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Finding Inexpensive Things to Do



Finding Inexpensive Things to Do
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   high interest, readability grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.28

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    barbecue, carnival, section, ducks, writing, bored, borrow, sounds, excited, track, movie, money, shoot, able, vote, also
     content words:    Native American, Around Town


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Finding Inexpensive Things to Do
By Patti Hutchison
  

1     "Oh, I'm so bored; I just have to get out of this house!" Lisa said. "But I don't have enough money to go to a movie or dinner. What can we do?"
 
2     "Let's think of some places we can go that don't cost a lot of money," Lisa's friend John suggested.
 
3     "That's a great idea," Lisa said. "I'll write them down and then we'll pick the one that we want to do."
 
4     "Okay, how about going to the park? We have to eat anyway, so we could pack a picnic lunch and go eat it there," John said. "We can feed the ducks and wade in the creek."
 
5     "That would be good," Lisa said, writing "park" on her paper. "What about the library? I read in the newspaper that they have a new display of Native American crafts. I've been wanting to see it. While we're there, I could borrow a book to read. We could also borrow a DVD and come back and watch it later. None of those things costs any money."
 
6     "Write that down," John said. "That might be a cool thing to do. We could also go to the athletic field," John suggested. "That doesn't cost anything, either. We could shoot hoops or jog around the track. That would give us some fun and exercise."
 
7     "Those are good ideas," Lisa said, writing them down. "We could just take a drive. The leaves are so pretty this time of year. We'd have to pay for a little gas, but that's not as expensive as going to the movies."
 
8     "Let's look in the paper and see what is happening around town," John said. "There is always something going on that doesn't cost a lot."
 
9     "Great idea," Lisa said. She opened the paper to the "All Around Town" section. She began reading. "Hey, there is a carnival at the fairgrounds. It doesn't cost anything to get in. They have free hayrides and shows. There will be fireworks when it gets dark."

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