This is what we woke up to this morning in Minnesota. Of course, it melted by afternoon. “April is the cruelest month,” wrote T.S. Elliot and this morning I agreed, knowing he didn’t simply mean snow. The saying itself is famous. I have been wondering what all the animals that were so busy do on spring days like this. The frogs had been singing so happily and beautifully, the birds were singing and building nests, the ducks were sitting on the doorsteps! Now, where are they?
Beaver at Long Pond
by Lindsay Barrett George, (Author and Illustrator)
Kindergarten Color Page: B is for Beaver Color Page for K
Work page and answer key for students to use inferring to determine facts about beavers from this story: Beaver at Long Pond PDF See also this free 25 page PDF with story and simple research writing frames.
“It’s getting dark, and most of the animals have settled down for the night. But hidden in a lodge in the middle of the pond, a beaver is just opening his eyes, his adventures just beginning.” If the children are wondering where all the animals went at least we can explain things like beaver and muskrat homes they may be able to see. We can explain how they swim up from underneath, enter their homes, and stay warm.
Where do the children suppose the ducks are today, when they are nowhere in sight?
What a difference a day makes!
At least the snow melted and we can again see the green grass. There are sure to be better days ahead.
Happy reading! Carolyn