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WHAT ON EARTH IS THAT?

Find some photographs and/or drawings of animals and their
children. Put the pictures into a scrapbook, if you can.
[National Geographic magazines have the best animal pictures, but sometimes people don't want them to be cut. Always ask before you destroy something, unless, of course, you grow up and become a soldier.] Make a list of the animals and list what their children are called. For example, there are adult dogs and the children are puppies, cats have kittens, adult deer have fawns, and I guess swans have ugly ducklings. (Actually, baby swans are called "cygnets.") Try to determine whether you would recognize the children if their parents were not pictured near them.

Describe the characteristics of the parents and compare them to the characteristics of the young. List the things that the parents have to teach their children in order for the children to survive by themselves.

Can't you just see it now? In the forest, there is a clearing with little benches. The mother deer is standing in front of the benches, and the fawns are sitting on the benches listening to the mother tell them how to find food by peeling the bark off of young trees! Or maybe the mama skunk is demonstrating the only defense they have - and she sprays, and all the children run to get away from the horrible scent!

Well, how do the adults teach the young? Very few mama bears know how to read and write...

Now, you have a scrap book with pictures of parent and young animals, and you have a list telling what the parents are called and what their young are called. You have another list that tells their characteristics.

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For a bonus (that means an extra treat) I will give you a list of the names of animals' groups. Not everybody has this information. Not hardly anybody! This makes you a member of a very exclusive society. I named my list "Multitudes."

MULTITUDES

A CRASH OF RHINOCEROSES

A SCHOOL OF FISH

A LITTER OF PUPS

A FLOCK OF SHEEP

A STRING OF PONIES

A COVEY OF PARTRIDGES

A PRIDE OF LIONS

A HERD OF ELEPHANTS

A PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS

A COLONY OF ANTS

A COVEY OF QUAIL

A KINDLE OF KITTENS

A LEAP OF LEOPARDS

A POD OF SEALS

A SLOTH OF BEARS

A RAFTER OF TURKEYS

A PACE OF ASSES

A WALK OF SNIPE

A GAM OF WHALES

A NEST OF RABBITS

A GANG OF ELKS

AN EXALTATION OF LARKS

A DROVE OF CATTLE

A SINGULAR OF BOARS

A TIDINGS OF MAGPIES

A GAGGLE OF GEESE

A CONGREGATION OF PLOVERS

A HUSK OF HARES

AN UNKINDNESS OF RAVENS

A LABOR OF MOLES

A RICHNESS OF MARTENS

A CAST OF HAWKS

A KNOT OF TOADS

A DESCENT OF WOODPECKERS

A SOUNDER OF SWINE

A MUSTERING OF STORK

A CLUTCH OF EGGS

A BOUQUET OF PHEASANTS

AN ARMY OF CATERPILLARS

A HOVER OF TROUT

A FLIGHT OF SWALLOWS

A FALL OF WOODCOCKS

A DULE OF DOVES

A SKULK OF FOXES

A DISSIMULATION OF BIRDS

A SPRING OF TEAL

A PEEP OF CHICKENS

A BEVY OF ROEBUCKS

A BUSINESS OF FERRETS

A BALE OF TURTLES

A PITYING OF TURTLEDOVES

A DRIFT OF HOGS

A PADDLING OF DUCKS

A SIEGE OF HERONS

A TRIP OF GOATS

A CHARM OF FINCHES

A CETE OF BADGERS

A DECEIT OF LAPWINGS

A SHOAL OF BASS

A TROOP OF KANGAROOS

A CLOWDER OF CATS

A WATCH OF NIGHTINGALES

A BARREN OF MULES

A SHREWDNESS OF APES

A RAG OF COLTS

A MURMURATION OF STARLINGS

A BUILDING OF ROOKS

A SMACK OF JELLYFISH

A HARRAS OF HORSES

A PARLIAMENT OF OWLS

A ROUTE OF WOLVES

A HOST OF SPARROWS

AN OSTENTATION OF PEACOCKS

A BLESSING OF UNICORNS

A COVERT OF COOTS

A NIDE OF PHEASANTS

A SKEIN OF WILDFOWL

A SORD OF MALLARDS

A SWARM OF INSECTS

A BED OF CLAMS

A CHARM OF GOLDFINCHES

A CRY OF HOUNDS

A GRIST OF BEES

A HORDE OF GNATS

A LEASH OF GREYHOUNDS

 

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