Teaching With Books
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall;
All the king's horses and all the king's men
Couldn't put Humpty together again. —Mother Goose
This nursery rhyme is a poem called a quatrain. A quatrain always has four lines. It can be a complete poem or a stanza. Quatrains use a variety of rhyming patterns. One of the most common quatrain rhyming patterns is aabb. The first two lines rhyme and the last two lines rhyme. Another common pattern is abab, in which the first and third lines rhyme and the second and fourth lines rhyme.
Birds, turtles, and other animals hatch from eggs. Some of these animals grow a small tooth to help them break the egg apart. This is called an egg tooth. Egg teeth grow in two forms. Baby birds grow sharp points on their beaks. Reptiles grow teeth that stick out of their mouths. After the baby hatches, the egg tooth falls off or wears away.
John James Audubon studied birds. He wrote a famous book that shows all the known species of birds living in the United States during the mid-1800s. He also painted pictures of all the birds.
Change these sentences so they describe the future instead of the past.
1,300 different species of birds have been found in the Amazon rainforest. The number of bird species native to the continental United States is about ½ that many. About how many bird species are native to the continental United States?