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Comparing Plants and Animals



Comparing Plants and Animals
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
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     challenging words:    comparison, diagram, fishbowl, roots, science, exactly, time, arms, interesting, fake, several, class, center, reproduce, above, alive


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Comparing Plants and Animals
By Jane Runyon
  

1     It was time for science class in Mrs. Kim's room. The children were in their seats and ready. They looked at a table at the front of the classroom. On the table were several items. There was an ivy plant, a stuffed toy dog, a fishbowl with two goldfish, and a picture of a rose.
 
2     "Have you looked at all the items?" asked Mrs. Kim.
 
3     The children looked at their teacher. She was standing in front of a dry erase board. On the board she had drawn two circles. The circles overlapped so that they made three different areas.
 
4     "What are these things for?" asked Marty.
 
5     "We are going to discuss these items," answered Mrs. Kim. "What can you tell me about them?"
 
6     "The items are all different," answered Mike.
 
7     "Yes, they are different," said Mrs. Kim. "But how are they all different?"
 
8     "Well," answered Matt, "some are real and some are fake. The ivy plant is real and the picture of the rose is a fake plant."
 
9     "That's very interesting," said Mrs. Kim. "Isn't this the picture of a real rose?"
 
10     "Yes, but it is just a picture," added Laura. "It's not alive and the ivy plant is alive."
 
11     "Can you say the same thing about the goldfish and the stuffed dog?" asked Mrs. Kim.
 
12     "Yes," answered Maria, "the goldfish are alive and the stuffed dog isn't."
 
13     "How do we know when something is alive?" asked Mrs. Kim.
 
14     "It breathes air," said Tony excitedly.

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