Playful Puppies
Reading Comprehension Activity

Author: RV Staff Writer J.C.

When Ava leaves her room, she has no idea what fun her toy puppies have when they are alone! This passage includes 40 Dolch Pre-primer vocabulary words. Students will read the passage and answer comprehension questions.

Topic(s): Science Fiction / Fantasy. Skill(s): Summary. Genre(s): Prose

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As soon as Ava left her bedroom, something funny happened. The big basket of toys in her room moved! It fell over. Out spilled one stuffed puppy dog, then two, then three! One dog was blue, the second was red, and the third puppy was yellow.

They wagged their tails and barked. They were happy to be out of the basket. The little toy puppies wanted to run and play!

“Where can we go?” asked the blue puppy.

“Come here!” said the red puppy. It ran under Ava’s bed. The other puppies ran, too.

“It is dark in here,” said the yellow pup. “I cannot see very well!”

“Look at this!” said the blue puppy.

“What did you find?” asked the red dog.

The blue puppy found a pink ball. He pushed it. The ball rolled away. The puppies chased it around the room. This was fun! When the ball rolled under the bed again, the puppies did not want to get it.

“Look at me!” said the yellow puppy. “See what I can do! I can jump up so high!” The two other puppies looked. The yellow puppy had jumped up onto Ava’s bed.

“That is a big jump,” said the red pup. “I don’t know if I can make it. I am little. Can you please help me jump up?”

“I will help you,” said the blue puppy. “Hop on my back. That will make it easy for you to get up.” The red dog hopped on top of the blue dog. Then he jumped onto the bed and barked happily.

The blue puppy was next. He ran and made a big jump. The other dogs grabbed him by his ears and helped pull him up. “Thank you!” said the blue puppy. The three dogs all sat down together on Ava’s pillow.

The blue puppy said, “How will we get down?”

Ava came back to her room. When she opened the door, she saw the three puppies sitting on her bed. “How did they get there?” she said. But, of course, the toy puppies did not answer!

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