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Realistic (fiction), 625 words, Level N (Grade 2), Lexile 830L
Owen and the Tortoise is based on the true story of Owen, a baby hippopotamus who was in the river with his mother when a huge tsunami hit the coast of Africa. He was separated from his mother, swept out to sea, and then thrown by a giant wave back onto the shore, alone. A park ranger rescued Owen and took him to a wildlife park, where he befriended an old tortoise who reminded him of his mother. Illustrations support the text.
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Grammar and Mechanics
Adjectives : Identify adjectives and the nouns they describe
Alphabetizing : Arrange words in alphabetical order
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