Realistic (fiction), 154 words, Level F (Grade 1), Lexile 400L
In this story, James wants to buy a new cage for his hamster, but he doesn't have enough money. With a little math and a lot of hard work, he can earn the money he needs to buy a cage for his pet. Jobs for James teaches students the value of work, the use of math in everyday life, and the accomplishment of earning what you buy. Colorful, happy pictures add a bright touch to this story about success.
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Guided Reading Lesson
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Use the reading strategy of asking and answering questions to understand text
Identify main idea and details
Discriminate initial consonant /j/ sound
Identify initial consonant Jj
Grammar and Mechanics
Identify quotation marks
Recognize and use number words
Think, Collaborate, Discuss
Promote higher-order thinking for small groups or whole class
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