Finding Jenny’s House
Reading Comprehension Activity

When Finn makes a new friend at school, he can’t wait to have a play date. But first he’ll have to find her house. This story includes the following Dolch sight words: right, around, first, house, and street. Students will read the passage and answer follow-up questions about character and other story elements.

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On the first day of school, Finn made a new friend. Jenny was tall and had two long, blond braids. She also had freckles on her nose. Jenny was new at Jefferson School, and her desk was next to Finn’s because their last names both started with the letter R.

Jenny had a tummy ache after lunch, but she wasn’t sure how to get to the nurse’s office. Finn walked her there. As they walked, they talked about video games and books. They liked all the same things.

By the end of the day, Finn and Jenny were friends.

“Want to come over to play after school?” asked Jenny. Finn used his phone to call his mom. She said yes, so Finn and Jenny left the school playground and headed down Elm Street.

They walked past the old t-shirt factory and to the corner where the fire station was. Jenny paused. “I’m not sure which way to turn,” she said. Her cheeks turned red. “This is my first time walking back to our new house,” she said. She looked like she might cry.

“It’s okay,” said Finn. “I’ve lived here my whole life. I know every street. Did you walk past a playground or a doctor’s office when you walked to school this morning?”

Jenny thought. “I know there wasn’t a playground, but I’m not sure if there was a doctor’s office or not,” she said. “What does that look like?”

“It’s a brick building with a big rock right in the front yard,” Finn said.

“Yes!” said Jenny. So, Finn told Jenny they should turn right onto Sixth Street.

They passed the doctor’s office with the big rock and kept walking until the got to the next crossing guard. “I remember this!” said Jenny. When they crossed the street, Jenny turned left. Finn followed. In another two blocks. Jenny ran up the stairs of a yellow brick house.

“Welcome to my new house!” said Jenny. “And thank you so much for helping me find it.”

“You’re welcome,” said Finn. “That’s what friends are for!”

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