Lee sat among the books at the library and thought about his group project. They had to turn it in soon, but he hadn’t even started his part! Jack and Claire were in his group. They had worked hard. They were also very smart, and Lee didn’t want them to get a bad grade.
Jack did the report. He wrote a lot of very good sentences and described things with great adjectives. Claire drew a nice map of the stars. Now, Lee needed to do his part of the project.
“Well, I suppose I need to start my model,” Lee thought.
Making a model of a planet was really hard. Lee tried to read several books, but he couldn’t comprehend any of the charts. “We’re going to fail because of me!” Lee said. He put his head down on the table and said, “ I wish I could see a planet, instead of having to read about it!”
Suddenly, there was a bright light. Lee was pulled from his chair, through the roof, and right into a strange ship! “Hello, kid,” said an alien. “Did you ask for help?
” Lee told the friendly alien all about his project. The alien agreed to help Lee solve his problem. “First, we’ll fly through space to view the universe. Then, I can help you make a model of my planet.”
Soon, they were going through the clouds. They passed the moon. Then they viewed Mars. Lee was very excited. Instead of a bad grade, his group would have the best project ever!
“ It’s time to go home,” the alien finally said. On the way back, he helped Lee make a model of the planet Mars. Soon, they were on Earth. “Thanks,” Lee said.“My model will be awesome!” Then he took his model and said goodbye to his new friend.
Answer the questions.
1. What is this story about?
a. Why a smart boy fails a class
b. A boy’s trip into the universe
c. A boy who wants to write instead of draw
d. An alien living in a library
2. What is Lee unable to comprehend?
a. How to make a model of a planet
b. Why there are maps among the books
c. Where the best place is to view the stars
d. Howto read the information in a chart
3. What can you suppose is true of the group’s report?
a. It has three sentences.
b. It must describe clouds.
c. It is not due until several days.
d. It is about the stars and planets.
4. What did the alien want to do to help Lee?
a. Get several books from the library
b. Hear the best report ever
c. Make the model of a planet
d. Solve his own problems
5. What planet did Lee see on his trip?
An alien is a creature from a different world.
-The alien came in peace.
If you are among certain things, they are all around you.
-There was a red apple among the green ones.
A chart is a list of information.
-We used a chart to see how we had improved.
A cloud is a group of water drops in the sky.
-The sky was filled with white clouds.
To comprehend something is to understand it.
-Henry could not comprehend the message.
To describe is to say or write what someone or something is like.
-They described their tree as colorful with gold ribbon and a star.
Ever means at any time.
-Going skiing last winter was the most fun I’ve ever had.
To fail means you do not succeed in what you try to do.
-Since he failed to get the job, he was sad.
Friendly is behaving in a pleasant, kind way toward someone.
-The friendly animals came up to the girl.
A grade is a score or mark given to someone’s work.
-I managed to get good grades on my report card.
Instead means in place of.
-He ate the carrot instead of the ice cream.
A library is a place where you go to read books.
-The library at school is full of books.
A planet is a large round thing in space.
-Saturn is the planet with the ring around it.
A report is something students write for school.
-Karen had trouble writing her report.
Several is more than two but not many.
-He had to read several books for class.
To solve something is to find an answer to it.
-All the students could easily solve the math problem.
If something happens suddenly, it happens quickly and unexpectedly.
-I was suddenly surprised by the cake my friends brought me.
To suppose is to guess.
-I suppose I should go home now.
The universe is the known or supposed objects in space.
-The universe is so large that it cannot be measured.
To view is to look at something.
-Michael likes to view himself in the mirror.