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The Forest Floor
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.26

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    gathering, leaf-like, sawed, sawmill, exactly, pinecone, picked, among, fold, trunk, pine, food, scales, large, visit, side
     content words:    Baxter Bear


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The Forest Floor
By Shannon Jackson
  

1     Sammy the Squirrel was just finishing gathering food for winter. He stopped beside a tree trunk and peeked inside. His friend, Baxter Bear, ambled up to visit. "Look at all these brown, dry pine cones," said Baxter. "They are not good for anything. What a mess!"
 
2     "Oh, my!" replied Sammy. "You couldn't be more wrong. These pine cones are the treasures of our forest. New trees could not grow without these cones."
 
3     "What do you mean, Sammy? Do these pine cones feed the trees?" asked Baxter.
 
4     "Not exactly," explained Sammy. "New pine trees come from pine cones. The cones are made of leaf-like scales that fold over each other. Under the scales are tiny seeds."
 
5     "Really?" remarked Baxter. "I've never seen those seeds. How do you find them?"

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