Community gardens


People working in their garden lots
Photo by Karen Blakeman/CC, Flickr

Community gardening
Story adapted from Wikipedia by Patti-Lea Ryan and the writer’s experience
Level 3

Community gardening is very popular in cities.
Many people like to grow fresh vegetables and flowers.
Some gardeners do not have space for a garden.
So they can become a member of a community garden.
These gardens are maintained by the gardeners.

Benefits of a community garden
– is good exercise.
– is good for the environment.
– makes the community beautiful.
– is a good way to spend time with your children.
– helps to get rid of stress.
– brings feelings of happiness and well-being.
– provides healthy food.
– is a good way to meet new people.

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Who’s speaking, please?


‘Speak’ graffiti on a brick wall.
Photo by Brooke Novak/CC, Flickr

Who’s speaking, please?
Biases can affect communication

Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nancy Carson
Level 3

Many people have stereotypes.
A stereotype is a strong belief
about a whole group of people
and every person in that group.
You feel that everyone in the group
is the same in some way.

Positive and negative
Stereotypes can be positive.
“Women are warm and loving mothers,”
Stereotypes can also be negative.
“Teenagers today have no manners.”
Some of these are myths that come from our culture.
“Asians are good at math.”
“Canadians are always polite.”

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Killer whale rescued from rocks


A killer whale is stuck on some rocks.
Photo by @whalepoint, Twitter

Killer whale rescued from rocks
Adapted from The Vancouver Sun by Nila Gopaul
Level 2

On July 22, 2015,
cries came from a young killer whale.
The calf was caught on some rocks.
She could not move.
She was crying in pain.

It was a hot day in Hartley Bay, B.C.,
a First Nations community
145 kilometres south of Prince Rupert.
So the whale’s skin was getting dry.
“It was so heartbreaking,” said one woman.

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