edHelper.com
Grade 4 Reading Comprehensions


Of Bullies and Friends


Of Bullies and Friends
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.59

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    transformation, furious, actually, funnel, anger, separate, perhaps, however, opportunity, thoughtful, expect, hallway, pound, friendly, person, understand


Print Of Bullies and Friends
edHelper.com subscriber options:
     Print Of Bullies and Friends  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)

     Quickly print reading comprehension

     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Of Bullies and Friends
     Leave your feedback on Of Bullies and Friends  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Of Bullies and Friends
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "He just makes me furious sometimes," I told my best friend Randy. "Every day he has to laugh at me and make fun of me. I wish it would stop."
 
2     Randy responded, "I know, Brian. He makes fun of me, too."
 
3     Our classmate Dustin liked to act like a tough guy. He wanted people to envy him for being the strongest boy in school. He didn't realize that he succeeded in making more enemies than friends. A lot of people just wanted to avoid him. It was hard to hang around a kid like that.
 
4     Dustin was unusual because he was also a great student. Most of the time, I found that bullies didn't seem to do too well in school. Dustin was different. Perhaps that's what made me so mad. I knew he was smart enough to know better.
 
5     Randy asked me, "Why don't you talk to Dustin about it?"
 
6     "Yeah right," I replied. "He'd probably take my dollar away." (I always brought a dollar to school to buy an extra snack.)
 
7     "You never know," Randy said.
 
8     I decided I'd look for an opportunity to understand Dustin a little better. Our annual fall festival was coming up, and maybe I could get to know him a little better there.
 
9     Randy and I arrived at the festival and saw Dustin right away. He was standing by himself. I approached him and asked, "Hey, Dustin. You want to go on some rides with me?"
 
10     Dustin looked around as if I should be speaking with someone else. "I suppose," he said in an arrogant tone, and I felt anger growing inside me. However, I was determined to make this work.
 
11     Dustin, Randy and I went on a few rides together and wandered around the game booths. We stopped to get something to eat. After we had gathered our sodas and funnel cakes, I gulped and began to share what was on my mind.
 
12     "Dustin, can I ask you something?"

Paragraphs 13 to 27:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable


Copyright © 2008 edHelper