Canadian Theme Unit
Finding Canada

Finding Canada
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.95

     challenging words:    riches, cows, travel, village, willing, large, build, true, life, another, raise, second, wide, people, feed, gold
     content words:    New World

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Finding Canada
By Mary Lynn Bushong

1     Do you like to travel? Do you like to go to new places? People who go to new places are explorers.
2     Many people explored Canada. One of the first was the Vikings.
3     The Vikings liked to look for new lands. They wanted new places to live. They needed room to raise families, animals, and crops.
4     One young man heard of new lands. They were in the West. He wanted to see if the stories were true. His name was Leif [Leef] Erikson.
5     The first place he came to had many large, flat stones. That was not a land he wanted to live in.
6     The second place had forests and a wide sandy beach. This land was better. It had wood to build homes and ships. It did not have grass to feed animals.
7     Leif kept going. He found another good place. This place had grass to feed cows. It had trees for homes and ships. It had fish and wildlife to feed the men.
8     Leif was very pleased with this new place. He called it Vinland.

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