The Fish With A Ring On It

Words used from the Hargis Word List – Level: l

(Note: Story uses 40 Hargis Words. There are some of the most frequently used words in children’s literature up to the ninth grade.)

a, and, boy, can, did, do, fell, find, fish, fun, girl
happy, have, he, her, his, hit, I, in, is, it, like, look/ed
not, on, play, put, said, saw, see, she, the, them
to, was, water, what, with, you

Words used that are not on the Hargis Level 1 list:

(Note: Eight words used were not Level 1 Words but most are on the Hargis List at a higher level.)

bowl           my

father        ring

hand          stick

mother       toilet


(Note: Worksheets can be used to help introduce the words in the story or as activities to strengthen learning. Board games and computer activities can be found on the CD-R to assist in teaching the words.)

Worksheet 1

Name ___________________________Date ________________

Hargis Words

Big Foot Stories – Level 2, Story 1

A. New Words from Hargis

To the teacher: Read the words to the student(s), define when appropriate, discuss endings, tense, and point out phonetic similarities with other words used in the story. (This same activity can be done with computer instruction.)

Note: Computer activities are describled in the complete version.

girl fish
happy water
find

B. Use the words above in a sentence

  1. The girl was very _ _ _ _ _ !
  2. The fish was happy to be in the _ _ _ _ _ .
  3. “Go _ _ _ _ the fish,” said the girl.
  4. The _ _ _ _ looked for the fish.
  5. The fish was in the _ _ _ _ _ .

C. Make a new sentence using the words above.

D_________________________________________________

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Which two words has sound alike? look, girl, find, fish, book, water

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Worksheet 2

Name ___________________________________ Date __________

A. Words added to the Hargis Words

To the teacher: Read the words to the student(s), define when appropriate, discuss endings, tense, and point out phonetic similarities with other words used in the story. (This same activity can be done with computer instruction.)

bowl hand
stick mother
ring

B. Write a new sentence using the words above.

  1. The fish had a _ _ _ _ on it.
  2. The boy hit the water with a _ _ _ _ _ .
  3. Mother put her hand in the _ _ _ _ .
  4. _ _ _ _ _ _ did not like to put her hand in the bowl.
  5. Mother’s _ _ _ _ got wet in the water.

Write a sentence using the words above.

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Which word sounds like “ring”? mother, sting, bowl, stick

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Story 1- Level 1

The Fish With A Ring On It 7

 

happy fish

 

The ring fell in the toilet. The boy said to his Mother, “I can not see the ring. Can you find the ring, mother?” Mother did not see the ring.
The boy said to his Father, “Can you find the ring, Father?” Father did not see the ring.
The boy said to the girl, “Can you find the ring?”  The girl did not see the ring. 66

(Note: After every one or two paragraphs, there is a word count.)

Mother put her hand in the toilet. She did not find the ring. It was fun to see mother with her hand in the toilet.
Father put his hand in the toilet. He did not find the ring. It was fun to see father with his hand in the toilet. 50
The girl put her hand in the toilet. She did not find the ring. It was fun to see the girl with her hand in the toilet.
The boy put his hand in the toilet. He did not find the ring. It was NOT fun to put his hand in the toilet bowl.

The boy said, “I do not like to put my hand in the toilet.”
Mother said, “I do not like to put my hand in the toilet.” 80
Father said, “I do not like to put my hand in the toilet.”
The girl said, “I do not like to put my hand in the toilet.”

Then mother put a stick in the toilet bowl. She did not find the ring.
Then father put a stick in the toilet. He did not find the ring. 56
The girl put a stick in the toilet. She did not find the ring.
The boy then put a stick in the toilet. He did not find the ring.

Then the boy hit the water with the stick.
“Look, look!” said the boy. Mother, father, and the girl looked in the toilet. 52
The boy said, “The fish has a ring on it! I have a fish with a ring on it!”
Mother, father, and the girl looked. The boy said, “I hit the water, and then I saw a fish with the ring on it in the toilet.” 46

The boy said to the fish, “I like you,” and the fish said to the boy, “I like you and the girl!”
Mother was happy to find the ring. Father was happy to see mother happy.
The girl was happy to see the boy happy.
And the boy was happy to have a fish to play with. 57

419 words

(Note: Word count allows one to easily compute reading and error rate.)

Story 1: Questions

(Note: Questions use only words found in the story.)

  1.   Did the boy have a ring?
  2.   Did the boy put the ring in the toilet?
  3.   Did mother put her hand in the toilet?
  4.   Was it fun to see mother with her hand in the toilet?
  5.   Did father put his hand in the toilet?
  6.   Was it fun to see father put his hand in the toilet?
  7.   Did the boy put his hand in the toilet?
  8.   Did the boy like to put his hand in the toilet?
  9.   What did mother do with the stick?
  10.   What did the boy see in the toilet?
  11.   What did the boy have to play with?

Comprehension Questions:

(Note: Some questions will need to be read to the students.)

  1. 1. What was the main idea of the story?

a. putting a stick in the toilet
b. putting a hand in the toilet
c. getting the ring out of the toilet

2. What was the problem to be solved?

a. getting the ring out of the toilet
b. getting the boy to put his hand in the toilet
c. getting father to put his hand in the toilet

3. What happened first?

a. mother stuck her hand in the toilet
b. the boy dropped the ring in the toilet
c. father stuck a stick in the toilet

4. How could the boy have gotten the ring out of the toilet?

a. by getting the water out
b. by fishing for the ring
c. by dropping a big ring in the toilet

5. What would have happened if mother had not put her hand in the toilet?

a. Father would not have put his hand in the toilet
b. The fish would have jumped out of the toilet
c. The boy would have jumped in the toilet

(Note: The next story introduces only a few new words while repeating the words used in the first story. On average, only five or so new Hargis Words are introduced in each new story.)

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