Why do you have to go to bed early in the summer?
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Why do you have to go to bed early in the summer?
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Hi! I’m Arushi.

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I love the summer. It’s warm. I can play outside.

But there’s one thing I don’t like about summer.

I don’t like my bedtime.

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In the winter, this is what I see out the window at bedtime.

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But in summer, this is what I see out the window at bedtime.

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stop and talk Stop and Talk: What’s different in these pictures?

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In the summer, I have to go to bed when the sun is still up.

I wonder: Why do I have to go to bed so early?

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I ask my mom, “Why do I have to go to bed so early in the summer?”

She asks me why I think it’s early.

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I tell her, “I think it’s early because it’s still light outside.”

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Mom says, “Let’s think about this.

In the winter, what do you do before bedtime?”

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In winter, here’s what I do before bedtime:

I have dinner.

I play with the dog.

I brush my teeth.

I read my book.

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Mom asks, “In summer, what do you do before bedtime?”

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In summer, here’s what I do before bedtime:

I have dinner.

I play with the dog.

I brush my teeth.

I read my book.

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get up & move

Get Up & Move!

Pretend to to get ready for bed.

  • Pretend to eat dinner with a fork.
  • Sit up and beg like the dog.
  • Brush your teeth.
  • Read a pretend book.

Time for bed!

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Wait a minute! I have time to do all the same things before bedtime in summer and in winter.

Am I really going to bed early in summer?

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I wonder what’s going on?

Maybe I eat and play really fast in summer.

Maybe I have dinner early in summer.

Maybe the sun sets later in summer.

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Here’s my room in summer and in winter.

Can you figure out what time I’m going to bed?

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stop and talk

Stop and Talk

Do you think Arushi goes to bed early in summer?
Why do you think that?

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Here’s what I think: my bedtime just feels early in the summer because the sun stays up longer.

When the sun stays up longer, the days are longer.

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I tell my mom what I think.

She says, “You’ve got it! Summer days are long because the sun rises earlier and sets later.”

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Mom says tomorrow is the Summer Solstice, the longest day of the year.

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The day is long because the sun is up for so long.

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And guess what?

It’s such a special day, Mom says I can stay up later.

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I love summer!

THE END

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Optional Activity: Summer Sunshine

We have created a printable reader based on this Read-Along Mystery.

Print it out in black and white or in color . (Students can color the black and white version!)

Use this reader for partner reading to reinforce the ideas presented in the Read-Along Mystery.

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Optional Extra

Below is an idea for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.

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Activity Prep

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In this Read-Along Mystery, Arushi wonders why she has to go to bed while the sun is still up, and learns that the sun stays up longer on some days than others. The Mystery includes a short exercise where students get moving by acting out a bedtime routine. If you want to extend the lesson, we provide a printable Summer Sunshine Reader that your students can color and use to practice their reading skills.

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Number of students:
Crayons
Colored pencils will also work.
Details
5 crayons per student
Summer Sunshine Reader (grayscale and color) printout 1 per student
Prep Instructions

Print a reader for each student to read and staple at the corner. You can choose to print the black and white version for students to color or a version that's already in color.

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