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How Kangaroo Got His Tail 管理者 2011-06-25
 
How Kangaroo Got His Tail
 
By Greg Quinlivan
 
Long ago, kangaroos had no tails and wombats had high, round heads.
 
Mirram the Kangaroo and Warreen the Wombat were good friends. They lived in a hut but Mirram liked to sleep outside and made fun of Warreen who always slept inside.
 
"Come, Warreen, sleep outside with me," said Mirram. "You can look at the stars and listen to the wind in the trees."
 
"It's too cold," snuffled Warreen, "and sometimes it rains."
 
Mirram disagreed. "Your bark hut is dark and smelly. It’s much better to sleep in the clean air under the stars!"
 
"No, thank you," said Warreen. "I will stay in my hut."
 
When winter came the wind became colder. At first, Mirram didn't mind. He snuggled up to a tree to protect himself.
 
But one night he got so wet and cold, that he hopped slowly towards the bark hut.
 
"Let me in!" screamed Mirram, banging on the door.
 
"No!" yelled Wombat. "There isn't enough room."
 
He became angry and forced the door open. "I'm inside now - and you aren't big enough to throw me out!"
 
"H'mmph," snorted Warreen. "Well, sleep over there in the corner. You're all wet."
 
Mirram lay down in the corner, but there was a hole in the wall and the wind and rain came in.
 
Next morning his body was stiff and sore. He limped outside and picked up a large rock. When he came back, he dropped it on Warreen, flattening his forehead and making his nose curl around.
 
"That is for not helping me get warm and dry," said Mirram. "From now on, you will always live in a dark, and damp hole.”
 
After that, Warreen and Mirram didn't speak or play together, and Warreen planned revenge.
 
He made a big spear and waited until Mirram was busy. Then he threw it hitting the kangaroo at the base of his spine. Mirram yelled and tried to pull it out, but it was stuck.
 
"From now on, that will be your long tail," yelled Warreen, "and you'll never have a home to live in!"
 
That is why wombats now have flat foreheads and live in dark, damp burrows, and why kangaroos have long tails and always sleep outside, under the stars.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
  1. Where did the kangaroo and wombat live?
  2. Why didn't Warreen like to sleep outside?
  3. What reasons did Mirram give for sleeping outside?
  4. Which one do you agree with? Would you sleep outside?
  5. How did the kangaroo get its tail? 
     

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. The kangaroo lived outside and the wombat lived in a bark hut.
  2. It was too cold and wet.
  3. He could see the stars and listen to the wind.
  4.  
  5. The wombat threw a spear at him and it turned into a long tail.
     
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Why the Opossum Has a Bare Tail 管理者 2011-06-24
 
Why the Opossum Has a Bare Tail
 
By Jeff Parker
 
The Opossum always looked at the rings around the Raccoon’s tail and longed to look the same.  So one day he went to the Raccoon and asked, “How did you get those beautiful rings around your tail?”
 
The Raccoon looked at his tail with pride and replied, “I used wood and wrapped it around my tail and then I put my tail into a fire.  The burnt wood left the rings in my tail.”
 
The Opossum thanked the Raccoon and told him that he would try.  The next day he did what the Raccoon had said.  He put the wood around his tail and then into the fire, but instead of only making a ring around his tail, the fire burnt off all his hair leaving his tail bare.  He waited and waited for his hair to grow back, because having hair was better than having a bare tail.  But his hair never grew back, that is why to this day the Opossum still doesn’t have hair on its tail.
 
 
 
 


 COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
  1. What does a Raccoon's tail look like?
  2. How did the Raccoon tell the Opossum that he got the rings of his tail?
  3. Did the Opossum try and do what the Raccoon said?
  4. What happened when the Opossum put his tail into the fire?
  5. Did his hair ever grow back?
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions

  1. It is brown with black rings around it.
  2. He said that he wrapped wood around his tail and put it into a fire.
  3. Yes, the Opossum tried to do what the Raccoon said.
  4. When he put his tail into the fire, all of his hair was burnt off.
  5. No, his hair never grew back, that is why Opossums don't have hair on their tails.
  
 

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Kangaroo Gets a Pouch 管理者 2011-06-23
Kangaroo Gets a Pouch
 
By Greg Quinlivan
 
"Joey! Where are you?" called Mother Kangaroo, searching for her son. 

"Here I am!" an excited voice yelled behind her.

"You shouldn't hop off by yourself. It can be dangerous."

"But Mother, I get bored standing here eating grass."

"Grass is good for you," she said. "Now be good, and don't go hopping off again." When she looked up later, Joey had disappeared. 

Up ahead she saw the leaves on a bush shaking. She hopped over quickly, and bumped into a fat old wombat.

"Ouch! Watch where you're going," yelled Wombat. "You big animals never think about us with our short legs. Now help me find some good grass to eat."

