Hi, my name is Amy.
Do you notice anything special about me?
That’s right! My ears are kind of big, and they stick out.
Sometimes other kids say, “Hey! Where did you get those ears?”
I wonder the same thing myself.
Where did I get my ears?
I live on a farm.
I look at the animals.
I notice their ears.
Turtles have ears you can’t even see.
Hey, baby turtles!
Where did you get those ears that are inside your head?
Here’s our dog and her puppies.
The puppies’ ears are furry and floppy.
Look what happens when our dogs run!
Where did you get those furry, floppy ears?
Out in the field, we have a mother cow and her baby.
The baby cow is called a calf.
Look! The calf's body is white, but its ears are black.
Hey, little calf!
Where did you get those ears?
Stop and Talk
Look! The babies have ears like their mothers.
Maybe babies get their ears from their parents.
Get Up and Move!
I run to tell my mother what I’ve figured out.
She says, “You’re right. We get a lot from our families!”
I ask my mother, “Why aren’t my ears like your ears?"
My mother says, “Let me show you something.”
She takes me to the back room.
Our cat just had kittens!
She asks, “Are all the kittens like their mother?”
Stop and Talk: How are the kittens like their mother? How are the kittens different from their mother?
I look closely.
Most of the kittens look a lot like their mother. But a few look different.
Their colors don’t match.
“Maybe those kittens look more like their father,” Mom says.
“Or maybe the kittens’ grandparents were those colors.”
Just then, my grandfather comes to visit.
He wants to see the kittens, too.
My mother asks me, “Do you notice anything about your grandpa?”
I can’t believe I never noticed before, but Grandpa has big ears like mine!
Grandpa says, “We have the same ears. My dad had ears like that, too.”
“It’s because we’re family.”
In this game, you match animal mothers to their babies. Here's how to play with a group:
See the Extras at the end of this Mystery for variations on the game.
You've completed the Read-Along & Optional Activity!
For homeschool or small classes, print out one of copy of each page, cut out the cards, and have students match mothers and babies.
Have students try to find their match by acting out their animals. (No talking or showing others the picture of their animal.)
Have a discussion about the sounds that different animals make. Then have students try to find their match by making the animal's sound. (Don't forget — babies and parents may not make the same sound!) .