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Lots of Boxes!



Lots of Boxes!
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.44

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    across, anymore, closure, driveway, foreclosure, house, matched, meantime, missing, piles, renting, shocked, also, anything, back, bank
     content words:    Main Street, When Morgan


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Lots of Boxes!
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Megan ran across the street to Morgan's house. It was Saturday. It was a great day to play with her best friend. She ran so fast that soon her red face matched her red hair. Piles of boxes were everywhere in Morgan's driveway. The fresh fall air blew a stack of boxes over into a pile of leaves. What was going on?
 
2     "Morgan, why do you have so many boxes?" asked Megan breathlessly. The cool air made her lungs burn.
 
3     "Oh, we're moving," said Morgan.
 
4     "Moving? Why?" said Megan. She was shocked. Morgan never said anything before about moving.
 
5     The girls ran inside. They climbed the stairs up to Morgan's room. More boxes! Morgan began putting stuffed animals into a box. Megan helped her. She did not understand this at all. Morgan didn't even seem that worried.
 
6     "We'll still be close by. I will still go to our school," explained Morgan. "We are renting that yellow house on Main Street. My parents told me it was because of a closure."
 
7     "A closure? You mean, like closing up your house?" Megan asked. This was getting stranger by the minute.
 
8     "Well, the whole word is foreclosure. They can't pay for this house anymore. So we are moving into that house until things get better. In the meantime, look at all the boxes we will have to play with!" said Morgan with a grin. Her top front tooth was missing.

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1.  Look at your local newspaper. Do you see any headlines that have the word foreclosure in them? How many headlines contain that word? Write down one headline for a story about foreclosure.

2.  Design a house made from a big moving box. Would you cut windows in your house? How would you decorate it? Draw a picture of your finished design.



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