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Pam Plans a Picnic



Pam Plans a Picnic
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.76

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    phone, boyfriend, barbecue, planner, container, cooler, dressing, rang, such, separate, minutes, brownie, packed, leftover, spoil, refrigerator


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Pam Plans a Picnic
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     Pam's phone rang at 10:00 Saturday morning. "It's such a nice day," her boyfriend Joe said, "let's have a picnic."
 
2     "That sounds great," Pam said. "Where should we go?"
 
3     "Let's go to the park," Joe replied.
 
4     "Okay. Why don't you come over and help me get things together?" Pam asked.
 
5     "I'll be there in ten minutes," Joe told her.
 
6     While she was waiting for Joe, Pam began to plan the picnic. What kind of food should they have? It would be easier to have cold food. That way they wouldn't have to worry about keeping the hot food hot. They also wouldn't have to bring a barbecue grill to cook on. Since she didn't have a long time to plan, Pam decided cold food would be better for this picnic.
 
7     "But what kind of cold food should they have?" Pam wondered. She thought of sandwiches made from cold cuts and cheese. She began to look in her refrigerator. Pam spied the leftover fried chicken. "That will be perfect," Pam thought. "Fried chicken tastes good cold." She thought about what she and Joe could have with it.
 
8     Pam thought potato salad sounded good. She found four large potatoes. She also had eggs, onions, and celery. The salad dressing jar was half full. She had everything she needed to make potato salad. Pam was getting excited. Joe had had such a good idea about having a picnic.
 
9     Pam put the potatoes and the eggs on the stove to boil. She cut up the onions and celery. Then she began looking for other things she could bring to eat. Pam found a jar of pickles. She didn't want to bring the glass jar; she was afraid it would break while bouncing around in the back of Joe's truck. So she put some pickles in a plastic container. She poured some of the juice on them so they would stay moist. Then she put a lid on the container.

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