Realistic (fiction), 2,559 words, Level X (Grade 5), Lexile 880L
Andy prepares himself for a boring vacation with his grandparents when, on the way there, his mother claims that Grandpa used to parachute out of planes and fight wildfires. Andy doubts her tale, but when he finds an old photograph and encourages Grandpa to tell his amazing story, he changes his mind about what his grandparents can do.
Use the reading strategy of making, revising, and confirming predictions before and during reading
Analyze a character's words, thoughts, feelings, and actions
Grammar and Mechanics
Understand and identify direct objects
Recognize and write personifications
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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