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B.C. Shore Birds
by Patricia



    Even in winter, birds abound on the southwestern shores of BC.  Seagulls swoop down over the sands at sunset. Great Blue Herons stand still in the calm cool waters.  Masses of ducks feed on tiny sea plants. Bald eagles sit high in tall trees eagerly searching for their next meal. Sometimes, even Snowy White Owls rest on large logs and look for food following their flight south from Alaska. Take a stroll along the shores, and you’ll see some of these beautiful birds and more.

 

What is the topic sentence in this descriptive paragraph?  The topic sentence is the first sentence: Even in winter, birds abound on the southwestern shores of B.C.

 

How many detail sentences are there? Do they give examples of birds?  There are five detail sentences.  Yes, they do give examples of five different kinds of birds.

 

What is the closing sentence? Is it a compound sentence?

The closing sentence is the last sentence: Take a stroll along the shores, and you’ll see some of these beautiful birds and more. Yes, It is a compound sentence, two sentences put together with a comma and the word and.

 

What do you think the word stroll means? The word stroll means a slow walk. It can be a noun or a verb. In this sentence, it is a noun.

 

What do you think the word abound means?  The word abound means to be plentiful or many are found there. It is a verb.

 

Are there any sounds repeated in the first sentence?  Yes, the /b/

sound is repeated three times in the first sentence with these words:

Birds, abound, and B.C.

 

Are there any adjectives, describing words, in the fourth sentence?

Yes, the words tiny and sea are adjectives that describe or tell what kind of plants.

 

Are there any adverbs, words that tell how or where, in the third sentence? Yes, the adverb, still, is used to describe how the Great Blue Herons stand.

Try a Matching Quiz to test your comprehension.

 

 ducks

Masses of ducks feed on tiny sea plants.

eagles

A bald and golden eagle sit high in tall trees.

heron

A Great Blue Heron stands still in the calm, cool water.

owls

A Snowy Owl rests on a large log.

seagulls

Seagulls swoop down over the sand at sunset.



(January 27, 2013)

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