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GM Food

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Making GM food

Learning Goals

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Hear, read, and write blends with r, l, and t
  • Copy short sentences
  • Read common sight words in a paragraph
  • Answer questions about a story
  • State an opinion about a reading
  • Give sentence answers to questions

Talk About It

  • Have you heard that people in labs make new kinds of fruits and vegetables?
  • Would you mind eating fruits and vegetables that were made by people in a lab?

Picture Dictionary

Use the pictures to help you figure out the words.
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hard cold weather
corn crop weather https://pixabay.com/en/apples-kiwi-oranges-fruit-vitamins-428075/
crop rain fruits
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sold change company
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help bird test
Practice reading these words without the pictures.
sold test fruits crop
hard help weather rain
bird change company cold

Word Skills

Word Patterns

A consonant is any letter that is not a vowel. For example, the letters b, c, d, f, g, h, and j are consonants. A blend is when two consonants go together and each consonant makes a sound.

The letters dr in drip are a blend.

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The letters dr in drip are a blend.

Read these words. Underline the blend. The first one is done for you.
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1. clap 2. frog 3. step
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4. plum 5. drum 6. stop
https://pixabay.com/en/golf-club-club-golf-outdoors-159366/ https://pixabay.com/en/cradle-crib-baby-teddy-wooden-308342/ https://pixabay.com/en/shooting-star-meteoroid-star-147722/
7. club 8. crib 9. star
https://pixabay.com/en/canada-flag-canadian-country-159585/ https://pixabay.com/en/crab-crustacean-shell-sea-seafood-42880/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stem_morphology_type_scape.svg
10. flag 11. crab 12. stem
Check your work with the Answer Key at the end of this chapter.
Practice reading these words without the pictures.
crab star club
stem plum clap
step flag crib
frog stop drum
Your instructor will read these words to you. Underline the blend in each word. You will see these words in the story.
crop fruit grow
dry stay cold
sold test
Read the sentences. Then copy them. Use upper case letters, periods, and question marks correctly.

Stop the car.
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We put up a flag.
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Was she bitten by a crab?
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He hit the drum.
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Ask your instructor to check your work.

Use Your Reading Skills

Listen to GM Food. Then read GM Food in BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Reader 1.


Check Your Understanding

Does each sentence say something good or bad about GM food?
1. GM food can grow in cold weather. good bad
2. GM food may kill bugs we need, like butterflies. good bad
3. GM food may make birds sick. good bad
4. GM food can stop bugs from eating it. good bad
5. GM food may make people sick. good bad
6. There have not been many tests on GM food. good bad
7. GM food may grow in dry land in Africa. good bad
8. GM food can stay good longer. good bad
Check your work with the Answer Key at the end of this chapter.

9. Do you think farmers should grow GM food? Use the underlined words to help form your answer.

____________________________________________________

Ask your instructor to check your work.

Writing

Grammar Rule

You can use words from a question to form an answer.

Question: Why is farming a hard job?

Answer: Farming is a hard job because cold weather can kill your crops.

Two things changed from the question to the answer:

  1. is farming changed to farming is
  2. because was used
Answer this question in three more ways.

Why is farming a hard job?

1. _____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________

2. _____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________

3. _____________________________________________________

_____________________________________________________

Check your work with the Answer Key at the end of this chapter.

Writing Task

Have you ever visited a farm? Or have you ever visited a farmers’ market? Tell your instructor about your visit. Your instructor will write down your words. Then copy your story into your notebook.

When you are done, read your story.

  • Did you begin each sentence with an upper case letter?
  • Did you use an upper case letter at the beginning of a person’s name?
  • Did you end each sentence with a period or question mark?
  • Are you missing any words?

Answer Key

Word Patterns
QUESTION ANSWER
1 clap
2 frog
3 step
4 plum
5 drum
6 stop
7 club
8 crib
9 star
10 flag
11 crab
12 stem
Check Your Understanding  
QUESTION ANSWER
1 good
2 bad
3 bad
4 good
5 bad
6 bad
7 good
8 good
Writing
(Any three of the sentences below are correct.)
Farming is a hard job because bugs can eat your crops.
Farming is a hard job because weeds can hurt your crops.
Farming is a hard job because your crops may need more rain than they get.
Farming is a hard job because fruits and vegetables can go bad before they are sold.

Attributions

See the Attributions page near the end of this book.