Standardized Test Skill Builders for Reading: The Turtle on the Bank

"Look at that big turtle!" Leah cried out as she pointed to the creature on the shore. She and Matt paddled toward the riverbank. As they got closer to the shore, Matt reached out and gently poked the turtle with his paddle.
"Yikes!" he exclaimed as the turtle snapped at the paddle. "Did you see that? It crushed the wood. Look at the hole in my paddle!"
"It must be a snapping turtle," Leah said. "As Grampa would say, that's the turtle's way of telling us it was here first. I think we should leave it alone."
"I agree," said Matt. "Let's get out of here."

Mrs. Adams

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