The Swim Team — Cycle 72+


The Swim Team — Cycle 72+


Tim is on a swim team and is getting ready for the big race. His friend, Brad, is scared though. Tim reaches the other side, but Brad still has not jumped in! Tim knows he's breaking the rules by swimming back, but he would rather help his teammate than win the race. Together, the two boys swim across the pool.  They may have lost the race, but Brad overcame his fear and Tim gained a new best friend.

Full Text:

Tim and Brad are on the green team.

The fans cheered.

Brad feels scared.  

Hear that? That means go! Tim dove in.

But Brad did not go.

"Go, Brad!" said Tim. But Brad said, "No! I am scared!"

Tim said, "We will swim as a team."  Brad grinned.  

Tim swam near Brad, so Brad did not feel scared.  

Tim and Brad finished.  The team did not win.

"I am not sad," said Tim. "I am glad Brad is not scared."


/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),   


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.