it.
- GOING TO THE MUSEUM
He is at the museum. He looks at a painting. It is a painting of a dog. He looks at it for a long time. Something about it is so beautiful. He looks at another painting. It is a painting of a man dancing. He looks at the painter’s information. The painter’s name is Ryan Howard.
- HE PLAYS THE GUITAR
He sits down on the floor. People stare at him. He puts his fingers on the guitar strings. He plays a song. The song is about love. People tap their feet. They ask him to play another song. He is happy. He plays another song. His girlfriend arrives. He sings louder.
- SHE NEEDS A PENNY
She brings the item to the cash register. It costs $40.01. She looks in her wallet. She only has $40. She asks the cashier if it is okay. The cashier rudely says no. She looks at the floor. There must be a penny somewhere. A stranger taps her shoulder. He asks, “Need a penny?”
- HE WORRIES
He worries a lot. He thinks a lot about the future. He worries about who he is going to marry. He does not want to end up with a bad wife. He worries that he will not get a job. He does not want to be homeless. He worries that his friends will leave him. He does not want to be lonely.
- SHE WAITS FOR THE MAIL CARRIER
She stands outside the house. She looks to the left. She looks to the right. She waits for the mail carrier. A package from her mom is arriving. She sees the mail carrier. He is wearing a blue shirt. He waves hello. He gives her the package. She signs it. She runs into her house.
- GUM BELOW THE DESK
She chews gum in class. The teacher gets mad. Mr. Hill tells her that she has detention during recess. She asks him what she has to do. He says she has to take the gum off the desk. He tells her to look under the desk. There is so much gum. She is grossed out.
- STEALING FOOD
He is mad that he got fired. He cannot pay his bills. He is hungry. He does not have money to buy food. He decides to do something about it. He goes to a supermarket. He puts food in his bag and walks out the store. The alarm rings. The manager calls the police.
He goes into the store. He goes to the video game aisle. He sees the game he likes. He looks around him. There is no one watching him. He puts the video game in his jacket. He is planning on selling the video game. It is a popular one. He walks towards the exit. The alarm goes off.
- THE MEAN GUY
He is a mean guy. He teases people. He calls people fat. He sends mean messages to his classmates. He trips people in the hallway. He cheats on all his tests. He steals people’s money. He never pays attention to his teachers. Teachers do not want him in their classes.
- LAST DAY OF COLLEGE
Today is the last day of college. Annie is moving out. She has four suitcases. She puts her clothes inside. She puts her books inside. She accidentally drops the books. They are heavy. She picks up the books. She looks at her chemistry textbook. She does not like chemistry.
- MOVING OUT
She is moving to another state. She is excited. She is also sad. She is excited to be in a new place. She is excited to meet new people. She is excited to start a new life. She is sad to leave her family. She is sad to leave her friends. She will miss a lot of things.
START READING III
- CLAIRE READS A BOOK
Claire is 5 years old. She watches a lot of TV. Her parents want her to read more. She likes the TV too much. Her mom asks her to read a book. She says no. Her mom asks her to read a picture book. She says no. Claire’s dad asks her to read books. She says no. Her dad asks her to read a book about Barbie. She says no. Her parents force her to read. Claire cries. Claire’s teacher asks her to read. She says no. Claire’s older sister has an idea. She gives her a book based on a movie. Claire reads it.
- A BROKEN CHAIR
Sally and her mom went shopping. They are looking for a chair. The mom sees a nice brown stool. It is of good quality. It will last forever. Sally thinks it is ugly though. She sees a pink plastic chair. She points at it. “Mom! Let’s get that one!” Her mom says no. Sally throws a fit. She knows she can get what she wants if she cries. She starts crying loudly. Other shoppers stare at Sally. Her mom gets embarrassed. She ends up buying the pink chair. At home, Sally sits on it. It quickly breaks. Sally is on the floor. She cries from the pain.
- BIRTHDAY CELEBRATION
Barb was celebrating her birthday today. She was turning seven years old. All her friends were coming. Her relatives were also coming. She was going to see her cousins, uncles, and aunts. Even her neighbor was coming. Her parents got her cake with a horse on it. Horses were her favorite animal. Her dad spent all day decorating their house. There were balloons, banners, and streamers. She was so happy when she saw the decorations and everyone. This was her best birthday ever. She had a jumper for her and her friends to play with. She also had party gifts. Barb got a lot of presents. She thanked everyone for coming. She hugged her parents.
- THE PINK ONE IS POPULAR
Donna decided to buy her two daughters water bottles. They were going to school soon. She bought a pink one and a blue one. She drove back home. “Girls! I have something for you!” her mom yelled. Sarah and Barbara ran to her. “What is it?” Sarah asked. She showed them the water bottles. They both grabbed the pink one. They started pulling it. “I grabbed it first!” Barbara said. “No, I did!” Sarah argued. The mom did not know what to do. She thought one of them would like the blue one. She could just flip a coin. One of them would still be mad though. Donna decided not to give the water bottle to any of them.
- THE PETTING ZOO
Joy was going to the petting zoo. She was excited. It was going to be her first time seeing animals. When her dad parked the car, she opened the car door right away. “Joy, wait for us!” her dad said. Once her mom and dad got out out the car, Joy made them run to the zoo with her. They arrived. Joy saw the animals. Her smile disappeared. The animals were not that impressive. There were only rabbits, horses, and dogs. They were very boring. She was hoping to see more wild animals. “Let’s go home,” Joy said. “No way, we came all the way here to pet animals!” her dad said.
- PARENTAL PUNISHMENT
Parents have different ways of punishing their kids. Some parents ground their kids. Grounding means that kids are not allowed to do fun things. This includes watching TV, going out with friends, and playing video games. Some parents give their kids long speeches. They would yell at them or tell them what they did wrong. Some parents give their kids the silent treatment. The silent treatment is when the parents don’t talk to the kids. Some parents make their kids do more chores. Some parents don’t even punish their kids! They are very lenient.
- ALEXA’S BUNNY
Pat found a bunny. She found it on the street. There was blood on the bunny. It looked like it was in pain. Pat did not want to leave it alone. She carried it home. She put it in a shoe box. She asked her mom if she could keep it. Her mom said no. The bunny might have rabies. Pat took the bunny to the veterinarian. The bunny probably could not live. It was too injured. Pat asked her mom again if she could keep it. She said that the bunny would die in a week. Her mom said okay. Pat took really good care of the bunny.
- DRAWING ANIMALS
Yvonne loved drawing. She practiced drawing a lot. She knew how to draw nature. She could draw people. She did not know how to draw animals. She decided it was time to learn. She looked up instructions online. She also borrowed books. She studied the techniques. She looked at many images. She decided to practice. She wanted to start with something easy. She first attempted a dog. After several tries, she finally got it. She traced the outline. She then colored it. She was proud of herself. She decided to take a break. Tomorrow she would learn how to draw a bear.
