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Information about Core Knowledge (R) Teacher Read-Alouds (“Listening And Learning”) that should occur daily, in parallel with below AnyOneCanRead READING and PHONICS activities. Resources for:
     

Fables And Stories:

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The Human Body:
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Different Lands, Similar Stories:
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Early World Civilizations:
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Early American Civilizations:
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Astronomy:
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WEEK ONE    
   
WEEK ONE READING PASSAGES
      

Lesson 1 – Poems And Rhymes

       
NEW WORDS: branches, caterpillars, clop, crawl, crawly, creepy, dip, early, elves, fanny, flea, flurry, foolish, footnote, fractured, gently, glide, gulls, higglety, hoppety, hump, hurry, immense, inches, jiggle, kangaroo, knee, leap, limped, lions, neither, pig’s, pigglety, prize, proud, puppies, quarter, race, raggedy, riders, seek, shadow, shoelace, silly, slide, snail, themselves, tiny, underneath, until, wiggle 
 
 

Singing-Time
 
I wake in the morning early,

And always,

The very first thing,

I poke out my head,

And I sit up in bed,

And I sing,

And I sing,

And I sing. 

   

Poem by Rose Fyleman
    
   

The Raggedy Dog
 
The Raggedy Dog chased the Raggedy Cat,

And she climbed to the top of a tree.

So the Raggedy Dog came a-running and sat,

Underneath until quarter-past three.


That night, as the moon rose over the hill,

And the Raggedy Man came around,

The Cat lay asleep in the branches so still,

And the dog was asleep on the ground. 

    
Poem by Sherman Ripley
    
    

The Snail And The Mouse
 
The Snail and the Mouse,

Went ’round the house,

Running a race together.

The riders were elves,

And proud of themselves,

For neither weighed more than a feather.

The Snail went crawly, creepy, crawl,

The Mouse went hoppety-hop, sir.

But they came to a fence,

That WAS so immense,

(Six inches!), they HAD to stop, sir!

    
Poem by Laura E. Richards
    
   

A Frog And A Flea
 
A frog,

And a flea,

And a kangaroo,

Once jumped for a prize,

In a pot of glue.

The kangaroo stuck,

And so did the flea,

And the frog limped home,

With a fractured knee.

   
Poem by Cynthia Mitchell
    
    

Higglety, Pigglety, Pop!
 

Higglety, pigglety, pop!

The dog has eaten the mop.

The pig’s in a hurry,

The cat’s in a flurry,

Higglety, pigglety, pop!
 
   
Poem by Samuel Goodrich

   
   

Jump Or Jiggle
 
Frogs jump,

Caterpillars hump,

Worms wiggle,

Bugs jiggle,

Rabbits hop,

Horses clop,

Snakes slide,

Sea gulls glide,

Mice creep,

Deer leap,

Puppies bounce,

Kittens pounce,

Lions stalk,

BUT,

I walk!

   
Poem by Evelyn Beyer

    
    

Footnote
 
Isn’t it foolish,

To dash off outside,

Before making sure,

That your shoelace is tied?

How silly you’ll look,

When you trip in the street,

And land on your fanny,

Instead of your feet!

   
Poem by Norah Smaridge

   
     

Hide And Seek
 
When I am alone,

And quite alone,

I play a game,

And it’s all my own.


I hide myself,

Behind myself,

And then I try,

To find myself.


I hide in the closet,

Where no one can see.

Then I start looking,

Around for me.


I hide myself,

And look for myself.

There once was a shadow,

I took for myself.


I hide in a corner,

I hide in the bed,

And when I come near me,

I pull in my head!


   
Poem by B. Shiffrin

   
    

Blowing
 
Dip your pipe,

And gently blow.

Watch the tiny bubble grow.

Big and bigger,

Round and fat,

Rainbow-colored,

And then,

SPLAT!

   
Poem by Margaret Hillert

      
     

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Lesson 2 – Inf./Deriv. Build

  

NEW WORDS: beast, bigger, biting, blown, boats, boxer, boxes, buying, cakes, catfish, child’s, climbing, cloud, cooler, cutting, dads, didn’t, doggies, doggone, doorway, falls, fastest, fattest, feeds, finely, fisherman, fishes, floating, flooded, friendship, getter, getting, gladly, goats, goldfish, hadn’t, haves, headed, henhouse, hers, hills, hopping, horsed, horseflies, horsefly, horsing, housewives, how’d, how’ll, how’re, how’ve, hunted, hunters, hunts, ins, it’d, it’ll, joking, knowing, letting, markdown, news, nightly, nots, outs, runners, sails, swordfish, walkout, windblown

 

 

Jill bakes cakes.

That shirt was on markdown.

My pet is a beast.

John’s bigger than Joe.

I see a black bird.

I’m biting hard.

Riding boats is fun.

What’s in those boxes?

Her dog’s a boxer.

Dad’s buying a cake.

Are you joking?

I like those cars.

We have two cats.

Look, I caught it!

That child’s dog is black.

I’m climbing up a tree.

That cloud looks like a sheep.

It’ll be cooler on Sunday.

Stop horsing around.

I couldn’t do that.

   
    

Their house is a walkout.

She cried when she fell.

She’s cutting his hair.

I watch the nightly news.

Their dads are hunters.

Our trip was three days.

Didn’t he do that?

Those rats are dead.

I’m all done!

She doesn’t like cake.

Whose doggies are those?

Get out of the doorway.

That doggone cat.

He eats too much cake.

The fox hunted a hen.

Rain falls from the clouds.

They’re the fastest runners.

That’s the fattest hog.

Watch what she feeds her cat.

They horsed around all night.

   
   

She cries when it’s too dark.

He’s a fisherman.

He fishes at night.

She sails the seven seas.

That’s a finely made shirt.

I like to eat swordfish.

The light has blown out.

Her hair is windblown.

Will you eat catfish?

That’s a big goldfish!

Look mom, I’m floating!

Our house was flooded.

That bird flies up high.

Watch out for that horsefly.

Their moms are housewives.

I love our friendship.

Watch how the frog gets the fly.

I’m getting wet!

I’ll gladly do that.

He’s a go-getter.

   
    

She goes there each Sunday.

Mom’s letting us go.

I see five goats.

He hadn’t seen that.

That will come in handy.

In life, there are “haves” and “have-nots.”

They headed home.

A fox got into the henhouse.

Those hills are high.

I don’t like horseflies!

Is that pen hers?

Those hogs are fat.

That frog is hopping fast.

How’re you doing?

How’d you get here?

How’ll she get home?

How’ve you been?

Dad hunts at night.

She knows the ins and outs of this.

Its legs are long.

It’d be great to see you.

That cat jumped on my dog.

That frog jumps high.

He thinks he’s “all-knowing.”

Tom laid down in his bed.

   
   
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WEEK ONE PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
      
   
        
 

From Singing Time
    

The very first thing,
I poke out my head,
And I sit up in bed.

     
   
From Old Man And A Calf
    

There was an old man,
And he had a calf,
And that’s half.

    

From Inf./Deriv. Build
    

Jill bakes cakes.

She cried when she fell.

Will you eat catfish?

How’ve you been?

   
    
From Jack And Jill
   

Jack and Jill went up the hill,
To fetch a pail of water.

       
   
From Little Miss Muffet
   

Little Miss Muffet sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey.

      
    
From Hickory, Dickory Dock
    

Hickory, dickory, dock,
The mouse ran up the clock.

       
    
From Snap Shots
    

I was sad that it had to end. When it did end, Nat and I had a hug. So did Mom and Dot. Then Mom and I got back on the jet.

       
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”

    

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

I have over twenty free apps on my cell phone.

     

You can light candles in the apse of the church chapel.

   

If you get fired from work, some people call it getting “axed.”

   

I think there’s a package at the back door.

   

Dad loves to go fishing for bass.

   

I’ll be at your beck and call if you need help.

   

 Where in the world have you been?

   

Did you hear the bell ring?

   

We’re going to name our baby girl Bess.

    

This Bibb lettuce is really tender.

   

That clunkhead is aptly nicknamed “Biff.”

   

Can you give me change for a dollar bill?

   

 My friend Bill is a great skateboard rider.

   

That movie was a complete bomb!

   

We got to meet our new boss today.

   

Can you loan me a buck to buy some gum?

    

I will buff your shoes to a very nice shine.

   

I’d better get my butt moving and finish these chores!

   

Have you heard all the buzz about this new TV show?

      

Buzz Aldrin flew on the Apollo 11 mission to the moon.

    

Our cow gave birth to her first baby calf.

   

Cass can be a nickname for Cassandra, Casey, or Cassidy.

       

I think I’ll get a Cobb salad for lunch today.

   

When the cock crowed, it woke me up.

   

My pants cuff is all tattered.

       
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”

           

I’m almost done with my chores.

      

Can I come along with you to the park?

   

I’ve already made my bed.

   

I found this nice ring among some junk in that box.

      

Have you heard of an animal called a black-necked crane?

    

Can I have another hot dog?

   

That’s the right answer!

   

I don’t need anything more.

   

You appear to be mad at Jan.

   

I’ll have some apple juice with my snack.

   

You can play in that area of the gym.

   

Look what I made in art class!

    

I need to ask for some help with this.

   

Bob is asking mom to fix us lunch.

   

Please dust the base of this lamp.

   
        
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WEEK TWO    

WEEK TWO READING PASSAGES

       

Lesson 3 – Pattern-Builder Poems

 

NEW WORDS: Goldilocks, Joel, barking, begun, behold, bills, bold, bone, bub, bullet, bum, chewing, chum, chums, cub, digging, donut, donuts, drinking, drug, dub, dug, fold, glum, grub, gum, gut, height, hubbub, humdrum, hunter’s, hut, jug, lugged, medium, mention, mind, moldy, mumbled, nightclub, outrun, pain, pug, pun, rotten, rum, rut, scum, shell, shrub, shrug, shun, slum, smug, snug, sold, somewhere, spun, started, strut, stub, stun, stunned, tenfold, though, tug, uncut, upstairs, wad

 

 

Rich With Gold
 
Listen Goldilocks,

I didn’t come in from the cold,

To hear you scold!

I told you that I had

Sold the gold,

To Sir Joel the Bold.

BEHOLD!

Take a hold of the money!

Fold that huge wad of bills!

He paid me tenfold what it was worth!

Now we can get out of this moldy

Dump and live somewhere nice!

Didn’t you mention a house where three bears live?

   
   

Nuts For Donuts
 
I have a cut,

Tut! Tut!

It’s but a tiny rut,

On the skin of my gut.

It’s from the shell of a nut,

That I found in the woods,

Where I happened to strut,

At an old hunter’s hut,

Where the door wouldn’t shut.

I’d rather be uncut,

And I’d rather eat a donut!

    
     

  A No Fun Stun
 
I went for a run,

In the bright sun,

To have some fun.

As soon as I’d begun,

I heard a buzz.

Around I spun,

And a bee stunned me!

It felt like a bullet from a gun!

So I made up a pun,

To take my mind off the pain.

Next time,

Such a bee I must shun,

So, such a bee,

I must outrun!

   
   

Chums Who Hum
 
I was in a humdrum slum,

And I saw a bum,

Whose height was medium,

Drinking rum,

Eating a rotten plum,

And chewing gum.

He mumbled, “yum,”

Even though the rum,

Looked like pond scum.

The poor guy looked glum.

He’d lost his drum.

But then in a second,

Up walked his chum.

They both started to hum.

It got me in the mood for gum,

So I went and bought some.

      
   

A Smug Pug
 
I was digging out back.

I gave a tug,

And I found two things in the dirt.

A jug and a mug.

At first I gave a shrug.

But my pug started barking.

So, I pulled up the jug and the mug.

In the mug, I found a bug and a slug.

I lugged them into the house,

Where we would both be snug.

I drug them onto the rug.

My pug gave me a hug for what I had dug!

You see, there was a bone in the jug!

   
   

Party Bear
 
I’d been to my club at the pub,

I’d eaten some grub.

I got home, opened my door,

And I heard a hubbub!

I stub my toe going upstairs,

And then what do I find?

There’s a bear cub,

In my bath tub!

He yells to me,

“Rub-a-dub-dub, Bub!

Can you give me a scrub?!”

I screamed, jumped out the window,

And landed in a shrub.

The bear walked out and said,

“Thanks. I’m headed to the nightclub!”

 
 

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Lesson 4 – Beatrix Potter

 

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Part One:

 

NEW WORDS: Cottontail, Flopsy, Mopsy, beneath, berries, brass, buttons, cabbages, cared, dears, fields, fir, fought, group, hoo, loaf, missed, naughty, parsley, push, rake, root, sobs, squeezed, squirmed, thief

 

 

It was once upon a time. There were four young rabbits. They were Flopsy, Mopsy, Cottontail, and Peter. They lived with their mom in a warm den. It was beneath the root of a large fir tree. The sun was high in the sky. It was time to plan their day.
    
“Now, my dears,” said their mom. “You may go to the fields. Or down the road. But don’t go to Mr. Gregg’s farm. Your dad got in a mess there. He was put in a pie by Mrs. Gregg. Now run and play. And be good. Be smart. And take care! I’ve got to go out. I need to buy some things for us.”

   
    

Then she took a bag and a hat. She went through the woods to the store. She bought a loaf of brown bread. And five hot cross buns.

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail went down the road. They were all good bunnies. They were to pick up berries to bring back home.

But Peter was naughty. He ran straight to Mr. Gregg’s farm. He squeezed through the gate! He ate some greens. Then some French beans. And then he ate some peas.

But then, he was feeling sick. He went to look for some parsley. He went to the end of a group of plants. Oh! No! There was Mr. Gregg! Right in front of him!

Mr. Gregg was on his hands and knees. He was planting lots of young cabbages. He saw Peter. He jumped up! He ran after him! He waved a rake. He called out, “Stop, thief!”

   
    

Peter was scared to death. He rushed all ’round the garden. And bad news for him! He did not know the way back to the gate.

He lost his left shoe in all of the thick, green plants. Then he lost his right shoe. That was left in the squash rows. He had now lost both his shoes. So, he ran on four legs.

So, now he could be quite fast. Maybe he could now get far from Mr. Gregg. But he did not have much luck. He ran right in to a huge net. He was stuck tight in it. He was caught by the buttons on his coat. It was a blue coat. It had brass buttons. They were quite new.

    
     

Poor young Peter thought that he was done for. Now he cried big tears. Boo! Hoo! Sob! Sob! But his sobs were heard by some crows. They cared for him. They flew to him with great speed. “Caw! Caw! Caw!”

Crows are smart! They asked him to try quite hard to get loose. Push! Pull! Push! Pull!” they screamed. “Don’t give up! Don’t stop! You can do it!”

Then Mr. Gregg caught up with them. He was right there, now. He had a cloth bag. He meant to pop it on top of Peter. That would catch him!

But Peter fought and squirmed. He got out, at last! And just in time! Gregg just missed him! But he was sad. He had to leave his nice new coat there. His mom would be quite mad!

 
 

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WEEK TWO PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES

 
 

From Rich With Gold
     

Now we can get out of this moldy dump and live somewhere nice!

      
   
From A No Fun Stun
   

As soon as I’d begun, I heard a buzz.

      
   
From Party Bear
    

“Rub-a-dub-dub, Bub!
Can you give me a scrub?!”

      
  
From Peter Rabbit
      

But don’t go to Mr. Gregg’s farm. Your dad got in a mess there. He was put in a pie by Mrs. Gregg.

      

Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail went down the road. They were all good bunnies. They were to pick up berries to bring back home.

       

And then he ate some peas. But then, he was feeling sick. He went to look for some parsley.

   
   
From Snap Shots
    

The cat can smell the fish. It can press on the glass.

        

The U.K. flag has a big red cross on it. Nat and his mom held one up.

   

Nat and I ran up fast. The moms had to huff and puff to get to the top.

 

Then Nat said, “Beth, get a snap shot of this! I am the rock on top! Get it?”

     

Just then, Nat said, “There it is!” It was a big red bus with a top deck!

    

“That is where Mom shops,” said Nat. “That shop has all the best stuff!”

 

“Big Ben is not a man,” Nat said. “Big Ben is the bell that is in that clock.”

           

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE” 
   

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

Cull through this box of junk and see if there is anything worth saving.

    

Mommy, Jeff said a cuss word!

    

This plant is dead, due to a lack of water.

    

You’re going to go deaf if you listen to too much loud music!

          

If you spend more than you earn, you’ll go into debt!

   

Class, now we’re all going to sing “The Farmer In The Dell.”

     

Dad’s outside lounging on the deck.

    

Our new classmate is named Dick Greene.

