Brad Needs a Budget
Realistic (fiction) 526 words, Level M (Grade 2), Lexile 760L.Brad never has enough money, even though he earns an allowance every week. When he complains, his parents tell him that he can earn more money if he does more work, but Brad doesn't want to do more work! Brad and his parents arrive at a solution: Brad needs to make a weekly budget. This realistic fiction story, with clear cross-curricular implications in math, presents opportunities to teach early readers to identify problem and solution in a story and simple sentences.
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