- FALLING DOWN IN THE GAME
Andrea was playing tag with her friends. Tag is a game where one person is “it” and chases the other players. Andrea is “it.” She is playing with five other people. She runs after Joe. Joe is ahead of her. But Joe is a slow runner. Andrea taps him on the shoulder. Joe falls down. He starts crying. A teacher runs towards him. “Did you push him down, Andrea?” the teacher asked. “No! He tripped. I just tapped his shoulder,” Andrea said. The teacher did not believe her. She asks Joe if Andrea pushed her. He said no. The teacher said sorry to Andrea.
- ARTS AND CRAFTS
Mrs. Yue was working on arts and crafts with her kids at school. The children wanted to make something. They were very excited. Mrs. Yue had a lot of paper and supplies. The children wondered what they were going to make. Mrs. Yue announced they were going to make animal masks. She passed out the paper. Everyone began coloring and cutting. The fun began. Some made bunny masks. Some made lion masks. All of them had fun. When they were done, they all put their masks on. After having a lot of fun, the kids cleaned up their mess. It was a very fun day for everyone.
- VISITING A CANDY FACTORY
Charlie was going to visit a candy factory. He was going with his parents. On this trip, he would take a tour of the factory. He would be with other children and their families. At the end of the trip they could fill up one bag of the candy they wanted. He was very excited. He was in a group with three other families. They took a tour of the factory. They saw how the chocolate and candy were made. It was fascinating to see what happened before it went into their mouths. At the end of the trip they each got a plastic bag. Charlie filled his up with sour candy, chocolate, and soda candy. He was very happy.
- WATER SLIDE
The kids are at a water park for a field trip. It is time to go on the water slide. Hector is scared to go on the slide. He looks up and sees how high the slide is. Afraid of heights, he does not want to go on. He sees all the other kids having fun on the slide. Hector gets very upset. The teacher goes up to talk to him. She explains to him that it is safe and nothing will happen. Hector decides to take the risk. He climbs up the slide. He takes a pause before he goes down. As he goes down, he screams. At the bottom he realizes it is not so bad. He is now ready to line up and go again.
- LUKE’S NEW SCHOOL
Luke was moving to a new school. His dad got a new job, so he had to move. He felt sad. He had to leave all his friends behind. He was scared he would have a hard time making new friends. He was also scared because he would not be used to the new place and the new school. His parents told him everything would be fine. When he got there, everything felt weird. It felt out of place. His house looked so different from his old house. The next day he went to school. He made a lot of new friends. He was happy with his new school.
- MEETING HIS COUSINS
Frank’s cousins were coming to town. He was excited. This was the first time he would see them in person. His cousins lived in another country. He never saw them. The only time he saw them was when he webcammed with them. He also talked on the phone with them. Frank was excited to have someone at his age to talk to. Frank got all his video games ready. He could not wait to play with them. His cousins came. They hugged and laughed. Frank told them stories about his country. They told him stories about their country. They played games. They then ate dinner. After dinner, they continued to play games.
- RIPPED BAG
Tracy had to take a vocabulary quiz. She needed her pen. She looked inside her bag, but the pen wasn’t in there. It was always there. She just used it yesterday. She decided to let it go. She also needed a piece of paper. She looked inside her bag. There was no paper. Did she leave everything at home? Was she becoming forgetful? Was someone stealing from her. She borrowed paper from a friend. She also needed an eraser. She looked inside her bag. No eraser! She screamed, “Oh my god!” Her classmates stared at her. She apologized. Her classmate then pointed at the bottom of her bag. There was a huge hole.
- DIRTY SHOES
It was raining. William loves jumping in puddles. He jumped in five puddles. He was wet and dirty. His mom told him to change his clothes. They were going to a fancy party. He wore a nice dress shirt and slacks. William and his mom arrived at the party. The host opened the door. They went inside the house. The host screamed. William was confused. The host pointed at his shoes. He had forgot to change them. There were dark footprints on the floor. He left the party. He was forced to change his shoes.
- SHARING IS CARING
It was snack time. Ted has a bag of chips for his snack. Todd has an apple for his snack. Julia has a granola bar for her snack. Lauren has grapes for her snack. Todd doesn’t really like his snack. He would rather have chips or a granola bar or grapes. He asks Ted, Julia, and Lauren if they are willing to trade. They say no. The teacher hears this. She says it’s not very nice to say no. She tells them to share. Ted grabs a handful of chips. Julia tears off a piece of her granola bar. Lauren breaks off a branch of grapes. Todd takes the food. He thanks his friends.
- A LAZY KID
Manny was a lazy kid. All he wanted to do was playing video games. He paid the smartest kid in class to do his homework. He convinced his little sister to do his chores. He made his parents do his laundry. His mom was getting tired of Manny’s bad habits. She wanted Manny to change. She told Manny’s teacher about Manny’s behavior. The teacher was upset. Mr. Howard forced Manny to stay after school until he finished his homework. Manny’s mom told her daughter that she would be punished if she did her brother’s chores. Manny’s mom and dad stopped doing his laundry.
- FINDING A PLACE TO STUDY
Lauren has a test. It is very important. She has to study a lot. She tried to study in her room. Her baby brother kept crying. It was too loud. She could not concentrate. She went to a coffee shop. People were always talking. The blender was too noisy. She could not concentrate. She went to the library. Libraries are usually quiet. This one was different. The kids were laughing. Lauren did not want to be mean to them. She left the library. She went to the park. Birds started to poop on her. Her hair was a mess. She went back home. She took a shower. She had an idea. She brought her book to the bathroom. She studied in there.
- SHE BRINGS LUNCH FROM HOME
School food is bad. It tastes fake. It is unhealthy. Melanie brings lunch from home instead. She brings something different every day. Sometimes she makes a sandwich. Sandwiches are easy to make. They are tasty, too! Sometimes her mom makes her home cooked meals. Her mom is a good chef. Sometimes she goes to restaurants in the morning. Then, she brings the food to school. Melanie’s friends are jealous of her. They look at her food whenever it is lunch time. It smells so good. Melanie always gives a little bit of her food to them. She suggests that they bring lunch from home. They say no. School food is free for them.
- THE SCHOOL BULLY
Sam was known as the school bully. He was tough. He had a lot of muscles. He was very tall, too. He looked really scary. He was mean. He teased people. He made fun of people’s appearances. He spent 10 minutes teasing one of his classmates. The classmate cried. The classmate told the teacher. The teacher talked to the bully. The teacher called the bully’s parents. The bully’s parents arrived at the school. The bully, his parents, and the teachers all talked. The parents and the bully left the school. The teacher gave an announcement. The bully was kicked out of school. He will never return.