   

That’s my favorite brand of dill pickles.

   

I wish you wouldn’t diss me every time I say something!

    

We need to tie the boat to the dock.

   

The new Principal is named Mrs. Dodd.

   

I need to doff my heavy winter coat and scarf when I come inside.

   

I got a very pretty doll for Christmas.

    

That mama duck has six babies.

   

It’s time for me to get off of my duff and practice piano.

   

This pencil is dull and needs sharpening.

   

Well, that was a really dumb thing to say!

   

Is there anything else that I can get for you?

    

Grandma fell and hurt her hip.

    

You’d better fess up to Mom that you ate the last cookie!

    

Fess Parker was a popular TV actor in the 1950s and 1960s.

              

The fourth of July is a great American fete.

    

Please fill that bucket with soap and water.

   

In Mark Twain’s famous book, Huck Finn is Tom Sawyer’s best friend.

    

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”

     

I love the film “Beauty and the Beast.”

   

She became a nurse when she grew up.

   

I want to become a film star when I grow up.

   

The snow began to fall late last night.

    

Let’s begin to learn this new song.

    

Thanks for being so kind to me.

   

Do you believe in ghosts?

    

At noon, the church bell will ring.

   

Down below, there are sharks in the sea.

   

Line up between these two posts.

    

Mom, will you bake me a birthday cake?

   

That speed boat goes quite fast.

   

I have body-aches from the flu.

   

I read three books last month!

   

I touched the bottom of the deep end of the pool.

     
        

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WEEK THREE    

WEEK THREE READING PASSAGES

     

Lesson 5 – Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Part Two:
 

NEW WORDS: achoo, chill, fear, itched, lip, lop, passed, pea, point, shake, sneezed, tool

 

 

He rushed into the tool shed. He jumped in to a large can. The can was used to water plants. It might have been a good thing to hide in. But it had lots of water in it. It was wet in there!

Mr. Gregg came near to the bunny, fast. He was quite sure that Peter was some where in the tool shed. Could Peter hide in a pot? He turned them all this way and that. With great care, he looked in each one.

Peter was now both wet and cold. And soon, poor Peter sneezed. He could not hold it off. His nose itched. “Achoo!” He now gave up the best place he had to hide in!

It seemed like no time at all had passed. Mr. Gregg chased him once more. This time, it was worse! Gregg tried to put his big foot down on top of Peter!

    
     

It was a close call! But Peter was too quick for him. A bit of luck helped him this time. He jumped out of a door. He knocked down three plants that were in pots when he ran out.

Peter then sat down to rest. “Whew!” He was quite out of breath. And you could see him shake with fear. He had been in a bad way, for sure. Mrs. Gregg might put him in a pie, too! He had to make sure that he did not get caught! He thought and thought. He put his brain to work.

He knew that he did not have a good plan. He did not know which way to go next. And, he was quite damp, since he had been in the wet can. His fur was all wet. He had a bad chill. So, he took his time. Then, he walked here and there. He went, “liplop, lip-lop, lip-lop.”

    
    

He did not go fast. He looked all ’round. He tried to find a good way to get out. His plan was to go fast. And then to run home. He wished to be safe and sound. No more Mr. Gregg to scare him!

He found a door in a wall. But it was locked. There was no room for a fat young rabbit to squeeze through it.

He saw an old mouse. She ran in and out of the stone door step. She had lots of peas and beans. She was to take them back to the woods. Her kids had to eat, of course!

Peter asked her the way to the gate. But she had a large pea in her mouth. She could not say a thing to him. And she could not point him to the gate. She could just shake her head at him. Poor Peter cried once more. Huge tears fell from his eyes.

     
     

What would he do? Why had he done this? His mom had told him to not go there! Would he see his home once more? Or was this his last day on Earth?! He thought some more. He calmed down. Then he tried to find his way straight through the farm.

But it was not clear what the best way out was. He went ’round and ’round. He was not close to the gate yet. Soon, he came to a pond. That’s where Mr. Gregg filled his water cans.


  

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Lesson 6 – Beatrix Potter

The Tale of Peter Rabbit – Part Three:

 

NEW WORDS: Peter’s, cousin, dose, faced, feast, flopped, greed, peeped, scritch, slipped, trail, twitched, wheelbarrow 

 

 

A white cat was there. The cat stared at some gold fish. She had a look of greed in her eyes! “Good fish to eat,” she thought. She sat quite, quite still. But now and then, the tip of her tail twitched. It was like the tail was alive on its own!

Peter thought it best to leave, fast. He did not want to speak to her. He did not trust her. You see, he had heard about cats from his cousin. That’s young Ben the Bunny. He knew, now, that cats were not good friends to bunnies!

He walked back a bit. He was near the tool shed once more. But then, there was a noise quite close to him. The noise came right out of the blue. What could make such a noise?

Well, it was a hoe that went through the dirt. It went, “Scritch! Scratch! Scratch! Scritch!” Peter ran to hide in a thick bush. He stayed there a bit. Gregg did not see him. It seemed safe.

    
     

So, he came out from the bush. He climbed up on top of a wheelbarrow. He peeped past it. The first thing he saw was Mr. Gregg. Gregg held the hoe. He worked to get the weeds out from the ground.

Mr. Gregg’s back faced Peter. So, Gregg did not see him. And a bit past Gregg was the gate! Oh, the gate! Oh, to be out of that farm! And past that gate!

Peter got down. He did not make a sound. He took a deep breath. Then, ZOOM! He ran as fast as he could go. He went by a straight trail. It was a smart way to go!

Mr. Gregg saw him at last. But Peter had a good head start. So, he did not care. He slipped past the gate. And he was safe. At last! He was now in the woods. He was out past the farm.

Mr. Gregg hung up Peter’s coat. And his shoes! They would look like a scare-crow. The black birds would be scared of it. So, they would not eat Gregg’s plants.

    
     

Peter did not stop to rest. He did not look back. Not once! He just ran and ran and ran! In a bit, he was back at the big fir tree. He was home. He was safe and sound. “Whew! What a day!”

He was quite tired! He went in the den. He flopped down on the nice, soft sand on the floor. He shut his eyes.

His mom was at the stove. She did not see his clothes on him. “Hmm!” she said. She got a big frown on her face. It was the second coat and pair of shoes that Peter had lost. And in just two weeks time!

I am sad to say this. Peter just did not feel well at all that night. Of course, that makes sense. He had been scared all day! And he had run a LOT!

His mom put him to bed. She made some sweet tea to calm him. She gave him a dose of it. It would help him sleep well. “Just a wee bit to drink at bed time,” she said. She gave Peter a warm smile. Of course, she did not know what he had done that day!! And it was NOT good.

The other bunnies had a good day, though. So, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail had a great feast. They got to eat bread and milk and berries! Yum!

   

   

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Lesson 7 – Poems And Rhymes

 

NEW WORDS: April, Bombay, Jennie, Jennie’s, Liza, Mary, Tony, Vinny, apples, baker, birdie, bricks, bull’s, butcher, butterflies, candies, chains, cherries, cocked, crushing, decks, derby, flippy, floppy, housetop, loaded, maker, masts, meadows, necks, packet, passengers, pilot, pumpkin, raking, rise, rooster’s, sailed, sailor, sailors, served, shamed, shining, sill, skies, sleepy, steeple, thee, toad’s, washing, willow


Church People
 
Here’s the church,

And here’s the steeple.

Open the door,

And see all the people!

    
    

Tiny Tony
 
Little Tiny-Tony,

Was a sailor-man.

He made himself a boat,

And sailed it in a pan.

    
    

Three Men In A Tub
 
Rub-a-dub-dub,

Three men in a tub,

And who do you think they be?

The butcher, the baker,

The candlestick maker,

And all of them gone to sea.

    
    

April
 
Rain is good

For washing leaves,

And stones and bricks, and

Even eyes.

And if you hold

Your head just so,

You can almost see

The tops of skies.

    
Poem by Lucille Clifton
    
     

Time To Rise
 
A birdie with a yellow bill,

Hopped upon the window-sill,

Cocked his shining eye and said,

“Ain’t you ‘shamed, you sleepy-head?”

    
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
    
      

Fly Away
 
Butterflies, butterflies,

Fly away to the flowers.

Fly, blue wing.

Fly, yellow wing.

Fly away to the flowers!

    
    

The Fair
  
Mary, Vinny, and Liza,

Went to the Fair today.

They each brought back a pumpkin,

But I stayed home to play.

    
    

I Saw A Ship A-Sailing
 
I saw a ship a-sailing,

A-sailing on the sea.

And, oh! it was all loaded,

With pretty things for thee!

There were candies in the cabin,

And apples in the hold.

The sails were made of silk,

And the masts were made of gold.

The four-and-twenty sailors,

That stood between the decks,

Were four-and-twenty white mice,

With chains about their necks.

The captain was a duck,

With a packet on his back.

And when the ship began to move,

The captain said, “Quack! Quack!”

OR:

The captain was a guinea-pig,

The pilot was a rat.

And the passengers were rabbits,

Who ran about, pit-pat!

    
    

The Toad And The Rabbit
 
Said the Rabbit to the Hop Toad,

“It’s very strange to me,

How very big and long and wide,

A Hop Toad’s MOUTH can be.”

Said the Hop Toad to the Rabbit,

“I’m sure I’d shed some tears,

If on my head I’d have to wear,

Such flippyfloppy EARS.”

    
Poem by John Martin
    
      

The Willow
 
A little bird sits in the willow,

A little song sings he.

He nods his head,

He nods his foot,

All in the willow tree!

    
    

The Man Of Derby
 
A little old man of Derby,

How do you think he served me?

He took away my bread and cheese,

And that is how he served me.

    
    

The Farm
 
The rooster’s on the housetop,

Blowing his horn.

The bull’s in the barn,

And is crushing the corn.

The maids in the meadows,

Are raking up the hay.

The ducks in the rain,

Are swimming away.

    
    

Jennie’s Cherries
 
One, two, three, four,

Jennie at the cottage door.

Five, six, seven, eight,

Eating cherries off a plate.

    
    

Seven Cats
 
The king, he went to Bombay,

The road was laid with mats.

That king, who went to Bombay,

Came back with seven cats.

   
     
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WEEK THREE PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES

     

From Peter Rabbit   
    

It was a close call! But Peter was too quick for him. A bit of luck helped him this time.

       

Mr. Gregg’s back faced Peter. So, Gregg did not see him. And a bit past Gregg was the gate!

    

I am sad to say this. Peter just did not feel well, at all, that night.

    

So, Flopsy, Mopsy, and Cottontail had a great feast. They got to eat bread and milk and berries! Yum!

       
    
From The Farm
    

The ducks in the rain,
Are swimming away.

       
    
From This Is The House That Jack Built
    

This is the house that Jack built.

   
   
The Elephant Carries A Big Trunk
   

The elephant carries,
A great big trunk.
He never packs it with clothes.
It has no lock,
And it has no key.
But he takes it wherever he goes.

      
   
From Sun After Rain
    

Blew a bubble
Whole-world-wide,
Stuck a rainbow
On one side.

      
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”
   
Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

This can of soda pop doesn’t have any fizz to it.

   

Our librarian is named Mrs. Foss.

   

You’re making a big fuss about nothing!

   

My older brother’s silly beard looks like nothing but peach fuzz.

   

Steve Gadd is one of the best drummers ever.

    

The sailor hooked the swordfish with a gaff.

   

A fish has a gill rather than a lung.

   

What will you give me in return for these two Pokemon cards?

    

Ugh, a gnat just flew up my nose!

    

Mom’s gone over to Mrs. Murray’s house.

   

I’m not getting into that pond with all that guck floating on top.

    

I am not going to take any more of that bully’s guff!

    

There’s a gull getting into our picnic basket!

    

There was a good TV detective show in the early 1960s called “Peter Gunn.”

    

I hope that no one will hack into my computer!

     

I could eat an entire half of a chicken for dinner.

    

Hmm, what should I have for dessert?

    

This hat is too small to fit on my head.

    

What the heck is that up in the sky?

     

The preacher’s sermon was all about hell, today.

    

My great-grandpa was a country hick from the mountains.

    

That hill is too steep for me to climb.

    

If you get too close, that weird cat will hiss at you.

     

The musician had to hock his favorite guitar to get some cash.

     

Now, who would be mean enough to name their daughter “Ima Hogg?”

     
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”

     

My brother lifts weights.

   

I brought fruit to school for my snack.

    

Let’s build a snow fort!

   

Look up at that tall building.

    

My Dad’s lawn business does great in the spring.

   

If you keep busy, then you can’t be bored.

   

We said good-bye to Gramps.

   

I sent a thank-you card to Gran for her gift to me.

   

Take care when you cross the street!

   

Put the eggs into the pot carefully.

   

Carry these back to the car, please.

   

Put this lamp on the center of that desk.

   

Are you certain that you locked the door?

   

I like a chair with a straight back.

   

I need to change my school clothes to go out and play.

   
     

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WEEK FOUR    

WEEK FOUR READING PASSAGES

     

Lesson 8 – Poems And Rhymes

 

NEW WORDS: bugged, bull, bumped, crowed, milked, mooed, morn, queen, shaved, shorn, torn, waked, worn

 

 

Five Wee Bull Frogs
 
Five wee bull frogs jumped on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mom called the Doc,
And the Doc, he said,
“No more bull frogs on the bed!”

Four wee bull frogs jumped on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mom called the Doc,
And the Doc, he said,
“No more bull frogs on the bed!”

Three wee bull frogs jumped on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mom called the Doc,
And the Doc, he said,
“No more bull frogs on the bed!”

Two wee bull frogs jumped on the bed.
One fell off and bumped his head.
Mom called the Doc,
And the Doc, he said,
“No more bull frogs on the bed!”

One wee bull frog jumped on the bed.
He fell off and bumped his head.
Mom called the Doc,
And the Doc, he said,
“No more bull frogs on the bed!”

    
    

The House That Jack Built
 
This is the house that Jack built.

This is the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the cow with the big sharp horn,
That mooed at the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the Queen, all sad in love,
That milked the cow with the big sharp horn,
That mooed at the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

    
     

This is the man all worn and torn,
That sang to the Queen, all sad in love,
That milked the cow with the big sharp horn,
That mooed at the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the friend all shaved and shorn,
That helped the man all worn and torn,
That sang to the Queen, all sad in love,
That milked the cow with the big sharp horn,
That mooed at the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the bird that crowed in the morn,
That waked the friend all shaved and shorn,
That helped the man all worn and torn,
That sang to the Queen, all sad in love,
That milked the cow with the big sharp horn,
That mooed at the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

This is the farm hand with his corn,
That kept the bird that crowed in the morn,
That waked the friend all shaved and shorn,
That helped the man all worn and torn,
That sang to the Queen, all sad in love,
That milked the cow with the big sharp horn,
That mooed at the dog,
That bugged the cat,
That chased the rat,
That ate the salt,
That lay in the house that Jack built.

 
 

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Lesson 9 – Fry-Builder

 

NEW WORDS: God, Greek, determine, electric, exciting, experiment, general, government, heavy, himself, history, however, important, include, information, insects, inside, instruments, interest, interesting, iron, island, itself, joined, killed, language, law, length, less, lifted, located, main, major, march, matter, measure, members, metal, middle, minutes, modern, moment, months, movement, nation, natural, north, northern, notice, object, observe, office, oil, order, oxygen, page, particular, pattern, pay, period, plains, planets, poem, position, possible, problem, wrote

 

 

Did you determine who did it?

Have you had an electric shock?

Our experiment did not work.

It was an exciting show.

She took a trip to France.

His father was a French General.

Wash that glass.

God is good.

Will you work for the government?

I love Greek food.

Go to that group.

What happened?!

I’m happy!

Ug, this is heavy!

He said so, himself!

Let’s learn about history.

Hoe the garden for me.

It took two hours.

I love eggs, however you cook them.

Aliens aren’t human.

    
    

It’s important that you do this!

My feet are ten inches long.

Does that include a drink?

That’s not enough information.

Insects bug me!

Go inside!

Instead, I’ll take that one.

There are lots of instruments in a band.

Does this interest you?

That was interesting!

Iron my dress.

He lives on an island.

Isn’t she nice?

It turned on by itself!

We joined a swim club.

We kept quiet.

I killed a bug.

Who’s that lady?

Always follow the law!

I’m not the least bit good at that.

    
    

That length is too short.

I eat less, now.

Dad lifted me up.

Listen up!

We located the gold!

I’m at Main Street.

March fast!

Don’t light that match.

I don’t know what that means.

She’s an Army Major.

What’s that language?

What’s the matter?

