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Name:

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Animal Detective Work


You have found some footprints in the snow around your
house and must find out what animals they belong to. Using
the Animal Track Identification Guide, decide which animal
made the following footprints:

Vocabulary
Look at the following pictures. First, write which picture
matches each underlined word in the following sentences.
Second, write the correct answer as you go over these as a
class:
My
Guess

Correct
Answer

1. It is warm and muggy this summer


afternoon.
2. Cammy and her brother put berries in their
containers.
3. White feathers are stuck to the tree.
4. Sam finds a stick and throws it into the
water.
5. A tree has fallen into the pond.

D
E

Match the words with the definition:

Word

Definition

muggy

-A small body of water.

containers

-Hot, wet feeling weather.

feathers

-One of the things that


cover a bird.

stick

-A branch from a tree.

pond

-Something to hold things.

As a class, write one sentence for each word:


1. muggy
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2. containers
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3. feathers
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4. stick
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5. pond

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Vocabulary II

Look at the following pictures. First, write which picture


matches each underlined word in the following sentences.
Second, write the correct answer as you go over these as a
class:
My
Guess
6. The pig walked through the mud.
7. I saw a beaver chewing a tree.
8. I found a beautiful shell at the beach.
9. I think he is hiding in a bush.
10. The birds are sitting on the dock.

Correct
Answer

D
E

Match the words with the definition:

Word
mud
beaver
shell
bush
dock

Definition
- A parking place for
boats.
- A hard, outer
covering of an animal.
- A mammal that
chews down trees to
make its home.
- A plant like a small,
short tree.
- A mixture of dirt and
water.

As a class, write one sentence for each word:


6. mud
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7. beaver
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8. shell
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9. bush
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10. dock
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Vocabulary III
Context Clues
When you read and find a word you dont know, you can
sometimes guess what the word means by the other
words in the sentences.
Read the sentences below and guess what picture
matches that word. Underline the words in the sentences
that helped you figure out the meaning.
1. The boy walked down the path until he got to the pond.

2. The raccoon is an animal that lives in the woods.

3. My mother grows azaleas in her garden.

4. I like looking at the footprints my dog makes when he walks in


the snow.

Vocabulary Review

Write the correct vocabulary word under each picture:

muggy
containers
feather
stick
pond
mud
beaver
shell
bush
clock
path
raccoon
azalea
footprints

Comprehension Questions One


Answer the following questions in complete sentences. The
sections underlined should be part of your answer.
For example:
- Q: What is Mr. Valens first name?

A: Mr. Valens first name is Mark.

1. What are the childrens names?


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2. What are the children going to pick?


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3. What was in the maple tree?
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4. What left its footprint in the moss?
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5. Who left a pile of branches and mud?
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6. What did the painted terrapin leave on the bank?

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Comprehension Questions Two


1. What was in the branches of a tree?
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2. What two things does Sam do in the water?
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3. What animal brought mussel shells?
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4. Who are waiting for the children at the dock?
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5. What animals are found in this story?
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6. Who do you think picked the buckets of blueberries?


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Name:
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Review

Writing Sentences
A sentence needs at least two things: a subject and a verb. The
subject is who or what the sentence is about. It is often a noun, but it
doesnt have to be. The verb is what the subject did, is doing, or will
do.
Brainstorm for a list of subjects and a list of verbs.

Subjects

Verbs

Now make some simple sentences by mixing the subjects


and verbs you listed:
1. ____________________________________________________________
2. ____________________________________________________________
3. ____________________________________________________________
4. ____________________________________________________________
5. ____________________________________________________________

Present Tense Sentences


Something that is in the present tense means it happens now. The
following is from page 197 in our story. Circle all of the present tense
verbs:

Sam finds a stick. He wants someone to


throw it.
Not now, Sam, William says. Weve
got to pick blueberries.
Their dog lies down on the soft
sphagnum moss.
William, look at this footprint, says
Cammy.

If you look at the above section, some of the verbs end with an s and
others do not. If the subject is one person or thing other than I (me)
or you, you add the letter s. For example:
Subject
I
You
Mr. Jarvis
We
They
You (group)

Subject
I
You
The cheese
We
They
You (group)

Verb
sing
sing
sings
sing
sing
sing

Verb
stink
stink
stinks
stink
stink
stink

Fill in the missing blanks in each set of verbs. Be sure to look at what
the subject is!
Subject
I
You
My dog
We
They
You (group)

Subject
I
You
Mr. Last
We
They
You (group)

Verb

play

Verb
write

write
write

Subject
I
You
A cow
We
They
You (group)

Verb
eat
eats

Subject
I
You
My pen
We
They
You (group)

Verb
fall

fall

Expanding Sentences
It is not always enough to just use a subject and a verb. Often, we
need to say more than this in one sentence. Make the following
sentences (taken from the last assignment) more interesting by adding
details:
1.

We play ____________________________________________________.

2. I write _____________________________________________________.
3. A cow eats ___________________________________________________.
4. I fall ____________________________________________________.
Next, write interesting sentences using present tense verbs about the
following pictures:

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1.

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2.

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3.

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