- MOVING TO NEW YORK
Aaron is from California. He lived there since he was born. His dad got a job in New York. Aaron is happy for him, but he doesn’t want to move. All his friends are in California. He is going to miss everything. He loves the park. He would go there to relax. He loves the library. He would go there to do homework. He loves all the restaurants. Their foods are all delicious. He is going to miss driving. In New York, no one drives. His mom tells him to pack up. He packs his belongings. He says goodbye to his room. It’s time to go.
- PACING YOURSELF
Everyone has to do the mile run test. Most people take it in middle school. The girls have to complete the mile under 12 minutes. The guys have to complete the mile under 10 minutes. Most people passed. Some people failed. They had to take it again. Michelle failed it. She was doing well in the beginning. She was in front of everyone. But she got tired. She started walking. She finished the mile in 17 minutes. She knew what to do the next time. She was going to go at a steady pace. Not too fast, not too slow.
- HE WAS FORCED TO GO HOME
Austin goes to a private school. Private schools make their students wear uniform. Austin hates the uniform. He has his own unique style. One day he decided to break the rules. He wore a baseball cap to school. His teacher noticed his cap. She told him to take it off. Austin asks why. “We can’t tell if you’re sleeping,” Ms. Meyers said. “Fine!” Austin yelled. He took off his cap. He threw his cap at Ms. Meyers. “Austin! Your behavior is unacceptable!” He was sent to the principal’s office. He was forced to go home. His parents grounded him for a week.
- A BAD INFLUENCE
Gary used to be a good boy. He listened to his parents. He did his homework. He was nice to everyone. This all changed after he met Jordan. Jordan was the popular guy. He was also a mean guy. He never did his homework. He was mean to his friends. People wondered why he even had friends. It’s because they wanted to be popular, too. So they followed him around. Gary became his friend. Jordan pushed him around. He made Gary become mean. Gary started ignoring his friends. His parents were worried about him. They talked to him about his change.
- HE LOVES HAVING TWO FAMILIES
William’s parents have been divorced for five years. Most kids are sad when this happens. William was happy. He hated it when his parents were together. They always fought. It was annoying to hear them arguing. He also loves having two homes. His mom lives in England. His dad lives in Canada. William currently lives in Canada. He goes to England whenever he has a long holiday. His mom and dad are all remarried now. William loves his step-parents. He also loves his half-siblings. William loves having two families. He was never happy when his parents were together. They made him choose sides all the time. Now, he has the best of both worlds!
- TWINS LIKE DIFFERENT THINGS
Pat and Angel are twins. They like different things though. Pat likes salty food. Angel likes sweet food. Pat likes chips, pizza, and burgers. Angel likes cake, ice cream, and strawberries. Their parents wanted to buy them a meal for their birthday. The problem was that they wanted different things. Pat wanted to eat salty fish. Angel wanted to eat a cake. “Why can’t we get both things?” Pat asked. “We are having money problems,” her mom said. “Let’s get the fish,” Angel said. Her parents were impressed by her maturity. Pat thanked her twin.
- WASHING HER FACE
Eileen was woken up by her alarm. She did not want to wake up. But she had to. She had a test at 8 A.M. Washing her face helped a lot. She went to the bathroom. She did not want to use the cold water, but cold water wakes her up. Warm water does not make her more awake. She closed her eyes. She splashed the cold water on her face. She felt ready for school. She made herself a cup of coffee. She drank the whole thing. She felt awake.
- JUNK FOOD
Matthew’s parents went to the movies. He was home alone. He decided to eat all the junk food. His parents usually yell at him when he eats too much junk food. They tell him it is not healthy to eat too much junk food. He was hungry. He first opened the chips. He had barbeque chips. He opened some chocolate. He had marshmallows. He had some pizza. He was starting to get full. He decided to have some popsicle bars. He ate a strawberry one. Then he felt sick. He knew now why his parents told him not to eat too much. His parents were coming home. He heard the door unlocking. He knew he was going to be in trouble.
- VISITING A MUSEUM
Diego was going to the museum today. It was the Museum of Natural History. They had fossils there. They had ancient artifacts. He was most excited to see the dinosaur fossils. He went with his dad. His dad took him to see many types of animals. He saw different types of dinosaurs. He also saw mammals and birds. He learned about their habitat. He also learned the history of each animal. He was fascinated. Even his dad learned something. After exploring the museum, his dad took him to the gift shop. Diego looked around. He ended up buying some souvenirs. He got a dinosaur key chain. He would remember this day forever.
- WRITING A STORY
Thomas had to write a story for class. His English teacher wanted him to write a story about anything. He had no idea what to write. He could not think of a good idea. He wanted to do well on this assignment. This was an important assignment. It would count a lot towards his grade. After a while he decided to go outside. He took a walk in the park. The park gave him some inspiration. He decided to write a story about a family who was having a picnic in the park. His story would have a twist. He would make the family get superpowers from being in the park. He ran home. He was excited to write his story.
- THE PERFECT BURGER
Nick loved burgers. He wanted to find a perfect burger. He tried them everywhere he went. He decided to try 10 different places one day. He did not eat the whole thing. He had a bite of each burger. He ate all types of burgers. His favorite was the cheese burger, but he did not taste any amazing burgers. Then he ate the last one. The last one was perfect. The buns were perfectly cooked. The beef was juicy. The lettuce and tomato were fresh. It even had melted cheese and a special sauce. This was the best burger he had ever had.
- LEMONADE STAND
George really wanted to go to the basketball game. He loved basketball, and played it at school. He needed money to buy the ticket. His parents told him he had to earn the money. George decided to make a lemonade stand. His parents agreed to help him. He had to buy all the supplies first. He got a table from home. He made signs. He bought lemons, sugar, water, and cups. He also got straws. He began to make the lemonade. He decided to sell each cup for 50 cents. Many people started coming. George raised a lot of money. He had enough to go see the basketball game.
- JOB APPLICATIONS
It was summer. He needed money to pay for school next year. He decided to get a job. He needed to apply to different places. He first made a resume. He then made a cover letter. He walked around his neighborhood. He asked managers if they were hiring. By the end of the day he found 10 different places that were hiring. They were mostly retail or restaurant jobs. He wanted to work nearby. He filled out the applications. The next day he handed them in. Tom was hopeful. Two weeks later he received phone calls. They wanted him to be interviewed for the job.
- PIMPLE AT PROM
Pamela always gets pimples at the worst time. She once had a pimple during her birthday party. She once had a pimple when she had to make a speech. She once had a pimple on her first date. Pamela expected that she would get a pimple on prom. Prom is a special dance for high school students. Girls wear pretty dresses and heels. Guys wear fancy suits and ties. Pamela wanted everything to go perfectly. She made sure she would not get any pimples. She ate healthily. She drank a lot of water. She used lotion constantly. She used pimple cream, too. On prom day, she looked at the mirror. Her face was clear. It was the first time she had clear skin on a special day.
- DOING CHORES FOR MONEY
Jason is twelve years old. He wants to buy a video game. It costs $60. He does not have money. He cannot get a job. He is too young to get one. He tried selling his old things. He only made a dollar. He tried doing homework for people. He got caught. He tried taking online surveys. He ended up getting a computer virus. He tried selling his handmade toys. People thought they were ugly. He tried dancing on the streets. He only managed to get a few pennies. He entered a drawing competition. The prize was $100. He lost. He asked his parents if he could have some money. They said yes. There was a catch. He had to do chores. He said yes. His parents gave him $5 for every hour he worked.
- SHOPPING FOR A BACKPACK
Samantha was starting her first day of 6th grade in two weeks. She needed a new backpack. Her backpack from last year was ripped. This year she wanted a cool backpack to start off her middle school years. She did not know where to begin. She went to the mall and began searching. Her mom suggested she get something with flowers. Her dad suggested she get something plain. However, when she saw this backpack, she knew it was meant to be hers. The backpack had several pockets to hold all her belongings. It was also made of sturdy and durable material. The backpack was pink with purple dots. She immediately grabbed it and asked her mom if she could get it. Her mom said okay and handed her some money. She was very excited.
- THE TALENT SHOW
Talent shows are typically held at schools for younger students. They allow students to be creative. People do many different things. Some students sing. Some students dance. Some students act. Some students do magic tricks. Some students play instruments. Some students tell jokes. Sometimes, students get more creative. Some students get stage fright. Sometimes, these students throw up. But it’s okay, the audience cheers for them still. Kids need support. Sometimes talent shows have winners. But other times, everyone is a winner.
- FLYING ALONE FOR THE FIRST TIME
Rebecca was going to Texas to visit her relatives. Her mom and dad had to go to work. This was her first time flying alone. She was flying from California. Rebecca was very scared at first. When she got on the plane, she was nervous. The plane began to take off. Rebecca calmed down after the plane steadied. This was not as bad as she thought. Rebecca was okay now. She listened to music. She had a nice conversation. The view from above was also nice. She began to like the plane ride. It was not as scary as she thought it would be.
- PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT
Mrs. Jones announced the project. Her sixth grade class had to make a portfolio of pictures. The pictures had to represent themselves. It could be anything. James was excited for this project. He loved photography. He decided to take pictures of his family and friends. They were an important part of his life. He also took a picture of his piano. He played piano for five years. He took a picture of the sports he played. James had a total of 15 pictures. He was proud of himself. He went to the nearby convenient store to print out the pictures.
- A PROJECT FOR SCIENCE FAIR
The fifth graders at Kennedy School had a science fair. They had to work in teams of three. Each group had to come up with a project. They were to make a display. They had one month to work on their projects. The best project would get a medal and ribbons. On the day of the science fair, everyone brought their projects. There were simple ones. There were complicated ones. Some people studied plants and animals. Some looked into electricity and magnetism. Some even did projects on bacteria and viruses. All the projects were good. It made picking the winner very difficult.
- HER 16TH BIRTHDAY
Tiffany was turning 16. She was going to have a party. She was going to invite all her friends and family. It was going to be a big party. There was going to be food, music, and games. Her family was helping her plan it. Her mom picked the caterer. They were going to serve sandwiches. They also had dessert. The dessert was chocolate cake. They had karaoke and also games. She had to pick a place. She picked an indoor place. It had a dance floor. Tiffany was very excited for her birthday. She knew it was going to be fun.
- LEFT BOOKS AT THE LIBRARY
Daniel had a project for school. It was on planets. He had to research one planet and write a report. His planet was Mars. He decided to go to the library and borrow books. He borrowed 3 books. He saw his friend there. They went to lunch. He also went to lunch. After the lunch he realized that he left the books at the lunch room. He went back. They were no longer there. Daniel panicked. He did not want to pay for the books. His parents would get mad at him. He looked everywhere. Later his friend told him maybe they were at the library. Daniel went to the library. He found the books there. He left them there before he went to eat. Daniel was so relieved.
- SUMMER READING PROGRAM
The library had a summer reading program. It was to help promote reading in the summer. A lot of kids did not want to read after school. This fun program helped them read. There were two programs. One for kids and one for teenagers. Every 5 books they read would get them a prize. There were different prizes every time. There was also a raffle. Each book they read gave them one ticket. The more books they read, the better chance they had. The prize was a music player. Over 500 kids and teenagers participated. The reading program was a success.
- VOLUNTEERING WITH KIDS
Tiffany loved working with kids. She wanted to be a kindergarten teacher when she grew up. She decided to volunteer now to prepare her. She volunteered as a tutor. She would teach young children. She focused on English. She taught kids how to read and write. Volunteering allowed her to work with kids. She loved talking to them. She hoped that she would inspire them. The kids she taught were of all ages. She especially like working with young kids. This week she was teaching them about essays. She taught them the format. She had each of the kids write one essay about their life. She felt prepared for her future career.
- BABY BROTHER
Gloria is 12 years old. She is now the only child in the family. She is going to have a little brother soon. She has mixed feelings. A part of her wants a baby brother. She will have someone to play with. She can teach him what she knows. She can be less lonely. Another part of her does not want a baby brother. She wants all the attention from her parents. She does not want to share her things. She does not want her parents to like her baby brother more than her. She does not want to hear him cry. She does not want to change his diaper.
- A TRAIL OF ANTS
Carol came back home from school. When she went inside her house. she saw a trail of ants. The trail was so long. There must have been over a thousand ants. She was scared. She slowly walked around it. Where did it all start? What are they after? She followed the trail. She ended up in her bedroom! What would they want in there? She looked at her bed. There were cracker crumbs. She never ate in her bed though. She looked at the package. It was her brother’s crackers! She ran to her brother’s room. “Did you see what you did?!” Carol asked. Her brother shook his head. Carol showed him the ant trail and told him to clean it up.
- TAKING TURNS WASHING DISHES
Victoria and Linda are sisters. Their parents make them wash dishes. They take turns. Victoria washes the dishes on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Linda washes the dishes on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. On Sunday, they flip a coin. Today it was Victoria’s turn to wash dishes. Linda took advantage of this. She used three dishes at dinner. She had one dish for rice, one dish for meat, and another dish for dessert. “Why do you have to make me wash more?” Victoria yelled. “It’s fair,” Linda said. Victoria never did that to Linda. She planned to make Linda wash more dishes tomorrow.
