The Rock Slide — Cycle 83+


The Rock Slide — Cycle 83+


Mom and Dad love a mountain climbing challenge.  They find a steep hill and put on their gear. They climb up high, working together as a team to stay safe and make progress.  Suddenly, several boulders fall from above.  Thinking fast, Mom pushes her legs against Dad so they can both swing out of the way. They crash back into each other, but fortunately they do not get crushed by the rocks.  At last they reach the summit and enjoy the beautiful sunset from the mountaintop view. That's when Dad realizes that they'll have to climb back down in the dark!

Full Text:

Mom and Dad will climb that big hill.

But this side is steep.  

Mom gets her belt.  Dad gets a hammer and nails.

Dad hits the nail in the rock.

Mom and Dad climb up like a team.

Oh no! A rock slide!  

Mom kicks her legs and gets to the side.

Mom grins. "We crashed, but at least we did not get crushed."

Mom and Dad sit at the top.

"Oh no!" said Dad. "We have to climb back in the dark!"


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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.