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I teach English language arts to 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, and 8th grade. We follow the 6 traits of writing and have used this lesson in our classroom. We would like to share three of our stories! Enjoy.
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By Christa, sixth grade writer
The Red Pandas live in a low Bamboo Forest, in Northern China. They live on berries, bamboo, and grass. Their cute button nose helps them find the perfect dinner. They communicate by soft murmurs when calm but also lust tweeting when scared; they just make the most random sounds. They also have charming manners. The way they show peace between others might be a very respectful sight. With a gleeful attitude, they just run all over like a kid on Christmas
day. Their warm fur helps them camouflage between the towering trees, from any blood curdling creature. They are also like shy puppies. Their tickled checks have more fluff, making them look somewhat like a teddy bear.
There are no pandas like the Red Pandas.
Okapi in the Ituri
by Samantha, eighth grade writer
We ventured and saw a strange animal in the green, green Ituri. Little did we know that they were graceful Okapi! So secretive and hidden away, so their lush red, brown skins may stay. They look like a herd of zebra from behind. If you look closer you may find they have long giraffe like necks and prehensile tongues! Stay ever so quiet and hold in your lungs. Keeping the habitat stealing humans at bay, will keep the Okapi where they lay. For now, where they live is isolated and safe. So, we do not need to worry or chaif. Where they live is green, green and tall, no wonder humans wish to take it all! So if you ever wish to venture and see Okapi, please know...
There are no Okapi like the ones in the green, green Ituri.
by Emily, sixth grade writer
Snow leopards have thick white and grey fur. Although their fur is lightly colored, their skin is black. They live and hunt in packs. The males are called leopards, the females are called leopardesses, and the babies are cubs. Their main predators are humans. They're carnivores. Thus their prey is mostly gazelles, deer, and rodents, but occasionally they eat monkeys or birds. What gives them their extreme speed is their strong, athletic legs and agile bodies.
There are no snow leopards like the ones in the glacier valleys.
by Isabella Navarro, sixth grade writer
Jaguars are strong, big cats that live in the rain forests in South America. Their fur is like a brownish-yellow field of black spots. That is a pretty combination! Their entire body has spots except their belly. The group is called a prowl of jaguars. Jaguars are carnivores; therefore, they only eat meat (which I love). They mostly eat deer, but they eat capybaras, wild dogs, and foxes. The jaguar's main predator is the human being. To escape from danger, jaguars move on four legs on the ground. They run when they are chasing their prey. Like me, jaguars like to climb trees. They use their claws to dig into the wood and pull them up. Jaguars sometimes sleep, eat, or hide in trees. They also hide by blending into the grass like a chameleon.
As you can see, there are no jaguars like the ones in South America.