16. Brian went to the doctor.



checking blood pressure

giving a shot


scale: something that measures weight.

stethoscope: a device for listening to a person’s heart beat and lungs.

syringe: a tube and a needle used for injecting liquid (medicine) into the body.


Brian went to the doctor. His mother took him there for a checkup. He also needed to get a flu shot, so he was a little nervous.

After Brian and his mother arrived at the doctor’s office, they sat in the waiting room for about ten minutes. Then a nurse called for Brian. He and his mother went to another smaller room and the nurse told Brian to step on a scale. She weighed him and measured his height. Next, the nurse took his blood pressure and asked him some questions.

When the doctor came into the room, he listened to Brian’s heart and his breathing with a stethoscope. He checked Brian’s eyes, ears, nose, mouth, and other parts of his body. He was a very nice doctor.

At the end of the visit, the nurse returned with a small syringe. When Brian saw the needle, he started to cry.

"This is going to be fast and easy," said the nurse. "You don’t want to get the flu, do you?" The nurse rubbed a little alcohol on his upper arm. Brian turned his face away. He knew the shot was necessary. Soon it was over. The nurse put a band aid on his arm and gave him a sucker.

After the visit to the doctor’s office, Brian and his mother went to the park. Brian was happy to know that he won’t need another shot until next year when he visits the doctor again.


Now you try it. Read the paragraph above. If you have a microphone, you can record your voice and compare it to my voice.


 write by hand How much do you remember from the reading? Fill in the blanks.

  • 1A: Who took Brian to the doctor?
  • 1B: His ___________ took him to the doctor.
  • 2A: Who weighed and measured Brian?
  • 2B: The ___________weighed and measured him.
  • 3A: What does a doctor use to listen to the heart?
  • 3B: He (or she) uses a __________________.
  • 4A: What kind of a shot did Brian get?
  • 4B: He got a __________ shot.

 (Answers: 1. mother; 2. nurse; 3. stethoscope; 4. flu)

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