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tortoise

eagle

lovely

log

story

everything

shiny

juicy

flying

dizzy

low

shell

high

bright

golden

great

feathers

wings

wish

climbed

rock

air

jumped

puddle

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landed

called

splat

replied

clouds

rose

wings

little

made

smiled

watched

longer

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This is a story about a ______________. _________________________ a tortoise could want. He had a _______________________, ______________ apples to eat and _____________________________. But he wasn’t happy. All day long, he saw an eagle in the sky. Flying low. Flying high. It had ____________________ and ___________________. “I wish I could fly,” said the tortoise. Tortoise: I’ll try. He ______________ onto a rock…jumped into the air…and flopped onto his belly. Tortoise: OOF! He climbed up a tree…jumped into the air…and landed splat in a puddle. Tortoise: URRGH! He called to the eagle. “Will you take me into the sky? ______________________________.” “What will you give me?” the eagle replied. “You can have my log and my apples.” “Very well,” said the eagle. “_______________________________.” Up and up the eagle rose…up through the clouds to the bright blue sky. Eagle: __________________! The tortoise looked at the ground. It was a very long way down. He felt ______________. “Eagle,” he said. “___________________________.” Tortoise: Please take me back! So the eagle took the tortoise _______________________. “Little tortoise,” said the eagle. “You have no feathers and no wings.” “Keep your apples and your log.” “__________________.” The tortoise smiled. He watched the eagle go. ________________________. ________________________. And ____________________________.

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1) Why wasn’t the tortoise happy on page 5? ________________________________________________________ 2) How did the tortoise try to fly? ________________________________________________________ 3) How did the tortoise convince the eagle to take him into the sky? ________________________________________________________ B) Answer TRUE or FALSE.

The tortoise had everything a tortoise could want. The eagle had silver feathers and great big wings. The tortoise did not like being in the sky. The tortoise did not wish to fly anymore at the end.

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Stone Soup Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

poor

knock

rest

while

woman

opened

cottage

soup

show

water

stone

pot

shiny

fire

added

bubbled

onion

tasted

chopped

yummy

better

popped

licked

potato

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meat

still

lips

bowls

magic

supper

smiled

washed

pocket

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Once, _________________________________, He came to a cottage. An old woman _______________________. Poor man: May I rest here for a while? Old woman: No! __________________. “____________________________________,” said the man. “You can?” said the woman. “_____________________.” She put a big pot of water ________________________. Old woman: Oof! The old man added ___________________________. The soup ______________. The old man ______________ it. Poor man: Mmm. Yummy! “_______________________________________,” he said. So the old woman chopped an onion and _______________________. The soup bubbled. The old man tasted it. “_____________________________,” he said. So the old woman chopped a potato and popped it in. The soup bubbled. The old man tasted it. He licked his lips. “____________________________________.” So the old woman chopped some meat and popped it in. The old man put it into ______________. “It is yummy,” said the old woman. “_________________________.” The old man smiled. He washed the stone and put it in his pocket. “__________________________,” said the woman. “We can have soup.”

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1) What did the poor man said he could make? ________________________________________________________ 2) What was added into the soup? ________________________________________________________ 3) What did the man do with the stone at the end? ________________________________________________________ B) Choose the correct ending for each sentence from the list on the right.

A. Once, there was __________________________________ B. I can make soup from _____________________________ C. She put a big pot of water on _______________________ D. Some meat would make it __________________________

a stone. a poor man. better still. the fire.