Measure how long the baby is.

They’re club members.

It’s a metal chair.

I’m a middle child.

Pull up that root.

Climb that rope.

Smell this rose.

Run a mile.

    
    

Cross the road.

Never mind.

It took two minutes.

We live in a modern time.

Just a moment.

He’s three months old.

Snow is on the mountains.

Don’t make a movement.

I like rock music.

Our nation is the U.S.

This food is all-natural.

Santa lives up North.

See the Northern Lights?

Write her a note.

Nothing makes her mad.

Did you notice that?

What’s that object in the sky?

Observe his golf swing.

Sail to the ocean.

Dad’s at his office.

   
    

Don’t do that often.

Bring the oil can.

No problem!

That’s an order!

We breathe oxygen.

See page twenty.

I’m particular about what I eat.

Tom passed the ball well.

I don’t see a pattern.

Will you pay me?

Eighty people came.

Pass out two per child.

Put a period at the end.

Who’s that person?

Here’s a piece of cake.

The Great Plains are flat.

The plane landed.

I can name eight planets.

Zack wrote this poem.

Point to her.

Get in position, then run!

That’s not possible!
 

  
 

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Lesson 10 – Poems And Rhymes

 

NEW WORDS: England, Spain, blanket, bustle, butter, butterfly, candy, daddy, dandy, decide, dozen, finger, flying, frozen, fruit, gobble, golden, grocer’s, hobble, hush, lady, mama, pandy, pigeons, playhouse, puppy, purple, quicker, reason, riddle, robin’s, seem, shower, skyscraper, sniff, south, sparkling, spread, sprightly, stiff, sun’s, sunbeam, thicker, yesterday’s
 
 

One, Two, Three
 
One, two, three, four, five,
Once I caught a fish alive.
Six, seven, eight, nine, ten,
But I let it go again.
    
Why did you let it go?
Because it bit my finger so.
Which finger did it bite?
The little one upon the right.

   
    

Moon-Come-Out
 
Moon-Come-Out,
And Sun-Go-In,
Here’s a soft blanket,
To cuddle your chin.

Moon-Go-In,
And Sun-Come-Out,
Throw off the blanket,
And bustle about.

    
Poem by Eleanor Farjeon

   
     

The Old Woman From France
 
There came an old woman from France,
Who taught grown-up children to dance.
But they were so stiff,
She sent them home in a sniff,
This sprightly old woman from France.

    
Poem by Ivy O. Eastwick

   
     

The Puppy Chased The Sunbeam
 
The puppy chased the sunbeam,
All around the house.
He thought it was a bee,
Or a little golden mouse.
He thought it was a spider,
On a little silver string.
    
He thought it was a butterfly,
Or some such flying thing.
He thought, but OH! I cannot tell you,
HALF the things he thought,
As he chased the sparkling sunbeam,
Which just would not be caught.

    
   

Hush-A-Bye
 
Hush-a-bye, baby,
Daddy is near.
Mama is a lady,
And that’s very clear.

   
    

Skyscraper
 
Skyscraper, skyscraper,
Scrape me some sky.
Tickle the sun,
While the stars go by.

Tickle the stars,
While the sun’s climbing high,
Then skyscraper, skyscraper,
Scrape me some sky.

   
Poem by Dennis Lee

   
      

Handy Pandy
 
Handy Pandy,
Jack-a-dandy,
Loves plum cake,
And sugar candy.

He bought some,
At a grocer’s shop,
And out he came,
Hop, hop, hop!

   
    

Yesterday’s Paper
 
Yesterday’s paper makes a hat,
Or a boat,
Or a plane,
Or a playhouse mat.

Yesterday’s paper makes things
Like that,
And a very fine tent,
For a sleeping cat.

   
Poem by Mable Watts

   
     

The Robins
 
A robin and a robin’s son,
Once went to town to buy a bun.
They couldn’t decide on plum or plain,
And so they went back home again.

    
   

How A Puppy Grows
 
I think it’s very funny,
How a puppy grows,
A little on his wiggle-tail,
A little on his nose,
A little on his tummy,
And a little on his ears.
I guess he’ll be a dog, all right,
In half a dozen years.

   
Poem by Leroy F. Jackson

   
     

The Girl In The Lane
 
The girl in the lane,
Who couldn’t speak plain,
Cried, “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”
    
The man on the hill,
Who couldn’t stand still,
Went Hobble, hobble, hobble!

  
   

Yellow Butter
 
Yellow butter,
Purple jelly,
Red jam,
Black bread.
Spread it thick,
Say it quick.
Yellow butter,
Purple jelly,
Red jam,
Black bread.
Spread it thicker,
Say it quicker.
Yellow butter,
Purple jelly,
Red jam,
Black bread.
Now repeat it,
While you eat it.
Yellow butter purple jelly red jam black bread!
Don’t talk with your mouth full!

   
Poem by Mary Ann Hoberman

   
     

A Plum Pudding
 
Flour of England,
Fruit of Spain,
Met together in a shower of rain,
Put in a bag tied round with a string.
If you’ll tell me this riddle,
I’ll give you a ring.

   
   

Snowman
 
My little snowman has a mouth,
So he is always smiling south.
My little snowman has a nose,
I couldn’t seem to give him toes,
I couldn’t seem to make his ears.
He shed a lot of frozen tears,
Before I gave him any eyes,
But they are big ones for his size.

   
Poem by David McCord

   
      

Two Pigeons
 
I had two pigeons,
Bright and gay,
They flew from me,
The other day,

What was the reason,
They did go?
I cannot tell,
For I don’t know.

 
 

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WEEK FOUR PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
    

The Old Woman From France
   

There came an old woman from France,
Who taught grown-up children to dance.
But they were so stiff,
She sent them home in a sniff,
This sprightly old woman from France.

      
    
From The Puppy Chased The Sunbeam    
   

He thought, but OH! I cannot tell you,
HALF the things he thought.

       
    
From How A Puppy Grows
   

I guess he’ll be a dog, all right,
In half a dozen years.

   
   
From The Girl In The Lane
   

The man on the hill,
Who couldn’t stand still,
Went Hobble, hobble, hobble!

      
   
From Yellow Butter
   

Purple jelly,
Red jam,
Black bread,
Spread it thick.

   
   
From Head And Neck, Knees And Toes
    

Head and neck,
Knees and toes,
Knees and toes.

      
  
From Wee Boy Blue
   

He lies on a hay stack,
He’s gone, fast, to sleep.

    

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”     
   

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

One of the characters on a popular 60s TV show called Bonanza was named “Hoss.”

    

Huck Finn was adopted by the Widow Douglas.

    

Mary stomped off in a huff after losing the tennis match.

    

The exploding torpedo put a huge hole in the hull of the ship.

    

Jack just got stung by a bee.

    

There’s rotting wood in this door jamb.

    

My sister plays the keyboard in a jazz ensemble.

     

My favorite Jell-O flavor is cherry.

   

Can you tell Jess to come down for dinner?

    

I have to run a quick errand, and I’ll be back in a jiff.

    

Jill got a good part in the school play.

    

That football jock is always wearing his letter-jacket.

    

Tell John that he needs to mow the lawn this weekend.

    

They named their newborn baby girl “Joss.”

   

That putrid sewer smell made me keck.

      

I can’t believe how far that pro can kick a soccer ball.

    

That mean dog up the street tried to kill our cat.

    

Give your Granny a kiss.

    

Mom is going to knit some mittens for us.

     

I can’t get this door knob to turn.

     

Blast it, I can’t undo this knot in my shoelace.

    

That boy has a complete lack of good manners.

    

That baby lamb is so cute.

     

That young lass has a pretty singing voice.

   

My mechanical pencil has run out of pencil lead.
       

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
   

Check to see if Dad’s up from his nap.

   

That child can run so fast!

   

My church has a great youth group that I’m in.

   

Our city is closed down due to a huge snow storm.

   

A vet came and talked to our class.

   

My hands are good and clean now.

   

I need to clear my throat so that I can give my speech.

   

This thick coat will keep you warm.

   

I want to go to college when I get out of high school!

   

What color shoes should I get?

   

Gran is coming to stay with us for a week.

   

That poor kid just does not have much common sense.

   

My best gift was a complete set of bowls and plates.

   

Look here, can I show you the correct way to do that?

   

How much will this book cost?

   

    

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WEEK FIVE    
     

WEEK FIVE READING PASSAGES

       

Lesson 11 – Poems And Rhymes

     
NEW WORDS: Halloween, Hanukkah, Hanukkah’s, Tittlemouse, Tommy, blackbirds, blankets, boring, counting, cover, covers, dainty, ditches, doctor, dreidel, eleven, fiddle, finest, fingers, gentlemen, goblins, hanging, harm, honey, hungry, kissed, ladies, leather, manage, men’s, mitten, mittens, nighttime, nor, ourselves, papa, parlor, rye, sixpence, snowflakes, spin, sport, straightway, thumbs, twirl, weather, whether, witches
    
    

Cry, Baby
   
Cry, baby, cry,
Put your finger in your eye,
And tell your mother it wasn’t I.

    
     

Doctor Fell
    
I do not like thee,
Doctor Fell.
The reason why,
I cannot tell.

But this I know,
And know full well.
I do not like thee,
Doctor Fell!

    
    

In The Summer We Eat
    
In the summer we eat,
In the winter we don’t.
In the summer we’ll play,
In the winter we won’t.

All winter we sleep,
Each curled in a ball,
As soon as the snowflakes,
Start to fall.

But in spring, we each
Come out of our den,
And start to eat,
All over again.

   

Poem by Zhenya Gay
    

    

Little Fred
    
When little Fred went to bed,
He always said his prayers.
He kissed Mama,
And then Papa,
And straightway went upstairs.

   
    

On Halloween
    
We mask our faces,
And wear strange hats,
And moan like witches,
And screech like cats,

And jump like goblins,
And thump like elves,
And almost manage,
To scare OURSELVES!

    
Poem by Aileen Fisher
   
    

The Cat And The Fiddle
    
Hey, diddle, diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
     
The little dog laughed,
To see such sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

    
   

Hot Boiled Beans
    
Ladies and gentlemen,
Come to supper,
Hot boiled beans,
And very good butter.

   
   

The Mitten Song
     
Thumbs in the thumb-place,
Fingers all together!”
This is the song
We sing in mitten-weather.

When it is cold,
It doesn’t matter whether,
Mittens are wool,
Or made of finest leather.

This is the song
We sing in mitten-weather.
“Thumbs in the thumb-place,
Fingers all together.”

   
Poem by Marie Louise Allen
   
     

Little Kitty
    
I like little Kitty,
Her coat is so warm,
And if I don’t hurt her,
She’ll do me no harm.

So I’ll not pull her tail,
Nor drive her away,
But Kitty and I,
Very gently will play.

   
   

Dreidel Song
    
Twirl about,
Dance about,
Spin! Spin! Spin!
Turn, Dreidel, turn.
Time to begin!
Soon it is Hanukkah,
Fast, Dreidel, fast!
For you will lie still,
When Hanukkah’s past.

   
Poem by Efraim Rosenzweig
   
    

Sing A Song Of Sixpence
    
Sing a song of sixpence,
A pocket full of rye,
Four-and-twenty blackbirds,
Baked in a pie.

When the pie was opened,
The birds began to sing,
Was not that a dainty dish,
To set before the king?

The king was in his counting-house,
Counting out his money.
The queen was in the parlor,
Eating bread and honey.

The maid was in the garden,
Hanging out the clothes,
When down came a blackbird,
And snapped off her nose.

   
   

Covers
   
Glass covers windows,
To keep the cold away.
Clouds cover the sky,
To make a rainy day.

Nighttime covers,
All the things that creep.
Blankets cover me,
When I’m asleep.

   
Poem by Nikki Giovanni
   
    

Tommy Tittlemouse
    
Little Tommy Tittlemouse,
Lived in a little house.
He caught fishes,
In other men’s ditches.

    
   

It’s Eleven O’Clock
    
It’s eleven o’clock,
And there’s nothing to do,
But stand on one leg,
And then stand on two.

Eleven o’clock,
It’s not a nice hour.
It’s boring and hungry,
And heavy and sour.

    
Poem by Nancy Chambers
     
     
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Lesson 12 – Poems And Rhymes

   
NEW WORDS: Easter, Gloster, arrow, beetlebombs, begs, belongs, bough, breaks, brooks, bubbling, bumblebees, chimney’s, chopping, cover’s, dirty, everyone, everywhere, fireflies, flower’s, fluttering, follows, foresters, foster, grandmother, grownup, hasty, haughty, helping, hostesses, humble, joyful, lilac, makers, middling, mommy, moonbeams, neighbors, pierces, pollywogs, preparing, rivers, roars, sailormen, salty, savage, seam, sewing, spark, springs, stem, thatchers, thatching, toast, tortoises, trembles, warrior, wriggles
   
    

Joyful
   
A summer day is full of ease,
A bank is full of money.
Our lilac bush is full of bees,
And I am full of honey.

   
Poem by Rose Burgunder
   
    

Hush-A-Bye
   
Hush-a-bye, baby,
On the tree top!
When the wind blows,
The cradle will rock.

When the bough breaks,
The cradle will fall.
Down will come baby,
Bough, cradle, and all.

   
   

A Modern Dragon
   
A train is a dragon,
That roars through the dark.
He wriggles his tail,
As he sends up a spark.
     
He pierces the night,
With his one yellow eye.
And all the Earth trembles,
When he rushes by.

   
Poem by Rowena Bennett
   
    

Mary Middling
   
Mary Middling had a pig,
Not very little,
And not very big.
Not very pink,
Not very green.
Not very dirty,
Not very clean.
Not very good,
Not very naughty.
Not very humble,
Not very haughty.
Not very thin,
Not very fat.
Now what would you give,
For a pig like that?

    
Poem by Rose Fyleman
   
     

Ten To One
     
Ten tired tortoises,
Lying in the sun,
Nine nice neighbors,
Helping everyone.

Eight hasty hostesses,
Preparing toast for tea,
Seven salty sailormen,
Sailing on the sea.

Six savage sharks,
All swimming through the deep,
Five fluttering fireflies,
Where the moonbeams peep.

Four fat foresters,
Chopping fine fir trees,
Three thin thatchers,
A’thatching in the breeze.

Two tall sailors,
Sewing at a seam,
And one wild warrior,
Very wild warrior,
Bow-and-arrow warrior,
Eating pink ice-cream.

    
Poem by Ivy O. Eastwick
    
     

Ride Away, Ride Away
     
Ride away, ride away,
Johnny shall ride,
And he shall have kitty-cat,
Tied to one side.

And he shall have little dog,
Tied to the other,
And Johnny shall ride,
To see his grandmother.

   
   

The Top And The Tip
     
Hair is the top of a person,
A chimney’s the top of a house.
A cover’s the top of a book,
The tail is the tip of a mouse.

The sky is the top of the world,
The top of the sky is space.
A flower’s the top of the stem,
The nose is the tip of the face.

   
Poem by Charlotte Zolotow
   
     

Rain
    
Rain, rain, go to Spain,
And never come back again.

   
   

Chums
    
He sits and begs,
He gives a paw,
He is, as you can see,
The finest dog you ever saw.

And he belongs to me.
He follows everywhere I go,
And even when I swim.
I laugh because he thinks, you know,
That I belong to him.

   
Poem by Arthur Guiterman
   
     

Doctor Foster
    
Doctor Foster went to Gloster,
In a shower of rain.
He stepped in a puddle, up to his middle,
And never went there again.

    
    

Makers
     
Beetlebombs make jelly jam,
And bumblebees make honey.
Mommy makes the bread and cakes,
And Easter eggs make bunnies.

Bubbling springs make brooks and things,
And rivers make the sea.
Grownup frogs make pollywogs,
But who made me?

     
Poem by Nancy Dingman Watson
       
      
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Lesson 13 – Poems And Rhymes

    
NEW WORDS: blackbird, carpenter, disguise, extremely, fireplace, fledgling, flue, gaping, humming, monkey, monkey’s, mosquito, natured, note, notes, nursed, opened, pace, perched, question, rail, seemed, snail’s, snails, sooty, sparrow, swallow, swallowed, swooping, tadpole, tangled, tarry, toad, trudge, tumbled, turtle, warbler, warbles, whistle, whistled, winked, wished, wobbly, woman, woodpecker
   
   

A Big Turtle
    
A big turtle
Sat on the end of a log.
Watching a tadpole
Turn into a frog.

    
   

Snail’s Pace
   
Maybe it’s so,
That snails are slow.
They trudge along,
And tarry.

But isn’t it true,
You’d slow up, too,
If you had a house,
To carry?

