Readability Level: 2nd Grade Readability
Recommended Ages: 9-16+
Subject/Genre: Space Adventures
DRP Lexile Rating: Lexile: 330-390
Ella, Kimi, and twins Franklin and Edison live on the space ship Star Lab 3 with their scientist parents. The Star Lab crew travels from planet to planet to find rocks, plants and other things that might be useful to people. When some of these things turn out to be dangerous, the Star Lab kids must take action!
Someone keeps dumping food all over the ship, and the kids are getting blamed. When they try to find out who’s really at fault, it puts Kimi in danger.
Lighter Than Air:
Something is causing the kids to float. It sounds like fun until they realize they can’t control it. Will they ever be able to walk on the floor again?
The Green Boy:
Star Lab 3 takes on two passengers—and one of them is a green boy. Are he and his mother aliens?
Kimi’s mom is studying a skeleton of a large bird-like creature. Even though it’s really old, it smells wonderful—and that becomes a big problem.
Star Lab 3 has landed on a new planet with amazing plants. Are the amazing plants safe? The Star Lab Kids find out the answer the hard way.
- 95% of the words used are drawn from the 1,200 most commonly used words in English, both decodable and sight words.
- 5% of the words are story specific and are defined in context and used multiple times.
- Text is highly connected to promote fluency and comprehension.
Reviews & Comments:
My readers enjoyed the topic of space travel. As a tutor of dyslexic students, I appreciate having chapter books that are decodable and provide much repetition of the most common high frequency words. These books allow readers to practice their skills in an enjoyable manner. They improve confidence as students can read stories that cover topics appealing to older students.
My younger kids liked them as simple chapter books. They are better than Diary of a Wimpy kid style books.
Readers practice reading fluently. They practice decoding and focus on the most common high frequency words.