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Grade 3 Reading Comprehensions

Dr. Cadabra's Expedition (Part 1)

Dr. Cadabra's Expedition (Part 1)
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.17

     challenging words:    bailing, banged, botanist, Cadabra, taxi, halfway, beginning, fare, fell, whatever, rocked, onto, journey, moustache, amount, trap
     content words:    Murky Lake Station

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Dr. Cadabra's Expedition (Part 1)
By Mary L. Bushong

1     Dr. Cadabra smoothed the long ends of his moustache as he looked out of the train window. He had paid the first class fare, but he was still nervous. He thought of himself as a great botanist, but he had never collected his own plants before. He had never done work outside of his office. He had always paid his students to do the work for him. Now he was going out to do it, alone. Maybe he shouldn't have made those boasts about his abilities to his friends. He hoped he would not get his clothes dirty.
2     Soon he felt the train's main brake slow the cars down. Dr. Cadabra was glad that one part of his journey was over. This stop was for the Murky Lake Station. He could see the water just beyond the trees. It didn't really look murky.
3     When he stepped outside the station with his leather case, Dr. Cadabra stopped to enjoy the warm sun for a moment. Then he stood on the curb of the street and waited for a ride down to the docks.
4     The taxi driver left him beside a small wooden dock. Near the end was a smaller wooden boat. Dr. Cadabra glanced at it, but continued to look around for the boat he was to take across the lake. Nothing was as he had expected it to be. The sailor standing near the small boat walked over to him.

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