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Canadian Theme Unit
Roads, Canals, and Railways

Canadian Theme Unit
Canadian Theme Unit


Roads, Canals, and Railways
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.36

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    andrews, barring, corduroy, sea-going, spite, link, land, easily, settled, pressed, southeast, rails, depend, british, working, market
     content words:    Lake Ontario, Great Lakes, Niagara Falls, Chippawa Creek, Trent-Severn Waterways, Georgian Bay, Lake Huron, First Nation, Burleigh Falls, Lake Rice


Roads, Canals, and Railways
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     When a new land was settled, there were many things to be worked out. Home sites had be chosen, food grown, and trade established. Once these things were done, there had to be a way to link them up.
 
2     The first roads were not like the ones we have today. Some were little more than paths. Then wider dirt roads became common. They were usually wide enough for a single cart or wagon.
 
3     In some places where the ground was soft, logs were laid side by side and pressed into the ground. These were called corduroy roads. The logs kept wheels from getting stuck in the mud, but they were very bumpy.
 
4     When the French first settled Quebec, they did not depend on roads. Instead, they moved everything along rivers in boats.
 
5     The St. Lawrence was such a large river, barring the rapids, it could carry almost any large ship into Lake Ontario. That lake was the first of the five Great Lakes. If you look on maps, you might think that ships can easily sail to all of them. You might, if you did not have to deal with Niagara Falls.

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