Humorous (fiction), 451 words, Level J (Grade 1), Lexile 520L
Can You Say Pterodactyl? is about a young pterodactyl who cannot say her own name. She encounters a duck and a wren that want to meet her and become her friends. She tries to say her name and scares the animals that she's trying to meet. Then an owl helps her learn to pronounce her name, and she successfully introduces herself.
Use the strategy of connecting to prior knowledge to understand text
Identify story elements
Identify and use vowel digraphs
Identify and understand antonyms
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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