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Birds and Their Eggs and Poop

The 10,000 different species of birds found on the planet all have a few things in common: they have feathers and wings, lay eggs, and are warm blooded. What special adaptations have they developed to help them fly fast, hatch their young, and eliminate waste? Listen to hear a biologist and an ornithologist share fascinating facts about birds, including why their poop is white.

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

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  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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