Whether in school or on summer vacation, students have a tendency to get bored and plop in front of the TV or play video games as their default activity. Encourage them to step outside their comfort zone and try something new!
To help in this endeavor, we have compiled the following passages from the Reading Horizons Reading Library books to give them new ideas for entertaining themselves this summer! Grade and Lexile® Measures have been identified for each passage.
Book 1 ∙ Page 2 ∙ Level 1.0 ∙ Lexile 30L
The ball is a shuttle. It is not round. It is light. You try to hit the shuttle over the net. Do not let it touch the ground!
Book 1 ∙ Page 38 ∙ Level 2.8 ∙ Lexile 490L
What is the most-loved toy ever made? Is it a game, a doll, or a toy car? The answer is “none of the above.” It is actually LEGO® building blocks.
Book 1 ∙ Page 39 ∙ Level 2.8 ∙ Lexile 500L
Cricket is the name of an insect. But it is also a sport! People all over the world play cricket. It is much like baseball. But cricket came first! The word cricket comes from a French term for a kind of club. A club or bat, in fact, is used to play the game.
Hot Dog-Eating Contest
Book 1 ∙ Page 84 ∙ Level 4.5 ∙ Lexile 630L
In the last few years, hot dog-eating contests have become quite popular. Many people consider these contests to be a new kind of sport. The most famous contest is hosted each July 4th by Nathan’s Famous. Nathan’s is a stand that serves hot dogs, French fries, and other food. It is found on Coney Island in New York. Nathan Handwerker opened Nathan’s in 1916. He was an immigrant to the U.S. from Poland. He sold hot dogs from a recipe made by his wife, Ida. They cost just five cents each.
“Talk Like a Pirate Day”
Book 2 ∙ Page 25 ∙ Level 5.5 ∙ Lexile 720L
Ahoy, matey! Shiver me timbers! You might not talk like this or greet a friend with these words on a normal day. But if it were Talk like a Pirate Day, you just might.
Book 2 ∙ Page 33 ∙ Level 5.8 ∙ Lexile 760L
In Japan, it is a custom to have live music at parties. Daisuke Inoue was a drummer in a band that played at some of these parties in the 1970s. One day, some of his friends asked him to record some songs for them. They wanted to have something to sing along to on a vacation that they were taking. This gave Daisuke an idea. He made a machine that played a song when a coin was dropped in a slot. Since the words had been taken out, a person could then sing the words to the song. With this new machine, karaoke was born. The word karaoke means “empty orchestra” in Japanese.
Book 2 ∙ Page 63 ∙ Level 6.7 ∙ Lexile 670L
A young girl lies motionless on the street. Some people stop to take a look at her. Is she okay? Yes, she is just fine. She is not dead. But her body is as stiff as a board. To some people, this is just a strange new Internet craze. They call it “extreme lying down” or a “lazy man’s hobby.” To those who love to do it, however, it is called planking. The term planking refers to the fact that those who do it try to resemble a wooden plank. To them, it is a “global participatory art project.”
Book 2 ∙ Page 76 ∙ Level 6.8 ∙ Lexile 840L
For many people, fishing is a lazy day activity. Fishers will often attach a worm to a hook, cast a line, and wait for a fish to bite. Noodlers also love to fish. But they are a great deal more involved and daring in fishing. They do not sit around and wait for fish to come to them. Instead, they wade out into the water to catch them. They do not use bait. They cast no fishing lines. They do not sit in boats. Rather, they use their own two hands to catch their fish.
Book 3 ∙ Page 46 ∙ Level 8.0 ∙ Lexile 1140L
If you like to solve puzzles, there is a wide variety of them, and they come in many shapes and forms. With a jigsaw puzzle, you are required to build an image, putting each piece in its correct place, one at a time. In a crossword puzzle, you must form words and phrases with the letters of the alphabet, both horizontally and vertically. Even a good suspense novel is like a puzzle that needs to be solved; readers try to figure out who the killer is or how the crime was done along with the detective in the story as they read through each page. One of the newest and most popular types of puzzles is Sudoku, and it is fast becoming a favorite pastime of many people all over the world.
Book 3 ∙ Page 60 ∙ Level 8.6 ∙ Lexile 1000L
As it is now played, laser tag is much like both the MILES program and the game that Carter developed. It is also sort of like a cross between “Hide and Seek” and “Tag.” Players either compete individually or in teams. They try to score points by tagging other players or specific targets. They carry and fire plastic laser guns and wear vests that have sensors for hits on the shoulders, on the chest, and on the back. Depending on the venue and its rules, players may have either a pre-set or an unlimited number of “lives.”
Book 3 ∙ Page 62 ∙ Level 8.7 ∙ Lexile 1090L
Ultimate is a sport that combines throwing ability, speed, and strategy into a unique, energetic game. The game used to be called Ultimate Frisbee because the object that was thrown was called a Frisbee. However, this was the trademarked name of the object that was made by a company called Wham-O. Wham-O objected to the use of the name of its object in the name of the sport, so now the sport is simply called Ultimate.
Book 4 ∙ Page 17 ∙ Level 9.6 ∙ Lexile 1090L
Throughout history, people have enjoyed going out on a good treasure hunt. The Conquistadors of Spain, pirates, miners flocking to California for the Gold Rush of 1849, and even Christopher Columbus both sailed the seas and scoured the land trying to find a monetary reward. These days, however, there may not be a whole lot of new gold or other precious metals to be found outside of already-established mining areas. But treasure hunts are alive and well, and one of the popular forms in which they exist is called geocaching.
Duct Tape Art
Book 4 ∙ Page 23 ∙ Level 9.7 ∙ Lexile 1060L
An old saying states that “beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” This phrase certainly may be applied to the world of art. What is picturesque, lovely, and pleasing to the eye to one art lover may be ugly or unattractive to another—and vice versa. A relatively new form of art is catching on in popularity. But it doesn’t involve the use of the traditional tools of clay, pencils, paint, or brushes. In fact, it can be made with a little of your own imagination and a common household item: duct tape.
Book 4 ∙ Page 39 ∙ Level 9.9 ∙ Lexile 1060L
In order to get from point A to point B, you have plenty of options. You can drive a car. You can ride a bicycle. You might take the bus or a train. You can even travel by your own two legs—walking, jogging, or running. If the distance is hundreds or thousands of miles, you might fly in a plane or sail by boat. For those who practice Parkour, however, the method of transportation is not quite that simple.
Book 4 ∙ Page 59 ∙ Level 10.6 ∙ Lexile 1010L
Who are you? Many will answer this question with their names, their occupations, or a list of personal traits. Others will answer with their educational levels or religious beliefs. One factor that contributes to each person’s identity is often overlooked: it is one’s ancestors. Every person is born with physical traits passed on genetically from his or her predecessors. Choices of our deceased family members, such as the choice to immigrate, to affiliate with a certain religion or culture, or to get an education may also affect us. Family traditions are also passed down through generations. Even though many ancestors lived a long time ago, their lives affect ours today. Thus, we can find out more about who we are by studying the lives of our family members who have gone before us.
Reading Horizons Reading Library Books
The passages above are all from the Reading Horizons Reading Library books that correspond with the Reading Horizons Elevate™ program. Contact us at 800.333.0054 for information on how to order, or click on the following link to locate the Reading Horizons representative for your area: www.readinghorizons.com/contact-us