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Paulo's Forest



Paulo's Forest
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.34

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    father, conserve, farmer, fertilize, firewood, grazing, natural, recycle, slash, alive, also, another, become, being, build, burn
     content words:    In Brazil, United States


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Paulo's Forest
By Jennifer Kenny
  

1     Paulo lives in Brazil. His father is a farmer. In Brazil, farming is not always the same as in the United States. In the U.S., we think of using a piece of land for crops over and over again. Paulo and his family can not do that. Paulo's father is farming in the rain forest. They are very poor. They do not have a lot of money to live. They need food. They need to farm to live.
 
2     Paulo's friends and family travel together. They move a lot. They look for places to live. They need to remove the trees in the rain forest to farm. They slash and burn. They slash the trees. Then they burn them. This gets rid of trees. It also gets rid of bugs. The ash is used to fertilize. Then they can farm. This doesn't work for too long. Then Paulo's family and friends must move again. They go to another place and slash and burn there. To them this is a way to stay alive.
 
3     The forest near Paulo is disappearing. Every minute a part of a forest that is about the size of 20 football fields is gone. The poor farmers are one reason, but there are other reasons, too. Land is being used for cattle grazing. Trees are used for wood, firewood, and to build buildings for the rest of the world, too.

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Extended Activities:

1.  Find out what plants and animals live in the rain forest. Create a poster showing some of them at home in the rain forest.

2.  Recycling helps save trees. Come up with ideas encouraging people to recycle. Make a poster about recycling.



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