Natural resources week_1
Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natural resources week_1
Pre - reading stage 1. What do you think the article is about according to the following pictures… Orange peels Trash cans scraps Compost pile Soil Shovel
2. Now… write your predictions about the reading.For instance, based on the pictures above, I think the story is about…____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________3. Confirm your predictions reading the following article. My beautiful garden !
What do you do with your orange peels and corn cobs after you are done eating?Most people throw them in the trash can. But food leftovers do not have to gointo the trash. They are biodegradable, which means that they can be brokendown by bacteria into natural materials. People who like to garden often puttheir fruit and vegetable scraps in a special place known as a compost pile. A compost pile is a spot outdoors where food waste can break down into compost, which gardeners use. This process takes several months. Once the compost is created, people spread this mixture in their gardens to add nutrients to the soil. The compost in the soil helps new plants grow in the garden.How do you take care of a compost pile? It needs air, water, and heat. Bacteriaand other microorganisms break down the food waste into more basic elementslike water and carbon dioxide. This process requires oxygen, so people use ashovel to turn compost regularly and help air reach all parts of the pile. The pilecannot dry out, so it should be covered to keep moisture in. Finally, heat speedsup the process. This means a compost pile should be in the sun for at least partof the day.
Food leftovers are not the only things that turn into compost. You can also addyard waste like grass clippings, dried leaves, and straw. In fact, you should addthese things to create a healthy balance in your compost. But do not add anyweeds to your compost pile unless you want to grow weeds in your garden!Sometimes seeds are left behind in the compost. This can be a welcome surpriseif you find a tomato plant sprouting where you had not planted one. The tomatoseed was hiding in the compost, waiting to begin a new life in the garden.After reading stage
PRACTICE READING TEST ANSWER SECTIONThis is your Practice Reading Test Answer Section. The questions in thissection are based on the stories in your practice Reading Section (above).You may go back to the Reading Section to help you answer the questions.Now answer Numbers 1 through 6. Base your answers on the story "Mygarden"1) Gardeners use compost toA. Reduce the amount of trash on the planetB. Break down food wasteC. Add nutrients to the soilD. Take care of bacteria and other microorganisms2) To take care of a compost pile you have toI. Turn it regularlyII. Cover itIII. Make sure it is in the sun for at least part of the dayA. I onlyB. I and II onlyC. II and III onlyD. I, II, and III3) People should start a compost pile if theyA. Need compost right awayB. Do not like to gardenC. Want to put their food waste to good useD. Eat oranges and corn4) You should not put weeds in a compost pile becauseA. They do not create a healthy balanceB. Food leftovers are the only things that turn into compostC. You do not want surprise plants growing in your gardenD. The seeds can create new weeds in your garden5) As used in the final paragraph, sprouting most nearly meansA. Blooming
B. GrowingC. AppearingD. Hiding6) The author apparently believes that a tomato plantA. Is not a weedB. Should not go in a compost pileC. Is the best thing a gardener can growD. Requires compost to grow