The Dig — Cycle 69+


The Dig — Cycle 69+


Tiff and Tim are digging for dinosaur bones in the desert, but they did not read the instructions.  Soon they are deep in a hole and stuck.  Meanwhile, Dad accidentally finds the bones by running over them with his truck.  He uses a cord to pull the kids out.  They learn to think before they act next time.

Full Text:

See a bone and dig.

Tiff and Tim did not read it.

Tiff and Tim dug a big hole.

The truck hit that rock and broke.  

Dad said, "I must see beneath the truck."  

Dad said, "That is not a rock. It is the bone! Tiff! Tim! Dig here!"    

Tiff groaned, "We got stuck."    

Dad tossed the cord in the hole.  

He dragged Tim and Tiff back on the sand.  

Tim shrugged, "We must read before we dig."


ă, /m/, /t/, ē, /s/, ĭ, /f/, /d/, /r/, /th/, ŏ, /g/, /l/, /h/, ŭ, /c/, /b/, /n/, /sh/, ā, /k/, /v/, ō, /w/, /ch/


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.