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This book helps readers practice different endings of Dolch sight words.
What are Dolch Words?

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Albert, the Apple-eating Appaloosa
Dolch Horse Stories

© Betsy B. Lee 2002
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Albert stopped eating grass when he saw children walking beside the paved road. They were far away. He liked children. He started eating again.

"Do you see Mr. Rogers?" asked Beth as she sat on her horse. "He is Linda's teacher this year."

Albert looked and looked. He saw Mr. Rogers, another grown-up, and Beth's daughter. Then he saw them walk across the road toward him.

Oh no! thought Albert. They are coming to ride me! No Way! There are too many children! I am out of here!

He turned around and ran away fast.

Albert, the appaloosa wearing a hat
This is just the beginning of the first story.

See how the children won Albert's heart.

Enjoy the other short stories about Albert.

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Contents

Albert and the School Children
A Hurt Leg
Getting Out
Horse Talk
The Police
Goodbye Mister
A New Home and New Friends
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Albert, the Apple Eating Appaloosa

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This book has all of the pre-primer through first grade Dolch sight words.
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A Funny Dolch Word Book #1:
Stories, Poems, Word Searches

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The Fly

I saw a fly go by.
He was a little fly.
I saw him fly here and there.
I saw him fly over me.

I saw him stop. What was up?
I saw him walk here and there.
Then, he came to walk on me.

"No, little fly! Just walk on by!
No, no, not on me. Go away!
I think you may not walk on me," I said.

Again, I saw the fly go by.
I saw him fly here and there.
I saw him fly over me.
I saw the fly fly by.
Then, I saw him fly away from me.

A Funny Dolch Word Book #1

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This book has all of the second grade Dolch sight words. What are Dolch Words?
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A Funny Dolch Word Book #2
Stories, Poems, Fables, Word Searches

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The Old Lion and the Fox
An Aesop Fable Retold by Betsy B. Lee

   Once upon a time, a lion was too old to hunt very well so he made a plan.

   "Oh! I am so sick. Please, come to see me or I will die all alone," he called as a chicken walked by.

   The chicken felt sorry for the old lion, and he walked into the den. The lion ate the chicken.

   "Oh! I am so sick. Please, come to see me or I will die all alone," he called as a duck walked by.

   The duck felt sorry for the old lion, and she walked into the den. The lion ate the duck.

   He ate a deer, a wolf, and a rabbit.

   "Oh! I am so sick. Please, come to see me or I will die all alone," he called as a fox walked by.

   "Oh, I don't think so," said the fox. "Thank you for asking, but I see many footprints going into your den. I don't see any coming out. A sick lion should not have a crowd in his den. It would be best for the others to come out before I go in."

   The fox ran away fast.

To stay out of trouble, don't make the same mistakes others make.
A Funny Dolch Word Book #2

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This book has all of the third grade Dolch sight words. What are Dolch Words?
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A Funny Dolch Word Book #3
Stories, Fables, Word Searches

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The Donkey's Shadow
An Aesop Fable Retold by Betsy B. Lee

   A man rented a donkey. He got the donkey's owner to show him the way across the desert. The first man put a bottle of water and a bag of food on the donkey's back for the long walk.

   The two men walked far into the desert. They got very hot. They had a drink of water. They gave some to the donkey, too.

   "I want some shade," said the first man. "There are no trees so I will rest in the donkey's shadow."

   "I own this donkey!" shouted the owner. "So I own his shadow! I will rest in his shadow!"

   "I rented this donkey!" shouted the first man. "So I rented his shadow! I will rest in his shadow!"

   The donkey did not like the fighting. He ran far away. He carried the water and the food with him.

   Ah! He took his shadow, too!

   Fighting made both of them lose what they wanted.

It can be better to share than to fight.
A Funny Dolch Word Book #3

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See the Similarities Differences Training Lesson Plan for improving reading skills. This includes worksheets for learning different endings of Dolch sight words.

Benefits of Having Few Pictures

The original books by E. W. Dolch had few pictures.

  1. Many Dolch words can't be shown by pictures, e. g. is, saw, was, am, were, where, will, can.
  2. Remedial and ESL use is enhanced because these books appeal to all age levels.
  3. Pictures of the actions and scenes can lead to lucky guesses without improved word recognition.
  4. Creativity can be developed by having students form their own mental images. Some might want to draw their own illustrations on extra paper.

The Albert book has only one picture per chapter. The other Dolch books have no pictures.

What are Dolch Words?

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E. W. Dolch surveyed numerous books, and he compiled lists of words which comprise 50% to 75% of the text in children's books. Dolch words need to be recognized instantly without depending on pictures for cues. These words usually can't be shown by pictures. Many of them cannot be sounded out.

He identified 220 words. These are service words which help comprehension. The lists are divided into pre-primer - third grade. These levels don't represent levels of difficulty. These divisions only indicate that third grade words did not appear frequently in pre-primer through second grade books. They did appear frequently in the third grade books. All of these words should be learned in first grade.

Dolch also identified 95 of the most commonly used nouns in pre-primer through third grade books.

The Dolch books in this catalog have been used for adult literacy, ESL, regular classes, and special education.

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