   
Poem by Aileen Fisher
    
     

The Toad
   
I met a little woman,
Who was going up a hill.
And when she wasn’t hopping,
She sat extremely still.

She hadn’t any neck at all,
She hadn’t any chin.
She opened wide her great big mouth,
And snapped a young fly in.

She seemed to be good-natured,
And friendly as could be,
For while she swallowed down the fly,
She winked her eye at me.

   
Poem by Elizabeth Coatsworth
    
    

When You Talk To A Monkey
   
When you talk to a monkey,
He seems very wise.
He scratches his head,
And he blinks both his eyes.

But he won’t say a word.
He just swings on a rail,
And makes a big question mark
Out of his tail.

    
Poem by Rowena Bennett
   
    

Before The Monkey’s Cage
   
The monkey curled his tail about.
It looked like so much fun,
That as I stood and watched him there,
I wished that I had one.

   
Poem by Edna Becker
   
    

The Little Turtle
   
There was a little turtle.
He lived in a box.
He swam in a puddle.
He climbed on the rocks.

He snapped at a mosquito.
He snapped at a flea.
He snapped at a minnow.
And he snapped at me.

He caught the mosquito.
He caught the flea.
He caught the minnow.
But he didn’t catch me.

   
Poem by Vachel Lindsay
  
    

Humming Birds
   
I think it is a funny thing,
That some birds whistle,
Others sing.
The Warbler warbles in his throat.
The Sparrow only knows one note.
But he is better off than some,
For Humming Birds can only hum.

   
Poem by Betty Sage
   
    

Singing In The Spring
   
As I was walking,
Along-long-long,
Singing a scrap of a
Song-song-song,

A blackbird perched
In a tree-tree-tree,
He whistled my song,
With me-me-me.

He whistled so sweet,
And high-high-high,
His notes tangled up,
With the sky-sky-sky.

   
Poem by Ivy O. Eastwick
    
    

The Swallow
   
Swallow, swallow,
Swooping free,
Do you not remember me?
I think last spring,
That it was you,
Who tumbled down,
The sooty flue,
With wobbly wings,
And gaping face,
A fledgling in the fireplace.
     
Remember how,
I nursed and fed you?
And then,
Into the air I sped you?
How I wish that you would try,
To take me with you,
As you fly.

   
Poem by Ogden Nash
   
     

Woodpecker In Disguise
   
Woodpecker taps,
At the apple tree.
“Little bug,
Open your door,” says he.

Little bug says,
“Who is it, sir?”
Woodpecker says,
“The carpenter.”

    
Poem by Grace Taber Hallock
     
    
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WEEK FIVE PHONICS READ-ALONGS
     
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
       

Doctor Fell
    

I do not like thee,
Doctor Fell.
The reason why,
I cannot tell.
But this I know,
And know full well.
I do not like thee,
Doctor Fell!

   
   
From Tommy Tittlemouse
    

Little Tommy Tittlemouse,
Lived in a little house.

    
   
From It’s Eleven O’Clock
   

It’s eleven o’clock,
And there’s nothing to do.

   
  
From Sam
   

Sam sits in Miss Mack’s class. The kids will print till class ends. Then the bell will ring.

   

Sam’s mom hands him his pack. Sam slips the pack on his back.

      

“Sam!” Miss Mack yells, “It’s that bad duck, the one that pecks!”

   

Max tracks mud on the deck.

        

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”     
 

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

Lech Walesa was a famous dissident in the country of Poland.

   

My diet should have less fat content in it.

      

That dog is trying to lick me on my mouth.

     

There’s a huge dead tree limb on the roof.

   

This painter likes to limn scenes of pretty rural countryside.

   

I wish that I could live in a house by the beach.

    

Gramps still believes that there’s really a Loch Ness monster in Scotland.

             

Don’t forget to lock the door when you leave.

     

You don’t have time to loll about; get your work done now!

     

They suffered a great loss when the tornado destroyed their home.

     

I wish you good luck in your game today.

     

I’ll lull the baby to sleep by humming this pretty tune.

     

We stayed in a really luxe hotel suite.

   

Uncle Mack is an army veteran of World War Two.

    

Mrs. Mann is a nice piano teacher, but she really pushes you!

    

There’s a big mass of matted fur on my cat’s back.

     

Tell your Uncle Matt that it’s time for dinner.

    

Tell the girls that we’re going shopping at TJ Maxx, in case any of them want to come with us.

     

The crowds rushed pellmell into the mall to check out the Black Friday sales.

     

Please clean up this mess in your room before dinner.

     

Mick Jagger is the famous singer in the rock group “The Rolling Stones.”

 

The brother and sister were having a miff about which one was right about a rule in the board game.

           

Have you ever noticed how bad the air smells if you are driving near a paper mill?

     

Dad got back from a long business trip and asked, “Did you miss me?”

     

I learned how long it takes to get a brand new baseball mitt to become loose and pliable.
   
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
     

I am proud to be in the country where I live.

    

Of course, you can have a glass of milk.

   

You can’t paint the room till you cover the wood floor.

   

The cow bawled, “MOO!”

   

The priest made the sign of the cross with his hands.

   

I heard Mom cry out, “It’s time for lunch!”

    

Did you decide which pants to wear?

    

I decided to go on to bed at nine.

   

This brook is not deep, so we can walk in it.

    

I didn’t know that you’d gone to that school.

   

What on Earth are you doing?

   

Look at the new doll that I got as a gift!

   

I think that I will try to draw our cat.

   

I had a weird dream last night.

   

It’s hot out, and I need a cold drink.

   
    

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WEEK SIX    

WEEK SIX READING PASSAGES

       

Lesson 14 – Pattern-Builder Poems

    
NEW WORDS: Hagrid, Hamlet, Harry, Potter’s, Sid, acid, amen, avid, breakfast, bucket, chew, closed, closet, comet, crystal, debt, engine, eyelid, fluid, forbid, gigantic, goblet, grid, gross, hairball, horrid, howled, jar, knocked, liquid, longer, omelet, owe, pled, pool, putrid, rancid, shredded, solid, squid’s, stupid, surely, tastes, throat, tight, timid, toilet, tot, twelve, upset, using, vivid, wallet, work’s
   
     

Food In Bed?
   
My name’s Ed,
And I pled,
With Ted,
To get off my bed.

He said,
“Not till I’m fed!”
My face turned red,
And I yelled to my mom,
“Ted wants breakfast in bed!”

But that’s not what he got.
My mom got hot.
She cried,
“You’re no longer a tot!
In bed Ted,
Eat you shall not!”

    
   

No Hen For Ken
    
Well then, Ken.
How have you been?
You just turned ten.
So you want a hen?

Will you clean its pen?
Or will you sit in the den,
While your work’s done by Ben?
To this wish, I’m not open.

Not now.
We’ll talk of this,
AGAIN,
WHEN,
You’re twelve.
AMEN!

   
   

To Be Wet Or Not To Be Wet
    
I’ve not met a pet,
That wants to get wet,
Not yet.
Surely not my cat,
Who’s named Hamlet.

But he does drink water,
From the toilet.
But I hear from my Vet,
“Some pets love to get wet!
If you’ll let them.”

So I made him a bet.


“I’ll get my cat wet.
If he likes it, you’re set.
I’ll give you ten bucks.
But if he does not,
You’ll be in debt.
You’ll owe ME ten bucks.”

So I got my cat wet.
I thought about using a bucket.
But I dropped him in the pool.
He howled like the engine,
Of a gigantic jet!
He got out and ran like a comet!
He was very upset.

The next day,
Hamlet locked me in the closet,
Ate half of my omelet,
Shredded the cash in my wallet,
Knocked over a crystal goblet,
And left a hairball on the carpet.
So don’t get your cat wet!
That’s something to NEVER FORGET!

   
   

Vivid Squid
   
Did you eat squid?
GROSS!
It’s horrid!
I bet it slid down your throat!
    
I’m too timid to eat it.
Harry Potter’s Hagrid won’t eat squid!
I’d rather drink acid than eat squid.
Look!

It smells putrid.
It tastes rancid.
It’s more liquid than solid.
Chew it, it’s fluid!

And have you seen a squid’s eyelid?
The way it looks at you?!
Before you put it in your mouth?
Here’s the deal.
I’m avid about NO SQUID!
I forbid you to eat squid!

When I was a kid,
I hid rather than eat squid.
I’d get off the grid!
No one could find me.

And if it was in a jar,
I closed the lid! TIGHT!
I’m not stupid.
No squid for Sid.
GET RID OF SQUID!

   
     
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Lesson 15 – Poems and Rhymes
Beatrix Potter’s Favorite Poems

      
(Many are ones that she wrote herself!)

   
NEW WORDS: Cottontail’s, Hubbard, Tittle, ale, baker’s, barber’s, bare, basket, beer, beggars, charming, cobbler’s, coffin, craftsman’s, cupboard, curtsy, feeding, florist’s, flute, gown, grocery, hark, hatter’s, knocking, licking, linen, maidens, moss, nobody, pegged, playing, present, reading, rushes, seamstress, servant, smoking, spinning, tags, tailor’s, tappit, tavern, thatched, thistle, tripe, velvet, walled, wig, woven
    
     

Dame Get Up And Bake Your Pies
   
Dame get up and bake your pies.
Bake your pies! Bake your pies!
Dame get up and bake your pies,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Dame what makes your maidens lie?
Maidens lie? Maidens lie?
Dame what makes your maidens lie?
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Dame what makes your ducks to die?
Ducks to die? Ducks to die?
Dame what makes your ducks to die?
On Christmas Day in the morning.

Their wings are cut, and they cannot fly,
Cannot fly, cannot fly.
Their wings are cut, and they cannot fly,
On Christmas Day in the morning.

    
    

To Market!
    
To market! To market!
Now isn’t that funny?
You’ve got a basket,
And I’ve got some money!

We went to market,
And I spent my money,
Home again! Home again!
Little Miss Bunny.

   
   

The Little Black Rabbit
   
Now who is this knocking,
At Cottontail’s door?
Tap tappit! Tap tappit!
She’s heard it before?

And when she peeps out,
There is nobody there,
But a present of carrots,
Put down on the stair.

Hark! I hear it again!
Tap, tap, tappit! Tap tappit!
Why, I really believe,
It’s a little black rabbit!

   
   

Tommy Tittle-Mouse
    
I’ve heard that Tommy Tittle-Mouse,
Lived in a very tiny house,
Thatched with a roof of rushes brown,
And lined with hay and thistle-down.

Walled with woven grass and moss,
Pegged down with willow twigs across.
Now wasn’t that a charming house,
For little Tommy Tittle-Mouse?

    
   

Hark! Hark! The Dogs Do Bark!
   
Hark! Hark!
The dogs do bark,
The beggars are come to town,
Some in tags,
And some in rags,
And one in a velvet gown!

   
    

Old Mother Hubbard
      
Old Mother Hubbard,
Went to the cupboard,
To get her poor dog a bone.
But when she got there,
The cupboard was bare,
And so the poor doggie had none.

She went to the baker’s,
To buy him some bread,
But when she came back,
The dog was playing dead.
She went to the craftsman’s,
To buy him a coffin,
But when she came back,
The poor dog was laughing.

She took a clean dish,
To get him some tripe,
But when she came back,
He was smoking a pipe.
She went to the fish store,
To buy him some fish,
And when she came back,
He was licking the dish.

She went to the ale-house,
To get him some beer,
But when she came back,
The dog sat in a chair.
She went to the tavern,
For white wine and red,
But when she came back,
The dog stood on his head.

    
     

She went to the hatter’s,
To buy him a hat,
But when she came back,
He was feeding the cat.
She went to the barber’s,
To buy him a wig,
But when she came back,
He was dancing a jig.

She went to the grocery,
To buy him some fruit,
But when she came back,
He was playing the flute.
She went to the tailor’s,
To buy him a coat,
But when she came back,
He was riding a goat.

She went to the cobbler’s,
To buy him some shoes,
But when she came back,
He was reading the news.
She went to the seamstress,
To buy him some linen,
But when she came back,
The dog was a-spinning.

She went to the florist’s,
To buy him a rose,
But when she came back,
He was dressed in his clothes.
The dame made a curtsy,
The dog made a bow,
The dame said, “Your servant.”
The dog said, “Bow-Wow!”

  
    
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Lesson 16 – Poems And Rhymes  

   
NEW WORDS: Betty’s, Crusoe, Jenny, Johnny’s, Josy, Nile, Robinson, actual, auntie, backwards, bacon, brighter, ceiling, cheerfully, courting, cradle, crawls, crayon, crayons, crocodile, cup, disgusting, doth, drummer, empty, fail, father’s, forest, forwards, goops, gurgle, improve, lick, manners, marry, mistaken, mother’s, nobleman, posy, rosy, sandy, scale, seaside, shore, slice, snipe, spill, spreads, stronger, sugar’s, sunlight, sunshiny, tablecloth, tang, tickling, vexed, violet’s, walls, waters, welcomes, wooden
     
     

Liza Jane
   

When I go a-courting,
I’ll go on the train.
When I go to marry,
I’ll marry Liza Jane!

   
   

The Crocodile
   
How doth the little crocodile
Improve his shining tail,
And pour the waters of the Nile
On every golden scale!

How cheerfully he seems to grin!
How neatly spreads his claws,
And welcomes little fishes in
With gently smiling jaws!

    
Poem by Lewis Carroll
   
      

Rosy Posy
     
Ring around a rosy,
Sit upon a posy,
All the children in our town,
Sing for Auntie Josy.

   
  

Johnny Drummer
    
Rock-a-bye, baby,
Your cradle is green,
Father’s a nobleman,
Mother’s a queen.
    
And Betty’s a lady,
And wears a gold ring,
And Johnny’s a drummer,
And drums for the king.

   
    

Bat, Bat
   
Bat, Bat,
Come under my hat,
And I’ll give you a slice of bacon.
    
And when I bake,
I’ll give you a cake,
If I am not mistaken.

   
   

Tickling Fly
    
Baby bye,
Here’s a fly,
Let us watch him,
You and I.

How he crawls,
On the walls,
I can’t see how,
He never falls.

If you and I,
Had six such legs,
We could surely,
Walk on eggs.

There he goes,
On his toes,
Tickling baby’s nose.

   
    

At the Seaside
    
When I was down beside the sea,
A wooden spade they gave to me,
To dig the sandy shore.
    
My holes were empty like a cup,
In every hole the sea came up,
Till it could come no more.

    
Poem by Robert Louis Stevenson
   
     

Love
   
The rose is red,
The violet’s blue,
Sugar’s sweet,
And so are you.

If you love me,
As I love you,
No knife can cut,
Our love in two.

My love for you,
Will never fail,
As long as kitty,
Has her tail.

   
    

The Forest Fair
    
When woods awake,
And trees are green,
And leaves are large and long,
It’s merry to walk,
In the forest, fair,
To hear the small birds’ songs.

   
    

Table Manners
   
The Goops, they lick their fingers,
And the Goops, they lick their knives.
They spill their broth on the tablecloth,
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!
     
The Goops, they talk while eating,
And loud and fast they chew.
And that is why I’m glad that I
Am not a Goop, are you?

    
Poem by Gelett Burgess
     
      

The Man Of Bombay
   
There was a fat man of Bombay,
Who was smoking one sunshiny day.
When a bird called a snipe,
Flew away with his pipe,
Which vexed the fat man of Bombay.

   
   

Crayons
   
I’ve colored a picture with crayons.
I’m not very pleased with the sun.
I’d like it much stronger and brighter,
And more like the actual one.

I’ve tried with the crayon that’s yellow.
I’ve tried with the crayon that’s red.
But none of it looks like the sunlight,
I carry around in my head.

    
Poem by Marchette Chute
   
     

Poor Old Robinson Crusoe!
    
Poor old Robinson Crusoe!
Poor old Robinson Crusoe!
They made him a coat,
Of an old nanny goat.

I wonder why they should do so!
With a ring-a-ting-tang,
And a ring-a-ting-tang,
Poor old Robinson Crusoe.

   
   

Gurgle
   
Gurgle, water, gurgle,
In a covered well.
Why does water gurgle?
‘Cause it’s water in a well!

   
   

Miss Jenny Jones
    
“We’ve come to see Miss Jenny Jones.
And how is she today?”
“Miss Jenny Jones is washing, and
You can’t see her today.”

   
    

The Baby’s Dance
    
Dance, little baby,
Dance up high,
Never mind baby,
Mother is by.

Crow and skip,
Prance and crow,
There little baby,
There you go.

Up to the ceiling,
Down to the ground,
Backwards and forwards,
Round and round.

