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55-The Sponge

Dictation.—The sponge is first a small yellow egg. It

moves about in the water. Soon it fastens itself to a hard surface. Its food is the minute animals found in the water. The small holes on the side of the sponge are mouths. Little tubes lead from the mouths through the sponge.

Name ten objects seen in the picture. Write a story about getting sponges.




Divers go to the bed of the sea to tear the sponge from the rocks.

It is very difficult work. Before the sponge could be used by you, it had to lose the dark red jelly that covered it. Then it was washed and dried in the sun.

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Copy the words.

Write a list of the parts within the house. Write

a list of the parts without the house.

Be it ever so humble, there's no place like home.

-John Howard Payne.

He is happiest who finds peace in his home.-Goethe.

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North America is a

An is a small body of land surrounded by water.

A high cape is called a

are higher than hills.

A high plain is called a


is almost surrounded by water.

Capes and promontories are sometimes called

The interior of Mexico is a


The Indian once roamed at will over our vast


of Panama is the link joining North and South


Use the form of a

Fill in the sentences with words from the list. word meaning more than one where the sense requires it.

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Tell the use of five objects in the first column. Tell of what material five objects in the fourth column are made.

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Select five words and put them into sentences ending with a period. Select five words and put them into sentences ending with a question mark.

Geography.-The area of the United States is 3,025,600. square miles. It would make 11 States as large as Texas, or 62 States as large as New York, or 2,420 States as large as Rhode Island.

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Copy, learn, and recite :

Suppose your task, my little man,

Is very hard to get;

Will it make it any easier

For you to sit and fret?

And wouldn't it be wiser,

Than waiting like a dunce,

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And learn the thing at once?—Phœbe Cary.

62-King Frederick and the Little Girl

King Frederick, of Prussia, once visited a country school to see how well the children knew their lessons. Taking up an orange, he said: "To what kingdom does this belong?" "To the vegetable kingdom, sire,” said a little girl. "And to what kingdom does this belong?" said he, holding up a golden coin. "To the mineral kingdom," she replied. "And to what kingdom do I belong, my child?" asked the king. The little girl did not think it could be right to say the animal kingdom, so, looking up, she said, "To the kingdom of heaven."

To the Teacher.-Have the story read aloud. Write these topics on the board: The king; the school; the little girl; the first question; the answer; the second question; the answer; the third question; the answer. Let the pupils tell the story, orally, following the topics; and then write it.

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Write the word for one of each flower. Write the names of five to make a bouquet. Which have a sweet smell?

Copy, learn, and recite :

Gather ye rose-buds while ye may,

Old Time is still a-flying;

And this same flower, that smiles to-day,
To-morrow may be dying.-Herrick.

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Dictation.—The potato was found first in South America. We eat a stem that has grown under the ground. The potato used the stem as a storehouse for its food. Next to the grains, it is the most useful plant for the food of man.

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Pronunciation.—' Lět'tis; 'spin'áj ; also spelled spin age.

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