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The Sack Garden

https://www.flickr.com/photos/44221799@N08/8162300081/

Sack garden

Learning Goals

In this chapter, you will learn to:

  • Print the alphabet in order using upper case letters
  • Hear, read, and write words with a short /e/
  • Hear, read, and write words with a long /e/ (spelled ee)
  • Copy short sentences
  • Read common sight words in a paragraph
  • Answer questions about a story
  • Describe the sequence of a story
  • State an opinion about a reading
  • Use an upper case letter to begin a person’s name

Talk About it

  • Have you ever had a garden? What did you grow?
  • What did you like about having a garden?
  • What was hard about having a garden?

Picture Dictionary

Use the pictures to help you figure out the words.
https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/8/85/Location_South_Africa_AU_Africa.svg https://pixabay.com/en/three-3-number-design-collection-706895/ https://c2.staticflickr.com/6/5198/5799640576_dc0f24aa59.jpg
South Africa three white
https://pixabay.com/en/agriculture-farm-landscape-nature-147828/ https://pixabay.com/en/bag-money-wealth-revenue-finance-147782/ https://pixabay.com/en/tree-natur-nightsky-cloud-stars-736887/
farm money land
https://pixabay.com/en/bag-sack-jute-brown-goods-156120/ https://pixabay.com/en/stones-rocks-pebbles-tranquil-zen-167089/ https://pixabay.com/en/target-germany-without-fail-middle-458001/
sack rock middle
https://pixabay.com/en/soil-hand-farm-garden-fertilizer-766281/ https://pixabay.com/en/one-1-number-design-collection-706897/ https://pixabay.com/en/golf-course-golfing-lawn-grass-310994/
dirt one hole
Practice reading these words without the pictures.
one sack land dirt
South Africa hole money three
white middle farm rock

Word Skills

The letters a, e, i, o, and u are called vowels. Vowels have short sounds and long sounds. So far, you have looked at short vowel sounds:

  • A short /a/ says /a/ like in apple.
  • A short /i/ says /i/ like in itch. A short /o/ says /o/ like in octopus.
  • A short /u/ says /u/ like in up.

Word Patterns

A short /e/ makes an /e/ sound like in Expo.

https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Expo86logo.svg

A short /e/ says /e/ like in Expo.

Match each word to a picture.
bed pet net red
web pen wet vet
https://pixabay.com/en/spider-s-web-cobweb-symmetric-black-306942/ https://pixabay.com/en/goal-football-net-soccer-151148/ https://pixabay.com/en/extinguisher-fire-fire-fighting-157772/
1.  ____________ 2. ____________ 3. ____________
https://pixabay.com/en/kitten-veterinarian-feline-doctor-569873/ https://pixabay.com/en/ball-pen-biro-pen-black-write-154998/ https://pixabay.com/en/bed-double-hotel-neat-pillow-307816/
4. ____________ 5. ____________ 6. ____________
https://pixabay.com/en/pet-cat-animal-domestic-cat-dear-726979/ https://pixabay.com/en/refreshment-splash-water-woman-438399/
7. ____________ 8. ____________

 

Word Patterns

Vowels can also make a long sound. The letters ee make a long /e/ sound like in jeep.

https://pixabay.com/en/jeep-green-automobile-38022/

The letters ee make a long /e/ sound like in jeep.

Match each word to a picture.
see bee green weed
tree feet three feed
https://pixabay.com/en/melon-fruit-watermelon-green-ripe-160240/ https://pixabay.com/en/honeybee-bee-flying-fly-insect-24633/ https://pixabay.com/en/feet-toes-footprints-black-glossy-150541/
9. __________ 10. __________ 11. __________
https://pixabay.com/en/glasses-glasses-constitution-490634/ https://pixabay.com/en/goat-lamb-petting-zoo-goat-animal-459463/ https://pixabay.com/en/oak-tree-summer-branches-leaves-309878/
12. __________ 13. __________ 14. __________
pay-634912_640 https://pixabay.com/en/grass-insects-dirt-weeds-ants-46135/
15. __________ 16. __________
Pick the word that matches the picture.
17. https://pixabay.com/en/refreshment-splash-water-woman-438399/ wet weet
18. https://pixabay.com/en/goal-football-net-soccer-151148/ neet net
19. https://pixabay.com/en/grass-insects-dirt-weeds-ants-46135/ weed wed
20. https://pixabay.com/en/glasses-glasses-constitution-490634/ se see
21. https://pixabay.com/en/spider-s-web-cobweb-symmetric-black-306942/ web weeb
22. https://pixabay.com/en/pet-cat-animal-domestic-cat-dear-726979/ peet pet
Check your work with the Answer Key at the end of this chapter.
Read these sentences. Then copy them. Use upper case letters correctly. Use periods and question marks correctly.
My pet is at the vet.
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I did not see the bee.
Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 1.28.58 PM
I got my feet wet.
Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 1.28.58 PM
This is a red pen.
Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 1.28.58 PM
She is not in bed.
Screen Shot 2015-07-20 at 1.28.58 PM
Ask your instructor to check your work.

You will see these words in the reading. They have the short /e/ sound like Expo.

Meg rest eggplant

You will see these words in the reading. They have the long /e/ sound like jeep.

three feed weeds
green need

Use Your Reading Skills

Listen to The Sack Garden. Then read The Sack Garden in BC Reads: Adult Literacy Fundamental English – Reader 1.


Check Your Understanding

1. Where does Meg live?
Meg lives in _____________________.

2. Who owns most of the farmland in South Africa?
_____________________ own most of the farmland in South Africa.

3. What does Meg use to grow a garden?
Meg uses a _____________________ to grow a garden.

Are these sentences true? Circle yes or no.
4. A sack garden costs a lot of money. yes no
5. A sack garden takes up a lot of room. yes no
6. A sack garden does not have many weeds. yes no

7. How do you make a sack garden? Put these steps in the right order (1, 2, 3).

_____ Make little holes in the side of the sack.

_____ Put dirt and rocks in the sack.

_____ Put plants in the holes.

Writing

Write all the letters of the alphabet in order. Use upper case letters.

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________________

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

Grammar Rule

Use an upper case letter at the beginning of a person’s name.

This is Meg.  – YES

This is meg.  – NO

Write your full name on the line below. Use upper case letters to begin each name.

_______________________________________________________

Find a classmate. Write their full name on the line below. Use upper case letters to begin each name.

_______________________________________________________

Find another classmate. Write their full name on the line below. Use upper case letters to begin each name.

_______________________________________________________

Writing Task

Have you ever had a garden?

If so, tell your instructor about your garden. Your instructor will write down your words. Then copy your story into your notebook.

If not, imagine you were going to plant a garden. Think about what you would want to grow. 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 Skills
QUESTION ANSWER
1 web
2 net
3 red
4 vet
5 pen
6 bed
7 pet
8 wet
9 green
10 bee
11 feet
12 see
13 feed
14 tree
15 three
16 weed
17 wet
18 net
19 weed
20 see
21 web
22 pet
Check Your Understanding  
QUESTION ANSWER
1 South Africa
2 white people
3 sack
4 no
5 no
6 yes
7 2, 1, 3
Writing
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Attributions

See the Attributions page near the end of this book.