As Mother Kangaroo hopped along with Wombat holding her tail, Joey hopped right over him.

"What was that?" yelled Wombat.

"That was my Joey," said Mother Kangaroo.

"Stop, I need to rest," he complained. "Now I'm thirsty. Take me to some water."

When they reached the waterhole there was Joey asleep under a shady gum tree. 

Just then Mother Kangaroo saw some men coming with spears. They were hunting something for dinner.

"Quickly, we have to hide!" said Mother Kangaroo. 

They rushed towards the bushes. Hiding there, Joey hung on tightly to his mother's fur.

"I'm scared," said Joey.

"Shh, it will be all right, dear," whispered his mother.

The hunters passed by, then old Wombat turned into “Father of all Creatures”. He explained that he had disguised himself to find the kindest animal in this land.

"And the kindest animal is you, Mother Kangaroo.” 

He took some bark from a tree and handed it to her. "Now tie this around your waist."

She did this and it turned into the pouch that all kangaroos have today.

"Now you have somewhere Joey can hide when he gets frightened.”

Joey climbed in. "This is really cool." he said.

Mother Kangaroo thanked the Father of all Creatures. "This is very special, but other animals don't have a pouch."

"You are definitely the kindest animal," he said.

Now all marsupials have a pouch to carry their young children.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
  1. Whom does Joey remind you of?
  2. How was the Mother Kangaroo kind?
  3. Was the old wombat friendly?
  4. What is the “Father of all Creatures”?
  5. Draw a picture of the animals in the story.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. A boy.
  2. She helped the old wombat and thought of others.
  3. No, he was grumpy.
  4. The god that made the animals.
     
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Koobor the Koala and Water 管理者 2011-06-22
Koobor the Koala and Water
 
By Greg Quinlivan
 
A long time ago when animals were people, the boy Koobor lived with relatives in a very dry part of the country.

He always got his drink last and it was never enough for him.

"I'm still thirsty!" he cried, "I want more water." 

"Be quiet, Koobor" shouted his relatives. "You should be happy with what you are given."

Each day when the relatives went out to look for food, they hid their water buckets so Koobor couldn't drink any more water. He learned to take some moisture from gum leaves, but it was never enough.

One day the relatives went looking for food but forgot to hide their water buckets. When they were out of sight, Koobor grabbed their buckets and drank all the water his stomach could hold. For the first time he wasn't thirsty, but his body swelled up like a big balloon.

When the sun started to go down, he got all the water buckets and climbed into a small tree. Then he sang a special song and the tree began to grow and grow.

His relatives came back, hot and tired, after searching for food. They could not find their water buckets or Koobor. Then they saw him in the tallest tree, with water buckets hanging from its branches.

"Koobor, bring those buckets down now," they cried. 

"No! I'm not coming down," shouted Koobor. "It's your turn to be thirsty!"

When they started to climb the tall tree, he threw the water buckets at them.

Finally, two men did climb up. They grabbed Koobor, beat him very badly and threw him down.

His broken body smashed into the ground, where it changed into Koobor the Koala.

The koala quickly climbed into a nearby tree and began munching gum leaves. 

This is why koalas today don't need water to keep alive.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS: 

Are these statements true (T) or false (F)?
  1. Koobor always gets enough water.
  2. Koobor could take water from oak leaves.
  3. When he drank the water in the buckets his body swelled up.
  4. When he sang in the tree, it grew very large.
  5. Koobor changed into a koala.
     

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. (F)
  2. (F) The water was from gum leaves.
  3. (T) 
  4. (T) 
  5. (T)
     
 
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A Dog and a Cat on the Beach 管理者 2011-06-21
 
A Dog and a Cat on the Beach
 
By Gilles Parker
 
A long time ago, in Eastern Canada, a boy was walking on the beach. It was summer and he did not have to go to school.
 
That day, on the warm sand, he saw a dog. The dog was sitting looking at the water. He was very surprised to see a dog on the beach. In Canada, you see, there are no stray dogs. The boy asked the dog, “Are you hungry?” The dog quickly got up and started wagging his tail. “Come home with me,” said the boy.
 
A few minutes later, the boy saw a cat, also sitting on the beach.
“Are you hungry, too?” said the boy.
 
The cat did not wag his tail but did stand up. Then he followed the boy and the dog. At the boy’s home they drank a bowl of milk and ate some hotdogs. The dog and the cat shared the food and even the same bowl.
 
After eating, the dog and the cat started leaving quietly. The boy said, “Bye, and you’re welcome”. Then, the dog stared at the cat and the cat started to run. The dog barked and chased the cat. The boy never saw them again but he was happy that he helped two hungry animals that day.
 
