18. Everything feels new and fresh with the arrival of spring.
   

spring tree

Spring brings new life.

tulips

tulips

vocabulary

blossom: the emergence of a flower or a leaf.

bud: the new, compact growth on a tree or a flower. Some buds are noticeable in late winter.

pollinate: to mix the pollen of one plant or tree with another.

pungent: a strong smell

withstand: tolerate; to endure difficulty

Everything feels new and fresh with the arrival of spring. You can smell the change of season in the air. Soon after the snow melts, grass begins to grow again, and the trees and flowers begin to blossom. It's the start of the growing season.

Among the first flowers to blossom are tulips. They can withstand the cool, early spring temperatures. Even a little snow fails to prevent tulips from growing. These beautiful flowers come in all kinds of colors: pink, yellow, white, purple, and red tulips pop up very quickly once the ground is warm and loose.

The grass that reappears in spring is a bright green color. It's soft and spongy from spring rain. Birds search through the grass for worms and insects reawakened from a winter's sleep. Both the dirt and the grass smell pungent and fertile at this time of the year.

Trees produce flowers and leaves. The blossoming trees attract bees and other insects that hurry from one flower to another. They pollinate the trees and the flowers. Successful pollination produces fruit and seeds for the summer and the fall.

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Now you try it. Read the paragraph above. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice.

 

How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.  

  • 1A: What are some of the first flowers to blossom in the spring?
  • 1B: _____________.
  • 2A: What do birds like to eat?
  • 2B: Birds like to eat ___________ and __________.
  • 3A: What does the bee do for the flowers?
  • 3B: The bee ___________ the flowers.
  • 4A: What season comes after spring?
  • 4B: __________ comes after spring.

(1. Tulips;  2. worms and insects;  3. pollinates;  4. Summer)

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