Dictation Selections Grade 1-3

Dictation Sentences (Grades 1-3)

After the sugar snow had gone, spring came. Birds sang in the leafing hazel bushes along the crooked rail fence.

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Papa came at last. His steps on the stairs were slow and heavy tonight. It had been a long hard day at the shop with very little business done.

All of a Kind Family by Sydney Taylor
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“In the sheltered harbor there were waves, but nothing to matter. The big rocks on either side broke the waves before they could get in. But they could hear the crashing of breakers on the outer shoals and along the steep western shore”

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome
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Sarah lay on a quilt under a tree.

The Courage of Sarah Noble by Alice Dalgliesh
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It was a fine spring morning in the forest as he started out.

Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne
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The river was swift and muddy. The sun shining on it made the ripples first brown and then blue.

Little Pear by Eleanor Frances Lattimore

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When Reddy Fox turned to speak to Shadow the Weasel, he found himself alone. At least he thought himself alone, and he smiled a wicked, selfish smile as he walked over to Billy Mink’s duck. He was thinking how smart he had been to get rid of all the others, and of how he would enjoy the feast

all by himself.

 

Mother West Wind’s Children by Thornton Burgess

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Mr. Chipmunk, because you have been faithful, because you have been cheerful, because you have done your best, henceforth you shall have two pockets, one in each cheek, so that you can carry two nuts at once, that you may not have to work so hard the next time I tell you to store a thousand nuts.

 

Mother West Wind’s Children by Thornton Burgess

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Christopher Columbus made a mistake when he landed his boats on the shores of the new land! He thought the world was much smaller than it really is, so he thought he had sailed all the way around it and had landed in India.That is why he called the brown skinned people he saw “Indians.”

 

Vostaas:  White Buffalo’s Story of Plains Indian Life by Maxine Ruppel

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When she reached the top of the hill, she saw a wood in the distance.

 

The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
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The startled hobbits peered out of lamplit doors to gape at it.

 

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien

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He wore a tall pointed blue hat, a long gray cloak, and a silver scarf. 

 

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein

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"How bright your garden looks!" said Gandalf.

 

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkein
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She had small piggy eyes, a sunken mouth, and one of those white flabby faces that looked exactly as though it had been boiled. 

 

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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Oh, it was a frantic and terrible trip!

 

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
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"Do sea gulls have teeth?" wondered Sal as she wiggled her own loose one with her tongue.

 

One Morning in Maine by Robert McCloskey
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It seemed a very unusual kind of bear.

 

A Bear Called Paddington by Michael Bond

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They had to lay Toad out on the floor, kicking and calling all sorts of names, before they could get to work properly.

 

Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame
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The lion roared so loud it knocked Peter right off his chair.

Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg
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Secrets are hard to keep.

 

Charlotte's Web by E.B. White

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I watched a marsh hawk wheel down behind the barn.

 

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
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The sea washes over and over and around the stone, rolling it until it is round and perfect.

 

Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
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Depend upon it; there is nothing so unnatural as the commonplace.

 

Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle

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There was no noise now but the lapping of the lake on the rocks.

 

Swallows and Amazons by Arthur Ransome

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The villagers hired to clear that stretch of woods had already moved on, leaving a wake of toppled trees and raw stumps. 

 

Wizard in the Tree by Lloyd Alexander

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The weather was so cold and the snug house was so comfortable.

 

Little House by Wilder

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The air was still and cold and dark.

 

Little House by Wilder

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The rushing sound of the water filled the still air.

 

Little House by Wilder

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Their stench made his nostrils twitch.

 

The Cat Who Wished to be a Man by Lloyd Alexander

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Even Gimli, as stout as any dwarf could be, was grumbling as he trudged.

 

Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R.Tolkien

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Then he began to slither backward, an inch at a time.

 

Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

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There was water trickling down the mountain, but it was sour and brackish.

 

Gammage Cup by Carol Kendall

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We are plain quiet folk and have no use for adventures.

 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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It was a dwarf with a blue beard tucked into a golden belt, and very bright eyes under his dark-green hood.

 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

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The bird rose in its nest of fire, stretched its wings, and flew out into the room.

 

The Phoenix and The Carpet by E. Nesbit

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Not even black cats would cross his path.

 

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

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When the guests stood up to toast the king, their wigs came flying off.

 

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

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A plan had been tumbling about in his head.

 

The Whipping Boy by Sid Fleischman

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This was all new to them, dirt, earth, dead leaves, grass, twigs, mushrooms, worms.

