1. A little bird, with feathers brown,

Sat singing on a tree;

The song was very soft and low,

But sweet as it could be.

2. The people who were passing by,

Looked up to see the bird

That made the sweetest melody

That ever they had heard.

3. But all the bright eyes looked in vain;

Birdie was very small,

And with his modest, dark-brown coat,

He made no show at all.

4. 'Why, father,' little Gracie said

'Where can the birdie be?

If I could sing a song like that,

I'd sit where folks could see.'

5. 'I hope my little girl will learn

A lesson from the bird,

And try to do what good she can,

Not to be seen or heard.

6. 'This birdie is content to sit

Unnoticed on the way,

And sweetly sing his Maker's praise

From dawn to close of day.

7. 'So live, my child, all through your life,

That, be it short or long,

Though others may forget your looks,

They'll not forget your song.'

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 Vocabulary, Narration, and Copywork

Complete the associated vocabulary, narration, and copywork for this lesson. Click the icon to access the page.