Lesson 3:Animals in Danger!

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Lesson 3:Animals in Danger!
Level: K
DRA: 20
Science
Strategy:
Analyze/Evaluate
Word Count: 500
3.1.3 Build Vocabulary
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Online Leveled Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-547-02125-6
ISBN-10: 0-547-02125-9
1032007
H O UG H T O N M IF F L IN
by Patricia Ann Lynch
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Animals in Danger
What animals do you see every
day? Do you see squirrels? Do you
see birds? How would you feel if these
animals were gone forever? Would you
miss them?
Many animals are in danger. They
could die out or never live on Earth
again. These animals would be extinct.
Some animals are already extinct.
There is still time for others, though.
And here’s some more good news. You
can help save animals that are at risk.
These animals have
already died out.
dodo
passenger
pigeon
These animals
are in danger.
mountain
gorilla
bengal
tiger
blue
whale
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What Can Hurt Animals?
Why are animals in danger of
extinction? Unfortunately, there are lots
of reasons. And sadly, most of these
reasons have to do with people.
Giant pandas eat little besides bamboo.
If the bamboo disappears, they will starve.
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People are the cause of many animals
losing their homes.
Some animals are hunted. When too
many are killed, they become extinct.
Other animals lose their homes
because people are spreading out.
People often build houses where animals
live. Then the animals may have no
place to go.
Dirty air and water are problems, too.
Without clean air to breath and water to
drink, animals can die.
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Kids Can Help
It’s a fact that people cause a lot of
problems for animals. But people can
help animals, too.
Kids like you are doing a lot to save
animals. One project is called Teaching
Kids to CARE. The group has contacted
schools to teach kids about animals that
are at risk and what they can do to help.
Then the kids work to protect animals.
Baby turtles are fun to watch.
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At one school in New Jersey, kids
help to save sea turtles. The turtles
cross a road to lay their eggs in sand.
But then birds and other animals often
eat the eggs.
So the students collect the turtles’
eggs and protect them until they hatch.
Then they take them to the sea.
Schools can teach kids how to help animals.
Adopt a Whale
There are lots of other ways to
help save animals. Some groups ask
people to adopt an animal. People
give what they can afford to help take
care of the animal.
You can do this. You and an adult
can stand outside a store and ask
customers to give money to save a
whale or another creature.
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You might earn enough to adopt a
whale. Don’t worry—the whale won’t
live with you. It will stay out in the
ocean, and the money will be used to
protect it.
Many people work hard to save whales.
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How to Help
Can you figure out a way to help
animals? Here are some ideas:
❯ Don’t litter.
❯ Help clean up your block
if you live in a city.
❯ Pick up trash.
❯ Respect the land and animals.
❯ Raise money for groups that help
animals.
Working at a
pet shelter is
a good way
to help save
animals.
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Responding
Word Builder
What might you find on a city block or a
neighborhood? Write something different
you might see in each circle.
TARGET VOCABULARY
sidewalks
what I can
see on a
block
Write About It
Text to Self Write a paragraph telling about
the block where you live. What makes it
special? How could you make it be even
better? Use words from the word web.
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TARGET VOCABULARY
afford
block
contacted
customers
earn
figure
raise
spreading
Analyze/Evaluate Think
about what you read. Then form an opinion
about it.
TARGET STRATEGY
Take one letter out of me, and you’ll
need a key to open me.
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Level: K
DRA: 20
Science
Strategy:
Analyze/Evaluate
Word Count: 500
3.1.3 Build Vocabulary
HOUGHTON MIFFLIN
Online Leveled Books
ISBN-13: 978-0-547-02125-6
ISBN-10: 0-547-02125-9
1032007
H O UG H T O N M IF F L IN

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