Then dance, little baby,
And mother shall sing,
With the merry sweet music,
Ding, ding, a-ding, ding.

   
Poem by Ann Taylor
       
      
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WEEK SIX PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
 
    
    

     
From Food In Bed
   

And I yelled to my mom,
“Ted wants breakfast in bed!”

   
   
From To Be Wet Or Not To Be Wet
    

If he likes it, you’re set.
I’ll give you ten bucks.
But if he does not,
You’ll be in debt.

   
   
From Tommy Tittle-Mouse
    

Walled with woven grass and moss,
Pegged down with willow twigs across.

 
   
From No Hen For Ken
   

Well then, Ken.
How have you been?

    
   
From Table Manners
    

The Goops, they lick their fingers,
And the Goops, they lick their knives.
They spill their broth on the tablecloth,
Oh, they lead disgusting lives!

   
   
From The Man Of Bombay
   

When a bird called a snipe,
Flew away with his pipe,
Which vexed the fat man of Bombay.

    

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”     
   

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

Mitt Romney was the Republican U.S. presidential candidate in 2012.

    

Mock my words, I’ll get you back for playing that trick on me!

         

Have you heard the proverb, “a rolling stone gathers no moss.”

   

Do we have any Mott applesauce in the fridge?

     

Gross, what is that muck all over your shoes?!

   

Harry Mudd was a humorous character on the TV show Star Trek.

    

I’d better not muff up my playing at my piano recital!

    

This evening I will mull over your intriguing proposal.

       

If a raccoon gets into your kitchen, watch out; it will muss up everything!

     

Our dog is no special breed; he’s just an everyday mutt.

     

Dad, don’t nick yourself shaving like you did yesterday.

     

My friend Nick is going to a month-long summer camp.

     

You have cheated on us, so our Contract is now null and void.

     

The dentist had to numb my mouth before drilling to put in a filling.

     

Pack your suitcase so we can go on the trip.

      

Can you please pass the potatoes?

         

Look at that cardinal peck at the birdseed.

     

William Penn founded the New World colony of Pennsylvania in 1682.

     

The candle burned to the last of the wick, and it went out, “pfft!”

   

Who are you going to pick to be on our field hockey team?

        

Don’t forget to take your usual pill at bedtime.

   

Brad Pitt is a very popular actor.

      

Psst, what did the teacher say we’re supposed to do with this lesson?

    

The hockey puck flew between the goalie’s legs.

     

The genie completely disappeared in a puff of smoke.

      
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
        

Don’t drive too fast.

        

These clothes still need to dry more.

   

Is that a duck or a goose?

   

I heard a mouse in the wall during the night.

   

I got there a bit early, so I read some in my book.

   

He plays the flute with such ease.

     

They grew up on the East Coast, in Maine.

    

I thought that our math test was easy.

  

This egg is cracked.

   

I just turned eight years old.

    

What else do you need to know?

    

I’ve had enough food for lunch.

   

Everyone in our class had fun at the zoo.

    

I’ve tried everything I know to get this lid off of this jar.

   

Give me an example of how you can be nice to a friend.

   

  

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WEEK SEVEN    

WEEK SEVEN READING PASSAGES

       

Lesson 17 – Beatrix Potter
   
Squirrel Nutkin – Part One

   
NEW WORDS: Brown’s, Hitt, Nutkin, Nutkin’s, Pitt, Twink, acorns, answers, bushes, cherry, chimney, coin, cousins, crooked, danced, elm, groat, hollow, ignored, leaf, loudly, marbles, nut, oak, oars, paddled, planned, rafts, ree, riddles, ripe, rot, rude, sacks, searched, showed, smoke, spoke, squirrel’s, squirrels, stump, third, tickled, today’s, tote
    
    

This is a tale. It’s about a tail. It’s a squirrel’s tail. It’s small and red.

The squirrel has a name. He’s “Nutkin.” He has a brother. His name is “Twink.” They have lots of cousins.

They live in the woods. They’re by a lake. There is an island in it. It’s in the middle of the lake. What grows on the island? Trees do. And nut bushes. There’s a dead tree. It’s an oak. It’s hollow. An owl has a house in it. He’s called “Old Brown.”

It was fall. The leaves had turned. They were bright. They were yellow, orange, and red. The nuts were ripe. Nutkin and Twink came to the lake. More squirrels came with them. They walked a while. They stopped by the lake.

They got lots of twigs. They made rafts with them. They paddled in the lake. They used oars. They made their tails sails. They went to Owl Island. They had sacks. There, they planned to get lots of nuts.

     
     

They went to see Old Brown. They had a gift for him. They gave him three fat mice. They put them at his door-step. Twink made a low bow. So did the other squirrels.

Twink said, “Hi, Old Mr. Brown. Will you let us pick up nuts? There are lots of them on your island.”

Nutkin was rude. He showed bad manners. He bobbed up and down. He looked like a red cherry. He sang loudly.

“Riddle me. Riddle me.
  Rot-tot-tote!
  A wee, wee man.
  In a red, red coat!
  A cane in his hand.
  And a stone in his throat.
  Tell me this riddle.
  I’ll give you a groat.” (A groat is a coin.)

This is an old riddle. It’s as old as the hills. Mr. Brown ignored Nutkin. He shut his eyes tight. He went to sleep.

The squirrels filled their sacks. They got LOTS of nuts. They sailed home. It was near dark.

    
   

It was the next day. They went back to Owl Island. They brought today’s gift. It was a fine, fat mole. They laid it on a stone. That was at Old Brown’s door.

Twink spoke. “Mr. Brown. May we get more nuts?”

Nutkin was rude again. He danced up and down. He picked up a leaf. He tickled Mr. Brown with it! He sang out loud.

“Old Mr. Bee!
  Riddle-me-ree!
  Hitt Pitt inside the wall.
  Hitt Pitt outside the wall.
  Don’t you touch Hitt Pitt.
  Hitt Pitt will bite you!”

Mr. Brown frowned. He grabbed the mole. He took it into his house. He shut the door in Nutkin’s face.

Soon, they saw blue SMOKE. Old Brown had a fire. The top of his tree was his chimney.

Nutkin peeped through the key-hole. Then he sang.

   
     

“A house full.
  A hole full!
  And you can not get a bowl-full!”

The squirrels searched for nuts. They looked all over the island. They filled their sacks.

But Nutkin picked up oak-apples. They grow on oak trees. They are NOT acorns! They were yellow and red.

Then he sat on a tree stump. He played marbles. He watched Brown’s door.

The squirrels had worked hard. They went back home. It had been a long day!

It was the third day. The squirrels got up early. They went fishing. They caught six fat minnows. This would be today’s gift for Old Brown.

They paddled on the lake. They landed by a big tree. It was a crooked elm.

Twink had one minnow. He gave the rest to five squirrels. Nutkin had no gift. He had no manners. He ran in front. He sang out loudly.

“The man in the deep woods talked to me. ‘How many berries grow in the sea?’ I said to him as I thought good. ‘As many red star-fish as grow in the wood.'”

Mr. Brown did not like riddles. He did not care to know the answers. He let the squirrels get more nuts. They went home with a lot.

   
        
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Lesson 18 – Beatrix Potter
   
Squirrel Nutkin – Part Two

   
NEW WORDS: Arthur, Biggs, Friday, Scots, acted, attic, backed, bee’s, believe, bowling, briar, bumble, clear, cones, county, cuck, curr, dashed, day’s, doctors, eggs, fifth, fights, flowed, forty, fourth, freed, hack, hick, knights, lazy, needle, owl’s, people, pine, plenty, pudding, raised, roaring, scarf, scary, scratching, scuffle, scurried, sense, shouted, sixth, slowly, stamp, story, stung, thorns, troops, voice, waist, whirring, win, wrapped
   
    

It was the fourth day. This day’s gift was six fat flies. People like plums. Like in plum pudding. Old Brown likes flies. Just like people like plums! Each fly was wrapped in a leaf. Each leaf had a pine needle pin. The flies could not fall out!

Nutkin was as rude as ever! He sang with a loud voice.

“Old Mr. Bee!
  Riddle-me-ree!
  Flour of England.
  Fruit of Spain.
  They met together in lots of rain.
  They were put in a bag.
  They were tied with a string.
  Can you tell me this riddle?
  Then I’ll give you a ring!”

This made no sense. Nutkin did not have a ring. He could not give one to Brown!

All the squirrels worked around nut bushes. But not Nutkin. He got thorns from a briar bush. He stuck them with pine needle pins. The squirrels called it a day. They got on their rafts. They sailed home.

 
 

Now it was the fifth day. What was this day’s gift? It was wild honey! It was sweet. It was sticky. They put it on Brown’s stone. Then they licked their paws. They snuck the honey from a bumblebee’s nest. That was at the tip-top of a hill. And no one was stung!

Nutkin did what he always did. He was all play and no work. He skipped up and down. He sang this.

“Hum-a-bum! Buzz! Buzz! Hum-a-bum. Buzz! Buzz! As I went to County Biggs. I met a bunch of pretty pigs. Some were white-backed. Some were pink-backed! They were the very best pigs that ever came from County Biggs.”

Old Mr. Brown was mad. He turned up his eyes at Nutkin. He thought Nutkin was disgusting! But Owl ate the honey!

The squirrels filled more sacks. The sacks over-flowed!

But what about lazy Nutkin? He sat on a big, flat rock. He set up a bowling game! A crab-apple was the ball. The pins were pine cones. He was no help to the other squirrels. But they brought home lots of nuts!

  

It was the sixth day. It was Friday. This would be their last trip. They would soon have plenty of nuts for the winter. They just had to fill up one more day of sacks.

The gift today was a huge egg. A bird had just laid the egg. They had it in a pretty basket. Old Brown was pleased!

Nutkin acted the same. He ran in front laughing. Then he shouted.

“Humpty Dumpty lies in his bed. He’s got a white scarf around his head. Forty doctors and one fat hen. Couldn’t put Humpty together again!”

Now, old Mr. Brown loved eggs. He opened one eye. Then he shut it. But he did not speak.

Nutkin got even more rude!

“Old Mr. Bee! Old Mr. Bee! Hick-a-more, Hack-a-more. On the King’s kitchen door. All the King’s horses. And all the King’s men. Couldn’t drive Hick-a-more, Hack-a-more off the King’s kitchen door!”

Nutkin danced up and down. He was like a sunbeam. But still, Old Brown did not say a word.

 
 

Nutkin began again.

Arthur of the Knights had raised his hand. He and his troops came roaring up the land! The King of Scots, with all his might. Could not win any fights with Arthur of the Knights!”

Nutkin made a whirring noise. This sound was like the wind. Then he took a running jump. He landed on the head of Old Brown!

Nutkin and Brown had a scuffle! There was scratching. There was biting. Then, all at once, it stopped. You could hear a loud “squeak!”

This fight was scary. The other squirrels scurried away. They hid in the bushes.

They came back slowly. They peeped around a tree. There was Old Brown. He sat on his door-step. He was calm. His eyes were closed. It was like there had not been a fight.

 

But where was Nutkin? They could not believe it. NUTKIN WAS IN THE OWL’S WAIST-COAT POCKET!

Was this the end of the story? Not quite!

Old Brown brought Nutkin into his house. He held Nutkin up by the tail. He was going to skin Nutkin! But Nutkin tried hard to get away. He pulled very hard. His tail broke in two! Then he dashed up the stair-case. He freed himself through the attic window.

You can still find Nutkin in the woods. What if you meet him? He will be up in a tree. What if you ask him a riddle? He will throw sticks at you! He will stamp his feet. He will scold you! He is as rude as ever! He will shout this at you!

CUCK! CUCK! CURR! CUCK!”

It is clear that poor old Nutkin has gone NUTS!

   
        
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Lesson 19 – Fry-Builder

   
NEW WORDS: Africa, America, British, Indian, across, action, actually, add, addition, afraid, against, age, ago, ahead, allow, almost, already, although, among, animal, another, anything, appear, area, army, arrived, base, beat, became, become, belong, below, blood, body, born, broken, build, burning, business, capital, carefully, cattle, cells, center, certain, chart, chief, church, circle, city, coast, column, common, complete, consider, contain, continued, control, correct, count, country, create, crops, crowd, current, death, decided, describe, desert, design, details, developed, difference
    
     

I’m able to help.

Row across the lake.

It’s time to take action!

I actually like you.

Add two and two.

She’s good at addition.

Mom, I’m afraid!

His brother is in Africa.

I’m against doing that.

What’s your age?

I knew them long ago.

She’s ahead of her time.

Allow me to help.

I’m almost done.

I feel alone.

She’s already done that.

  
  

I’d like some, also.

Although I’m full, I’ll eat more.

I’m from America.

There are bad guys among us.

What animal is that?

They know one another.

What’s your answer?

She’s not doing anything wrong.

Will she appear at the show?

What’s the area of this square?

He’s in the Army.

They just arrived.

The best time at school is art.

She ran to first base.

Beat that drum!

He became a farmer.

   
   

He’ll become a cook.

Let’s begin now.

Don’t believe that!

Where does this belong?

Watch out below!

Tom is there, beside Bob.

Sand is between my toes.

His shirt is blood-stained.

My whole body hurts.

She was born last night.

Get to the bottom of this!

Cut the dead branches.

I saw the British Open.

That dish is broken.

Let’s build a tree house.

That building is huge!

   
   

What’s burning?

That’s not your business.

I live in the Capital city.

Think carefully!

That farmer has lots of cattle.

She caught the ball.

Our body is made of very small cells.

Move to the center.

I’m certain that’s her.

Yes, I’ll take a chance.

Can you change a flat on my car?

What does this chart tell you?

Check on the boys.

He was a great Indian Chief.

Which will you choose?

We just got home from church.

   
   

I ran in a circle.

The sky is clear.

There’s not a cloud in the sky.

They live at a beach on the coast.

It’s a blue color?

Line up in a column.

We two have that in common.

When will you complete your job?

Please consider my idea.

Does that contain nuts?

They continued to shout.

Things are under control.

You’re correct!

What does that cost?

I couldn’t hear you.

Count to ten.

They live in the country.

   
   

She covered the table.

What did you create?

Let’s pick the crops.

The crowd was huge.

Row with the current.

I heard about his death.

Have you decided yet?

Describe what you saw.

It’s dry in a desert.

I like your design.

Give me the details.

They developed a new toy.

I didn’t do it.

I can’t tell the difference.

What’s different about him?

   
   

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WEEK SEVEN PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
        

From Squirrel Nutkin
   

They went to Owl Island. They had sacks. There, they planned to get lots of nuts.

        

Nutkin was rude. He showed bad manners. He bobbed up and down.

   

Nutkin was rude again. He danced up and down. He picked up a leaf.

   

They looked all over the island. They filled their sacks.

 

Old Brown likes flies. Just like people like plums! Each fly was wrapped in a leaf.

   

This made no sense. Nutkin did not have a ring. He could not give one to Brown!

    

They snuck the honey from a bumble-bee’s nest. That was at the tip-top of a hill.

   

He was all play and no work. He skipped up and down.

   

“Hum-a-bum! Buzz! Buzz! Hum-a-bum. Buzz! Buzz! As I went to County Biggs. I met a bunch of pretty pigs. Some were white-backed.”

    

But what about lazy Nutkin? He sat on a big, flat rock.

   

“Old Mr. Bee! Old Mr. Bee! Hick-a-more, Hack-a-more. On the King’s kitchen door.”

   

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”

 

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

The golf pro holed a curvy eight-foot putt.

    

Dad’s putting up a steel rack in the garage to get junk off of the floor.

    

Please don’t razz me about this botched hair cut.

   

I’ve read all of the “Diary Of A Wimpy Kid” books.

    

Redd Fox was a popular African-American stand-up comic and actor.

        

My uncle Rick is a gifted wood carver.

        

The guitarist played a really cool riff.

       

Chuck Robb was once the Governor of Virginia.

     

An errant flying rock broke the glass on our car’s windshield.

        

There is a ruck of great high school athletes who will never make it to the pros.

        

Principal Rudd is proud that we won the state basketball championship.

       

Grandma showed us a YouTube of a really old cartoon called “Ruff and Reddy.”

    

Tonight’s University of Kentucky basketball game is being played at their Rupp Arena.

          

He could barely lift the huge sack of potatoes.

       

If you sass me again, I’m going to put you into a timeout!

      

Mom, I’m afraid that I’m feeling really sick!

   

Look Mom, there’s a male cardinal sitting right there on the sill.

     

I hate to tell you this, but your right sock doesn’t match your left one.

        

I bet you can’t suck on this fresh lemon without puckering up your face!

