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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. NIE SpoNSorS Premier Properties Kings County Trophy Suzanne Marienau Cardoza, O.D.