C) Fill in the labels on the picture below. Choose from the words in the box.

cat

dog old woman

soup old man

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bread flowers

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The Genie in the Bottle Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

genie

fisherman

bottle

fishing

caught

nets

again

slimy

shells

yuck

threw

seaweed

sock

caught

something

huge

cried

old

poured

else

pulled

smoke

sighed

stopper

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tummy

growled

rumbled

kind

snapped

care

whooshed thought

Key phrases

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fit

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This story is _________________________, a ______________ and a BIG bad ______________. Once upon a time, a fisherman __________________. He _______________________ again and again. He caught slimy seaweed…shiny shells…and a _____________________. Fisherman: Yuck! Then, ____________________________________. “A fish!” he cried. But it wasn’t. It was ______________________________. He pulled out the ______________ and looked in. “Empty,” he sighed. And ___________________________. CLUNK! Suddenly, _______________________________. The smoke turned into _______________________. “Help,” cried the fisherman. “A genie!” The genie’s _____________________. “I’m hungry,” he growled. “I’m going to EAT you!” Meow! “That’s not very kind,” said the fisherman. Genie: I don’t care. “_____________________,” shouted the genie. “I’ve been in that bottle for a long, long time.” The fisherman thought fast. Fisherman: __________________________________________. “You were inside this bottle?” he asked. “YES,” snapped the genie. The fisherman laughed. “You’d never fit,” he said. “Watch,” said the genie. Whoosh He whooshed back in…and the fisherman pushed the stopper in hard. Fisherman: Whew! Genie: Grrrrrrr. Then the fisherman went on fishing…and ______________________ for dinner.

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1) 2) 3)

B)

What did the smoke turn into? __________________________________________________________ What did the Genie wanted to do? __________________________________________________________ What did the fisherman do after the genie went back into the bottle? __________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________

Match each word in line A with a word in line B to make pairs from the story.

A. slimy

shiny

B. bottle

seaweed

smelly

old

huge

tasty

fish

sock

shells

face

C)

Answer TRUE or FALSE.

A. B. C. D.

The fisherman wanted to catch a bottle. The genie wanted to eat the fisherman. The fisherman shouted at the genie. In the end, the fisherman caught a fish.

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family

South Pole grandpa

cold box

grandma

warm

penguin

morning

yummy

skating

skated

sister

frozen

swimming

lake

sliding

dived

afternoon

hill

boiling

swam

slid

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chilly

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Once, there was ________________________ called Perry. Perry and his family lived at the South Pole. ______________________________. Perry: Brrrrr! One day, _____________________________. He saw something yummy inside. But he was too cold to eat it. Perry went to see his grandpa. “____________________________, Grandpa,” he said. “__________________,” said Grandpa. “That will warm you up.” Perry: Okay. Perry went to the ______________________. He skated up and down… Perry: Wooooo! …and round and round. Perry: Wheeee! He skated all morning. “Are you warm, now?” “N…no,” said Perry. Perry went to see his grandma. “I need to get warm, Grandma,” he said. “___________________,” said Grandma. “That will warm you up.” Perry: Okay. Perry dived into the water. Splash! He _________________________… Perry: Woooo! …and round and round. Perry: Wheeeeee! He _________________________________. “Are you warm, now? “N..no,” said Perry. Perry went to see his sister, Pippi. “I need to get warm, Pippi,” he said. “____________________________,” said Pippi. “_____________________________.” Perry: Okay. Perry went to the top of the hill. He slid all the way down… Perry: Woooo! …and round and round.

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Perry: Wheeee! He slid around _______________________. “Are you warm now?” everyone asked. “Yes, _____________________,” said Perry. _________________________. “_____________________________,” he said. Perry: Ah, lovely and cool. Everyone: Oh, Perry! Section 3: Reading Comprehension A) Read The Chilly Little Penguin and answer the following questions.

1) Where did Perry and his family live? ____________________________________________________________ 2) What did Perry find? ____________________________________________________________ 3) Why did Perry want to get warm? ____________________________________________________________

A. B. C. D.

Answer TRUE or FALSE.

It was always warm at the South Pole. He saw something yummy inside the box. Grandma told Perry to try skating. Inside the box was ice cream.

