The Slam — Cycle 45+


The Slam — Cycle 45+


Matt the Rat's team is sad because they are losing the big baseball game. Matt steps up to the plate.  Reid the Dog is on the mound, and he throws a curveball that slips past Matt's swing for a strike. Matt is sad at first, but he knows it isn't over yet.  He connects with the next pitch and sends it out of the park. The homerun wins the game and his team celebrates his determination.

Full Text:

See the field.

See that sad team.

Matt is last.

See Reid toss.

See Matt miss.

Matt is sad.

See Reid toss.

See Matt hit it.  

Hear that slam.

See that team hug Matt.


/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/,                      


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.