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First Day in Second Grade
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 2
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.35

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    tears, arms, return, shoulder, obey, also, behave, move, year, second, share, still, name, understand, watch, other
     content words:    Miss Tibbits, Would Casey, Miss Bunney, Had Miss Tibbits


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First Day in Second Grade
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Jamahl dragged his feet. He was going to his new classroom. His second grade teacher would be there. He hoped his friends from first grade would be there. He was glad that his first grade teacher would not be there. Jamahl had not been happy in first grade. Would second grade be better?
 
2     Miss Tibbits had been his teacher last year. She said that he talked too much. She said that he ran too much. She said that he did not behave well at all. She did not understand that if he sat still, he would pop! He wanted to obey, but it was so hard! She had made him miss recess many times. He had to sit on the wall and watch the other children play. It hurt his feelings. It made him feel bad. He needed to run, jump, and play. Sitting on the wall did not make him behave in class. It made him wiggle even more. It also made him feel that his teacher did not like him.
 
3     Miss Tibbits had liked Casey a lot. Casey was quiet. Casey sat still. Casey got to play at recess every day. Casey never did anything to upset Miss Tibbits. Jamahl had wished that he could be like Casey. He sat beside her. He tried to act like her. It didn't work. He was not Casey; he was Jamahl, and he needed to move his arms and legs! He needed to hop, skip, and jump! He needed to ask questions and share jokes!
 
4     Jamahl came to his new classroom. Would Casey be there? He looked up at his new teacher. She smiled down at him. He smiled back.

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