That Odd Rat — Cycle 40+


That Odd Rat — Cycle 40+


Matt the Rat is digging for treasure. While he doesn't find any gold, he does use his imagination to transform the things he digs up into treasures. He knows the old rag and rod he finds aren't particularly valuable, but he pretends that they are the cape and scepter worthy of a king. He entertains his friends by acting out his imagination.

Full Text:

See Matt.

See that rat lift.

See that rat sift.

See that rag.

That rag is soft.

See that rag fit.

See that rat lift.

See that rod.

See that rat lift it.

That rat is odd.


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

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



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.