In the following FREE short vowel reading passages, beginners can practice sound-by-sound reading strategies.
In the following story “What’s in the Grass?” kids can practice reading short vowel words while slowly acclimating to consonant blends. Click the link below to print the pdf:
What are the sight words in “What’s in the Grass?”?
The sight words in “What’s in the Grass?” are: the, to, what, there, said.
Turns out, there’s quite a lot in the grass!
After you and your student read “What’s in the Grass?” you can go outside and explore the grass. There’s more in the grass than we realize. In one teaspoon of dirt, there can be a billion microbes, about the number of people there are in India.
“Every surface; every bit of air; every bit of water in your home is alive,” says Rob Dunn, a professor of applied ecology at North Carolina State University.
In our backyards, we can also find insects, of course. Rob Dunn in Never Home Alone says we can even discover new species if we search long enough, and it may not even be that hard. Kids have discovered new species of ants and other insects by exploring their local grass.
After searching outside, your student can draw the species he saw in the grass.