- SELLING CHIPS TO HER SCHOOLMATES
Sally does not want to get a job. She is too lazy. Also, she does not like following orders. She wants to be her own boss. Sally wants to make some easy cash. She has an idea. She buys thirty packs of chips for fifteen dollars. She then sells them to her schoolmates for a more expensive price. She sells the chips for $1 per bag. The bad thing is that Sally is not allowed to do this. It is against the school policy. She must be secretive about it. She sells during lunch time. People come to her. They sit at her table and pretend they are talking to her.
- GOOD OLD SHOES
Oscar loves his shoes. He has had them for 5 years. They still fit. They look very old. They have holes in them. There are scratches on them, too. The bottoms of the shoes are even worse. “Oscar, you need to get new shoes,” his mom said. “No! I love my shoes,” he said. “You will get hurt if you keep wearing them,” his mom said. Oscar still said no. His mom decided to surprise him. She bought him a pair of Nikes. Oscar loved them. He felt bad that he wasn’t going to wear his old shoes anymore. He decided to keep them. He put his shoes in a glass case.
- MORNING ROUTINE
The birds chirp. The alarm clock rings. She wakes up. She stretches her arms out. She yawns. She gives herself two hours to get ready. She has a very important day at school. She washes her face. She brushes her teeth. She goes outside. She takes a breath of fresh air. She jogs for 20 minutes. She goes back in the house. She makes scrambled eggs and sausage. It is delicious. Her little brother asks for some. She gives what was left over to him. She goes back to her room. She opens up her history textbook. She has a quiz today. She quickly goes over the important details. She goes to class.
- A LOYAL FRIEND
Belinda and Casey are friends. Belinda and Sandy are enemies. They all go to the same school. They are all 10th graders. Belinda talks to Casey about Sandy a lot. She always says a lot of bad things. One day, Casey and Sandy bump into each other. They both fall down. They both drop all of their belongings on the floor. Casey spilled coffee on her shirt. “Ah man! This shirt is new!” she said. Sandy apologized. She offered to buy her the same shirt. Casey said it was okay. Sandy smiled. She introduced herself. Casey walked away. Belinda wouldn’t want them to talk.
- ONLINE STRANGER
Lily was playing a computer game. Random people online are grouped in fives. They all play against each other. You can also talk to the other players. Lily noticed that someone had sent her a message. She clicked on the “inbox”. It was from someone she did not know. The person said hi. It was a guy. She was deciding whether or not to reply. Her mom always said not to talk to strangers. But her dad said every friend was once a stranger. She said hi. The guy asked where she was from. She told him she was from Los Angeles. He was from there, too. They turned out to be from the same math class!
- OPPOSITES REALLY DO ATTRACT
Sandy and I were opposites. Sandy was pretty. I was ugly. Sandy was dumb. I was smart. Sandy’s parents were divorced. My parents have been married for 30 years. Sandy was athletic. I was clumsy. Sandy was shy. I was loud. Sandy was liked by everyone. Some people hated me. Sandy was funny. Everyone laughed at her jokes. I couldn’t even tell a joke. Sandy was clean. I was dirty. We were very different obviously. But we were still friends. We have been best friends since 1st grade. We will go to the same college. We won’t be roommates though. I guess what they say is true. Opposites really do attract!
- SORE ARMS
Deborah did a lot of push-ups yesterday. She usually never did any at all! When she woke up the next day, her arms were sore. She was confused at first. She did not hit herself. She wondered why her arms felt so weak. It hurt to move them. It really hurt when people touched her arm. Even a small poke would hurt her. She asked her dad to take her to the doctor. Her dad asked her if she exercised. She told him about the push-ups. “Now I see. After you exercise a lot, you get sore the next day,” her dad said. “What can I do in order not to get sore?” Deborah asked. “Stretch!” her dad said.
- FIRST PIMPLE
Andre was 12 years old. A lot of 12-year-old boys get pimples. Andre saw a pimple on his forehead in the morning. He had never gotten one before. He screamed. He did not know what it was. “Mom! There’s an alien on my face!” Andre yelled. His mom put her hand under his chin. She looked at his forehead and laughed. “It’s not funny!” Andre said. “Honey, it’s just a pimple. Everyone gets one from time to time,” his mom said. Andre felt a little better when she said that. His mom gave him some pimple cream. Andre hoped it would go away soon.
- RIDING A SKATEBOARD
Michael wanted to learn something new. He wanted to do something adventurous. He decided to learn how to ride a motorcycle. His parents said no. They said it was too dangerous. He decided to learn how to ride a skateboard instead. His parents agreed to this. It was much safer than learning how to ride a motorcycle. Michael called his friends. His friends knew how to ride a skateboard. They let him borrow their skateboard. Michael tried it slowly. He held the fence. He slowly balanced himself. This was not so hard. He then fell. He laughed it off. He needed more practice.
- PLANT PROJECT
Daniel had to do a project for school. He had to compare two variables. He chose to do soda and water. He wanted to find out if water or soda was better for plants. In order to do this, he had to water the plants every hour. He recorded the height of the plants. At the end of two weeks, he would compare the heights of the plants. He concluded that water was better for plants. He had to make a report for his findings. He printed out a chart and pictures of his project. He was fascinated with his discovery. He initially thought soda would be better since it had sugar in it.
- FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
Michelle was starting high school. It was her first day of school. She was so nervous. She knew it was going to be different from middle school. All her friends were going to different high schools. She missed them a lot. She hoped she would be able to make new friends. She was also scared she would get lost. On her first day she got her schedule. She had math, English, biology, Spanish, and physical education. Her first class was math. She went in. She was nervous. The teacher had everyone introduce themselves. Michelle heard a lot of interesting people introduce themselves. She knew this was going to be a good year.
- GETTING IN TROUBLE
Bill was playing catch with his friends inside his house. His parents were not home. They were playing with a baseball. They played for a little bit until Bill missed the ball. The ball hit a crystal vase and broke it. It was a gift his parents got for their wedding. It was very special to his mom. Bill knew he got in big trouble. His friends tried to help him. They tried to glue it back together. It didn’t work. They searched the Internet to see if they could find another one and replace it. Bill decided that the only thing he could do was to tell his parents. His parents came home. Bill told them. His mother was furious. She told him not to play with the ball inside the house.
