This is a set of 3 activity sheets to accompany the Phonics Library story "The Big Surprise" from the Houghton Mifflin reading program. New! Revised in February 2011 to include writing skills as tested on state tests and benchmark tests! These are great activities for independent work during universal access time. The sheets for this story cover the following skills: synonyms/antonyms, personal connections, writing skills, ABC order, syllables, plurals, sequencing, short and long a and i sounds, nouns and verbs, making predictions, suffixes, characters and setting, and table of contents. In my classroom, the children complete these during independent work time, then we check answers together. They love doing them!