edHelper.com
Immigration
Escaping Starvation in Holland



Escaping Starvation in Holland
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   8.23

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    conducive, dogfight, patriotism, steamship, occupation, attendance, aircraft, amongst, invasion, awoken, malnutrition, citizenship, military, combat, aerial, blackout
     content words:    Willem Van Belle, Burgemeester Kruiff Street, Kruiff Street, Jan Van Belle, Dutch National Anthem, New Amsterdam, Friesian Tail, Ellis Island, New York Harbor, Van Belle


Print Escaping Starvation in Holland
     Print Escaping Starvation in Holland  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Escaping Starvation in Holland
     Leave your feedback on Escaping Starvation in Holland  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Escaping Starvation in Holland
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Holland is a region in northern Europe and is part of the Netherlands. Jan (pronounced Yawn) Willem Van Belle was born in October 1931 in Ridderkerk, Holland. He was the first-born boy, so custom demanded he be named after his father's father. Jan's father worked as a carpenter while his mother stayed at home to take care of her children. Jan remembers a simple and carefree life growing up in Holland. His family lived on a dead end street called Burgemeester Kruiff Street in a brick row house. A row house is simply a tight, long row of two story houses with little or no space between them. Jan remembers as a child being entertained by the arguments of his neighbors. His father would not allow a radio in the house, but Jan could hear the neighbors' radio playing after he went to bed at night.
 
2     It was hard to heat their entire house in the winter, so only a few rooms in the house were used when the weather turned cold. Jan and his family spent most of their time in the living room which held the stove, several closets, and their dining table. After dark, his mother would sing songs or tell the children stories until his father came home from work.
 
3     Jan attended an elementary school organized by the church. The school year began in May, with only a few weeks off for summer vacation. Jan remembers seeing Holland's large storks building nests on the rooftops of nearby buildings through the open windows of his classroom. Jan and his classmates lined up their wooden shoes outside the classroom and entered in stocking feet.
 
4     When he was old enough to begin high school, Jan was given special classes after school to prepare. Jan studied less than the others, so his teacher told him he probably would not pass the test. As it turned out, Jan was the only one who did.
 
5     By the time Jan entered high school, attendance was sporadic because of the Nazi occupation of Holland. Jan remembers being awoken on Friday morning, May 10, 1940, to his father's shouts, "The war has started!" Immediately after that, he heard bombs exploding near the Rotterdam airport. His breakfast on the day the war broke out in Holland was radishes and bread.
 
6     His father was called to city hall to help place "blackout curtains" on all the windows in the building. These curtains were put up over windows everywhere so the enemy could not locate buildings or other landmarks during a bombing attack.
 
7     Jan witnessed many "dogfights" in the air between the Dutch forces and the Nazis in the days that followed. A "dogfight" is close range aerial combat between military aircraft. Four days later, the Dutch government surrendered. By the end of the war, 205,900 Dutch men and women had died. Jan witnessed the entire invasion from his home on Kruiff Street. The truce was signed just a few miles from his home in Rysoord.
 
8     In the years that followed, life became much more difficult for the citizens of
 
9     Ridderkerk, including Jan Van Belle and his family. The first things to be rationed were bicycle tires and shoes. Food and supplies were rationed next, and each member of the family was given a ration card which allowed only so much meat, butter, and potatoes per person. The Nazis ordered all radios confiscated to prevent the Dutch citizens from learning about the Resistance forces. Money was worthless, and Jan and his family were hungry every day. Because his family had planted a garden, they were able to survive during this difficult time.

Paragraphs 10 to 16:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Immigration
             Immigration


United States
             United States


    American Government  
 
    Black History and Blacks in U.S. History  
 
    Children in History  
 
    Government Careers  
 
    Hispanic Heritage  
 
    How Can I Help?  
 
 
    Immigration  
 
    National Parks and Monuments  
 
    Native Americans  
 
    Presidents of the United States  
 
    Women's History  
 


United States History
    A Nation Divided
(1840-1861)
 
 
    A New Nation
(1776-1830)
 
 
    After the Civil War
(1865-1870)
 
 
    American Revolution  
 
    Cold War
(1947-1991)
 
 
    Colonial America (1492-1776)  
 
    Lewis and Clark
(1804-1806)
 
 
    Spanish American War (1898)  
 
    The 1890's  
 
    The 1900's  
 
    The 1910's  
 
    The 1920's  
 
    The 1930's  
 
    The 1940's  
 
 
    The 1950's  
 
    The 1960's  
 
    The 1970's  
 
    The 1980's  
 
    The 1990's  
 
    The 2000's  
 
    The Civil War
(1861-1865)
 
 
    The Great Depression
(1929-1945)
 
 
    The United States Grows
(1865-1900)
 
 
    The War of 1812  
 
    Wild, Wild West  
 
    World War I
(1914-1918)
 
 
    World War II  
 


50 States

             Fifty States Theme Unit


Document Based Activities
      Document Based Activities


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2011 edHelper