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Month: July 2015
Community gardening Story adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan and the writer’s experience Level 3 Community gardening is very popular in cities. Many people like to grow fresh vegetables and flowers. Some gardeners do not have space for a garden. So they can become a member of a community garden. These gardens are maintained by…Continue Reading
Who’s speaking, please?
Who’s speaking, please? Biases can affect communication Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson Level 3 Many people have stereotypes. A stereotype is a strong belief about a whole group of people and every person in that group. You feel that everyone in the group is the same in some way. Positive and negative…Continue Reading
Killer whale rescued from rocks
Killer whale rescued from rocks Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul Level 2 On July 22, 2015, cries came from a young killer whale. The calf was caught on some rocks. She could not move. She was crying in pain. It was a hot day in Hartley Bay, B.C., a First Nations community 145 kilometres south of…Continue Reading
Dyeing brown grass green
Dyeing brown grass green Adapted from The Province and The Vancouver Courier by Nila Gopaul Level 2 The weather is very dry this summer. Lawns are turning brown. There are water restrictions all over B.C. These lawns are not dead. They will turn green again in the fall with the rain. Some people do not like brown…Continue Reading
An octopus “sees” with its skin
An octopus “sees” with its skin Adapted from cbc.ca by Nancy Carson Level 2 Cover the eyes of an octopus with your hands. Or put a blindfold over its eyes. It will not be blind! New Study Researchers studied pieces of skin from a California two-spot octopus. Octopus skin is different from its eyes. The…Continue Reading
The tiny ferries in False Creek
The tiny ferries in False Creek Adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan Level 3 Looking for something fun to do? Why not try one of the little ferries in False Creek. The Aquabus and False Creek Ferries offer short ferry rides. Both companies also offer mini cruises around False Creek. People take the ferries: To…Continue Reading
Festival of Eid al-Fitr
Festival of Eid al-Fitr Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul More than 85,000 Muslims in B.C. will start to celebrate the end of Ramadan today, July 17, 2015. Ramadan is a month-long holy time, where Muslims get closer to God. Mohd Adli Bin Abdullah, Consul General of Malaysia in Vancouver, says Ramadan is a “joyous…Continue Reading
Adapted from The Vancouver Courier by Nancy Carson Level 2 Travellers know that B&B means bed and breakfast. B&Bs are popular in many parts of the world. They are cheaper than big hotels. B&B rooms are in small hotels or in someone’s home. B&Bs usually do not offer other meals. You sleep, you have breakfast,…Continue Reading
A healthy start to school
A healthy start to school Adapted from The Province by Nila Gopaul Illustrations by Nola Johnston Level one September 2014 Listen to “A healthy start to summer school” – Level 1 Reading by Nila Gopaul Kiera Thompson and Stephanie Hai are 10 years old. They joined a cooking class last summer. They learned to make healthy foods, such…Continue Reading