       

Please tack this note up on the corkboard.

       

When I graduate, I want to move to Silicon Valley and work for a hi-tech company.

    

Can you tell me about your summer vacation?

       

I love the William Tell Overture by Rossini.

   

My sister Tess is joining the Peace Corps.

     

My little brother surely knows how to tick me off!
   

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
     

Please explain to me how you did that!

   

I have to wear a patch on my left eye for a week.

   

Is that a fact, or is it “fake news?”

    

Is what she said true or false?

    

There are six of us in our family.

    

My father has a long beard.

   

Sprint to the end of the ball field and back.

   

Help me figure out how to do this.

   

Fill up this jug with milk.

    

I am finally done with my chores.

   

Please mop the floor where the milk spilled.

   

What kind of blue flower is that?

   

Follow me when we cross the street.

    

Following the show, we’ll go out to eat.

     

I can’t kick a ball with my left foot.

   

    

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WEEK EIGHT    

WEEK EIGHT READING PASSAGES

       

Lesson 20 – Poems And Rhymes

   
NEW WORDS: Dover, baby’s, bathroom, birthdays, blobs, bubbles, crimpy, crust, curling, different, dough, dragon, elbow, fence, flaming, gifts, gurgling, happened, happy, hoe, instead, jaws, jelly, ladder, merry, penny, picnic, playfellows, powdered, queer, quickly, rinse, roll, sandwiches, scaled, shine, slices, soak, socks, spade, steamy, supper, toaster, toasts, waded, week, whoop 
   
    
The Picnic
    
We brought a rug for sitting on,
Our lunch was in a box.
The sand was warm. We didn’t wear,
Hats or shoes or socks.

Waves came curling up the beach.
We waded. It was fun.
Our sandwiches were different kinds.
I dropped my jelly one.

   
Poem by Dorothy Aldis
   
     

The Toaster
    
A silver-scaled Dragon,
With jaws flaming red,
Sits at my elbow,
And toasts my bread.

I hand him fat slices,
And then, one-by-one,
He hands them back,
When he sees they are done.

    
Poem by William Jay Smith
   
     

Happy Winter, Steamy Tub
   
Happy Winter,
Steamy tub,
To soak and splash in,
Wash and rub.

Big blobs of bubbles,
Pile on me,
The way the snow
Sits on a tree.

I rinse the soap off,
Scrub some more,
Drip puddles on
The bathroom floor.

Then gurgling bubbles
Drain away,
A wet and merry
End of day.

   
Poem by Karen Gundersheimer
   
    

Come Out To Play
   
Girls and boys,
Come out to play.
The moon does shine,
As bright as day.

Leave your supper,
And leave your sleep,
And come with your playfellows,
Into the street.

Come with a whoop,
Come with a call,
Come with a good will,
Or not at all.

Up the ladder,
And down the wall,
A half-penny roll,
Will serve us all.

You find milk,
And I’ll find flour,
And we’ll have pudding,
In half an hour.

   
   

Birthdays
   
If birthdays happened once a week,
Instead of once a year,
Think of all the gifts you’d get,
And all the songs you’d hear.

And think how quickly,
You’d grow up.
Wouldn’t it feel queer,
If birthdays happened once a week,
Instead of once a year?

   
Poem by Mary Ann Hoberman
  
     

Leg Over Leg
    
Leg over leg,
As the dog went to Dover,
When he came to a fence,
Jump! He went over!

    
   

Baby’s Baking
    
So, so, spade and hoe,
Little pile of sand,
See it turning into dough,
In the baby’s hand.

Little pie with crimpy crust,
Set it in the sun,
Sugar it with powdered dust,
And bake it till it’s done.

    
Poem by Evaleen Stein
       
     
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Core Knowledge (R) Independent Reading 

       
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Gran
   

Lesson 21 – Part One

   
NEW WORDS: Alps, Gran’s, Hong, Josh, Kong, Swiss, Wong, cliff, cliffs, cling, crate, eek, gulf, kill, steep, vase
   
   

Gran’s Trips
   
“When will Gran get here?” Josh asks.

Jen shrugs. Just then, Josh and Jen see a cab on the street.

“Gran is here!” Jen yells. When Gran steps from the cab, Josh and Jen run up to get a hug.

“Was the trip fun?” Josh asks.

“Which one?” Gran asks. “I went on three trips!”

“Where to?” asks Josh.

“One was to the Swiss Alps,” says Gran. “In the Alps, there were steep cliffs. I went up to the top of one cliff, but it was slick. I fell and had to cling to the rocks!”

“No!” says Jen.

“Yes!” says Gran. “Here is a snap shot.”

“What was the next trip?” Josh asks.

“I went to Hong Kong,” says Gran.

“What is in Hong Kong?”

“Lots of stuff,” says Gran. “In Hong Kong I met a man who sings and has wings on his back.”

“No!” says Josh.

“Yes!” says Gran. “Here is a snap shot.”

“What was the last trip?” asks Jen.

“I went to the gulf to swim with the eels and feed the fish,” says Gran.

“No!” says Jen.

“Yes!” says Gran. “Here is a snap shot.”

“Which trip was the best?” Josh asks.

“This one!” Gran says. “The one where I get to see Josh and Jen!”

   
   

The Pet
   
Gran says, “When I was in Hong Kong, I got a pet.”

“What can it be?” asks Jen. “Is it a fish?”

“No,” says Gran.

“Is it a dog?” asks Josh. “No,” says Gran.

“Is this pet big?” asks Josh.

“Well,” says Gran, “he is not big, but he is long.”

“Has he got teeth?” asks Josh.

“He has fangs!” says Gran.

“What are fangs?” asks Jen.

Just then, the bell rings. Gran says, “That must be him!”

   
   

Wong from Hong Kong
   
Jen yells, “Gran, there is a man here with a big crate.”

Gran says, “It must be Wong!”

“Who?” asks Jen.

“The pet I got in Hong Kong,” says Gran.

“Wong from Hong Kong?” asks Jen.

“Yep!” says Gran.

“But what is this Wong?” asks Josh.

Gran takes the lid off the crate and lifts up a long, black snake.

“Sweet!” says Josh. “Wong is a snake!”

Eek!” Jen yells. “I am scared of snakes!”

Gran says, “Wong is a safe snake. There are snakes that can kill us, but Wong is not one of them. This is a snake we can pet.”

   
   

Where Is Wong?
   
“Help!” Gran yells.

“What is it?” says Jen.

“Wong is not in his crate!” says Gran. “Where is he?”

Jen checks the pots and pans. “He is not in here!” she yells. “Check in the den.”

Josh checks the den. “He is not in here,” he yells. “I bet he went back to Hong Kong!”

Just then, Wong peeks up from a big vase. “There he is!” says Josh.

Gran runs to Wong and picks him up. She pets the snake. She is glad to see him.

   
     
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Lesson 22 – Part Two

   
NEW WORDS: dive, lets, ok, peek, reef, shades, tape, ting
   
   

The Swim Meet
   
Josh and Jen like to swim. They take Gran to their swim meet. Jen lines up in lane five. Josh lines up in lane six. The kids are up on the blocks. Then there is a beep. All the kids dive in. Splash!

“Swim!” yells Gran. “Swim fast!”

Josh and Jen swim as fast as they can. They swim and swim. In no time, they make it to the end.

“Did Josh win?” asks Gran. “Did Jen win?”

Josh and Jen wave and smile. They did not win, but they had a lot of fun!

   
   

At the Reef
   
Josh asks Gran what it was like when she went to the reef. “Well,” Gran says, “it was a lot of fun! I made a plan to meet my pal Mike. I had to ride my bike nine miles to the reef to meet Mike.”

“That is a long ride!” says Jen.

“When I got there, I went on a dive to see the fish and the eels.”

“With Mike?” Josh asks.

“No,” Gran says. “Mike did not dive with me. He went to hang glide.”

“Did he like it?” Jen asks.

“Not so much,” Gran says with a smile.

“Why not?” asks Josh. “It must be lots of fun to hang glide.”

“Did he crash?” asks Jen.

“No, no,” says Gran, “but he did have a bad time. When it was time to land, he hit a hive of bees! He got stung ten times.”

“Yikes!” says Jen.

   
   

The Bug Glass
   
‘‘Gran,’’ Jen says, ‘‘Josh is mad at me.’’

‘‘Why is he mad?’’ Gran asks.

‘‘I broke his bug glass.’’

‘‘What is a bug glass?’’

‘‘A bug glass is something that lets him see bugs and ants up close.’’

Gran checks the bug glass. “It is not so bad,” she says. “We can fix it with some tape.”

“Josh will still be mad,” Jen says.

“We can make him a snack,” says Gran. “And we can make the ants a snack, as well.” Gran hands Jen some chips and grapes. “Here,” she says, “Set those on the big stone in back.” Gran yells, ‘‘Snack time!’’

Josh runs in and grabs a snack. Gran lets him munch on it. Then she says, ‘‘Jen, take Josh to the stone.’’

Jen grabs Josh by the hand and takes him to the stone. He sees his bug glass. Then he sees a bunch of ants. He picks up the glass and stares at the ants.

Josh smiles. ‘‘The ants like those chips!’’ he says. He hands Jen the glass. ‘‘Here!’’ he says, ‘‘Take a peek!’’

   
   

The Tape
   
“Gran,” Jen asks, “what is that?”

“This is a tape deck,” Gran says. “And in it is a tape with some songs sung by my Gran.” On the tape, Gran’s Gran sings a jazz song. At the end, she sings, “Pip! Pip! Ting a ling a ling!”

“I like those notes she sings at the end!” says Jen.

“So do I!” says Gran.

“Gran,” says Jen, ”we can act like we are in the band and sing the song!”

OK,” says Gran. “Run and get a dress. I will grab those shades I like.”

Gran and Jen dress up. Then they sing the song. At the end they sing, “Pip, pip! Ting a ling a ling!”

     
      

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WEEK EIGHT PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
        

From The Picnic
   

The sand was warm. We didn’t wear,
Hats or shoes or socks.

       

Our sandwiches were different kinds.
I dropped my jelly one.

   
   
From Happy Winter, Steamy Tub
    

I rinse the soap off,
Scrub some more,
Drip puddles on
The bathroom floor.

   
   
From Gran
     

“One was to the Swiss Alps,” says Gran. “In the Alps, there were steep cliffs. I went up to the top of one cliff, but it was slick.”

      

“What is in Hong Kong?”

“Lots of stuff,” says Gran.

   

There are snakes that can kill us, but Wong is not one of them.

   

Josh lines up in lane six. The kids are up on the blocks.

   

“Josh will still be mad,” Jen says.

“We can make him a snack,” says Gran. “And we can make the ants a snack, as well.”

   

“And in it is a tape with some songs sung by my Gran.” On the tape, Gran’s Gran sings a jazz song.

    

“OK,” says Gran. “Run and get a dress.

    

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”

 

Activity 19) Other non-CVCC / CCVC single-consonant and short-vowel 2-, 3-, & 4-letter words, all applicable short-vowels, but now with silent letters added … continued:

   

The two sisters got into a little tiff over who got to take the first morning shower.

    

You can stay up till 9:00 PM tonight.

    

My Uncle Todd likes trout fishing.

     

Can you please toss that into the trash?

    

Don’t forget to tuck in your shirt.

     

My aunt is named Mary Webb.

       

He banged his fist on the table, WHAM!

          

I’ll let you know when dinner is ready.

       

Smell the cake that’s baking, and it will whet your appetite.

       

On a whim, they decided to go camping over the weekend.

       

I’m gonna whip you in our tennis match.

      

My cousin Whit is learning how to pilot an airplane.

      

She’s a whiz at putting together jigsaw puzzles.

       

He slipped on the ice and fell down, WHOP!

       

There’s no wick left on this candle.

       

I hope that you will remember to wake me up at 6:00 AM.

        

My brother Will is a redhead.

     

Wrap up well, because it’s frigid outside.

    

I think that’s a wren at the bird feeder.

   

I warned you that she’d yack your ear off!

    

A yegg broke into our house and got away with lots of Mom’s jewelry.

        

Please don’t yell at me.

    

Yuck, this tastes like it’s rotten.
    

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
    

The space ship put up its force field.

     

The Doc wants you to fill out this form.

   

Bill is my best friend.

    

Did I hear a knock at the front door?

     

That is a funny joke.

   

Which board game would you like to play?

    

We love card games like bridge.

    

Mom has gone to pull up weeds in the garden.

     

That new girl has a nice smile.

    

Wow, I just saw a man who has a gold tooth.

    

Let’s group these things by like-size.

    

Who is that guy next to Dad?

   

Cut this pear in half and we’ll share it.

   

What will happen if I’m home too late?

    

I happened to see your boss at the mall.

     

    

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WEEK NINE    

WEEK NINE READING PASSAGES    
    

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Gran

 

Lesson 23 – Part Three

    
NEW WORDS: Mel, drift, fuzz, games, mmmm, mope, piled, shakes, slop, sulk, swell, tucks, wipe, zzzzzzzzzzzz
   
   

Fuzz and Mel
   
The kids are in bed, but they can not sleep. “Gran!” Josh yells.

Gran peeks in and asks, “What is it?”

“We can not sleep!” says Josh. “We can not sleep.”

“Tell us a tale!” says Jen.

“OK,” says Gran. “This is the tale of Fuzz and Mel. Once there were two cats named Fuzz and Mel. Fuzz was a cute cat who did his best to be safe at all times. Mel was a brave cat who had a fast plane. Fuzz!” Mel said, “We can take a ride in my plane!”

“Um,” Fuzz said, “well . . . the thing is . . . I like to be safe . . . and I am not . . .”

“It is safe,” Mel said. “Jump in!”

“The plane went up, up, up. A duck came up next to the plane.”

“What a swell duck!” said Fuzz. “And what a swell plane ride! Why was I so scared of a plane ride?”

“Just then, Mel made the plane zip from side to side. Fuzz did not like that. It did not feel safe to him. Then Mel made the plane dive. ‘ZZZZZZZZZZZZ!’ went the plane as it dove.”

‘‘Stop!’’ said Fuzz, as he held on to the side of the plane. ‘‘Not safe! Not safe!’’

“Mel set the plane back on the land. Fuzz felt sick. He had the shakes.”

“Ug,” he said. “That’s the last time I ride in a plane with Mel.”

   
   

The Sweet Shop
   
“Gran,” Josh asks, “did you have a job when you were a kid?”

“I did,” says Gran. “My dad had a sweet shop, and I had a job in the shop.”

“Did you get to make sweets?”

“Yes,” says Gran. “I got to make milk shakes, cakes, and gum drops.”

“Was it fun?” Josh asks.

“Some of it was fun,” says Gran. “But it was not all fun and games. I had to sweep and pick up. And I had to wipe off the cake case.”

“Can you still make cakes?” asks Jen.

“You bet I can!” says Gran. “Do you want to make one?”

    
    

King and Queen
   
“Gran,” Josh says, “will you tell us a tale?”

“Yes!” says Jen. “Tell the one where you had to scare off the mad hog!”

“No!” says Josh. “Tell the one where you were on that ship in the wind and waves!”

“I will tell you a tale I made up,” says Gran. This is a tale of a king and his queen. Once there was a queen who felt sad. All she did was sulk and mope. The king felt sad that his wife was so sad. He made eggs to cheer up the queen. But the queen said the eggs had a bad smell. The king made a cake. But the queen did not like it. The king made gum drops. But the queen did not like them. By this time, the king was not sad. He was mad. He went back to the stove and made a pot of green slop.”

‘‘There!’’ the king said. ‘‘This slop is not fit to feed to pigs! The queen will hate it. But so what?”

“The king piled some slop on a plate. Then he gave the plate to the queen. The queen had a bite.”

‘‘Mmmm!’’ she said. ‘‘This is the best!’’

“Did she like the green slop?” Jen asks.

“Yep!” says Gran.

“That was an odd tale!” says Jen.

“Odd but fun!” says Josh. Gran tucks the kids in. Then Josh and Jen drift off to sleep.

    
   
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Gran

 

Lesson 24 – Part Four

   
NEW WORDS: Tex, chucks, dim, drives, greet, hugs, lands, pats, plans, pops, pup, ranch, rope, site, skids, tricks, yup
    
    

The Trip West
   
‘‘I have made plans to take a trip,’’ says Gran. ‘‘My pal Tex has a ranch in the West. It will be a lot of fun!’’ Gran smiles, but Josh and Jen are sad.

‘‘We will miss you!’’ says Jen.

‘‘What will we do here?’’ says Josh.

‘‘Well,’’ says Gran, ‘‘What if you kids came on the trip with me? Your mom and dad said I can take you with me, if you would like.’’