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There was a Crooked Man Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

crooked

mile

sixpence

mouse

bought

upon

man

walked

stile

caught

little

house

snatched

smell

fish

lived

together

hungry

dish

chased

found

anywhere

angry

outside

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followed smelled

shed

sack

garden

snuggled

kittens

against

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There was a ____________________…and he ______________ a ____________________. He found a ______________________…upon a __________________. He bought a ____________________…which caught a _____________________. And ______________________…in ___________________________. The crooked man was hungry. So he ___________________________. His crooked cat could smell it. And she snatched it off the dish. The ________________________. He _______________________ outside. He couldn’t see her anywhere. She’d ____________________________. The man smelled __________________________. So he followed where it led…across his crooked ______________…into his crooked ______________. And there upon a sack…snuggled up against each other…were ______________________________…and their kind but crooked mother.

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1) What did the crooked man do with the crooked sixpence he found? ___________________________________________________________ 2) Where did the crooked cat hide? ___________________________________________________________ 3) What did the crooked man find in his crooked shed? ___________________________________________________________ B) Match each word in line A with the word that rhymes with it in line B. A. mile mouse fish outside led other B. house

dish

stile

shed

mother

hide

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C) These sentences are all muddled up! Can you put them in the right order? A. Man crooked hungry the was. ______________________________ B. Crooked cooked so a he fish. ______________________________ C. Was crooked angry man the. ______________________________ D. Outside chased cat he his. ______________________________

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The Little Giraffe Section 1: Reading (Wordbank) Use these words to give your student extra reading practice.

lived

happened hungry

world drank

stuck

looked

little

wise

earth

tomorrow

magic

visited

drink

dry

rhino

began

grew

leaves

taller

grass

reach

forgot

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Your students might not be familiar with some of these words, which are important in the story. giraffe p17 reach p3 the first [...] in the world p4 East Africa leaves p18 to forget all about p5 Rhino p18 found p19 there you are p8 earth grass p21 to be stuck with p9 anywhere p19 not-so-little p11 wise p20 mine p12 come left [meaning “remaining�] back p13 magic p22 himself p14 visited p23 still p16 began grew

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Once, there was _______________________. He was the first giraffe in the world. He lived in East Africa…with ___________________, Rhino. Every day, _____________________________. But ________________ ____________ and ________________________. Rhino: I’m hungry. Giraffe: So am I. _______________________________. So they went to see…the wise man. Giraffe: We’re hungry. Rhino: ______________________________? “_______________________,” said the wise man. “I’ll make a magic drink for you.” The next day, the little giraffe visited the wise man. “Here’s the drink!” he said. “Where’s Rhino?” The little giraffe didn’t know. The little giraffe ____________________. He grew taller…and taller… “Now you can reach the leaves high in the trees,” said the wise man. Rhino ______________________________. Rhino: Mmmm… ________________________________. “There you are,” said the notso-little giraffe. Rhino: What happened to you? “____________________________________,” he said to Rhino. Rhino: Where’s mine? There was no magic drink left. Rhino _________________ with dry grass. _____________________ with the giraffe and the wise man. And he was angry with himself. He’s still angry today.

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1) Who was the little giraffe’s best friend? ___________________________________________________________ 2) What did the wise man make for the little giraffe and Rhino? ___________________________________________________________ 3) Why was Rhino angry? ___________________________________________________________ B) Match the words in line A with the words in line B to make pairs from the story.

A. little

best

hot

B. friend

earth

man

dry

wise

giraffe

sun

C) Number the sentences in story order from 1 to 4.

A. B. C. D.

“Now you can reach the leaves high in the trees.” He grew taller... and taller... _____ “What happened to you?” _____ The little giraffe began to drink. _____

_____

D) Answer TRUE or FALSE.

The little giraffe was the second giraffe in the world. The little giraffe’s best friend was Rhino. The wise man made a magic drink. The little giraffe grew shorter after drinking the magic drink.

