Informational (nonfiction), 634 words, Level M (Grade 2)
Readers are asked to imagine that they are skunks in this informational read. They are told why nobody likes them, why they stink, and who their enemies are. It is explained that skunks are born in groups of five or six, drink their mother's milk, and live at home for nearly a year before venturing into the world. The mammal's greatest enemy is disclosed, and the connection between skunks and people is touched upon. Photographs and captions support the text.
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arch, burrows, enemies, mammal, musk, rabies, relatives, rodents, warnings
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Main Idea and Details : Identify the main idea and supporting details
R-Controlled Vowels : Fluently read the r-controlled /u/ vowel
Grammar and Mechanics
Adjectives : Identify and understand the use of adjectives
Antonyms : Recognize and use antonyms
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