‘‘Yes!’’ the kids yell. ‘‘Take us with you! Take us with you!’’

Josh and Jen pack their bags. They get in a cab with Gran. Then they get on a plane. ‘‘Will we be safe on this plane?’’ Jen asks.

‘‘Yes,’’ says Gran. ‘‘This will be a safe plane ride, not like the one Fuzz had with Mel.’’ 

   
   

When the plane lands, Gran rents a van and drives the kids to the ranch. Tex is there to greet them. He is a big man with a big hat. He shakes hands with Josh and Jen. Then he hugs Gran. At the ranch, there is a mule with packs on his back and bells on his neck.

“That is Sam,” says Tex. “He has all the camp stuff in his pack.”

“Will we get to camp?” asks Jen.

Tex nods. “Yup. He has your tent on his back!” Josh and Jen run to Sam. They pet the mule. Sam shakes, and his bells ring. The kids smile.

   
   

Saved by the Bells
   
Josh, Jen, and Gran hike off to the camp site with Sam the mule. “I will meet you there!” Tex yells.

When they get to the camp site, Josh hangs Sam’s rope on a tree. The camp site is close to a cave. Gran and the kids peek in the cave. Drip. Drip. The cave is damp and dim. No sun shines in the cave. Josh, Jen, and Gran hike deep in the cave. They get lost. They are a bit scared, but just then Sam’s bells ring. Sam’s bells help them get back to the camp site. When they get back, Jen hugs the mule and says, “Sam, you and your bells saved us!”

    
   

Splash Dogs
   
Tex takes Gran and the kids to meet his dogs, Buck and Pup. Buck is a big black dog. Pup is just a pup. “We can take them to the lake, so you can see their tricks,” says Tex.

At the lake, Tex grabs a stick. “Here, Buck!” he yells. Tex chucks the stick in the lake. Buck runs to the end of the dock and jumps. Splash! Buck swims to the stick and brings it back.

“Can Pup jump?” Jen asks.

“Well,” Tex says, “he can swim, but he has not made a jump yet. Let us see if we can get him to jump.” Tex takes a stick and chucks it on the land. Pup runs and gets it. Tex pats him on the back. Next, Tex takes a stick and chucks it in the lake. The dogs run off, but Pup skids to a stop at the end of the dock. Buck jumps in and gets the stick.

“This time,” Tex says, “keep a hand on Buck and see if Pup will jump.” Gran grabs Buck and hugs him. Tex chucks the stick in the lake. This time, Pup runs and makes the jump. Splash! Josh and Jen cheer and clap. Pup pops up and swims back to the land. But what has he got in his teeth?

“Is that the stick?” Josh asks.
     
“No!” yells Jen. “Pup has a fish!”

     
     
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Gran

 

Lesson 25 – Part Five  

   
NEW WORDS: Rex, creek, gulch, heck, lined, mile, nope, rags, slings, speeds, tires, track, trench, wax, weeks, wipes
   
    

Tex and Rex
   
Josh and Jen see a man in the den. The man has a black hat. “Tex!” says Jen. The kids smile and wave. The man waves back. “We were at the creek!” Jen yells. The man just smiles.

“There were deer tracks at the creek!” Josh yells. The man nods, but then he runs off.

“Gran,” Jen asks, “is Tex mad at us?”

“Mad?” Gran asks. “Why?”

“He seems odd,” says Jen. “I said we went to the creek, and he just smiled.”

“And I said there were deer tracks at the creek, and all he did was nod,” says Josh.

“It was Tex, but he did not act like Tex,” says Jen.

Just then, Gran grins. “We need to take a trip to the shed,” she says. When Gran and the kids get to the shed, they see Tex. Then they see the man in the black hat.

Jen stares at Tex and says, “If you are Tex, then who is that?”

“Kids,” says Gran with a big smile, “meet Rex. Rex and Tex are twins!”

   
   

Gran’s Mud Run
   
Gran, Tex, and the kids are at a track. Gran is all set to drive in a Mud Run. Three trucks are lined up side by side. A man waves a flag and the trucks take off. Gran is fast. She drives past the red truck and the black truck. She spins the tires and slings lots of mud on the black truck. Splat! Josh and Jen cheer.

Gran drives five laps. Then she gets stuck in deep mud. The red truck speeds by. Then the black one zips past. Gran rocks the truck. It hops from the trench. Gran steps on the gas. With three laps left, she zips past the black truck. With one lap left, Gran is just in back of the red truck. The red truck slings lots of mud on Gran’s truck. Gran can not see much, but she steps on the gas.

The red truck and Gran’s green truck cross the line side by side. Gran hops from the truck and yells, “Did I win?”

“Yes!” the kids yell.

Gran wipes off some mud and asks, “What is my prize?” A man runs up with the prize. He hands Gran a tire brush, a big box of rags, and some truck wax. “Just what I need!” says Gran.

   
    

Gran’s Trip Home
   
Gran hugs Josh and Jen. “Tex will take you kids back in his truck,” she says.

“Will you take a bus?” Jen asks.

Nope,” says Gran. Gran waves a map. “This will get me home,” she says.

“See here?” she says. “We are here. I will ride my bike to Three Mile Gulch, which is here on my map. It will take me a week to get there.”

“A week!” says Josh.

Gran nods. “I will use my rope to cross the gulch,” Gran says. “Then I will hike up to Pine Hill. It’s just nine miles.”

“Nine miles!” says Josh.

“Then I will be close to home,” says Gran. “It is just ten miles from Pine Hill to my home.”

“Ten miles!” says Jen.

“You kids have got one heck of a Gran!” says Tex.

As Gran sets off, the kids wave. Gran waves back. “See you in six weeks!” she yells.

   
    
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WEEK NINE PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
        

From Singing-Time
   

I wake in the morning early.

   
  
From A Smug Pug
   

My pug gave me a hug for what I had dug!

   
   
From Peter Rabbit
   

“And take care! I’ve got to go out. I need to buy some things for us.”

   

He ate some greens. Then some French beans.

      

He saw Peter. He jumped up! He ran after him! He waved a rake.

   

He did not know the way back to the gate.

   

Mr. Gregg came near to the bunny, fast.

   

He wished to be safe and sound. No more Mr. Gregg to scare him!

   

Peter got down. He did not make a sound.

   

He slipped past the gate. And he was safe.

      

She made some sweet tea to calm him. She gave him a dose of it.

   

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”     
   

Activity 20) Long-vowel  –> single consonant –> silent-E, 3- & 4-letter words, Long-A repeated exposure:

   

Abe Lincoln is thought by many to be the U.S.’s best president ever.

    

Try this ale and tell me if you like its taste.

    

That monkey is a member of the ape family.

   

I ate more than I should have at dinner.

   

After that hard exercise, I ache in every corner of my body!

      

Gorillas, monkeys, and orangutans are all apes.

      

That new young man who we just hired is still a babe in the woods.

     

After we shook hands, I bade Mr. Jones godd-bye.

     

Should I bake chocolate chip or oatmeal raisin cookies?

       

That’s a funny looking cow by that bale of hay.

   

Our yappy dog is the bane of my existence.

   

The pinch hitter was thrown out at first base.

   

Mom’s baking an angel food cake for my birthday.

   

Dad, Sally came over to play this afternoon.

     

I love candy cane flavored ice cream.

   

Why do so many superheroes wear a cape?

    

I bought a case of cat food at the vet today.

     

Nothing spooks me more than going into a dark cave.

    

The traveler went on a long journey over hill and dale.

    

When the monarch of England honors a woman with a knighthood, this person is called a “Dame.”

    

If you are from the country of Denmark, you are called a “Dane.”

     

Mark this date for the concert on the calendar.

   

That man walked away from the car crash unharmed, but he was clearly in a daze.

    

The sun is about to fade away below the horizon.

     

I’m going to fake a handoff to the halfback and then throw to the tight end.

    

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
      

Mom called and said that she’s having a good day at work.

    

That boy has such a kind heart.

     

The heat from the sun feels good on this cold day.

   

This box is too heavy for me to lift on my own.

    

He fixed that all by himself.

   

Hold my hand while we cross the street.

   

That horse just let out a loud “NEIGH!”

     

We’ll need to leave in an hour.

   

The trip will take four hours.

   

There must be a hundred frogs in that pond.

   

I hurt my wrist when I played ball.

     

I think that’s a great idea!

    

It’s important to do this just like I tell you to.

   

Watch out, if you give him an inch, he’ll take a mile!

     

We’ll all make the team, including Joe.

   

    

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WEEK TEN    

WEEK TEN READING PASSAGES    

       

Lesson 26 – Poems And Rhymes

   
NEW WORDS: Belle, blade, cart, dame’s, drinks, irons, lame, maids, milks, o’clock, pound, pours, sleds, smelt, squeeze, tame, tick, tock
   
   

To Sled
   
There were two young boys,
At play in the snow.
They took their small sleds,
And they slid to and fro.

   
   

Boy On The Hay
   
There was a young boy,
Went in to a barn,
And lay down on some hay.

A calf came out,
And smelt like a trout,
And the young boy would not stay.

   
   

An Old Maid
   
There was an old maid,
Lived ‘neath a hill.
And if she’s not gone,
She lives there still.

   
   

True
   
I had a small dog,
And his name was True.
He showed me a hole,
In the crack of the fence.
And that’s just the crack,
Where the pig went through!

   
   

Mr. Bird At Church
   
When Mrs. Bird wants Mr. Bird,
To get dressed up for church,
She puts starch on his black pants,
And she irons his best white shirt.

   
   

What They Say
 
What does the drum say?
“Rub-a-dub-dub!
Rub-a-dub!
Rub-a-dub!
Pound it hard, Bub!
Make as much noise as you think you can.
Rub-a-dub!
Rub-a-dub!
Go at it, my man!”

   
Poem by Mary Mapes Dodge
   
     

The Boy Who Made Hay
   
The boy goes to the field and takes his blade.
And what will you do with the blade?
Cut the grass.
And what will you do with the grass?
Make it in to hay.
And what will you do with the hay?
Feed it to the cow?
And what will you do with the cow?
Milk her.
And what will you do with the milk?
Give it to the child.
And what will you do with the child?
Hug him and squeeze him!
And hug him and squeeze him!

   
    

Three Old Maids
   
Three old maids, to skate they went,
To skate they went, to skate they went.
Three old maids, to skate they went,
At sun-up in the morn.

The ice was thin, they all fell in,
They all fell in, they all fell in.
The ice was thin, they all fell in,
At sun-up in the morn.

Who shall we get to pull them out?
To pull them out, to pull them out.
Who shall we get to pull them out,
At sun-up in the morn?

Big John Jones shall pull them out,
Shall pull them out, shall pull them out.
Big John Jones shall pull them out,
At sun-up in the morn.

   
   

May-Belle Milks The Cow
   
Ticktock, five o’clock
May-Belle milks the cow.
May-Belle milks as fast as she can,
As fast as she can, can, can.

Tick-tock, six o’clock!
May-Belle pours the milk.
May-Belle pours the milk in the pan,
The milk in the pan, pan, pan.

Tick-tock, seven o’clock!
The milk is in the cart.
And the horse pulls the cart on the road,
The cart on the road, road, road.

Tick-tock, eight o’clock!
The wee child drinks his milk.
He drinks down each small drop, drop, drop.
He drinks down each small drop.

    
    

Lame Crane
    
My dame had a lame, tame crane,
Oh, my dame had a lame, tame crane.
Pray, sweet Jane, let my
Dame’s lame tame crane,
Drink and come back home,
In the rain.

    
       
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Scott

      

Lesson 27 – Part One

   
NEW WORDS: Clive, Clive’s, Dave, Jade’s, Lee, Scott, Scott’s, chat, drips, dusk, grapes, hang, hike, jade, miles, sags, scrape, skate, skates, snake, sweep, wave, weeds
    
   

Scott and Lee
   
This is Scott Green. Scott is ten. Scott’s dad keeps a pig in a pen. Scott’s mom keeps three hens. Scott keeps a sheep. Lee the Sheep is Scott’s pet. Scott feeds Lee and rubs him on the back. Lee is a sweet sheep.
   
   
Red Ants
   
Lee the Sheep had a bad week last week. Red ants bit him on his legs and feet. Scott had to sweep the ants with his hand to get rid of them. Scott was mad at the ants. “Ants,” he said, “Lee is a sweet sheep. Feel free to munch on plants and weeds, but not on Lee!”

One of the ants said, “We feel bad. We will not munch on Lee. We will munch on plants and weeds.”

     
     

The Bees
   
The red ants left. But then the bees got Lee! The bees stung Lee on his cheek and on his feet. Scott ran up to help Lee. Then he went and had a chat with the bees. “Bees,” said Scott, “why sting Lee the Sheep? He is a sweet sheep.”

One bee said, “Bees will be bees.”

One bee said, “I must be me.”

Then Scott got mad. He said, “Sting the pig. Sting the hens! Sting the cat. Sting the dog. But let Lee be!” And the bees let Lee be.
   
   
Cake and Grapes
   
Scott got a cake to share with his pal Jade. Jade got a bunch of red grapes to share with Scott. Scott went to Jade’s and gave Jade the cake. Jade gave Scott the grapes. Then the kids sat and ate. Jade ate all of Scott’s cake. Scott ate all of Jade’s grapes.

   
  

Fun in the Sand
   
Scott is with Jade and Dave. The kids dig in the sand. They shape the sand. They make a sand man. A big wave hits. The kids can’t save their sand man from the wave. The sand man gets wet. He slumps. He sags. He drips. The sand man is a mess. But the kids are not sad. They run and splash in the waves.
   
   
Skates
   
Jade got skates when she was six. Scott just got his last week. He is scared to get up on his skates. “Is this safe?” Scott asks. “What if I trip and get a scrape? What if I hit a tree? What if I see a snake?”

“It is safe!” says Jade. “Just skate.” Jade helps Scott skate. Scott slips once. Then he gets the hang of it. “Jade,” he yells, “it’s fun to skate!”

   
   

A Fine Hike
    
Scott is on a hike with Clive and Clive’s dad. They hike three miles up a big hill. At the top of the hill, Clive’s dad says, “This is where we will camp.” He drops his pack on the grass. Scott and Clive help him set up the tent. At five, Scott and Clive hike to the lake to fish. They get five fish!

At dusk, the kids hike back to camp. Clive’s dad makes a fire. The kids munch on hot dogs. At nine, they get in their tent. They are all tired. They smile as they sleep.

    
     
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Scott

    

Lesson 28 – Part Two

   
NEW WORDS: Hope’s, belts, bike, click, froze, holes, nod, plane, plus, pride, rents, sale, sob, spice, strip, tire
   
    

The Bike Ride
   
Scott’s sis, Meg, likes to ride a bike. Once Meg went on a bike ride with Scott. Meg’s tire hit a rock, and she fell off the bike. Meg was brave. She did not yell. She did not sob. She got back on the bike. Then she said, “Let’s ride!”

“Meg,” Scott said, “I am glad my sis is so brave!” That made Meg smile with pride!
   
   
The Plane Ride
   
Scott’s dad rents a plane. He asks Scott and Meg to ride with him in the plane. The kids smile and nod. The kids get in the plane. They click on their belts. Then their dad takes off.

The plane picks up speed. By the time it gets to the end of the strip, it lifts up. The kids can see lots of things from the plane. “That’s Big Lake!” says Scott. “But it’s not so big from up here, is it? It seems like it’s just a frog pond!”

“What’s that?” Meg asks.

“That’s a truck,” says Scott.

“A truck?” says Meg. “But it’s the size of a dot!” Scott and Meg smile. It’s fun to ride in a plane.

     
   

The Gift
   
Scott and Meg’s mom is named Liz. She stops off at Hope’s Dress Shop. “Hope,” Liz says, “I need a doll’s dress. The dress on Meg’s doll has a bunch of holes in it.”

“Well,” says Hope, “here’s a dress. It’s a doll’s size, and it’s on sale.”

“This is just what I need!” says Liz. “It will fit Meg’s doll, and Meg likes green!” Hope drops the dress in a bag. Liz hands Hope cash. Hope hands the bag to Liz. Hope is glad. She has made a sale. Liz is glad, as well. She has a gift to take home to Meg.
   
   
The Sled Ride
   
“I’ll drive!” said Scott, as he sat on the sled.

Jade and Meg got on next. Dave was the last one on the sled. He sat in back. The sled slid off. It went fast. “Scott,” Jade said, “steer to the left! There’s a big stone there by the —”

Smack! The sled hit the stone. The kids fell off. Scott went to check on Jade. “Ug!” Jade said. “I feel like I broke all the bones in my leg!”

