The Puzzle — Cycle 94+


The Puzzle — Cycle 94+


It's play time in Tim's kindergarten class and he is working hard on a puzzle. Unfortunately, a large section of the puzzle is missing. Tim looks all over--in the box, on the rug, under the desk--but can't find the missing puzzle pieces. His friend Kate notices that Tim is feeling blue.  She's sad too because she can't find the missing part of the puzzle that she's working on.  Then Tim realizes they had each other's missing pieces the whole time.

Full Text:

Tim is in his class. It is play time!

Tim has a puzzle, but part of it is missing.

Tim checked the box, but the part was not in it.

Tim examined the reading rug, but the part was not on it.

Tim hunted under the desk, but the part was not under it.

Kate sat beside him and said, "What is wrong?"

"I can't find part of this puzzle," said Tim.  

"Same for me," said Kate. She held up her puzzle.

"Wait! That is the missing part!" Tim exclaimed.  

Tim gave Kate a high five.


/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),        /p/,

/ī/ (IPA: aɪ),        /ĭŋ/ (IPA: ɪŋ),     /y/ (IPA: j),      /ks/,                      /kw/,                    /z/,


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.