Informational (nonfiction), 154 words, Level F (Grade 1), Lexile 370L
If someone asked you to name smart animals, chances are you wouldn't mention the crow. Yet this bird exhibits surprisingly intelligent behavior. Emergent readers will be fascinated to learn about the crow's clever tricks and actions. A mixture of photographs and fun illustrations that support the text will maintain their interest.
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Use the reading strategy of asking and answering questions to understand text
Identify main idea and details
Discriminate the initial consonant blend cr
Associate the letters cr with the /cr/ sound
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