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Hadrosaur Family
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.87

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     challenging words:    duck-like, fortify, hadrosaur, hadrosaurs, hatchlings, retesting, throaty, vegetation, mouthful, grounds, testing, mass, cocked, croak, pressed, lowland


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Hadrosaur Family
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Miranda dropped a mouthful of grass onto the wide pile of vegetation that formed her nest. Beneath the dirt and warm, composting vegetation were nestled twenty eggs. She pressed her duck-like beak into the mass to test the temperature. Then she added to the pile in that place. It was not quite warm enough.
 
2     Herman, her mate, was doing a similar job on the far side of the six foot wide pile. They both guarded the nest.
 
3     Theirs wasn't the only one there, either. Their whole herd nested in this area, and the ground was covered in nest mounds.
 
4     Herman walked away to where he could find more vegetation. They ate grasses, leaves, and small branches. More was always needed to add to the nest. Any that was still fresh when the babies hatched would make a fine first meal.
 
5     Miranda stayed close to the nest. Not long ago, she would have joined her mate to graze, but some inner sense told her not to leave the nest.

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