This is the first task in which students read a two-syllable word. In this case, the instructor models it for the student first. The word is Aliss (which rhymes with malice). This is an uncommon spelling of a common name, but it was chosen carefully to be the first two-syllable word that students read: it only has sounds that the students have learned so far, it has simple syllables, it has no stop sounds, and it will be read often because it will be the name of a new character in the story.
This is the first Story Reading task that has no arrows between the lines of text.
This is the first time that students are asked to count sentences. If they need help, model tracking your finger (without reading) until you find a period and count that sentence. After counting the third sentence, do it together by guiding them hand-over-hand. Then ask them to do that on their own.
From now on, Story Reading tasks will include a passage to re-read and a new passage. In each cycle, students will re-read a passage from the previous cycle, examine an illustration that they saw in the previous cycle, read a new passage, and then see a new illustration.