 

Catwings by Ursula Le Guin

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A little creek ran nearby. They heard the sound of it and went to drink, for they were very thirsty. 

 

Catwings by Ursula Le Guin

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April rain was dripping off the branches as I rode beneath them.

 

The Canterbury Tales by Geraldine McCaughrean

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With that, he started to melt, like butter on a hot plate, very quickly into the ground. 

 

The Adventures of King Midas by Lynne Reid Banks

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    The badger did not stop running until it was broad daylight, cold and crystal clear. He halted in a small clearing at the forest edge.

 

Outcast of Redwall by Brian Jaques

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The flowers shone as if they'd been cleaned and polished, and the tall trees that lined the road shimmered in silvery green.

 

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster

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There were no houses.  There were no roads.  There were no people.  There were only trees and the wild animals, who had their homes among them.

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Laura thought that Jack Frost was a little man all snowy white wearing a glittering pointed cap and soft white knee boots made of deer skin.  His coat was white and his mittens were white, and he did not carry a gun on his back, but in his hands he had shining sharp tools with which he carved the pictures.  Ma said that Jack Frost came in the night and made the pictures, while everyone was asleep.

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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But Laura was happiest of all.  She had a big rag doll.  She had a face of white cloth with black button eyes.  A black pencil had made her eyebrows, and her cheeks and her mouth were red with the ink made of pokeberries.

 

 Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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For days the sun shone and the weather was warm.  There was no frost on the window in the mornings.  All day the icicles fell one by one from the eaves with soft smashing and crackling sounds in the snow banks beneath.  The trees shook their wet black branches and chunks of snow fell down.

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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Uncle George was home from the army.  He wore his blue army coat with the brass buttons and he had bold, merry blue eyes.  He was big and broad and he walked with a swagger.  Laura looked at him all the times she was eating her hasty pudding because she had heard Pa say to Ma that he was wild. 

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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The Petersons had just moved in.  Their house was new and always very neat, because Mrs. Peterson had no little girls to muss it up.  She was a Swede.  She let Laura and Mary look at all the pretty things she had brought from Sweden, laces and colored embroidery and china. 

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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But Laura lay awake a little while, listening to Pa’s fiddle softly playing and to the lonely wound of the wind in the Big Woods.  She looked a Pa sitting on the bench by the hearth, and the firelight gleaming on his brown hair and beard and glistening on the honey-brown fiddle.  She looked at Ma, gently rocking and knitting.  She thought to herself, “ This is now.  She was glad that the cozy house, and Pa and Ma and firelight and music were now.  They could not be forgotten, she thought, because now is now.  It can never be a long time ago. 

 

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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On the other side of the canvas, Pet and Patty were eating their corn.  When Patty whooshed into the feed-box, the whoosh was right at Laura’s ear.  There were little scurrying sounds in the grass.  In the tress by the creek and owl called, “Who-oo? Who-oo!”  Farther away another owl answered “Oo-oo, oooo.”  Far away on the prairie, the wolves howled, and under the wagon Jack growled low in his chest.  In the wagon everything was safe and snug. 

 

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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“Have you ever met up, down yonder, with two little young girls named Mary and Laura?” 

 

“I surely am acquainted with them,  Mr. Edwards replied.

 

“It rests heavy on my mind,” said Santa Claus.  “They are both of them sweet, pretty, good little young things, and I know they are expecting me.  I surely do hate to disappoint two good little girls like them.  Yet with the water up the way it is, I can’t ever make it across that creek.  I can figure no way whatsoever to get to their cabin this year, Edwards,” Santa Claus said.  “Would you do me the favor to fetch them their gifts this one tiem?”

 

“I’ll do that, and with pleasure,” Mr. Edwards told him.

 

Then Santa Claus and Mr. Edwards stepped across the street to the hitching post where the pack mule was tied.  (“Didn’t he have his reindeer?” Laura asked.  “You known he couldn’t,” Mary said.  “There isn’t any snow.”  “Exactly,” said Mr. Edwards.  Santa Claus traveled with a pack mule in the southwest.

 

 Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

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A barn is never perfectly quiet.    

 

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White

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She can't wait to taste her mother's lizard stew!   

 

The Story of the World by Susan Wise Bauer

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It made me feel like I had just been born again and had my whole life to live over.

The Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls

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He whistled softly and Aroma came out and climbed into the basket.                                                                                

 

The Complete Adventures of Homer Price by Robert McCloskey

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