Build That Castle. — Cycle 79+


Build That Castle. — Cycle 79+


Tim falls asleep while playing his handheld video game. While sleeping, he dreams that he is in the game. He figures out that he needs to build a castle out of blocks in order to get a high score. He builds it so high that he cannot reach, but then he gets the idea to build stairs so that he can keep building it up. The timer runs out and startles him, causing him to lose balance and fall off the castle. Fortunately he wakes up safely back in his chair, grateful that the game was just in his imagination.

Full Text:

Tim sits in the chair with his game.  

Is Tim in the game?

Tim must build a castle to win the game.

If he makes the castle bigger, then the score gets bigger.

Tim cannot reach.

He said, "I know! I can build stairs."

Tim builds and builds as fast as he can.

The bell shakes and scares Tim.  He tumbles!

He wakes in his chair.

He said, "I am glad that this game is not real."


/ă/ (IPA: æ),        /m/,                  /t/,                   /ē/ (IPA: i),            /s/,                       /ĭ/ (IPA: ɪ),        

/f/,                       /d/,                   /r/,                   /th/ (IPA: ð),         /ŏ/ (IPA: ɒ),          /g/,

/l/,                        /h/,                  /ŭ/ (IPA: ʌ),      /k/,                       /b/,                       /n/,

/sh/ (IPA: ʃ),       /ā/ (IPA: eɪ),     /k/,                   /v/,                       /ō/ (IPA: oʊ),        /w/,

/ch/ (IPA: tʃ),     /ŏr/ (IPA: ɑr),    /ər/ (IPA: ɜr),   /ĕ/ (IPA: ɛ),           /j/ (IPA: dʒ),        


This booklet is designed for kindergarten students to read independently after they have reached the cycle indicated on the cover. Students should use this to practice decoding and to develop independent reading habits. This should not be used for guided reading or for the development of content knowledge.


This file is designed to be printed, folded, stapled, and given to students as a booklet.  

  • Step 1: To print, select “print on both sides of the paper” and “flip on the short edge” in your print menu.  
  • Step 2: Fold the printed pages along the dashed line in the center, and staple on top of the three staple images on the front cover.

When one student finishes reading the booklet, you can pass it on to the next student who is ready for it.  Or you can create one copy for each student and tell them that they can color the pictures when they finish reading it.