Part II: Comprehension
1. On page 15, Sarah has a calendar in her bed. What is the most likely reason one of the dates is circled in
That date shows the first day of the new school year.
That date shows Sarah's birthday.
That date shows the first day of fall.
That date shows an important doctor appointment.
2. In the beginning of the story, Sarah says "I'm not going" when Mr. Hartwell reminded her it
was time to go to school. Why do you think Sarah did not want to go to school?
Sarah probably did not want to go to school because she was nervous.
3. What is the root word of chuckled?
4. List one reason discussed in the text why Sarah did not want to go to school:
Sarah did not want to go to school because she didn't know anybody
5. In the text it says, "I'll see you downstairs in five minutes." Downstairs is an example of…
a compound word
6. In the text it says, "Sarah tumbled out of bed. She stumbled into the bathroom. She
fumbled into her clothes. "My head hurts," she moaned as she trudged into the kitchen."
Write the root word for the following boldtyped words. When you are done, write the suffix
used for each of these words:
Word Root Suffix
tumbled tumble d
stumbled stumble d
fumbled fumble d
moaned moan ed
trudged trudge d
7. When they arrived at school, the text says, "Sarah slumped down in her seat." Slumped most likely
to jump down
to fall asleep
to spring up
to slide down
8. Why do you think Sarah "slumped down in her seat"?
Sarah slumped down in her seat so that nobody would be able to see her.
9. Which of the following words is not a compound word?
10. In the following boxes, List some reasons why a student and a teacher might be nervous on the first day of
Part III: Compare and Contrast: In the following grid, you will be comparing activities that students
and teachers do before, during, and after a normal school day. List the kinds of activities that you do
before, during, and after the school day. Next, write what you think teachers have to do before, during,
and after the school day. When you have completed that, list any
What kinds of activities What kinds of activities What kinds of
do you think students do you think students activities do you think
and teachers do before and teachers do during students and teachers
the school day? the school day? do after the school day?
Part IV: Fluency Practice: Follow the four-step fluency practice steps:
1. Read the following excerpt from the text to your teacher. You must focus on pronouncing each word
correctly. Take your time and do a great job. Your teacher will then discuss any words that may have been
difficult for you. Record your time in the space provided.
2. Read the following excerpt from the text to yourself. Record your second time in the space provided. Ask
yourself: Do I understand what happened in the text?
3. Read the following excerpt from the text to a classmate. Record your third time in the space provided. Ask
yourself: Is my fluency speed improving?
4. Read the following excerpt from the text to a parent or sibling. Record your fourth time in the space
provided. Have them sign in the space provided. This will let your teacher know that you completed the fourth
step of your fluency practice.
Fluency Goal: Your fluency goal for this excerpt is to cut your time in half from your first reading to your
fourth reading. If you do not complete your goal, you need to continue reading this excerpt until you
accomplish that goal. When you have reached your goal, write down the main idea (one sentence) of your
excerpt on the line provided. You will read this excerpt to your teacher one final time.
"What will everyone think if you aren't there? We told them you were
"They will think that I am lucky and they will wish that they were at
home in bed like me."
Mr. Hartwell sighed. "Sarah Jane Hartwell, I'm not playing this silly
game one second longer. I'll see you downstairs in five minutes."
Sarah tumbled out of bed. She stumbled into the bathroom. She fumbled
into her clothes.
"My head hurts," she moaned as she trudged into the kitchen.
Mr. Hartwell handed Sarah a piece of toast and her lunchbox.
They walked to the car. Sarah's hands were cold and clammy.
They drove down the street.
She couldn't breathe.
And then they were there.
First Read:__________ Second Read:__________ Third Read:__________ Fourth Read:__________