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Hmm...What Is Humus?



Hmm...What Is Humus?

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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.36

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    decomposers, organic, pointed, beneath, handy, material, bits, humus, feeling, fear, toward, knowledge, retain, dead, early, matter
     content words:    Yesterday Ms


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Hmm...What Is Humus?
By Erin Horner
  

1     The fallen leaves crunched beneath my feet as I walked across the dew-covered grass. The early morning fog made the walk to school seem a bit eerie. A strange feeling suddenly came over me. I grabbed my sister. "Stop," I said in my spookiest voice as I pointed toward the ground. "Something's happening down there. I think that there's dead and decayed stuff right beneath my feet." My sister froze in fear. When she realized what I was up to, she giggled and swatted at my backpack.
 
2     "Of course there is, you knucklehead. We are standing on soil, and it contains humus! I think yesterday's science lesson finally clicked," she teased. She was right. I finally got it, and I finally got her. She is so fun to tease!

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