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© 2017 by Vicki Whiting, Editor Jeff Schinkel, Graphics Vol. 34, No. 4

Hi there! My
name is Mzee.
I’m about 130
years old (I
don’t bother to
keep track of
my birthdays
anymore).
Here’s the story
of how I met
my best friend
named Owen.
A man named
Owen Sobien
was able to
tackle the
slippery hippo
long enough
for others to
drape a net
over him.
The hippo
was named
Owen in his
honor.

In Kenya, a baby hippo was left stranded
on a coral reef. He was too tired and
frightened to get back to shore by himself.
Hundreds of villagers and visitors worked
together to rescue the young hippo.
Back in 2004, there was a
terrible tsunami that caused
unbelievable damage and
loss of life in Southeast Asia
and Africa. Your parents
probably read about it.
Owen was
moved to Haller
Park, Kenya,
where I live.

Oops! Some words have fallen
out of the story below. Use the
words in the word bank to
complete the story.

More about Mzee

Mzee is an Aldabra (al-DAHbrah) tortoise. The Aldabra
tortoise is ____________
found on the Aldabra Islands in
the Indian Ocean. Today these
_______________ are home to
about 150,000 of the tortoises.

The Aldabra tortoise is the
largest ___________ of
tortoise in the world. A male
can grow to be four feet in
____________ and can weigh
up to 550 pounds (250kg).
One giant male at the Fort
Worth Zoological Park weighs
over 790 pounds (360kg)!

Now, I’ve always preferred to be by myself.
But Owen just kept following me around.
If I walked away, he’d follow me.
At first, I felt a little embarrassed
and annoyed when he would
crouch beside me like a baby
hippo does with its mom.
But Owen was a nice
enough kid. And without
a mother, he needed
someone to show him
how to find food, so I did.

For the most part, the Aldabra
tortoise is an ______________.
The tortoises will eat grasses,
leaves and woody plant stems.
Sometimes they will eat small
bugs and even dead animals.
In _______________, they
enjoy apples and bananas.

People wonder why we became such close friends. Some think it’s
maybe because my round shell looked a little like another hippo to
Owen. What do YOU think?

It is thought that ___________
took Mzee from his island
home to eat him. He may have
reached Africa by escaping the
ship or surviving a shipwreck.
WORD BANK

Standards Link: Life Science: Animal patterns of behavior are related to the nature of their environment.

Do the math to find out which facts describe a hippo and which
describe a tortoise. If the answer is less than 10, it describes a hippo.
If the answer is more than 15, it describes a tortoise. If the answer is
between 10 and 15, it is true for both hippos and tortoises.
Lives to be 200 years old. 9 + 7 =
Lived with the dinosaurs. 19 - 4 =
Is an herbivore. 6 + 5 =
Likes to swim. 7 + 5 =
Its closest living relative is a whale. 3 + 6 =
Can run faster than a human. 4 + 3 =

SAILORS SPECIES
LENGTH CAPTIVITY
ISLANDS USUALLY
HERBIVORE
Standards Link: Reading Comprehension:
Use context clues to determine the meaning
of words.
Standards Link: Visual Arts:
Know various purposes for
creating visual works of art.

Friendship Search

Look through the newspaper and find:
• a friendly face
• a person acting like a friend
• a nice thing to do for a friend
• a word that describes you as a friend
Standards Link: Number Sense: Add and subtract whole numbers.

Unscramble the letters to find out what the word
hippopotamus means in Latin.

Unscramble the letters to find out what Mzee
means in Swahili.

Standards Link: Reading: Read and follow directions appropriate to grades 1–5.

Standards Link: Health: Know behaviors that communicate
care, consideration and respect of self and others.

FRIENDSHIP
TSUNAMI
HALLER
MZEE
TORTOISE
CORAL
SHORE
OWEN
SOBIEN
CROUCH
RESCUE
TRAIT
DRAPE
BABY
REEF

Find the words by looking up,
down, backwards, forwards,
sideways and diagonally.

… spending time together.

C F E S I O T R O T
R O O D R A P E T H
E W R R E E V S I C
S E E A L E U H A U
C N R C L N F O R O
U R Y B A B I R T R
E E Z M H F E E R C
F R I E N D S H I P
E N E N E I B O S D
Standards Link: Letter sequencing. Recongized identical
words. Skim and scan reading. Recall spelling patterns.

This week’s word:

STRAND

The verb strand means
to be left in a strange or
dangerous place.
The baby hippo was
stranded on a coral reef.
Try to use the word strand
in a sentence today when
talking with your friends
and family.

Best Friends

Rhyme Time

Look through the newspaper for pairs of
words that rhyme. Use these words to write
a little poem and give your poem to a friend.

Who’s your best friend?
What makes a friend a best
friend? Give examples of
reasons this person is your
very best friend.

Standards Link: Word Analysis: Identify words that rhyme;
Writing Applications: Write various forms of genres including
poetry; Research: Use the newspaper to locate information.

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