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The Daydreamer Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

Daisy

gold

farmer

sell

pretty

thinks

milk

money

market

lay

eggs

hen

sets

coin

soon

myself

dress

sparkly

shoes

prince

palace

dressed

princess servants

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golden

twirl

gates

whirl

spilt

gone

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p3 p10

to set off in all the land

twirl and whirl gone spilt fables collection Ancient Greece versions told bowl thief cucumbers

p14

to get dressed by myself cheer up there’s no use all around the world

p23 p31

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_______________________. “Take my milk to market,” says the farmer. Farmer: I’ll give you a gold coin. “Yes!” says Daisy. And _____________________________. “Soon I’ll have some money,” she thinks. Daisy: I can buy a hen. ______________________…lots of eggs. _____________________. I’ll have lots of money! I’ll buy _________________…and sparkly shoes. But I won’t get dressed by myself. I’ll have ______________ to help me! _________________. I’ll be a princess. We’ll live in a palace…with golden gates. We’ll have a ball. I’ll twirl and whirl in my new dress. SPLISH! SPLASH! SPLOSH! ___________________________! Poor Daisy. _________________! Lady: ___________________________________________.

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1) What is a daydreamer? i) Someone who wakes up late. ii) Someone who has a dream every day. iii) Someone who imagines things that probably won’t happen. iv) Someone who falls asleep in the daytime. 2) What did Daisy think she could buy with 1 gold coin? ___________________________________________________________ 3) How would the hen help Daisy get lots of money? ___________________________________________________________ 4) What happened to the milk in the end? ___________________________________________________________ 5) Can you finish these sentences? Choose the right ending. i) Daisy has... ...golden gates. ii) Daisy will buy... ...no money. iii) Daisy will be... ...the milk. iv) The palace will have... ...sparkly shoes. v) Daisy spills... ...a princess. A. B. C. D.

Answer TRUE or FALSE.

Daisy had no money. Daisy dreamt of marrying a princess. Daisy dreamt of buying a rooster. Daisy dreamt of being a Queen.

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The Baobab Tree Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

talking

talked

African

soil

grew

thirsty

world

gods

angry

fair

forest

taller

fed

flowers

even

moaning

make

cross

grabbed

fruit

cried

turned

peace

ground

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5. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

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This story is about ________________________ and some angry African gods. A long, long, long, time ago ________________________. One day, _____________________________. They called it the Baobab tree. __________________________________. Baobab tree: I don’t like this soil. It’s too hot. I’m cold. ________________________… The gods grew a forest of tall trees. Baobab tree: Why can’t I be taller? It’s not fair! I want to be taller. The Baobab tree _____________________. The gods made trees with flowers. The Baobab tree was even more fed up. Baobab tree: ____________________________? _________________________. “Stop moaning!” they said. Baobab tree: __________________________! Then the gods _____________________________. “I want fruit,” said the Baobab tree. “Stop!” cried the gods. They grabbed the Baobab tree and ______________________________. Baobab tree: Hey! _________________________________. God: Peace at last! ____________________________________. No one has ever heard the Baobab tree say another word.

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1) 2) 3)

A. B. C. D.

Answer TRUE or FALSE.

The talking tree is called Baobao. The talking tree was very quiet. The gods turned the talking tree upside down. The talking tree wanted fruit.

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King Donkey Ears Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

