Samantha at bat

Words: 401-500

Skills: Summary Theme

Grades: 3rd 4th

Topics: Science Fiction / Fantasy

Genres: Prose

Lexile Range: 420L - 730L

Lexile Measure: 600L

CCSS: Reading: Literature

Themes:

Samantha at Bat


Samantha found a magical stone that grants wishes. She has helped two people so far and now wants to help herself. She’s never hit a home run. She wants to know what it feels like. But will the rock work for her own personal desires? The student will read the passage and answer questions on the theme and the story details.

Reading Comprehension Passage

Samantha at Bat

Samantha looked at the pitcher. She dug her heels in the dirt and wiggled a bit to get in a comfortable position. She bent her knees and raised the bat to her shoulder. Then she dug in a little more. SWING!

“Strike two!” The umpire took the ball from the catcher, glanced over it and threw it to the pitcher.

Samantha positioned herself again. She turned her head slightly and looked over at the coach who nodded back and winked. Samantha kicked the bat to loosen the dirt from her cleats.

Then she stuck her hand in her pocket. She grabbed the stone she found in the Sedona Mountains on last summer’s family vacation. She held it in her hand and whispered, “I’m going to get a home run.”

Ever since she found that white stone, she knew it was special. When her friend Jan needed help with bullies, Samantha held the stone and said she’d stop the bullies. She did. Then when her sister lost the ring their grandmother gave her, Samantha held the stone and said she’d find it for her. She did.

Samantha only used the stone those two times. Both times it was to help others. This day though, she wanted to know what it felt like to get a home run.

She dug her heels in again, settled in position, and lifted the bat to her shoulder.

“Go for it Sammy!"  yelled her big brother, Luke. “Give it all you’ve got!”

The pitcher squinted and drew his arm back.

I’m gonna hit a home run. I’m gonna hit a home run. I’m gonna.

The ball sped toward her like a torpedo out of its tube. She swung the bat . . . there was a loud CRACK.

The crowd roared, “Run!”

Samantha watched the ball soar above the outfield and over the fence. Dazed, she looked at Luke. “Sammy! RUUUNNNN!”

Samantha dropped the bat. She flew toward first base. Then second base. Then third base. Then she slowed down to a run. She heard the audience cheering. She saw her brother standing on top of his chair, waving and yelling.

A smile spread across Samantha’ face. She danced onto home plate. She hit the winning home run. Her teammates all hi-fived her.

As Samantha walked to the locker room, she felt the stone jiggle. She shoved her hand in her pocket and took it out. It was bright red and getting hotter and hotter. She dropped it to the ground.

“Okay, okay, I get it,” she said as she tightened her lips.

The stone turned white again, and Samantha picked it up. She shoved it back in her pocket. “I’ll hit a home run again, but next time it’ll be on my own.”

Passage Only

Reading Comprehension Questions

1. Where did Samantha find the rock?



2. What made Samantha believe the rock was special?



3. What did Samantha want the rock to do for her during the game?



4. Why do you think the rock turned red?

Vocabulary List

Vocabulary List

Each of the vocabulary words below are used in the reading passage. As you read the passage, pay attention to context clues that suggest the word’s meaning.

  1. glanced
  2. positioned
  3. squinted
  4. dazed
  5. jiggle

Context Clues

Context Clues

Using context clues from the sentences in the passage, underline the correct meaning of the word in boldface.

1) “The umpire took the ball from the catcher, glanced over it and threw it to the pitcher”

a. rubbed; stroked     b. blew or puffed     c. leaned or bent     d. looked quickly; glimpsed

2) “Samantha positioned herself again”

a. controlled; curbed     b. settled; put in place     c. groomed or cleaned     d. congratulated or praised

3) “The pitcher squinted and drew his arm back”

a.narrowed eyes; look intensely     b. spit or drooled     c. yelped; cried     d. signaled

4) “Dazed, she looked at Luke”

a. overjoyed; thrilled     b. stunned or bewildered     c. angered; outraged     d. injured or hurt

5) “she felt the stone jiggle

a. laugh or chuckle     b. heat up; become hot     c. shrink; reduce     d. shake or wiggle