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"Good Morning Ohio"


"Good Morning Ohio"
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   9.12

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    colonize, greeting, extremely, successful, prime, aircraft, historical, saying, tourist, actually, agriculture, remain, beginning, escape, powerful, opportunity
     content words:    In Japan, Since Ohio, Ice Age, Hopewell Indians, Beaver Wars, United States, Ohio Land Company


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"Good Morning Ohio"
By Dawn A. Adams
  

1     When we think of our first greeting of the day, we often say "good morning." In Japan people greet each other in the morning by saying "OHAYOO," which sounds just like "Ohio." Since Ohio means a greeting given at the beginning of the day, it seems appropriate to tell about the historical beginning of the great state of Ohio.
 
2     The history of Ohio dates all the way back to around 13,000 BC. Paleoindians were believed to be the first people to discover the Americas. They lived in Ohio during the last centuries of the Ice Age. Around 800 BC, the Adena people became Ohio's first recorded farmers, which historically shows the importance of farming in the Ohio area. The reason why Ohio is so successful in growing many different crops and is one of the top producers in the nation for agriculture is due to the soil, which is extremely rich in minerals. Ohio has over 400 different types of soil and is only one of four states in which over 50 percent of its land is classified as prime farmland. That's a lot of dirt to make mud pies in! This rich soil is what allows Ohio to produce such great crops as corn and soybeans.
 
3     Around 500 AD, the Hopewell culture grew out of the Adena culture. The Hopewell Indians were known for building mounds and enclosures to live in. Today, Ohio is one of the top tourist states in the nation. People want to see the mounds and learn about the Indians and the homes they created. Many areas throughout Ohio have made these mounds historical sites.

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