- WATCHING A TENNIS GAME
Dorothy was watching a tennis game. It was at her school. Her school was competing against another local school. Her sister was on the tennis team. Dorothy loved watching her sister. It was intense to watch tennis. She especially liked the intense serves. Her sister was really good at serving. Her sister won all three of her matches. Her school won the tennis game. They won by a lot. Dorothy had fun watching and cheering on her sister. She also cheered on her friends who were also on the team. Dorothy congratulated her sister.
- SCHOOL LUNCH
All the kids hated school lunch. It was disgusting. Sometimes they had mystery meat. Today in particular they had hot dogs. The hot dog has a strange color. The bun was also hard and stale. The lunch was free. Most kids did not complain. It was not healthy though. The students decided to form a petition. They wanted healthier and fresher food. They gathered a lot of signatures. The school decided to listen to them. They added new items to their menu. They had salad and also yogurt. They took out the hot dogs and hamburgers. The kids rejoiced. The food was finally edible.
- SHOPPING ADDICTION
Michelle just discovered online shopping. She loved how convenient it was. She never had to leave her computer. She never had to get up. All she had to do was type and click. Technology is great! She decided to buy a textbook for school. Then, she looked for a cell phone case. She bought one with a striped design. She then went on a clothing website. She bought $100 worth of clothes. Her sister entered her room. She noticed how much Michelle was buying. Her sister pulled her out of the room. Michelle was banned from online shopping.
- A BORING DAY
Ken had no school today. Ken had no chores to do today. Ken was not working today. He was all alone at home. He had the day off. He was usually busy every day. He watched TV for two hours. He got bored. He played video games. He got bored. He went to a cafe. He ordered coffee and bread. He ate it. He got bored. He jogged in the park. He got bored. He called his friends. They were busy. He suddenly wished he was busy. He called his work place. He asked his boss if he could come in. His boss laughed. Ken hung up. What a boring day.
- PICTURE DAY PROBLEM
At North High School, students had to wear a uniform. Picture Day was special though. On Picture Day, students could wear whatever they want. Girls took this chance to wear dresses. Boys took this chance to wear casual clothes. Jimmy wanted everyone to notice him. He wore a shirt with a curse word on it. He walked proudly in the hallways. People noticed him. His plan definitely worked. A teacher saw him. He was in trouble. He ran away. He ran inside the girl’s bathroom. No one would find him in there.
- HELP FROM COFFEE
Amy needed to stay awake for 24 hours. It was easy at first. She did what she usually does. She went to school. She went to piano practice. She did her homework. She did her chores. She spent time with friends. It started getting hard at midnight. Her parents were sleeping. Her friends were sleeping, too. She didn’t know what to do. She turned on the T.V. There was nothing interesting. She read more of her textbook. That was making her more sleepy. Amy was getting desperate. She went to the kitchen. She made herself coffee. She drank three cups. She was now wide awake.
- BACKPACKS ARE OUT
Joanne had a blue backpack. She had it for a month. It was not that nice. It was popular last year. This year backpacks were out. All the popular girls had bags. The rich girls had designer bags. Only guys had backpacks now. Joanne still had a backpack though. A mean girl made fun of her. Joanne turned red. She felt so bad. She threw away her backpack at home. Her mom saw it in the trashcan. She asked Joanne what was wrong. Joanne explained what had happened. “You shouldn’t throw it away. Be unique,” her mom said. Joanne thought her mom was right. She got back the backpack.
- THE QUIET BOY
Mr. Ramirez wanted his students to feel comfortable in class. That was his number one goal. He felt like he was doing a good job. There was one quiet student. He had no friends. He did not do class presentations. He never raised his hand. His name was Brandon. Everyone called him QB. It stands for Quiet Boy. Mr. Ramirez just wanted to see him smile. He tried telling him a joke. QB did not laugh. He just continued reading his book. Mr. Ramirez tried telling a funny story. QB did not laugh. Mr. Ramirez showed his pretty paintings. QB smiled. Mr. Ramirez was happy. He found out that QB had artistic talents.
- MORE RESPONSIBILITIES
Madison recently got her driving license. She is happy. She has a lot of freedom now. She can go anywhere. She doesn’t have to walk to school anymore. She can drive to her friends’ house. Madison has a younger sister named Lisa. Lisa is 14 and has school at eight o’clock in the morning. Madison’s parents asked her to drive Lisa to school every morning. “Why do I have to wake up?” Madison asked. “Having a license means having more responsibilities,” her mom replied. Her parents also asked her to pick up groceries. Madison did not like having a license anymore.
- A PIMPLE ON HIS FOREHEAD
James woke up. He had to get ready for school. He looked in the mirror. There was a big, red bump on his forehead. It was a pimple. He was worried. He wanted it to be gone. He washed his face. The pimple was still there. He popped the pimple with his fingers. It was still there. It looked even worse. It was very red. He tried covering it. He asked his sister for makeup. She laughed at him. Forget it, he thought. Later, he went on his computer. He looked up ways to get rid of it. There was no instant way. He just had to be patient.
- A CHEATING FRIEND
Anna was mad. Kate cheated off her. Kate didn’t know anything on the math test. She had copied Anna’s answers exactly. The teacher found out. She was mad at both of them. Anne explained that she did not know Kate cheated. Kate said they both planned it. Kate was lying. The teacher punished both of them. They both received an “F” on the test. Anna hated Kate. They had some friends in common. Anna told those friends about Kate. They all agreed to leave her. At lunch time, Kate sat alone.
- MISMATCHED SOCKS
Karla was getting ready for school. She grabbed a pink sock. She tried to find the other one. It should be easy to find. Pink stands out. Especially amongst white socks. She could not find it though. She checked under her bed. She checked in the washing machine. She checked in the dryer. She checked in the dirty clothes basket. She could not find it anywhere. She asked her mom if she saw her pink sock. “Just wear a white sock and long jeans,” her mom said. That was a good idea! It did not matter if her socks matched if no one could see her socks. She took out a white sock. She wore it on her left foot. She was ready for school.
- OUT OF BATTERY
Tracy uses her phone a lot. She uses it whenever she is bored. She gets bored easily. She uses her phone at school. She uses it while she is eating. She even uses it when talking to people. One day, she pressed the power button. The screen was still black. The phone was out of battery. She needed to do a phone interview. This was bad. She had no time to get her charger at home. She went to an electronic store nearby. She bought a charger. She found the closest outlet. She plugged the charger in. She plugged her phone in. The phone screen lit up.
- HE HATES POETRY
Eric likes reading novels. Eric likes reading magazines. Eric even likes reading newspapers. But he hates reading poetry. Poetry is confusing. Poetry is not clear. Eric does not like figuring things out for himself. Poetry can be hard to read. Eric does not like reading Shakespeare’s poetry. He cannot understand it. He is okay with easy poetry. Eric is okay with Dr. Seuss’ poems. They are easy to understand. Eric has to write his own poem for English class. He tries to do a rhyming poem. It was okay at first. But then it got hard. He did not know what rhymes with “orange.” He started over.
