Week 1: In the Swim
- spurt: to splash out quickly
- slimy: slippery and gooey
- colt: a young male horse
- regal: magnificent
- The frog’s skin has a slimy feel.
- My older brother likes to brag about how high he can jump.
- A spurt of water came out as I turned on the hose.
- The mother horse ran around the corral with her colt.
- Lucy’s red velvet cape made her look regal.
- The catfish does not wish to be a cat because it is content to be a fish. Pg 6
- Some people mistake eels for snakes. Pg 13
- Sea horses don’t eat oats. Pg 17
- Starfish do not have a brain. Pg 21
- Flounders wait at the bottom of the sea on their smooth white side. Pg 25
- Sharks do not fear the other fish. Pg 26
- The fly fish can soar above a wave. Pg 30
- The anglerfish has set a trap with its dangling, fleshy flap. Pg 34
- The skinny skate are flat as plates. Pg 37
- Jellyfish have tentacles that can paralyze. Pg 41
- The tetra is a very small, minute, petite fish. Pg 46
Week 2: Lizards, Frogs, and Polliwogs
- rare: very uncommon
- roam: to go from place to place
- prey: animal’s live food
- dwell: to live or stay
- oval: a round shape, not a circle
- The roasted turkey was served on an oval shaped plate.
- The sleeping zebra became the lion’s prey.
- At the zoo we saw many rare types of snakes.
- Rabbits like to dwell in dark, small burrows.
- When we go to the beach, we like to roam and search for shells.
- Skinks are lizards that slink through grass. Pg 6
- The tortoise is born with a shell. Pg 9
- The gecko can climb up walls without falling. Pg 10
- The poet does not want to be an iguana because they have spiny tails. Pg 14
- The Komodo dragon is the largest lizard on Earth. Pg 18
- The Gila monster has poison in his jaws. Pg 24
- The python squeezes its prey. Pg 25
- Chameleons are able to change color and are hard to find. Pg 26
- Polliwogs yearn to turn into a frog. Pg 30
- The midwife toad carries eggs on its back. Pg 33
- Red-eyed tree frogs hatch from eggs. Pg 41
- Under their chins, spring peepers have a thin balloon to sing. Pg 46
Week 3: Mammalabilia
- odd: strange or different
- grace: beauty and elegance
- trek: to take a journey on foot
- femur: a leg bone
- dine: to eat
- The ballet dance moved across stage with grace.
- During the summer, my uncle is planning to trek across the southwest United States.
- The old truck made an odd sound when we tried to start it.
- Mike plans to dine with his grandparents on his birthday.
- I broke my femur when I fell off my horse.
- The Bactrian camel has two humps. Pg 9
- Coyotes are famous for their howl. Pg13
- The beaver stops streams by building dams. Pg 17
- Otters love water. Pg 25
- Elephants mostly eat grass. Pg 29
- In Madagascar lemurs swing through trees. Pg 34
- The giraffe has a double-decker, cloud-checker, star-trekker neck. Pg 37
- The hippo swim by day to keep cool and eats grass at night. Pg 38
- Boars are closely related to the pig. Pg 41
- During the winter bear goes to sleep until spring. Pg 42
- Porcupines like to eat bark and leaves. Pg 45
- Tigers have fur that is striped. Pg 46
Week 4: Insectlopedia
- pupa: an inset in a cocoon
- dainty: delicate
- glide: to move very smoothly
- tip: the very end of something
- wince: to shrink back
- I watched the colorful marble slowly glide across the tabletop.
- The caterpillar transformed in a cocoon after eating a bunch of parsley.
- Touching the hot iron caused me to wince.
- Karen softly touched the baby mouse with the tip of her finger.
- My baby sister picked a bouquet of little dainty flowers.
- The hungry caterpillar will rest in a pupa becoming a butterfly. Pg 6
- Dragonflies eat flies and bees. Pg 9
- The praying mantis sits upon a twig. Pg 17
- The black widow’s fangs carry venom. Pg 18
- The Ioth moth’s spots ward off birds. Pg 21
- Whirligig beetles twirl and glide on pond or lake. Pg 22
- Wheeils are pests that drill holes in bolls of cotton. Pg 25
- The walking stick is an insect that looks like a twig or stalk. Pg 26
- Hornets are insects that build a pulpy paper nest. Pg 29
- Mosquitos are rude insects that feast on you skin. Pg 33
- Crickets make noise by rubbing each wing. Pg 41
- The mayfly flies in May or June. Pg 46
Week 5: On the Wing
- hue: color
- hover: to float above
- mimic: to copy or imitate
- huddle: to stand close together
- crimson: dark red
- The tropical fish were a vibrant hue of green.
- On cold nights, we huddle close together.
- We watched the hummingbird hover over a flower.
- For fun, the twins often mimic each others movements.
- The ripe cherries were a crimson color.
- The dippers are birds that are able to swim. Pg 10
- Frigate birds are able to inflate their red chest. Pg 13
- Hummingbirds are the size of a thumb. Pg 14
- Roadrunners like to eat toads. Pg 21
- The hill mynah can talk and sing. Pg 25
- Royal spoonbills have noses shaped like a spoon. Pg 26
- Emperor penguins gather on ice packs. Pg 33
- The hawk’s eyes are keen and mean. Pg 34
- The weavers build spacious nests using twigs and leaves. Pg 41
- The stork has a bill as sharp as a knife or fork. Pg 42
- The nightjar likes to hunt insects during the night. Pg 46