City Lots: Living Things in Vacant Spots Author Phyllis S. Busch Illustrated by Pamela Carroll
Genre Informational Text This text informs the reader about the different trees, flowers, insects, and birds that we might find in a city lot. It tells us how we can learn to notice things in nature, and it describes how city wildlife can vary at different times of the year and in different types of weather.
Prior Knowledge • What do you know about wild animals that you have seen living near people? • What do the animals look like in your neighborhood? • Where do they live? • Where do they find food and water?
Selection Summary This story reveals that city lots are actually home to a startling variety of plants and animals. A vacant lot provides a unique opportunity to study wildlife and to observe the seasonal changes that occur in nature.
Vocabulary Words fragrant smelling pleasant; good smelling Mother’s homemade peach pies are warm, bubbly, and fragrant.
dwellings houses or places where people live We could see smoke rising from the chimneys of the dwellings of the villagers.
examine look at and study carefully I am going to examine, or look closely at, the seeds on the sunflower.
flourishing growing strong and healthy The field of wheat is flourishing and will be ready to harvest soon.
discarded unwanted, put aside as having no use We collected the discarded newspapers for recycling.