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Grade 4 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Grade 4 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
The town of Coober Pedy in Australia does not look like anything special on the map. It is just a very tiny       dot       in the middle of nowhere. There are no cities around it. It takes hours to reach a place with more than a handful of people living there. The city is so tiny that it is almost              impossible              to find on a map or in person! Not only is it hot, but temperatures often soar        high        above one hundred degrees.

So, who would want to live in such a           distant          , hot place? More than a century ago, people came searching for        opal       . Opals are rare and colorful stones found in underground         mines        . People on the run from the       law       also came here. This small town was the perfect place to hide. To escape the heat, many of the people built               underground               homes. It gave them a place to go to        cool        off and get out of the sun.

Who comes to Coober Pedy today? Filmmakers often do when they need a             landscape             that looks like a dry and deserted planet.            Tourists            from all over the world also come for a visit. They wander through the underground town. They take tours of homes and walk through           museums          . Still others come and stay. They spend their days             searching             for just enough of that blue, green, and pink sparkle of opal to earn their           fortune          .
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