The Teacher Tree Creeper

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Jack decided one day, that the animals needed to learn more about the universe. “What a lot of rot !”, cried the bee (who already knew that two plus one equals three). “I agree”, said the flea (demonstrating to Jack that he knew chemistry). “Why me ?”, inquired the snail, (although he was slow, he already knew how to fix the rail). “I don’t like school – I never could stick it !”, said the kangeroo in a kagool (though he did like cricket, which he thought was cool). “I know what you mean”, said the giraffe, (who never really thought homework was much of a laugh). “Oh ! No !” exclaimed the glow – worm (dissecting mosquitoes made him squirm !). The only creature, who agreed that they didn’t know enough, was the furry caterpillar, (who put the problem down to her fluff !). Although she spent ages reading her books, she wanted to find out how to scale the beanstalk without getting stuck and decrease the time to the top that it took. Jack lined up all the creatures and introduced them to a very friendly zoology teacher (who was a tree creeper !). The tree creeper set up school by the fence – with school dinners that only cost sixpence. He had a microscope and set of slides, in which he magnified an insect’s insides. The butterfly’s antenna’s were open – eyed. The wasp had never seen a caterpillar that looked so wide ! Under the microscope, the caterpillar had fangs as big as a crocodile – Jack’s furry friend hadn’t seen one with so many legs for quite a while (of course, doubled in size under the microscope, which could walk for miles). Although the teacher tree creeper was a bit of a creep, he seemed to know everything … he even showed the grasshopper how to leap ! Then he helped Farmer Giles count his sheep. Soon, all the creepy crawlies in the beanstalk, who originally thought studying was utter humbug, were swotting like mad – instead of being swotted, which of course, wasn’t half as bad !

Hum – bug !

Say all the following words out loud. Which of the following make the sound “um” like a humming bug ?rumpus

creature

caterpillar

problem

drummer

crumble

reading

crumpet

beanstalk

trumpet

strum

microscope

mumble

jumble

originally

tumble

swotting

bumble

stump

studying

jump

everything

bump

introduced

thump

caterpillar

lump

zoology

clump

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

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