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Rascal and the Rattlesnake, Part 1


Rascal and the Rattlesnake, Part 1
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.07

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    grove, coiled, pines, tended, woodshed, retorted, cabin, near, beginning, fell, foolish, loft, rattlesnake, unfinished, warning, mats
     content words:    If Jacob


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Rascal and the Rattlesnake, Part 1   

1     In a cabin near a grove of pine trees lived two children, their parents, and a dog named Rascal. A barn housed their farm animals. Their father tended the cattle and the field, and their mother kept up their home and worked on her colorful quilts. The children had plenty of chores to do. Each night they climbed to the loft in the cabin and fell asleep on their mats almost as soon as they pulled up their quilts.
 
2     Jacob and his sister, Hannah, were close together in age. They could have been friends, but they seemed to prefer to argue. Their mother worried that they would never get along!
 
3     It was hot for the time of year. If Jacob hadn't seen the calendar that Ma kept near the door, he would have thought it was July instead of April. He looked out the window and saw Pa coming from the barn with two pails of milk.
 
4     "Get ready to churn!" he called to Hannah, who was helping Ma stitch a piece of blue fabric onto an unfinished quilt.
 
5     "I have to spend some time working on this quilt," Hannah retorted. "Besides, it's your turn to churn butter."
 
6     That was the beginning of the first argument of the day. It was followed by others as the two children did their chores.
 
7     "Children, please be nice," Ma said, tucking a stray hair back into her bun. "It is foolish to waste time arguing."
 
8     In the afternoon they were sent outside to play. Hannah picked up the old leather ball and said, "Do you want to play Annie-Annie-Over?"
 
9     Jacob shrugged. "It's more fun when there are more players."

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