“Hop on the sled,” Scott said. “I will drag it home.”

Meg went to check on Dave. Dave said, “I froze my nose!”

“Hop on the sled with Jade,” said Meg. “Scott and I will drag it home.”

        
   

Scott’s Snack Stand
   
Scott has a snack stand. Last week, he rode his bike to a shop to get nuts to sell at his stand. He got three big bags of nuts. The nuts cost him a lot of cash. Scott slid the bags in his tote bag. Then he rode home. When he got home, he got his mom to help him make hot spice nuts on the stove top.

Then Scott set up his stand. “Hot spice nuts!” he said. “Get a bag of hot spice nuts! Just one buck!” A kid came by and got a bag of nuts. Then a man got a bag. Then the man’s wife got a bag. He made back the five he had spent on nuts, plus ten in cash!

   
        
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WEEK TEN PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
        

From The Girl In The Lane
   

The girl in the lane,
Who couldn’t speak plain,
Cried, “Gobble, gobble, gobble!”

  
  
From Makers
    

Grownup frogs make pollywogs,
But who made me?

   
   
From The Swallow
   

How I wish that you would try,
To take me with you,
As you fly.

   
   
From Dame Get Up And Bake Your Pies
    

Dame get up and bake your pies.
Bake your pies! Bake your pies!

   
 
Liza Jane
   

When I go a-courting,
I’ll go on the train.
When I go to marry,
I’ll marry Liza Jane!

   
   
From Bat, Bat
      

And when I bake,
I’ll give you a cake.

   
   
From Squirrel Nutkin
   

This is a tale. It’s about a tail.

    

The squirrel has a name. He’s “Nutkin.”

      

They live in the woods. They’re by a lake.

   

Then he dashed up the stair-case. He freed himself through the attic window.

   

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”     
    

Activity 20) Long-vowel  –> single consonant –> silent-E, 3- & 4-letter words, Long-A repeated exposure … continued:

   

The college grad went out into the world to seek fame and fortune for herself.

   

The prisoner of war wondered what his future fate would be.

         

That movie has always been a fave of mine.

         

You’re wasting your breath, because your insults will never faze me!

 

The new kid in class is named Gabe.

         

The tiny boat was being rocked back and forth by the strong gale.

       

Dad, I’m pleased to report that we won the game.

     

She couldn’t help but gape at the crocodile’s huge teeth.

     

Make sure that you shut the gate behind you.

    

She gave the homeless man ten dollars.

   

Don’t you just love to gaze up at the stars?

      

The fish called hake is closely related to cod.

   

He was a hale and hearty young sailor.

     

Hale Irwin was a successful golf pro from the mid-70s to the mid-80s.

    

I hate to have to eat beets.

   

There’s an ugly haze floating over the city.

    

Mom’s wearing her pretty jade brooch to the wedding.

    

My friend Jake plays the tuba in band class.

    

My aunt Jane coaches a women’s softball team.

   

Dad likes to jape about the crazy place where he works.

     

Did you know that kale is a very nutritious veggie?

      

I think that “Kane” is a very manly name.

   

Kate Hudson is one of my favorite actresses.

     

Please don’t lade yet another project on top of me!

    

Wow, what a crystal clear azure lake that is!
   
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
   

Let’s stop the boat to fish by that small island.

   

There are lots of new jobs at work.

   

I want to join the Air Force when I grow up.

   

It’s not well-known that bats are NOT blind.

   

Can you speak more than one language?

         

I think that I’ll be a tad bit late for our lunch date.

   

Mom screamed when she saw a wee mouse, and I had to laugh.

   

Lay that wreath on the floor by the white chair.

    

Lead us to where you found the bones in the cave.

   

It’s time for you to leave the house for school.

   

My right leg is sore from the tough hike.

   

Next time, I’ll put a bit less cream in my tea.

    

You got a letter from Gran in the mail.

    

I’ll let you check out this book on my library card.

   

Let’s head on; that line is way too long to wait in.

   

   

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WEEK ELEVEN    

WEEK ELEVEN READING PASSAGES    

       

Core Knowledge (R) Independent Reading 

       
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Scott

     

Lesson 29 – Part Three

   
NEW WORDS: Ling, cave, chimp, cracks, crane, cute, dips, flaps, frost, glides, ick, peeks, skiff, spins, steers, um, vests, waved, west, zone
   
    

In the Pet Shop
   
Scott is in a pet shop. He spots a chimp in a pen. The chimp hangs from a branch. Then he jumps up on a big red cube and grins at Scott. Scott sings a tune to the chimp. The chimp waves back. Scott likes the chimp, and the chimp seems to like him! “Mom,” Scott says, “this chimp is so cute. He got up on his cube and waved at me! Can I take him home?”

“No,” says his mom. “My home is a chimp-free zone.”

Scott stares at the chimp. His mom can see that he is sad, so she tells him he can get a fish. Scott is so sad he can’t take the chimp home, but he is glad he gets to take a fish home.

   
   

Scott Bakes a Cake
   
Scott’s mom bakes cakes with Meg. “Scott,” she says, “you can help us with this cake, if you like.”

Scott shrugs. “Well,” he says, “if you can use my help, I will help.”

“It will be fun,” says his mom. “You can crack the eggs.”

Scott cracks three eggs and drops them in the dish. Scott asks if he can mix up the eggs. Then he asks if he can add in the cake mix. “Well,” his mom says, “if you add the cake mix, then Meg gets to frost the cake.”

“Can I help Meg frost it?” Scott asks. Mom and Meg smile.

Meg says, “See, Scott. It’s fun to bake a cake!”

   
   

The Cave
   
Scott and Jade are on a hike. Jade spots a cave and peeks in. “Are there bats in there?” Scott asks.

“I can’t tell,” Jade says, “but I hope so! I like bats!”

Ick!” says Scott. “Bats are not cute.”

Scott and Jade step in the cave. Jade yells, “Bats, where are you? Wake up!”

Scott says, “Let the bats sleep.” Just then a bat glides up. It flaps its wings. It dips and spins. Jade stares at the bat and smiles. Scott ducks and yells, “Hide! A bat!”

   
   

The Skiff Ride
    
“Let’s take a ride in my skiff,” says Scott.

“What’s a skiff?” asks Ling.

Um, it’s like a ship,” says Scott, “but not so big.” The kids run to the dock. They can swim well, but, to be safe, they slip on life vests.

Scott and Ling get in the skiff. Scott steers the skiff. He steers it to the west side of the lake. The skiff glides in the wind. Ling spots lots of fun things. “I see ducks by that pine tree!” she yells.

“Is that a fish?” Scott asks.

“There’s a crane!” Ling adds. She says, “Scott, this is so much fun!”

   
     
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Core Knowledge (R) Independent Reading 

       
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Scott

 

Lesson 30 – Part Four

   
NEW WORDS: Mike, Mike’s, cheers, eeeeeeeeeeeeeeee, fangs, fumes, gate, glade, glares, grove, kites, lump, sleeps, sock, speck, test, trade, trades, twig, vote, wakes 
   
    

Lunch Trades
   
Dave checks his lunch bag. “No!” he fumes. “It’s ham. I ate ham all week! Will you trade, Ling?”

“I’ll trade my hot dog,” Ling says, “but not my chips. Will you trade your lunch, Scott?”

“I will trade,” Scott says, “but you will not like what Mom gave me.”

“Why?” asks Ling. “What’s in your bag?”

“A fish bone, a lump of fat, and a wet sock,” says Scott.

“No to all of those!” says Ling.

“Ug!” says Dave. “No trade!”

As Ling and Dave trade, Scott keeps his bag. He does not tell Ling and Dave what he has in his bag. He has chips, ham, a bun, and a bunch of red grapes. Scott likes all of the things in his bag. He will not trade them.

   
   

Mike’s Tale
   
The kids sat by a fire. “Let’s all tell tales,” said Ling. “Then we can vote on which tale is the best!”

“Let me tell mine!” Mike said. “My tale will scare you.”
 
“No!” said Dave, “You can’t scare me!”

“Well,” said Mike, “we will see!”

“There’s a Grump,” Mike said, “that makes its home close to this spot. It’s big. It has long fangs. It sleeps when the sun is up and wakes when the sun sets. The Grump can smell kids. It likes to grab them and …”

Just then, there was a snap. “What was that?” Dave said.

“It was just a twig,” Ling said.

“But what made it snap like that?” said Dave. Dave was scared.
     
EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE!” he said. “IT’S THE GRUMP! RUN! RUN FROM THE GRUMP!”

Dave got up to run, but Ling said, “It’s not the Grump! It’s just Meg!”

   
   

Green Grove Glade
    
Dave and Scott hike to Green Grove Glade with their moms and dads. They stop at the gate and a man says, “Moms and dads, rest here, where you can see your kids as they run, jump, and slide.” Scott and Dave are glad this is a spot for kids. They are glad their moms and dads are close, if they get tired.

The kids swing on the swings. They slide on the slides. They ride on the rides. When they get tired, they get their moms and dads and hike back to their homes.

“Was it fun, Scott?” his mom asks when they get home. Scott nods and smiles. “What was it like?” she asks.

Scott grins and quips, “It was fun, Mom! Green Grove Glade is a fun spot for kids!”

   
   

The Boss
   
“Meg,” Scott says, “when Mom and Dad are on their trip, I will be the boss here.”

“You are not the boss of me!” says Meg.

“I’m the boss!” says Scott.

“You are not!” says Meg.

Scott glares at Meg. Meg glares back at him. Just then Mom steps in and taps Scott on the back. “Scott,” she says, “meet Jen. Jen will be the boss till Dad and I get back.”

“Meg’s boss?” Scott asks.

“Meg’s boss AND Scott’s boss,” his mom says.

“Rats!” says Scott. “When will I get to be the boss?”

   
   

The King of Kites
   
“What’s that?” Dave asks.

“It’s a kite I made,” says Scott.

“Can I help you test it?” Dave asks.

“Yes,” says Scott.

The kids take the kite close to the lake to test it. Scott grabs the string. Then he runs as fast as he can. The wind grabs Scott’s kite. The kite zips up. It rides on the wind. It shines in the sun. The wind lifts it up till it is just a speck. Dave cheers. “Scott,” he yells, “you are the man! That kite you made is the best kite of all time! You are the King of Kites!”

   
       
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Lesson 31 – Poems And Rhymes

   
NEW WORDS: branch, curl, diet, eels, faint, faraway, fighting, gravel, joggles, katydid, lion, moan, mouselings, nickel, pardon, parts, patch, pickle, pizza, places, porcupine, pretend, prickle, pumpernickel, quivery, river, scratch, sheet, shiver, shows, sliver, snack, sneeze, sort, sour, squeal, squirm, starts, suppress, tickle, tickles, tucked, tummy, unicorn, wrinkle, yourself
    
    

Open House
   
If I were a tree,
I’d want to see,
A bird with a song,
On a branch of me.

I’d want a quick
Little squirrel to run
Up and down
And around, for fun.

I’d want the cub
Of a bear to call,
A porcupine, big,
And a tree-toad, small.

I’d want a katydid,
Out of sight,
On one of my leaves,
To sing at night.

And down by my roots,
I’d want a mouse,
With six little mouselings,
In her house.

    
Poem by Aileen Fisher
    
     

The Lion And The Unicorn
   
The Lion and the Unicorn,
Were fighting for the crown,
The Lion beat the Unicorn,
All around the town.

Some gave them white bread,
And some gave them brown,
Some gave them plum-cake,
And sent them out of town.

   
   

Pretending
   
When you are in bed,
And it’s cold outside,
Do you ever pretend,
That you have to hide?

Do you curl up your toes?
Do you wrinkle your nose?
Do you make yourself little,
So none of you shows?

Do you pull the sheet,
Over the whole of your face,
And pretend you are in
Some faraway place?

Mother thinks you are sleeping,
But she does not know,
That all tucked in your bed,
You have places to go.

   
Poem by Bobbi Katz
   
     

A Strange Old Woman
   
There was an old woman,
And what do you think?
She lived upon nothing,
But snack food and drink.

Snack foods and drink,
The chief parts of her diet,
And yet this old woman,
Could never be quiet!

   
   
Three Tickles
   
Pizza, Pickle,
Pumpernickel,
My little guy
Shall have a tickle.

One for his nose,
And one for his toes,
And one for his tummy,
Where the hot dog goes.

   
Poem by Dennis Lee
   
    

Five Little Chickens
   
Said the first little chicken,
With a queer little squirm,
“I wish I could find
A fat little worm.”

Said the next little chicken,
With an odd little shrug,
“I wish I could find
A fat little slug.”

Said the third little chicken,
With a sharp little squeal,
“I wish I could find
Some nice yellow meal.”

Said the fourth little chicken,
With a small sigh of grief,
“I wish I could find
A little green leaf.”

Said the fifth little chicken,
With a faint little moan,
“I wish I could find
A wee gravel stone.”

“Now, see here,” said the mother,
From the green garden patch,
“If you want your breakfast,
Just come here and scratch.”

   
    

Sneeze
   
There’s a sort of tickle,
The size of a nickel,
A bit like the prickle,
Of sweet-sour pickle.
It’s a quivery shiver,
The shape of a sliver,
Like eels in a river.
A kind of a wiggle,
That starts as a jiggle,
And joggles its way to a tease,
Which I cannot suppress any longer,
I guess,
So pardon me,
Please,
While I sneeze.

   
Poem by Maxine Kumin
     
     
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WEEK ELEVEN PHONICS READ-ALONGS

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #1, ABOVE READING PASSAGES
   
   
        

From Gran
   

“Sweet!” says Josh. “Wong is a snake!”

   

Just then, Wong peeks up from a big vase. “There he is!” says Josh.

   

Jen lines up in lane five. Josh lines up in lane six.

   

“Gran,” Jen asks, “what is that?”

“This is a tape deck,” Gran says.

   

The camp site is close to a cave. Gran and the kids peek in the cave.

   

“Tex!” says Jen. The kids smile and wave. The man waves back.

    
    
From True
   

I had a small dog,
And his name was True.

   
    
From Three Old Maids
   

Three old maids, to skate they went,
At sun-up in the morn.

   
   
From Lame Crane
   

My dame had a lame, tame crane.

   
  
From Scott
   

Jade ate all of Scott’s cake. Scott ate all of Jade’s grapes.

 

“It is safe!” says Jade. “Just skate.”

    

At dusk, the kids hike back to camp. Clive’s dad makes a fire.

   

Meg was brave. She did not yell. She did not sob.

   

“Well,” says Hope, “here’s a dress. It’s a doll’s size, and it’s on sale.”

   

Jade and Meg got on next. Dave was the last one on the sled.

   

“I’ll trade my hot dog,” Ling says, “but not my chips.”

   

FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #2, “SCOPE AND SEQUENCE”

    

Activity 20) Long-vowel  –> single consonant –> silent-E, 3- & 4-letter words, Long-A repeated exposure … continued:

   

That poor dog is lame and can’t move very quickly.

       

She rode her bike down a shady lane.

    

Don’t be late for your job interview!

    

Mom’s going to lave these filthy clothes.

      

Don’t you just love to laze around on a warm spring day?

     

Their mom said, “Boys, I made some toll house cookies for you.”

     

I can’t make any sense out of this author’s poetry.

   

Is this kitten male or female?

    

Look at how thick that lion’s mane is!

    

In Australia, you might call your friend your “mate.”

    

I built a little maze on the rug for our pet white rat.

   

I’m sorry, what is your name, again?

   

A mama cat may pick up a kitten by the nape of their neck.

   

Have you ever read any of the “Nate the Great” children’s books?

     

The bride walked slowly down the nave of the church.

   

You look mighty pale; are you feeling poorly?

       

A bird slammed into the pane of our kitchen window.

       

A bird pooped on the pate of my head.

    

I wish that they would pave this blasted dirt road!

   

Son, can you please help me rake the yard?

   

I wonder how Rotten Tomatoes will rate the new Avengers movie.

     

So, I hear that the new movie got rave reviews!

     

They are finally going to raze that dilapidated old building at 2nd and Market street.

    

It’s been long enough since you ate lunch, so it’s safe to get back in the pool.

     

My Granny used to say to me, “For heaven’s sake, child, why did you do that?”

      
FROM AOCR PHONICS ACTIVITY #3, “MOST FREQUENT WORDS”
   

There is the list of things that I need at the store.

     

Listen to this cool new song.

   

Look at that cat crouch low to the ground.

   

Click on that green dot to turn on the machine.

   

Make sure that you mail this card to your aunt.

   

There’s a great new gift shop on Main Street.