When a bee colony becomes overcrowded, the queen bee's instinct tells her that she must swarm, leaving her nest to a new queen and establishing a new colony herself.
Written by Laura Appleton-Smith and Illustrated by Preston Neel
Target Letter-Sound Correspondences: Single long vowels and patterns consolidation: /Ä/ a; /Ä“/ e; /Ä«/ i, igh & patterns ild, ight; /Å/ o&patterns old, ost; /Å«/ and /ÅÅ/ u_e
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Common Core State Standards Aligned as: Informational Text
Flyleaf Recommended Grade Level: 1-2**
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Percent Wholly Decodable: 76%
Percent High-Frequency Words: 20%
Percent Story Words: 4%
Number of words: 667
Guided Reading Measure: K: Grade 2
DRA Measure: 16-18: Grade 2-3
Lexile Measure: 770L: Grade 3**
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