 
 
 


COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
  1. Whom did the boy meet on the beach?
  2. What was the dog doing?
  3. What did the boy ask the dog?
  4. Who else did the boy meet on the beach?
  5. What did the dog and the cat do after they ate?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions

  1. He met a dog.
  2. The dog was sitting, staring at the water.
  3. The boy asked if the dog was hungry.
  4. The boy also met a cat.
  5. The dog chased the cat.

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How Crow Brought the Daylight to the Inuit 管理者 2011-06-20
 
How Crow Brought the Daylight to the Inuit
 
By Richard Godfrey
 
Long ago, the Inuit of Canada’s North lived in total darkness.  The children would listen as Crow told them stories.  One of their favorite stories was about the Light that shone in the lands to the South.
 
“Light would be good for us, Crow,” said the children.
 
“Yes,” said some mothers and fathers, “Light would be good.”
 
“Please help us get it,” they all called out.
 
Crow considered, then he said, “I will fly South just one more time.”
 
Crow flew until, at last, he saw a tiny light in the distance. Gradually, the daylight world appeared everywhere. Tired Crow rested in a nearby tree. From his perch, he noticed a boy holding a string with a ball of daylight attached. The light revealed beautiful colors and shapes everywhere.
 
Crow whispered to himself, “This is Daylight. This is what I came for!”
 
Crow flew toward the boy’s hand, grabbed the string, and flew high into the sky with the ball of light trailing brilliantly behind.
 
He flew North.
 
As the Inuit played in the darkness of the North, they noticed a spark of light growing larger in the black sky.
 
“It’s Crow!” exclaimed the Inuit.
 
Crow dropped the ball. It shattered on the ice, releasing Daylight that exploded out and all around, shining into every dark place.
 
Crow announced, “This ball of light will last only for six months. Then it must rest for six months to regain its strength. While it rests, darkness will cover the land again.”
 
“Half a year is good,” said the Inuit.
 
To this day, the Inuit live half the year in daylight, the other half in darkness.
 
 
 
 


 
Worksheet: How Crow Brings the Light to the Inuit
 
A.Fill in each blank using one of the following letters:
  ( y, i, o, a, w )
  1. cr __  ___
  2. d __  __
  3. Inu __ t
B. Draw a picture of Crow dropping the ball of light on the ice or a picture of the boy  playing with the ball of light.
C. Is this sentence true (T) or (F)? 
  _____  The Inuit now have daylight all year.
D. Listen carefully and check only the three words from the list that you hear spoken.
   _______     daylight
   _______     crow
   _______     north
   _______     ball
   _______     south
E. Fill in the blanks using these words:  happy, Canada, crow
   The Inuit live in _____________.  
   The ___________ brought daylight to the Inuit.
   The people were ___________ with the daylight.
 



 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions

A.      1.  ow     2.     ay     3.     I
B.      Evaluate the students' ability to visualize the printed material.
C.      The sentence is False.
D.      Teacher will choose any three from the list.
E.  1.  Canada     2.  Crow    3.  happy

 

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Why Cats Eat Before Washing 管理者 2011-06-19
 
Why Cats Eat Before Washing
 
By Richard Godfrey
 
Once upon a time, there was a cat who loved to eat mice. The cat was smart. He used the same routine to catch all his snacks.
 
First, he would meow very softly for the mouse to come out of his hole, then the cat would crouch down low and when the mouse came out of his hole, the cat would raise his tail high in the air and move it back and forth, back and forth. 
 
The mouse would watch the movement of the cat’s tail and become hypnotized. It was then that the cat would take his paw and swing it around quickly and grab the mouse with the words, “Gotcha!”
 
This worked every time until one day the cat met one smart mouse. Just as the cat was about to eat this mouse, the mouse said: “What’s the matter with you? I see you walking around in that dirty old litter box and now you are going to eat me without washing your paws.”  
 
The cat put the mouse down and commanded: “Stay put!” The cat began licking and wiping his furry face, his lips, his tail and his belly. When he had finished cleaning, he looked down and saw that the mouse was gone! And that is why, to this day, hungry cats always eat first and wash later.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS: 
Are these statements true (T) or false (F)?
  1. The mouse was bigger than the cat.
  2. The cat used its ears to hypnotize the mice. 
  3. In the story there was a cat, a dog and a mouse.
  4. Hungry cats always eat first and wash later.
  5. The cat told the mouse not to move.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. ( F )
  2. ( F )
  3. ( F )
  4. ( T )
  5. ( T )

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A Crane and a Clam 管理者 2011-06-18
 
A Crane and a Clam
 
陳淑媺老師 編寫
 
On a sunny day, a big clam had lain itself on a river shore.  The clam opened its shell to enjoy the beautiful sunshine.  Meanwhile, a hungry crane flew over the river and saw the clam.  It soon flew down and pecked the flesh of the clam with its beak.
 