king

except

ears

month

servant

secret

donkey

prison

story

sent

woodcutter

harp

hair

lovely

sick

putting

jail

thought

shocked

cried

soon

promise

burst

chopped

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concert

tune

better

strange

roared

forward

mind

learned

freed

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This story is about a king, Meg, a ______________, the king’s best friend, a tree, a woodcutter and a harp. There was once _______________________. He didn’t even tell his best friend. No one knew…except the servant who cut his hair. Every month, __________________________. Then __________________________. King: Shh! In July, it was Meg’s turn. Meg saw the king’s ears. Meg: Er…_________________________… ________________________________, but she didn’t say. As soon as Meg had finished, the king cried, King: Off to jail! “______________________________,” said Meg. “She needs me.” The king thought of his own mother. He didn’t like putting people in jail. “Okay,” said the king. “Promise you’ll never tell anyone.” Meg: I promise! That night, it was all about Meg could think about. _______________________. Meg: I’m going to burst! At last, ______________________. She wouldn’t tell anyone. She’d tell a tree! Meg: The king’s got donkey’s ears! So she did. Now Meg felt much better. Later, a woodcutter chopped down the tree. ___________________________. One day, the king gave a huge concert. But the new harp played a very strange tune. The king’s got donkey’s ears… The king’s got donkey’s ears… “___________________________!” the king roared at Meg. The king’s best friend came forward. “_________________________,” he said. “We all know.” “And you don’t mind?” asked the king.

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“____________________!” So the king freed all the servants. And he learned to love his ears.

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Section 3: Worksheet A)

Read King Donkey Ears and answer the following questions.

1) What did the king learn to do? i) Cut his own hair. ii) Play the harp. iii) Love his ears. iv) Keep a secret. 2) How often the king have a hair cut? ___________________________________________________________ 3) Whose turn was it to give the king a hair cut in July? ___________________________________________________________ 4) Who or what did Meg tell the king’s secret to? ___________________________________________________________ Answer TRUE or FALSE.

A. B. C. D. C)

The king had no friends. The king had his hair cut every month. Meg cut off the king’s ears. Meg kept the king’s secret.

TRUE/FALSE TRUE/FALSE TRUE/FALSE TRUE/FALSE

Number the sentences in story order.

i) ii) iii) iv)

The tree became a harp. Meg told a tree. The harp played a strange tune. A woodcutter chopped down the tree.

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Clever Rabbit and the Lion Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

clever

great

jungle

cried

sharp

roared

paws

rabbit

lived

animals

claws

king

going

worry

plan

stopped

deep

become

small

weak

hid

bigger

wide

sharper

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river

shook

looked

leaped

swept

rushing

seen

save

water

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______________________________, in a ____________________ lived a ____________________. He had great big paws and very sharp claws. “____________________________,” roared Lion. “I’m going to eat you all up.” “No!” cried the jungle animals. “You’re small and weak,” said Lion. “________________________.” “Don’t worry,” said Clever Rabbit. “I have a plan.” The next day, _______________________________. “Where are you all?” roared the Lion. “_______________________!” “Here I am,” said Clever Rabbit. “_______________________.” “I tried to come before, but a great big lion stopped me.” “I’m the only lion in the jungle,” roared Lion. “Oh no, you’re not,” said Clever Rabbit. Clever Rabbit: This lion has _______________ and ________________. “____________________________. I’ll eat him up and then I’ll eat YOU.” Clever Rabbit led Lion to the deep, wide river. “________________________,” said Clever Rabbit. Lion looked into water. Another lion looked back. _____________________. So did the other lion. Lion leaped at the lion in the water…and __________________. “At last,” cried Clever Rabbit. “__________________.” The jungle animals came rushing out. “Help!” called Lion. “Save me.” “We can’t,” said Clever Rabbit. “________________________.” Lion let out one last ROAR!...and ___________________________.

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Section 3: Worksheet A) Read Clever Rabbit and the Lion and answer the following questions.

1) What did Lion want to do in page 4? ___________________________________________________________ 2) What did Clever Rabbit say in page 4? ___________________________________________________________ 3) Where did Clever Rabbit lead Lion? ___________________________________________________________ B)

C)

Match each word in line A with a word that means the opposite in line B.

A. clever

big

strong

before

wide

B. small

after

narrow

weak

stupid

Number the sentences in story order.

i) ii) iii) iv)

Lion looked into the water. Lion leaped at the lion in the water. Clever Rabbit led Lion to the river. Another lion looked back.

