Grades 2-3 Social Studies Wendy's World Series
Wendy's World- Thomas Edison

Wendy's World- Thomas Edison
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.77

     challenging words:    dice, equipment, phonograph, telegraph, kinds, sounds, lights, night, bulb, downstairs, were, seeing, able, machine, tame, house
     content words:    Thomas Edison, Thomas Alva Edison

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Wendy's World- Thomas Edison
By Jane Runyon

1     Tim and Tess were spending the night at Wendy's house. Their parents were out of town. There was a blizzard outside. The children were playing a game. All the lights in the house went dark.
2     Wendy's parents told the children to bring their sleeping bags and blankets downstairs to the living room. They had a big fire going in the fireplace. The children cuddled up on the floor in front of the fire.
3     "How long do you the think the lights will be out?" Tim asked Wendy's dad.
4     "I'm sure the workmen will have them back on soon," answered Wendy's dad.
5     "I'm a little scared," said Tess. "I like having lights on when it's dark. I can't imagine what it was like before we had light bulbs. Who invented them, anyway?"
6     Wendy knew the answer to that. "Thomas Edison invented the light bulb. Let's ask him what it was like. Where are the magic dice?"
7     "They are in the drawer," offered Tim. "May I make the wish?"
8     "Sure," said Wendy and Tess together.
9     Tim held the game dice tightly in his hands. "I wish Thomas Edison would come to visit us."

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