Fantasy (fiction), 1,431 words, Level Q (Grade 3), Lexile 620L
Hattie and her two friends, Sybil and Sarah, go to Crying Rock for a picnic. While Sarah and Sybil are away for a moment, Hattie climbs up Crying Rock. Just as she is about to turn back, she hears someone singing. It turns out to be a little mermaid. Hattie takes the mermaid home and keeps her in a teacup. Hattie's friends tease her, believing the mermaid is just a toy. But Hattie knows better.
Use the reading strategy of making, revising, and confirming predictions
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify adjectives and the nouns they describe
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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