1. Glad to see you, little bird;

'Twas your little chirp I heard:

What did you intend to say?

'Give me something this cold day?'

2. That I will, and plenty, too;

All the crumbs I saved for you.

Don't be frightened--here's a treat:

I will wait and see you eat.

3. Shocking tales I hear of you;

Chirp, and tell me, are they true?

Robbing all the summer long;

Don't you think it very wrong?

4. Thomas says you steal his wheat;

John complains, his plums you eat--

Choose the ripest for your share,

Never asking if it's fair.

5. But I will not try to know

What you did so long ago:

There's your breakfast, eat away;

Come to see me every day.

Teaching Guide:

Step 1: Study the New Words

  • Listen to the new words.
  • Recite each of the new words aloud.

Step 2: Examine the Lesson Image

Describe the image, its setting, and its characters.

Step 3: Read the Lesson Passage

  • Find each new word in the passage.
  • Practice reading the passage, both silently and aloud.
  • Upon mastering the passage, recite it aloud to your instructor.

Step 4: Complete Lesson Copywork, Narration, and Dictation

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Step 5: Discuss the Lesson

  • Have you ever fed wild birds? What do they like to eat?
  • Do you think birds are stealing if they eat wheat from farmers' fields or fruit from orchards? Why or why not?