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English home language

Grade 5


Module 8

Comprehension and spelling

Read the extract and answer the questions carefully.

Funny farm: is Kit-Kat nuts?Squirrels find a new mother

There’s a serious psychological problem developing in the Malherbe household in Paarl.

Snap, Crackle and Pop are three orphaned baby squirrels who have been saved from certain death and are now being suckled by the family cat, Kit-Kat. It’s a well-known fact that cats normally love to hunt squirrels and the question arises: is “mommy” Kit-Kat going to teach Snap, Crackle and Pop all she knows, as mothers do?

If this is the case, there are bound to be some really mixed up animals on the Malherbe farm, Spes Bona, outside Paarl. Are the three little squirrels going to be taught to hunt on their own? And what will happen if they are confronted by some strange cat? Will they scamper away or recognise it as just another “mommy” to cuddle?

This confusion started unfolding two weeks ago when a neighbour, Elize Grobbelaar, brought the three pink little orphans around. They had fallen out of an old oak tree when a branch broke loose. The Grobbelaars were going away for the weekend and couldn’t look after them.

Berena Malherbe took them in and that is where the fun started. They were introduced to Kit-Kat who has three kittens of her own, and suddenly there was one happy family, all suckling away. Now, two weeks later, Snap, Crackle and Pop are scampering all over the place, the three kittens joining in because they are fascinated by the long tails of their “sisters”, Snap and Crackle, and “brother” Pop.

The Malherbes don’t have many trees and therefore not many squirrels, and Pama Malherbe isn’t too happy because the new babies nibble his pumpkins and butternuts. It would be okay if they ate them, but instead they simply take a bite out of each.

Apparently, however, he is heavily outvoted by the family, which includes twins Koch and Pollie, 7, Jossie, 3, baby De Waal, 1, dogs Wellington, Sarah and Bella, piglets Vroetel and Troetel and an assortment of lambs, all called Lambchop. It seems as if the squirrels are here to stay.

Adapted from ( The Argus , Saturday, 8-9 February 1997)

Wow! Imagine that!

Turn to your partner and tell him/her in only one sentence what this article is all about.

In order to help you answer the questions in full sentences, each answer has been started for you.

1. What kind of animal is Kit-Kat?

Kit-Kat is __ (1)

2. What are these squirrels being fed? (1)

3. How many squirrels fell out of the tree?

__ squirrels fell out of the tree. (1)

4. What have these people named the orphans?

They have named the orphans __ (1)

5. Where are these squirrels being raised?

They _ (1)

6. Which two words from the passage tell us what the squirrels looked like when they arrived at the Malherbe’s farm?

The words __ and __ (2)

7. Complete the sentence:

The squirrels are naughty, because they __ (1)

8. What have the Malherbe’s named their lambs?

The lambs are __ (1)

9. The Malherbe family are animal lovers.

Why is this statement TRUE? (1)

Questions & Answers

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Damian Reply
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Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
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Damian Reply
absolutely yes
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Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
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Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
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