Good old days
“WHAT year were you born, Grandma?” Patricia asked.
Patricia was in second grade and her homework assignment was to interview someone born before 1950 to see what their childhood was like. She had chosen to talk to Grandma after dinner on Sunday.
“I was born in 1943, during World War 2.” Patricia’s Grandma answered.
“Did you go to school?” Patricia asked.
“Yes, I went to school in Mayville.” Grandma said. “Did you take the school bus?” Patricia asked with a frown. She didn’t like taking the bus to school in the morning. She thought it was smelly.
“No, dear. When I was a little girl most kids walked to school. Only kids that lived very far away got to ride the bus. I had to walk three blocks to school.”
“Well what did you do after school Grandma?” Patricia asked. “Did you watch TV and play video games?”
Patricia’s Grandma laughed. “Of course not. We didn’t have video games back then. My family didn’t even get a TV until I was twelve.”
“No TV?” Patricia said with a gasp. Grandma smiled and said, “Those were the good old days.”
Patricia tried to imagine what life would be like without TV, video games, smartphones and computers. She wondered why grandma called her past “the good old days.”
Patricia looked confused, and asked, “What did you do for fun?”
“Well, I read a lot of books. After dinner and homework, sometimes we would listen to the radio while we coloured pictures or played card games. On the weekends we mostly rode our bikes and played outside with our friends.”
Just then Patricia’s mom called out from the kitchen. It was time for dessert.
Patricia quickly put down her pencil and paper. They were having fresh baked apple pie with ice cream! She started toward the kitchen but then stopped and looked at Grandma.
“Grandma, did you have ice cream when you were a kid?” she asked.
“Yes, of course we did”, Grandma answered with a grin.
Patricia smiled. “Then I think the ‘good old days’ were pretty good too. 2. When did Patricia’s grandmother get her television? a. in 1943 b. in 1950 c. in 1955 d. in 1963 first
Explain how you figured out the answer to the question above.
3. List four things that Patricia’s grandma did when she came home from school as a child.
4. Why didn’t Patricia’s grandma take the bus to school when she was a child? a. She could not afford to take the bus. b. She lived too close to the school. c. She didn’t like taking the bus to school. d. Buses had not been invented yet.
5. Why did Patricia’s teacher assign the interview project? a. She wanted her students to learn when television was invented. b. She wanted her students to learn about science. c. She wanted to persuade her students to visit their grandparents. d. She wanted her students to learn about life long ago.
Fill in the missing letters to make a vocabulary word from the story.
Then re-write the complete word on the line.
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5. g ___ i ___ __ clue: a broad smile
6. f ___ o w ___ __ clue: sad face
7. s ___ e l ___ y __ clue: stinky
8. g ___ ___ p __ clue: inhale with a mouth open life
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