- CLOUD WATCHING
Christina and her son like to cloud watch. They went outside. They put down a towel. They lay down on it. They looked up at the sky. Christina pointed at a cloud. “What do you think that one looks like?” she asked. Her son looked at the cloud. “It looks like a man chasing a deer,” he said. She was surprised. “I think it looks like a girl crying,” she said. Her son laughed at her. “What do you think that one looks like?” he asked. “That one just looks like a regular cloud,” she said. “I think it looks like you,” her son said. She shook her head and laughed.
- SHOPPING AT THRIFT SHOP
Marina likes clothes. She likes being unique, too. A lot of girls in her school shop at the same stores. Marina would hate to have the same outfit as another girl’s. That is why she shops at thrift shops. A thrift shop sells things that people donate. There are usually clothes that have been worn before. Sometimes there are stains and hole on the clothes. They are very cheap. Marina enjoys looking through clothing racks. She usually finds at least one thing she likes. She finds a dress. It is black. It is long. It would be good to wear to a fancy dinner.
- RUNNING FOR PRESIDENT
Vanessa and Emily are both running for president of a high school. Only one can win. Vanessa and Emily want to do different things. Vanessa wants to make the school more spirited. She plans to offer more student events. One of her ideas include a free football game. Emily wants to make the school’s test scores go up. One of her ideas include free tutoring. Students think Vanessa should be president because they want to have more fun. The teachers and staff think Emily should be president because they want to make students study harder.
- MAKING A VOLCANO
Science Fair was coming up. Julio had to come up with a project. He was working by himself this year. He wanted the challenge of doing it all by himself. While searching the web, he came across the idea of building a volcano. He decided that a volcano would be the way to win the science fair. He asked his parents to take him to the grocery store to buy supplies to make the volcano. After working several hours on the volcano, he decided to test it out. He turned it on and watched the lava spew out. It was amazing. He was so proud of himself. The next day he took his project to school for the science fair.
- DONATING FOOD CANS
Today was the day for the food drive. They were collecting food cans at school. All new and unexpired cans were accepted. The cans would be delivered to the homeless. The more cans they collected, the better. Sarah brought 10 cans. Tom brought 5 cans. Sam brought 13 cans. Everyone else also brought cans. In total the school collected 500 cans. The food drive was a success. Everyone was happy to help out. Everyone helped load the cans into the truck. They also delivered the cans. The food drive was so successful that they decided to do one every month.
- GOING TO THE CIRCUS
Every week, there was a field trip for Kennedy Middle School. This week the field trip was the circus. All the kids gathered at school in the morning. They were talking and running about. Everyone was super excited. They got on the bus and drove to the circus. At the circus they all sat together. There were popcorn and lemonade sold. When the show began, all the kids watched intensely. There was loud music. There were performers and dancers. When the animals came out, everyone stood up. There were lions, elephants, and tigers. All the kids loved the show. This was one of their favorite field trips.
- MEETING THE NEW NEIGHBOR
Hayden’s neighbor moved out a month ago. Hayden was happy. She hated her old neighbor, who played music loudly. Because of that, Hayden could not focus on her homework. A new neighbor moved in yesterday. Hayden wanted to say hello. Hayden knocked on her neighbor’s door. A girl of her age opened the door. “Hi, how can I help you?” she asked. “I just wanted to say hi. I’m your neighbor,” Hayden said. “Oh cool! I’m Betty. “Do you go to George Cramer high school?” Hayden asked. “Yes!” Betty said. Hayden was happy. They could study together.
- THE QUIET GAME
Kyla loves her little sister. Her name is Brenda. She is very annoying though. Brenda talks way too much. She talks very loudly, too. Kyla had an idea. “Let’s play the quiet game! I bet you can’t win!” Kyla said. “I totally can!” Brenda said. Brenda was surprisingly good at the game. She did not talk for an entire day. Kyla was happy. However, Brenda continued playing the next day. Kyla missed hearing her sister’s voice. Brenda even played the quiet game at school. Her teachers were mad that Brenda was not participating in class. “You win, Brenda,” Kyla said.
- PLANTING TREES
Sarah learned about plants in science class. She learned that plants help people. She learned that every year people destroy rainforests. This includes trees. She learned that without trees there would be no oxygen for us to breathe. She decided to organize a club at her school. It was called Project Green. They would work on planting trees. Although it would not solve all the problems, planting trees was a good way to help the environment. It was also fun to meet with other people. They gathered on Saturday. Each person was in charge of a different job. There was only 20 people in the group before. After the school heard about what they did, their club grew. The following week there were a hundred members.
- SELLING CHOCOLATE TO RAISE MONEY
In order to raise money for a field trip, the school was having a chocolate sale. They had all the kids sell chocolate to raise money. If they did not sell chocolate, they would have to pay for the field trip themselves or not go. They had various types of chocolates. There were caramel, milk chocolate, dark, and waffle. Each chocolate cost one dollar. There were also prizes for the kids who sold the most chocolate. The top seller would win a bike. All the kids were excited to sell chocolate. The most chocolate sold last year was 30 boxes. Everyone hoped to beat the record this year.
- GIRL SCOUT COOKIES
It was that time of the year. The time of the year for girl scout cookies. Everyone loved girl scout cookies. They were delicious, and they also went to a good cause. All the girl scouts had to sell cookies. The girl who sold the most cookies usually got a prize. There were several different types of cookies. They were all the same price. Different people had different tastes. They had cookies for everyone. A lot of girl scout cookies were sold at school. Some sold in front of markets. Others sold in malls. Some even went door to door to sell cookies. Although it was fun to sell cookies, it was also a lot of work.
- A CAMP COUNSELOR
Sarah was going to be a camp counselor this year. She loved working with kids. This year, however, the camp was having middle schoolers. She was nervous. She had never worked with middle school kids. She did not want them to hate her. She met them the next day. They were not as she expected at all. She expected them to be mean. She thought they would hate her. They were all really nice. They were all just excited to be at the camp. By the end of the camp, she thought of them as friends. They all looked up to her. She was sad to leave.
- HARRISON HAS LOST HIS PHONE
Harrison needs a new phone. He has never had a phone for more than a year. Bad things always happen. Harrison has lost his phone before. He left it at school. He tried to go back and get it. But it was gone. Harrison has had his phone stolen before. He had it in his pocket. It was gone. He saw the person taking it, but the person ran away quickly. Harrison has dropped his phone in the toilet before. He was texting someone, and the phone slipped out. His parents do not want to buy him another phone. They know that it will get messed up somehow.
