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Name: ______________________________ Chicken and the Mighty Storm by Anita N. Amin Chicken raced to the barnyard, excited for the picnic. Suddenly she slid to a stop. Gray storm clouds were filling the sky. Anxiously, Chicken turned back toward the barn. Just then Pig passed by. “Aren’t you going to the picnic?” he squealed. “All that delicious pig-nic food... I can’t wait to pig out!” He licked his chops. Chicken cocked her head. Couldn’t Pig see a mighty storm was brewing? “What if it rains?” Chicken asked. “I’ll get soaked, maybe even sick! I can’t fly with the flu.” Pig looked up at the sky. “It’s not that bad. Besides, you can’t fly.” “I fly a little,” Chicken said. “Just not in bad weather. We should go inside.” Pig grunted. “Suit yourself. But I’m going to the picnic.” He left. Wind ruffled Chicken’s feathers. Dirt whirled around the yard. The storm was close! Chicken hurried to the barn. She reached it as her friends were leaving. Horse neighed. “Whoa, Chicken! Wrong way. The picnic is over there.” He pointed his nose toward the picnic area. Chicken shook her head. Couldn’t Horse hear the wind howling? “It’s too windy,” Chicken said. “What if I blow away? Then where will I be? Maybe the moon, that’s where.” Cow mooed. “Don’t be a coward, dearie.” “I’m not a coward.” Chicken clucked. “A mighty storm is coming. What if something Super Teacher Worksheets - www.superteacherworksheets.com happens? The rain might wash us all the way to the ocean! We should stay inside.” Cow and Horse snorted. “Suit yourself. But we’re going to the picnic.” They left. Chicken strutted to her coop. She hoped her friends weren’t in danger. But at least she felt safe. No rain, no wind, no worries in here. Chicken settled down. Soon she heard her friends frolicking outside. “The races are about to begin!” someone announced. “What if I miss all of the fun?” Chicken whispered. Suddenly, the ground shook. The barn rattled. Thunder rumbled. Large raindrops poured down from the gray clouds above. Chicken flapped her wings in fear. The mighty storm was here! She hoped her friends would hurry back. She didn’t want to be alone. Lightning zapped. Thunder crashed. Shouts and shrieks filled the air. Chicken gulped. Were her friends in trouble, stuck in the storm? What should she do? She didn’t know. But she couldn’t hide if they needed help. So she crept to the doorway and peeped outside. Her friends were stampeding back to the barn! It was pouring! Lightning flashed. As they dashed inside, her friends groaned. “You were right! We are soaked!” They dripped puddles onto the barn floor. Chicken raised her wings. “I don’t want to crow, but never argue with a chicken about the weather. Why else do you think there’s a rooster on the weather vane?” Then she strutted back to her dry, cozy coop and smiled, glad that her friends were safe. Sometimes it paid to be chicken. Super Teacher Worksheets - www.superteacherworksheets.com Name: ______________________________ Chicken and the Mighty Storm by Anita N. Amin 1. Based on what you read in this story, what does it mean to “be chicken”? a. to do something even though you don't want to do it b. to take a risk c. to be afraid or scared d. to be strong and brave 2. How many animal characters are mentioned in the story? a. three b. four c. five d. six 3. An exaggeration is a statement that makes things seem worse than they really are. Put a check mark ( ) next to the phrases that are exaggerations. “All that delicious pig-nic food... I can’t wait to pig out!” “What if I blow away? Then where will I be? Maybe the moon, that’s where.” “The races are about to begin!” someone announced. “The rain might wash us all the way to the ocean!” 4. Based on what you read, list some of of the emotions Chicken felt throughout the story. ___________________________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________________________ 5. At the end of the story, Chicken mentions the object in this picture. What is it? _________________________ Super Teacher Worksheets - www.superteacherworksheets.com Name: ______________________________ Chicken and the Mighty Storm by Anita N. Amin Draw lines to match the words from the story with their meanings. 1. coward

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