27. My son bought a goldfish.



That’s a nice goldfish!


allowance: money that parents give to their children weekly or monthly. Many children work around the house in order to receive this money.

aquarium: a glass container for fish; a fish tank

buy: purchase

fake: not real; artificial

fancy: special

pet: an animal that people keep for companionship–not food.

responsibility: the care a person gives to another person or a thing


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My son, Kevin, bought a goldfish yesterday. He went to the pet store and bought a fancy goldfish with money from his allowance. He gets a five-dollar allowance every week.

He needed to buy a few other things for the fish. He bought a small aquarium, some fish food, some plastic rocks and plants, and a book about goldfish. The total bill came to $36.09.

When he got home, he put water into the aquarium. He also put in the plastic rocks and the fake plants. He wanted the fish to have a beautiful place to live in. Finally, after the water was at room temperature, he put the fish into the aquarium. The goldfish looked happy to be in its new home.

It’s a good idea for children to have pets. They learn about responsibility, and they learn about the animal that they care for. The most popular pets are dogs, cats, and fish.


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: What did my son buy?
  • 1B: He __________ a goldfish.
  • 2A: How much did the goldfish and everything else cost?
  • 2B: it __________ $36.09.
  • 3A: Where did he put the fish?
  • 3B: He put the fish into an _____________.

 (Answers: 1. bought; 2. cost; 3. aquarium)

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