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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.15

     challenging words:    reading, internet, frustration, signal, tips, counselor, half-heartedly, settled, marked, boring, sheets, couches, timer, minutes, theirs, group
     content words:    Maxwell City Day Camp, Then Sam, When Sam
Reading Time at Day Camp

By Phyllis Naegeli
1     It was reading time at Maxwell City Day Camp. Kids were sprawled on couches, lying on the floor, or sitting at tables. Some were giggling over their stories. Others were absorbed in theirs. All but one were enjoying the time of rest and reading.
2     Maggie, the camp director, and Sam, the group's counselor, stood nearby watching them.
3     "Why does Kevin just sit there during reading time?" said Maggie with concern in her voice.
4     "He says he doesn't like to read. I've tried to encourage him, but he won't even try," said Sam.
5     "Have you shown him all the books in the library?" asked Maggie.
6     "I've gone through the library a couple of times with him. It didn't help," said Sam in frustration. "I'm not sure what to do next."
7     Maggie's eyes lit up as a memory came to her. "I think I saw something on the Internet the other day - a list of tips to encourage kids to read. I'll be right back," she said as she turned to go to her office. A few minutes later, Maggie returned with some sheets of paper. "Here," she said handing the list to Sam. "Maybe some of these will help."
8     "Thanks! I'll look them over tonight. I hope I can find something to help Kevin."
9     "I need to get back to the office," said Maggie. "Let me know how things go."
10     Sam waved as Maggie left. "Okay." A few minutes later Sam's watch beeped. "Reading time is over. Let's go play some games!"
11     Excitement shone on Kevin's face as he jumped up from his chair and was the first to get in line. Sam smiled at Kevin as he stood in front of him. Then Sam led the group off to the gym.
12     That evening, Sam read the list of tips for kids in grades three to five. The list included word games, making up stories and writing them down, having a pen pal, playing background music during reading, and taking turns reading aloud to one another. Sam thought it over and decided to try playing some music during reading time. Then he grabbed an adventure book from his shelf that he had enjoyed in third grade. "I'll bet if I read this with him, he'll get the idea that reading is fun," Sam thought aloud. He placed the book on the counter so he would remember it the next day.
13     During reading time the following day, Sam put on some soft music. When the kids had all settled down to read, he went over to Kevin.
14     "Hi, Kevin."

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