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Igloos (Grade 8)

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Have you ever studied a photograph of an igloo? It seems as if it would be a cold, hard, uncomfortable place to live, yet for many years, this type of home has provided shelter for many of Canada's and Greenland's Inuit tribes.

Made from blocks of ice and snow, igloos are generally made in a circular shape. Gaps between blocks are packed with ice. A tunnel entrance allows people to enter and exit, but protects from cold winds. In addition, the snow works as insulation. Between it and the heat generated by people and oil lamps, the temperature inside an igloo can be moderately comfortable.

Beds are put in the upper part of the igloo since heat rises. Bedding is made from willow twigs covered with animal furs and skin. The other half of the igloo is typically used for cooking, eating, talking and resting. Some igloos include small windows for letting in sunlight.
What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Inuit once lived in igloos in Canada and Greenland.
  2. Igloos are easier to build than some may believe.
  3. Snow provides a surprising amount of insulation for igloos.
  4. Igloos are more comfortable to live in than most people realize.
What would make the best title for this story?
  1. Life in the Inuit Village
  2. Creating Igloo Bed from Nature
  3. The Unexpected Coziness of the Igloo
  4. Cooking Inside a Home of Ice and Snow
Which detail would fit best in the first paragraph of the text?
  1. The Inuit often relied on igloos on hunting trips.
  2. Oil lamps were usually filled with oil from whales.
  3. Boots and clothes were often put near a window to dry.
  4. The Inuit ate seal, caribou and fish, both raw and cooked.

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