_____ _____ _____ _____

D) Answer TRUE or FALSE.

Lion wanted to eat all the jungle animals. Clever Rabbit was worried about Lion’s threats. Clever Rabbit led Lion to the deep, wide river. Lion drank the river water.

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A. B. C. D.

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How Elephants lost their Wings Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

elephants

gods

houses

backs

looped

yelled

stomped

wings

peacocks

ground

crowed

loop

tummies

noisy

flew

smashed

roosters

shook

invited everywhere through landed

trick

broken

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2. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

3. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

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This story is about ____________________, two gods, houses, _______________ and banana trees. Once upon a time, _________________________. They flew everywhere. They flew high into sky…and down to the ground. They even ________________________. Sometimes, the gods flew on their backs. But the _______________________. Trees and houses shook below them. Cock-a-doodle-do! They ______________________ and __________________. They landed on houses…and fell right through. Soon all the trees were broken and ________________________________. “__________________________,” said the gods, and they thought of a trick. They invited the elephants to a grand feast. The elephants ate…and ate. When their tummies were full, they slept. The gods ____________________________. They gave them to peacocks and the banana tree. The ___________________________. They shouted and they stomped. But they didn’t get their wings back and ____________________________.

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Section 3: Worksheet A) Read How Elephants lost their Wings and answer the following questions.

1) What did the elephants yelled and crowed like? ___________________________________________________________ 2) What happened to the houses the elephants landed on? ___________________________________________________________ 3) Who did the gods give the elephants’ wings to? ___________________________________________________________ B) Which word is wrong? Cross it out, then write the correct word at the end. A. Once upon a time, elephants could swim. _______________ B. Sometimes, the children flew on their backs. _______________ C. Trees and flowers shook below them. _______________ Answer TRUE or FALSE.

A. The elephants were silent and did not make a sound. B. The elephants flew into trees and smashed them. C. The gods took the elephants’ wings and gave them to banana trees. D. The elephants got their wings back in the end.

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Brer Rabbit and the Blackberry Bush Section 1: Reading (Wordbank) Use these words to give your student extra reading practice.

rabbit

prickly

bush

eaten

boil

growled fox

pie

throw

nasty

wriggled

trap

stuck

picked

smile

silly

landed

growled

deeper

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Section 3: Reading Comprehension A) Read Brer Rabbit and the Blackberry Bush and answer the following questions.

1) What did Brer Rabbit ask Brer Fox not to do? _____________________________________________________________ 2) Where did Brer Rabbit land after he was thrown through the air? _____________________________________________________________ 3) Where was Brer Rabbit born? _____________________________________________________________

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This is a story about Brer Rabbit, Brer Fox and a ___________________ __________. Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox were __________________. Brer Rabbit: Take that! Brer Fox: Take this! One day, Brer Fox ______________________. Twang! went the trap. Brer Rabbit: Brer Rabbit wriggled…and wriggled…but he was stuck. “Got you!” growled Brer Fox. “Now I’m going to eat you all up!” “Hurray!” said Brer Rabbit. “____________________________________?” asked Brer Fox. “Oh yes,” said Brer Rabbit. “Fry me…boil me…______________________!” “But please…” “Don’t throw me in the blackberry bush!” Brer Fox smiled a nasty smile. Brer Fox: Silly rabbit! He picked up Brer Rabbit. Then ________________________________. Brer Rabbit ______________…right in the middle of the blackberry bush. THWUMP! Brer Rabbit laughed. He _____________________________ and prickly blackberry bush. Brer Rabbit: _________________________________________! Brer Fox growled. He couldn’t get Brer Rabbit.

