actually adv.
Actually means in fact or really.
→My dad looks a little mean, but actually he’s very kind.

bite  n.
Bite is the act of using your teeth to cut and tear into something.
→The boy took a big bite out of his hamburger.

coast  n.
The coast is the land by an ocean.
→I stayed on the southern coast of Australia.

deal n.
A deal is an agreement that you have with another person.
→I made a deal with the other company to give us some money.

desert n.
The desert is an area of land without many plants or water.
→Not many plants grow in the desert.

earthquake n.
An earthquake is a shaking movement of the ground.
→The building shook during the earthquake.

effective adj.
If something is effective, it works well.
→Swimming is an effective way to stay healthy.

examine v.
To examine something is to look at it carefully.
→The doctor examined my eyes today.

false adj.
If something is false, it is not correct.
→If you think the answer is false, press the red button.

gift n.
A gift is something you give someone.
→Dave received many gifts for Christmas.

hunger n.
Hunger is the feeling that you get when you need to eat.
→After playing all day long, he was filled with hunger.

imagine v.
To imagine something is to think of it in your mind.
→Sally imagined herself winning lots of money.

journey n.
A journey is a long trip.
→I went on a journey across the country with my parents.

puzzle  n.
A puzzle is something that is hard to understand.
→The question was a puzzle to him.

quite adv.
Quite is used to say that something is complete or very much.
→I think typing on a keyboard is quite easy.

rather adv.
Rather is used when you want to do one thing but not the other.
→I would rather have the red one than the blue one.

specific adj.
If something is specific, it is precise or exact.
→Please choose a specific place on the map.

tour n.
A tour is a short trip in which you see many sights.
→I took a tour of Asia and Europe.

trip n.
A trip is a journey to a certain place.
→Ken took a trip to the city yesterday.

value n.
If something has value, it is worth a lot of money.
→Matthew found a treasure of very high value.


The Spider and the Bird

There was once a very big spider. If a bug got into his web, he would examine it. However, he didn’t eat the bug right away. He asked the bug a question first. It was always quite a difficult puzzle. If the bug’s answer was correct, he let it go. If not, he ate it.

One day, a small bird on a journey flew into the spider’s web. The spider couldn’t imagine eating a bird. It was so big! But his hunger was too great. He said to the bird, “ If you cannot give me a specific answer, I will eat you.”

The bird laughed. “ I could eat you!” But the bird was actually scared. She had used all her energy trying to get out of the web. And a spider’s bite can be very effective in killing animals.

“ Please don’t eat me,” the bird said. “ I would rather make a deal with you.”

“ OK,” the spider said. “ If your answer is right, I will let you go. If not, you must give me a gift. It must be something of great value.”

The bird said, “You can pick anything you want to eat. I will find it for you.” The spider agreed. “Where can you take a trip to the coast, the desert, and the mountains at the same time?” the spider asked.

The bird asked, “ Does this place have earthquakes?” But the spider did not say anything. “ I can see those places when I fly. Is the ‘sky’ the right answer?” “ False!” said the spider. “The answer is Hawaii! Now you must find some bugs for me.”

The spider climbed on the bird’s back. They flew and ate bugs together. They took a tour of the forest. Then the bird took the spider home. From that day on, they were friends. And they never tried to eat each other again.