Being shocked by the sudden attack, the clam closed its shell immediately and clamped the crane’s beak firmly.
 
The crane tried to pull its beak out of the shell but was not able to.  Because of this the crane could only speak in a very strange way:  “Stupid clam, open your mouth quickly.  If there is no rain today and there will be no rain tomorrow, you will dry up and die in the sun.”
 
“You have been trapped by me. If I don’t let you go, in one or two days, you will starve to death,” the clam replied angrily.
 
Neither of them was willing to give up.  A fisherman happened to pass by the river shore.  He was able to catch both the crane and the clam without any effort.
 
Here is the lesson we should learn from the story: fighting can only bring trouble to both parties involved.
 
 
 
 


COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
  1. Where did this story happen?
  2. Who attacked the clam?
  3. What did the clam do after it was attacked?
  4. What happened to both the clam and the crane?
  5. What is the lesson we learn from this story?
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions

  1. On a river shore.
  2. The crane.
  3. The clam closed its shells immediately and clamped the crane’s beak firmly.
  4. They were both caught by a fisherman.
  5. Fighting could only bring trouble to the parties involved.
 
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A Fake Flute Player 管理者 2011-06-17
 
A Fake Flute Player
 
劉宇曙老師 編寫
 
Once upon a time, there was a king whose hobby was listening to flutes.  He particularly loved listening to an orchestra with a hundred flute players so he recruited capable flute players in his kingdom to play for him.
 
There was a man named Jeremy who could not play a flute at all.  But because of the good pay, he also wanted to join the orchestra.  Jeremy bribed an officer to introduce him to meet the king.  
 
“My granddad was a famous flute player.  And my father was, too.  They taught me how to play the flute when I was a young child.  Now I have been playing the flute for twenty years, and I am able to make beautiful music with my flute,” Jeremy told the king. 
 
The king was very happy and let Jeremy join the orchestra.  Whenever it was time to play, Jeremy joined the group.  He pretended to move his fingers on the flute, while blowing his cheeks, closing his eyes, and shaking his head.  It looked as if he played with a lot of effort and enjoyed the music so much.  Actually, he did not make a sound at all, but no one noticed.
 
After a few years, the king passed away and his son followed as the new king.  The new king also loved flutes.  But this king preferred solos rather than playing in groups.  One by one, he asked each flute player to play for him.  Jeremy was afraid of being discovered as a fake so he ran away quietly before his turn had come.
 
The moral of the story is: sooner or later, if you pretend to be what you are not, people will see you for whom you are.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS:
  1. What was the king’s hobby?
  2. How did Jeremy make the king believe that he was a good flute player? 
  3. What did Jeremy do when he was playing with the group?
  4. Does “solo” mean playing alone or playing with a group of people?
  5. Could Jeremy play a flute? 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Answers to the above questions
  1. Listening to flutes.
  2. He told the king he came from a family of flute players and he learned playing the flute when he was very young.
  3. He pretended that he played very hard and enjoyed the music.
  4. “Solo” means playing alone.
  5. He could not play a flute at all.

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A Spear and a Shield 管理者 2011-06-16
 
A Spear and a Shield
 
謝育霖老師 編寫

Once upon a time, there was a Chinese man. His name was Mr. Lee. He made weapons. The weapons he made were spears and shields. One day, he went to market to sell his treasures.

"Look, friends," Mr. Lee called out, " In my hand is the strongest shield made from the hardest metal. Whatever spear you use, it will never pierce this shield." 

His words attracted a lot of passersby. They moved closer and formed a circle to see what was going on.

Then, Mr. Lee raised his spear with the other hand and shouted, "Look again, friends. In my hand is the fiercest spear in the world. The spear head is sharp as well as hard, therefore, it is able to cut through any shield." 

At that moment, a man stepped out of the crowd and said, "You just said your shield was able to withstand any spear, and you said your spear can cut through any shield. What would happen if you take your spear and attack your shield?"
 
Mr. Lee did not know how to answer this question. He was so embarrassed that he packed up his treasures and quickly ran away.
 
 
 
 


 
COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS: 
  1. What was Mr. Lee's occupation?
  2. Where did he sell the weapons?
  3. Mr. Lee tried to convince the people to buy his shield and spear. What quality did each weapon have according to the seller?
  4. When Mr. Lee was talking about his spear, were his words consistent with his previous ones?
  5. What lesson can we learn from the story?


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


 
Answers to the above questions
  1. Mr. Lee was a maker of weapons.
  2. He sold the weapons in the market.
  3. The spear was sharp and was able to cut through any shield. The shield was made of hard metal so that no spear would ever be able to pierce it.
  4. No, they were not.
  5. Everyone should be careful about what he says.

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