One day while Turtle was walking, he noticed some birds flying overhead. He yelled to them, "Where are you going?"
Two birds flew down and answered, "We're flying south for the winter."
"What is in the south?" Turtle asked.
"Don't you know anything?" the birds said. "In the south there is a lot of food and it is nice and warm."
"That sounds wonderful," Turtle said. "May I go with you?"
"No way. You can't fly," replied the birds.
Turtle kept pestering them until they finally agreed.
"But, if you come with us," they told Turtle, "you must hang on to a stick and not let go until we get there."
"That won't be a problem," Turtle said. "Once I bite something, I won't let go until I want to."
So the two birds grasped each end of a stick with their feet. Turtle bit tightly onto the middle of the stick and hung on.
At first Turtle enjoyed his ride, but then he began to feel anxious. He wanted to know how far they had traveled, so he tried to get the birds attention by mumbling, but the birds pretended not to hear Turtle. Soon they were really high and Turtle was getting worried. He worried about whether the birds knew where they were going and when they would get there. He wiggled his legs to get the birds' attention, but they ignored him.
Unfortunately, Turtle's curiosity got the best of him, and he opened his mouth to ask, "Are we there yet?" But the birds didn't hear his question for he was falling quickly to the earth. As he fell, he tucked himself into his shell. When Turtle hit the ground, he got up unhurt and buried himself in the mud.
That is why Turtle goes underground during the cold winter months.
the Turtle Flew South for the Winter
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Two Step Problem
Encourage students to write and solve their own word problems and
to share their problems with classmates.