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Jakie and Jake Learn about Laundry



Jakie and Jake Learn about Laundry
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.72

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bleach, detergent, fullest, half-hour, lint, pacifier, softener, automatic, mainly, buzzer, material, scatter, dryer, nope, especially, rinse


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Jakie and Jake Learn about Laundry
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "I can't come outside yet," Jackie explained on the phone. It was Saturday morning and she was talking to Jake. He had invited her to walk up to the park.
 
2     "Why not?"
 
3     "I'm doing laundry."
 
4     "How long will you be?"
 
5     "Not too long. How about coming over here to wait?"
 
6     Jake agreed and soon popped onto the back porch. He and Jackie were next door neighbors, so it never took them long to get to each other's homes.
 
7     Jackie opened the back door, and they entered the mud room. That's where the washer and dryer were.
 
8     "I didn't know you did the laundry," Jake stated.
 
9     "Well, we've just started something new. Now that Mom has started her business, we all need to help more. So, my job is to help with the laundry once a week."
 
10     "What do you have to do?"
 
11     Jackie began to explain. "It's not too hard, really. People have different habits with laundry. Some keep their clothes mixed, especially if they are mainly all the same fabric. They put everything in the machine and wash them in a simple, warm wash.
 
12     "Our family separates the clothes, because we like to use bleach on our white clothes and towels and sheets. So, the family puts their dirty clothes in three baskets: the white basket is for white clothes, the blue basket is for colored clothes, and the green basket is for sheets and towels."
 
13     "Then what?" Jake asked.
 
14     "On my day to do laundry, which is Saturday, I usually lug down the basket that is the fullest. That's the colored clothes today.

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