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The Dragon and the Phoenix Section 1: Reading (Wordbank) Use these words to give your student extra reading practice.

dragon mountain shining magic

phoenix thousands

forest lake

dark

shiny

river

beautiful

washed

sand

swam

pebble

island

stayed

polished

brighter

pearl

queen

stars

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heaven

guard

shine

steal

ours

gone

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This is the story of Dragon Mountain, Phoenix Mountain and a shining lake. _____________________________________________, in China…

In the morning, _________________________. The dragon looked in the magic river. The phoenix looked in the dark forest. No pearl there…Then they saw it ________________________. They flew up to Heaven and saw the Queen. Dragon: That pearl is ours! Queen: No, it’s mine. _______________________________…It landed on the ground and became a shining lake. Dragon: We must never leave it. The dragon and the phoenix lay beside it. _______________________.

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Long, long ago, _______________________________________. A dark forest grew on the other side of the river. Deep inside the forest lived a phoenix. Every day, ___________________________________. Every day, the phoenix flew in the sky above. One day, __________________________ in the river. A shiny pebble lay on the sand. Phoenix: It’s beautiful! The dragon washed it in the river. The phoenix polished it with a feather. And ______________________________. The dragon and the phoenix stayed on the island…watching the pearl. The pearl shone _________________________…brighter than the sun. It was so bright, the Queen of Heaven saw it shine. “_______________________!” she said. That night, she sent a guard to steal it.

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Section 3: Worksheet A) Read The Dragon and the Phoenix and answer the following questions.

1) Where did the dragon live? ___________________________________________________________ 2) What did the phoenix polish the pebble with? ___________________________________________________________ 3) Who did the Queen of Heaven send to steal the pearl? ___________________________________________________________ B)

Match the words in line A with the words in line B to make pairs from the story.

A. bright B. river C)

magic lake

dark pearl

sandy forest

shining island

Which word is wrong? Cross it out, then write the correct word at the end.

A. Long, long ago, a dragon lived beside a mountain river. .................................. B. Deep inside the river lived a phoenix. ................................... C. A dark pebble lay on the sand. ................................... D. The pebble became a phoenix. ................................... D) Answer TRUE or FALSE.

The dragon lived inside a magic river. The phoenix lived outside the forest. The dragon and the phoenix found a shining pebble. The pearl shone brighter than the stars.

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Bears Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

bears

climb

forest

spring

cuddle

cubs

fight

walking

lick

feeds

partner

snug

Artic

curled

milk

den

female

polar

thick

warm

hairy

panda

coats

munch

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bamboo mountains

tough

paws

grass

berries

sniffs

claws

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A big brown bear is ___________________________. She stands up. She climbs a tree using her long, _________________. Then she sniffs out juicy berries to eat. Bears have thick, ___________________ and big, __________________. Some bears go to rivers to catch fish. Panda bears ____________________________________. They munch on tough grass called bamboo. Polar bears live in the icy Artic. Their thick, hairy coats keep them warm. Each year, _____________________________. Then the female bear digs a den. She _______________________________ inside the warm, snug den. They are called cubs. And they are __________________________. At first, they can’t see or hear. The cubs cuddle up close to their mother. ___________________________. Now it is winter. They all stay ___________________ inside the den. At last, it’s spring. They climb out into the sun. ______________________. They climb trees. They lick each other’s noses. This shows ____________________. Their mother is close. ________________________.

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1) How does a bear climb a tree? ___________________________________________________________ 2) Where do panda bears live? ___________________________________________________________ 3) Where do female bears give birth to baby bears? ___________________________________________________________ B)

Bears eat lots of different things. Which of these are not mentioned in the book?

A. Fish C)

B. Honey

C. Berries

D. Bamboo E. Seals

F. Insects

Can you finish off each sentence? Choose the right ending.

A. All bears... B. Panda bears... C. Polar bears... D. Female bears... E. Baby bear cubs...

...live in the icy arctic. ...are as small as apples. ...dig dens. ...have thick, heavy coats and big furry paws. ...live high up on cold mountains.

D) Answer TRUE or FALSE.

