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Gotcha!

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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.32

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     challenging words:    penchant, straight-A, studious, tirade, tucked-in, valid, reflection, culinary, shortly, Gotcha, elastic, natural, spectacle, glee, weary, however
     content words:    Six-year-old Ben, As Ben


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Gotcha!
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Wes and his brother, Ben, were opposites. Wes was the older brother, and he was studious, serious, and careful. However, Wes was a bit clumsy. On the other hand, Ben was a natural athlete with a penchant for playing practical jokes. He liked to play practical jokes on members of his family. His mother never quite understood the idea that jokes were practical since most of Ben's pranks were annoying and often untidy. Ben also liked to perform experiments that ended in a huge mess.
 
2     Take, for example, the dry cereal experiment that Ben conducted. Six-year-old Ben wanted to figure out how much cereal could fit inside his shirt. He tucked the bottom edge of his shirt into the elastic band of his gym shorts and proceeded to pour dry cereal down his neck and into the space around his tummy. He thought this was a valid experiment, but when his shirt exploded from its tucked-in position and sent cereal in all directions around the kitchen, it didn't seem quite as scientifically worthwhile.
 
3     Of course, Wes came home shortly after this culinary disaster and laughed out loud. He thought with glee that Ben would be in trouble again, and he found this entertaining. Wes, of course, had been polishing his straight-A average and had brought home more evidence of this in his latest perfect math test.

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