Gardening with Grandpa - Fiction (Grade 5)

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Gardening with Grandpa - Fiction

Katherine looked around her and frowned. Everywhere she looked there were bright flowers and green leaves. The garden was so beautiful at this time of year. From the red of the roses to the yellow of the dandelions, it was like looking at a rainbow on the ground.

As much as she loved all of the colors, Katherine was confused. Grandpa George had asked her to pull any weeds she found. He had given her a bucket and some gloves and then gone back to filling the birdfeeders. Katherine wanted to help, but she could not tell which plants were flowers and which ones were weeds since they all looked the same to her.

When she asked Grandpa George to explain the difference between the plants, he started laughing. "Gardeners have asked that question for years," he said. "Here is how I define it. Flowers are the plants I want in the garden. I carefully planted the seeds with my hands. I covered them with soil, and watered them so they would grow. Weeds are the plants I did not invite! They just showed up, thanks to the wind or birds, and those keep growing, no matter what I do."

Katherine giggled at the idea of seeds coming into a garden without an invitation, but then she frowned again. "So, which ones should I pick?" she asked. Grandpa George paused a moment and then said, "Oh heck, let's forget about weeding and make a bouquet for Grandma instead." Katherine thought that was best gardening idea she had ever heard.
What two things is this story comparing?
  1. Flowers and weeds
  2. Seeds and plants
  3. Gardens and soil
  4. Roses and dandelions
Why was Katherine confused about the job she was given?
  1. There were no weeds in the garden.
  2. She did not understand her Grandpa's directions.
  3. There were too many plants for her to choose from.
  4. She was not sure what she was supposed to pick and what she was not.
Which statement about this story is most accurate?
  1. Grandma likes bouquets of dandelions the most.
  2. Some plants need more care to grow than others.
  3. Gardening takes a great deal of skill and time to do.
  4. It is important to spend time outside in nature.

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