Bears have thick, heavy coats. Bears have big, furry paws. Bear cubs are as small as apples. American black bears live in Malaysia.

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Old Mother Hubbard Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

Hubbard

year

doggie

lead

flying

speed

steak

cupboard

thief

pair

cash

hurried

reward

butcher

relief

flash

snag

picked

Spot

lane

winter

bone

treat

money

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shut

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closed

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p4 p6 p9 p10 p12 p14 p15

bone bare shut up butchers lane

p19 p20

‘Til [short for “until”] plenty doggie-sized treat picked out

p22 p23

hurried speed tripped lead cash [informal] relief reward

p25

steak

p21

p12 p18 p19 p21

came to a stop what was what Stop thief! in a flash went flying

p23

along with my dear

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Old Mother Hubbard _________________________, to _____________ her poor doggie a bone. But when she got there, ______________________________. And so the poor doggie had none. Old Mother Hubbard _________________________ and put on her ______________________. “We’ll have to go out,” she said with a shout, “before all the ______________ are closed.” __________________________, through wind and through rain, went Old Mother Hubbard and Spot. “Till they came to a stop, at Bob’s Butcher’s Shop. And they went in to see what was what. There was ________________________, for a doggie-sized treat, but the old lady picked out a bone. Then came the snag, when _______________________ – she had left all her money at home.

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________________________________. “Stop thief!” came Bob’s cry. And a man hurried by _______________________. He ran with such speed, _________________ on Spot’s lead. And went flying, along with the cash. “Your dog stopped that thief,” said Bob with a relief. “So I must reward you, my dear.” Now Old Mother Hubbard __________________________________. And _____________________________________.

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Section 3: Worksheet A) Read Old Mother Hubbard and answer the following questions.

1) 2) 3)

Answer TRUE or FALSE.

A. When Old Mother Hubbard got to the cupboard, it was bare. B. The doggie’s name is Dot. C. Old Mother Hubbard wanted to fetch her doggie a sausage. D. Old Mother Hubbard forgot to bring her umbrella.

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B)

What was the name of Old Mother Hubbard’s dog? ___________________________________________________________ What was the butcher’s name? ___________________________________________________________ Why did Old Mother Hubbard go to the cupboard? ___________________________________________________________

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Snails Section 1: Reading (Wordbank)

snails

foot

feelers

inches

biggest

Africa

winter

smash

bottom

hatch

sticky

plants

trails

follow

slimy

blobs

swoops

jelly

ponds

creep

tongues

branches

slime

oozes

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2. ________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________

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Section 2: Listening Fill in the blanks as you listen.

________________________, inside flower pots and _________________, lots of ___________________. The snails wait until it is dark. _____________________________. Snails have soft bodies and hard shells. Slime oozes out from under a snail’s body. It helps snails slide over the ground…up branches…and even upside down. __________________________________. They rub their tongues over leaves to eat them. Snails feel their way around with feelers. _______________________________________, too. Their eyes are on the ends of the longer feelers. A bird swoops down. It is looking for food. The snails hide in their shells. The bird can’t get them. ______________________. Some kinds of snails live in ponds. And some kinds ______________________. _____________________. They can grow longer than your arm. Snails lay lots and lots of eggs. On land, ________________________________________. A baby snail is inside each egg. Pond snails __________________________ on plants. Their eggs are inside blobs of jelly. _____________________________. After a few weeks, _______________________________. They eat and eat and eat. The snails’ bodies grow – and so do their shells. It’s easy to find snails. ________________________________. Section 3: Reading Comprehension

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What do snails smell with? ________________________________________________________ On land, where do snails lay their eggs? ________________________________________________________ Where are the snails’ eyes located? ________________________________________________________

USBORNE FIRST READING: LEVEL TWO

A) Read Snails and answer the following questions.

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Date: ____________________

USBORNE FIRST READING: LEVEL TWO

Volunteer: ___________________________

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First Reading Level Two Worksheets