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Changing Communities



Changing Communities
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     challenging words:    suburban, synagogues, cultural, religion, temples, natural, change, schools, buses, jobs, amount, handle, grow, time, neighborhood, center
     content words:    United States, New Jersey, New York City


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Changing Communities
By Trista L. Pollard
  

1     Communities grow and change over time. New people move in and other people move out. New buildings are built and new roads are paved. Your community has a history. History is the events that happened in the past. Your community also has a future.
 
2     Many communities in the United States (U.S.) started a long time ago. These communities were started by immigrants. Immigrants are people from other countries. They move to a new country to start a new life. When these communities started, they were small. Most of them started as farming villages. The people used the land to grow food and raise animals. They also used natural resources in the area to build their homes. Natural resources are the things made by nature. They are the plants, water, animals, and minerals that are in an area. Immigrants used the wood from trees to build their homes and buildings. They may have built churches, schools, and small houses. As the communities grew, more buildings were added. You may still see some of these old buildings in your community.
 
3     Transportation helps communities to change. In the past, people used horses and wagons to travel, or they walked where they needed to go. The everyday travel of people, horses, and wagons caused new paths to be formed. These paths later became roads. Some of these roads are still around today. Now they are paved to make them smooth. As time passed, transportation changed. Horses and wagons changed to cars, buses, airplanes, and trains. Airports were built near communities. More roads were made in communities to handle more traffic. Traffic is the number of cars that travel on a road at a particular time.

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