Words: 301-400

Skills: Story Elements Summary

Grades: K 1st

Topics: Realistic Fiction

Genres: Prose

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CCSS: Reading: Literature



by Elizabeth Trach

Elena loves school, but she also loves to play with her little sister at home. She has never had a homework assignment before — until today. How will she cope? Students will read the passage and answer follow-up questions about on the story details and the plot.

Reading Comprehension Passage


by Elizabeth Trach

Elena loved school. She woke up early every morning and ate her breakfast quickly so she would never be late. Kindergarten was fun!

Elena also loved to play with her baby sister after school. Maria slept late because she was little, so Elena had to wait until the afternoon to see her. After school, Elena and Maria had a snack together. Then Elena would put on a puppet show for Maria. Sometimes they would look at books or play with blocks. If it was a sunny day, the two sisters would take a walk outside with Mami.

One day, Mr. Chang said to the class, "Today is a special day. We will have our first homework assignment."

All of the students sat up. Elena raised her hand. "What is homework?"

"Homework is work that you do at home. I will give you a paper with questions on it, and you will write the answers at home. Bring it back tomorrow and we will talk about the right answers together," answered Mr. Chang.

Elena took the paper. It had five math problems on it. It looked like the same numbers they were practicing in class, but Elena felt nervous. She had never had homework before. What if it took all day to finish, and she couldn't play with Maria before bedtime?

When Elena got home, Mami saw that she was frowning. "What's wrong, Elena?"

"I have homework. I don't like it!" Elena cried.

"Let's look at the problems together," Mami said.

Elena took out her worksheet and a pencil. She answered the first two math problems quickly.

"That didn't take too long," Mami said. "I'll bring you a snack while you finish the rest. Maria is still asleep, so you will be able to play together soon."

Elena worked on her numbers. She used her fingers to count when the numbers got too big. Before she knew it, all the problems on the paper were done.

Mami brought Maria to the table for her snack. Elena was happy to be able to play. Her first homework was done, and she still had time to spend with her sister.

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1.  What do Elena and Maria do together after school?

2. What is Elena's first homework assignment about?

3. At first, Elena doesn't like her homework. Why doesn't she like it?

4. Do you like homework? Why or why not?

Sight Words

This passage includes words that students should learn to recognize on sight. We've highlighted 12 of these words below, from the Dolch sight word list for Pre-K through 1st, 2nd and/or 3rd grade. Tip: Read through the passage once with your student. Read a second time, but pause on the sight word and ask your student to say the word.

Sight Word List

  1. big
  2. have
  3. saw
  4. soon
  5. too
  6. every
  7. after
  8. five
  9. before
  10. about
  11. bring
  12. day

Flash Cards

Print and cut-out the flash cards below. Show each sight word to your student and ask them to say the word.