- THE FINAL EXAM
Most students have to take a final exam. It is the most important exam. It makes up most of your grade. It can raise your grade a lot or drop it. It is usually long. It is usually cumulative, which means that it includes information from the beginning of the class. This means you have to remember everything. You should study a lot for it. The test might be multiple choice. The test might be an essay. The test might be fill in the blank. Remember to get good rest. Also, eat a healthy breakfast. Nothing with too much sugar. Eat something like a fruit salad. Don’t eat pancakes with syrup. Good luck!
- A SPECIAL CANDLE
Shirley went to the mall with her friends. They walk in. There are so many stores. They first go to a candle shop. The shop is having a huge sale. Shirley picks up a green candle and smells it. It smells like a pine cone forest. It reminds her of her grandfather. He passed away two years ago. She feels that she should visit him. She decides to buy the candle. Shirley drops her friends off at their houses. She drives to the cemetery. She puts the candle on her grandfather’s tombstone. She smiles. He would like the candle. She drives back home.
- DOWNLOADING MUSIC
Thomas wanted the new Green Day album. He didn’t have a lot of money though. He lost his job. He had to pay for college, too. He decided to download it. He searched for it on the Internet. He clicked a link. It was a website filled with a lot of music. He first downloaded the Green Day album. He was amazed with how easy it was. He downloaded more albums. He downloaded a One Direction album and sent it to his sister. His sister loves One Direction. His sister wasn’t happy though. His sister was mad that he illegally downloaded music. She told him to buy the albums.
- WASHING DISHES
The Smiths take turns washing dishes. Mom washes dishes on Monday. Dad washes dishes on Tuesday. Samantha washes dishes on Wednesday. Then the cycle starts all over again. Today is Wednesday, so it is Samantha’s turn. Samantha takes the dirty dishes from the dining table. She puts them in the sink. She squeezes a drop of soap on the sponge. She washes the dishes with the sponge. She sings to herself to make the job easier. She rinses the dishes off with water. She dries them with a towel. She puts them back in the dish holder. She wants to buy a dishwasher.
- WHAT A COLD DAY FOR CALIFORNIA
Gabby turned on the weather channel. It was going to be 45 degrees Fahrenheit! What a cold day for California! Gabby had to prepare. She found a jacket with fur. She hasn’t worn it since December. She put her gloves on her hands. Her grandmother knitted them for her. She put on two layers of pants. She wrapped a scarf around her neck. Her grandmother knitted that for her, too. She put a hat on her head. She put on her fuzzy socks. She put on her boots. She was ready to go. She stepped outside. She saw people wearing shorts and tank tops.
- THE SPEED LIMIT
The speed limit around residential areas is usually 25 miles per hour. People usually go above this. Except Sara. Sara was driving to work. She turned on the radio. Her favorite song came on. She started nodding her head. Then, she heard a honk. It came from behind. A driver wanted to pass her. She was driving at 25 miles per hour. He shouldn’t be honking. She was following the rules. She started driving slower. He was getting mad. He kept honking. She drove even slower. She was now driving 10 miles per hour. He switched to the right lane. Then, he drove passing her.
- PACKING CAREFULLY
Abby was going on a trip to Las Vegas. She was going to stay there for three nights. She had to pack carefully. She first needed a suitcase. All of hers were broken. She borrowed one from her friend. She put in what was really important first. She put in her toothpaste, toothbrush, and wallet inside. She put in thin shirts and shorts. It was going to be hot in Las Vegas. Since it was hot, she brought sunscreen. Abby’s skin gets red easily. Her skin also dries up fast. She put lotion in her luggage. She only got through one-fourth of her packing list. This was going to take a while.
- BUYING SHOES ONLINE
Danny bought new shoes online. He couldn’t wait to get them. He stared at the window. He saw the mailman with a white box. That must be it. He went outside. He grabbed the box from the mailman. “Thanks!” Danny yelled. Danny opened the box quickly. The shoes looked great. It looked exactly how he expected. He tried them on. They were too tight. He needed to exchange them. He needed to get a size 12. He called the company. They were busy. He was on the line for a long time. After 40 minutes, it was his turn. “Hi, I need to exchange my shoes,” Danny said. “Sorry, all our shoes are final sale,” said the sales associate. Danny was surprised. He looked at the fine print on the shoe box. “All sales are final.”
- USING HER CREDIT CARD
Abby’s mom gave her a credit card. The credit card is supposed to be for emergencies. Abby went to the mall with her friends. She saw a pretty purse. It was black and shiny. She had to have it. She went inside the store. She looked at the price tag. The purse was $600. She really wanted it. She looked at her credit card. She went up to the cashier. She handed the worker her credit card. He swiped it. She didn’t realize that she had to pay for the purse later. The purse showed up on the bill a month later.
- FLOWERS FOR MOM
It was Mother’s Day. Brenda wants to get a gift for her mom. But Brenda is poor. Brenda does not have a job. She decides to make a gift. She decides to get flowers from her backyard. She goes to her backyard. She sees bushes and trees. She doesn’t see any flowers. She goes to her neighbor’s house. She asks to see their garden. They let her in. Their garden is beautiful. There are many flowers. There are big flowers. There are small flowers. There are roses. There are tulips. She has a lot to choose from. She gets a little bit of everything. She thanks her neighbor.
Tammy is graduating. She is one of 600 seniors. After this, she will be going to college. She looks up at the audience. She sees her parents. She is happy that they are there. She looks to the left of her. Her best friend is sitting there. They have been friends all throughout high school. Her best friend is going to the same college. Tammy looks to the right of her. It is her boyfriend. They will be going to the same college. Tammy looks back at all the memories. There are some good and bad memories. It is all going to be over. She is going to begin a new life.
- COLLEGE APPLICATIONS
Jose was a senior. It was time to apply for college. This was a stressful time. He had to fill out applications. He had to write essays. He also had to make sure he turned them in on time. Jose had to look up colleges. He needed to find out which ones he wanted to apply to. He needed to know which ones were within his reach. He decided to apply to five different colleges. He looked up the application. He researched each school carefully. He was a little scared. He was also excited. He was ready to move on from high school. College applications would be challenging.
- DORM SHOPPING
Sara was going to college next month. She had to live in a dorm. She needed to buy a lot of stuff. Today she decided to go dorm shopping. She went with her parents and her brother. She made a checklist of everything she needed. The first thing she needed was bed sheets. She needed to buy bed sheets that would fit her bed. She found nice floral ones. She then bought a lamp and a mirror. She slowly got everything. She started checking off the stuff she had. She was ready for college. She put all her stuff into her suitcase.