Circle Story

Circle Story


As part of the motivation for this lesson, watch the video, then retell the story in a circle as a class—going around two times if you like—to practice the story and understand the organization of the bird's life cycle. One student starts by reading the first sentence. At the blank part, the student next to the first one answers it. Friends can help! The second student then reads the next sentence and asks the student next to him/her to fill in the blank part. This process should continue around the room until all of the sentences have been completed.

  1. High up in the redwood trees there lives a mysterious bird called a _________________________. 
  2. The adult Marbled Murrelet lives in ____________________.
  3. In the sea, it eats _______, which it catches by ________________________________. It moves through the water by swimming with its _____.
  4. Baby Marbled Murrelets spend their first month of life in a ___________________________________.
  5. While they are there, they eat ________________.
  6.  They get fish from their _______________.
  7.  The parents ________________________________________, and bring fish back to the babies.
  8. Babies need protection from _______________.
  9. One kind of enemy is a _______________ that wants to eat them and will attack.
  10. Even though the parents are gone every day for many hours, the baby murrelets stay safe because they _______________.
  11. Camouflaged means their ____________________________________.
  12. After about 30 days, which is one month, the _____________________________ with its beak.
  13. The baby feathers fall onto the tree branches where they _______________.
  14. All the decayed things mix together to make __________ for plants to grow in.
  15. The baby bird is not naked! It has beautiful new _______________.
  16. Now it can fly—to ________! And be with other _______________.

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