Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Worksheets and No Prep Teaching Resources
Reading Comprehension Worksheets
July Worksheets

National Hot Dog Month

The Frankfurtersï申 Hot Dog Contest
Print The Frankfurtersï申 Hot Dog Contest Reading Comprehension with Sixth Grade Work

Print The Frankfurtersï申 Hot Dog Contest Reading Comprehension

Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.58

     challenging words:    birdsong, cottony, determined, karaoke, concoction, element, cornfield, imaginable, various, ideal, relish, marmalade, abandon, submit, skeptical, topped
     content words:    Darrel Frankfurter, Lewis Frankfurter, Toby Weiner, Barbecue Dog, Granny Frankfurter, Nacho Dog, Apple Dandy Dog, Nutty Dog, Traditional Dog, Tropical Dog
The Frankfurtersï申 Hot Dog Contest

By Brenda B. Covert
1     The Frankfurter family enjoys a big farm family reunion every summer in July. Under a canopy of leafy green oak and maple trees, they arrange picnic tables. They spread old quilts on the ground for small children and adventurous adults. To the north stands the white farmhouse. To the west lies the large vegetable garden. To the east is the cornfield where the green stalks are topped by golden tassels that nod in the summer breeze; farther off in the distance lies a purple ridge of mountains. To the south one can see the family's apple orchard with round trees full of little green apples. It is the ideal spot for an old-fashioned family picnic.
2     Mothers and fathers, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, cousins, nieces, and nephews have all arrived and greeted each other with hugs and the usual chatter. Cottony clouds drift in a periwinkle sky. Darrel Frankfurter, having set up a giant grill at the canopy's edge, begins cooking hot dogs for all those gathered under the trees. His wife, Darla, carries out trays of hot dog toppings with the help of their four children - Douglas, Danielle, Devon, and Sarabeth. In joyful abandon gallops Fritzie, the family dog. With so much food to snatch and so many children to chase, he is in his element.
3     "Say, Darrel," calls Lewis Frankfurter, "how are those tube steaks coming?" He strolls up to have a look.
4     Darrel turns several sizzling hot dogs over to reveal the black stripes on their bellies. "Do you want me to put you to work, cousin? Strap on an apron and grab a pair of tongs; the food's almost ready!"
5     Lewis hollers, "Come and get it!" Everyone stampedes to get into line with plates in hand.
6     From the grill, the line snakes around the condiment table. Bowls, jars, and bottles of every imaginable topping are laid out for use.
7     Darla picks up the microphone attached to her karaoke machine to make an announcement. "Hello, all you hot dog lovers!" she begins. "It's time for our hot dog contest!" All chatter stops, until the only sound is that of a birdsong. "Last year's winner was Toby Weiner, who invented the Barbecue Dog. He slathered barbecue sauce over his hot dog and added crushed potato chips on top. Mmmmm, good!" Toby's mother was a Frankfurter until she married a Weiner. "Have fun experimenting with your hot dogs!" Darla continues. "When you think you've found a tasty combination, write it down on a three-by-five card and drop it in this box. The judges will try the suggested combinations, and a winner will be announced later today. Good luck, and bon appï申tit!"
8     The Frankfurter kids, who have never won the contest, are determined to invent new and exciting ways to eat hot dogs. They line up at the table with their relatives and start grabbing ingredients.
9     "What are you making there, Douglas?" Granny Frankfurter asks, peering over her glasses at his plate.

Paragraphs 10 to 17:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable

National Hot Dog Month Math Printable
     National Hot Dog Month Math Problems

Feedback on The Frankfurtersï申 Hot Dog Contest
     Leave your feedback on The Frankfurtersï申 Hot Dog Contest  (use this link if you found an error in the story)

Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!

More Lessons
             July Worksheets and Workbooks |

More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets

Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
50 States

Monthly Themes

Place Value
Time and Calendar
Earth Day
Solar System
Following Directions
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
All About Me

First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Order of Operations
Community Helpers
Addition and Subtraction
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts