Perfect Pizzas | Fact and Details | Fourth Grade

This is a story about how Isabelle and Esteban come up with a cool idea to solve their problem.

Subject: Reading
Subskill: Reading Comprehension
Concept: Facts and Details
Grade Level: Upper Elementary

Isabelle and Esteban sat on the balcony of their apartment looking down at the tiny cars below them. “Sorry kids!” Father said in a loud voice as he put on his coat.

“Even with all my hours at the pizza restaurant, the Bank of Dad is still low. Now do your homework and I’ll see you when I get home!”

As the door closed behind him, Esteban and Isabelle let out a big sigh. For weeks now, the kids at school have been talking about the field trip.

“It would be so cool to see the shark exhibit at the city aquarium!” they both thought to themselves, but they knew not to ask their father again.

Suddenly, a smile spread across Esteban’s face. “I have the perfect idea. Come on!” he exclaimed, walking quickly to the kitchen. Isabelle was not far behind him.

Isabelle watched Esteban grab one of Father’s big bowls and begin mixing some flour and water together. She caught on quickly and rolled up her sleeves to pitch in and help. Soon they had six small balls of dough. “Perfect!” they nodded to each other in unison.

“We’d better get our homework done before Father gets home,” said Isabelle.

“No problem. It’ll take a while before the dough is ready anyways,” answered Esteban.

Within a few hours, their homework was done, and they were back in the kitchen flattening the dough balls into pancake shapes. The fun part was next.

They spread tomato sauce over the flattened-out dough and sprinkled mozzarella cheese over it. Then they plunked the remaining ingredients on top. Soon, the mushroom, pepperoni and sausage pizzas were ready for the oven!

Just as the pizzas were ready to come out of the oven, the phone rang. It was their neighbor, Mr. Khan. “Hey, we smell something delicious in the hallway and we want to know what it is,” he said.

“Well, we’re making special pizzas to raise money for our school field trip. Would you like to pre-order some?” Esteban asked in his most grown-up voice.

“Sure! In fact, you’ve got four sold already. The Gibson family wants some pizza too!” Mr. Khan replied enthusiastically.

Esteban hung up the phone and smiled at Isabelle. “Perfect!” he said again.
“Yes,” said Isabelle boastfully, “perfect pizzas!”

Well, it wasn’t long before word — and smell –spread throughout the apartment building. For the next three weeks, Esteban and Isabelle were busy making “”Perfect Pizzas” every day after school.

When the morning of the long-awaited field trip finally arrived, Esteban and Isabelle could hardly contain their excitement.

As they turned to put their coats on, they noticed a shiny look in their father’s eyes. “I’m so proud of you both,” he said, putting his strong arms around them.

“Thanks, Father,” said Esteban. “We’re pretty proud of ourselves too.” Then they waved goodbye and hurried off to catch the school bus.

Here are some questions to ask after listening to the story:

Where did Isabelle and Esteban want to go?
What did they do to raise the money?
How did the neighbors find out about the pizzas?
How did their father feel about them earning money?

Reading Curriculum and Reading Games by Smart Tutor

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