Ali the Alligator

- By Carla Gajewskey
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Ali the Alligator

Read “Ali the Alligator” and answer the questions that follow.
1. One morning Ali the Alligator woke up to a toothache. Ali went down stairs for breakfast. Her mom made her frog legs covered in worms. Ali thought that she would just take one bite. She got her fork ready, opened her mouth, and CHOMP. Ali cried with pain.
2. Her mom ran to Ali and asked her what happened. Ali cried big alligator tears and told her mom she would never be able to eat frog legs again because her tooth hurts.
3. Ali’s mom told her that she just needed to go to the dentist. “What is a dentist?” Ali asked. Her mom told her that a dentist was someone who is a doctor for her teeth. Ali was very excited to go to the dentist so that the doctor could fix her tooth.
4. Ali and her mom went to Dr. Chewy’s Swamp Smiles. She started to get nervous and held her mom’s tail tight.
5. Ali felt a pat on her back and looked up to find Dr. Chewy, her dentist. His smile showed all of his nice, sharp alligator teeth. 
6. “Wow, how do you get your teeth to look like that?” Ali asked. “Simple,” Dr. Chewy said. “You just need to follow two rules; always remember to brush and floss your teeth every night before you go to bed and every morning when you wake up. This will keep you from having cavities, which is what causes tooth aches.”
7. Ali was so upset that she didn’t listen to her mom when she was told to brush her teeth every night and morning.
8. Dr. Chewy told her that he would be able to fix her tooth, but she must take care of it and her other teeth. Once Dr. Chewy was finished with Ali’s teeth she felt so happy, and promised that she would brush her teeth every morning and night.
9. This made Dr. Chewy smile his big gator smile, and he gave her a pretty purple toothbrush. Ali could not wait to try her new tooth brush, and eat her frog legs.

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Word Lists:

Brush : an implement with a handle, consisting of bristles, hair, or wire set into a block, used for cleaning or scrubbing, applying a liquid or powder to a surface, arranging the hair, or other purposes

Wake : emerge or cause to emerge from a state of sleep; stop sleeping

Upset : make (someone) unhappy, disappointed, or worried

Nervous : easily agitated or alarmed; tending to be anxious; highly strung

Sharp : (of an object) having an edge or point that is able to cut or pierce something

Finish : bring (a task or activity) to an end; complete

Need : require (something) because it is essential or very important

Able : having the power, skill, means, or opportunity to do something

Promise : a declaration or assurance that one will do a particular thing or that a particular thing will happen

Remember : have in or be able to bring to one's mind an awareness of (someone or something that one has seen, known, or experienced in the past)


Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 378

Unique Words : 154

Sentences : 43

Reading Time : 1:40

Noun : 155

Conjunction : 35

Adverb : 16

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 15

Pronoun : 51

Verb : 71

Preposition : 25

Letter Count : 1,514

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 47

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