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English home language

Grade 5

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Module 2

Reading and comprehension

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Cambodia and Venezuela: Tarantulas

A tourist who was brave enough to eat a tarantula in Cambodia described the spiders as being “greasy but good”. According to him, the legs are crispy, and the big hairy body is a mouthful. Describing the taste, he said: “If day-old deep-fried chicken had no bones, hair instead of feathers and was the size of a newborn sparrow, it might taste like tarantula.” Traditionally they’re grilled and served as a snack.

Indonesia: Dragonflies

Indonesia, the world’s fourth most populated country, is known for its great beauty. It’s also famous for exotic insect dishes, the most popular being dragonfly. Dragonflies hover over rice paddy fields, and enthusiastic hunters chase them with thin poles with nails attached at one end. The aim is to hook the nail through one of the dragonfly’s wings. They’re then threaded onto thin strips of palm, fried in coconut oil and eaten like sweets. For a more substantial meal they’re de-winged, salted and fried in coconut oil with sweet pepper and served with rice.

Irian Jaya: Sago Grubs and Stinkbugs

Irian Jaya is part of Indonesia, but residents share the island with Papua New Guinea. Sago grubs live in rotting sago palm trees. The trees are chopped down and locals reach into the hollow of the trunk to grab handfuls of the grubs, which are immediately roasted. They have a dry outer skin but are fatty on the inside, with a distinct flavour of bacon.

Another favourite in the area is stinkbugs. Children are fond of hunting them for a mid-morning snack and they’re considered a special protein treat. Older boys climb the trees where they live while children below softly call “mo, mo, mo, mo”. They say this chanting keeps the bugs still. Although they live up to their name and have a very unpleasant smell, the children happily pop them into their mouths.

China: Water Beetles and Scorpions

In southern China most restaurants prepare food in the Cantonese style, using only the freshest ingredients. The shiny black hard-shelled water beetle is a favourite and restaurants can hardly keep up with the demand for this crunchy little treat. The beetles are served marinated in ginger and soy sauce.

First the legs are broken off, then the hard outer skeleton is cracked open and the white insides are sucked out. They’re quite messy to eat but apparently are so delicious it’s worth the effort. Their white flesh has the consistency of crayfish. Scorpion, served in a variety of ways, is another Chinese delicacy. They’re even eaten live! Live scorpions are put in a bowl of water, then removed and dropped into rice wine for a few minutes. The scorpions stop struggling and go into a coma. The tail stingers and poison sacs are removed and the scorpions are eaten.

Mexico: Grasshoppers and Red Agave Worms

Grasshoppers are plentiful in all regions of Mexico. They’re easy to collect and preserve and are eaten all over the country, but are especially popular in the southern state of Oaxaca. They’re caught by dragging plastic bags along the ground, trapping them as they jump in. The insects are tossed in lemon, salt and garlic and pan-fried for a snack. One of the most popular dishes is grasshopper tacos, served with lemon, salt and avocados on a corn pancake known as a tortilla. It’s said no trip to Mexico is complete without a bottle of tequila, especially the bottles containing a caterpillar. The worms prove the tequila is genuine, because real tequila is produced only from the agave plant, the only place the caterpillars exist. What tourists don’t often experience is these red caterpillars served as dinner. Typically, they’re fried and served with small corn tortillas, fried beans, grated cheese, sour cream and avocado.

Questions & Answers

how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
Maciej
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
s.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
Virgil
is Bucky paper clear?
CYNTHIA
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Harper
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
s.
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
SUYASH Reply
for screen printed electrodes ?
SUYASH
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
Ebrahim
or in general
Ebrahim
in general
s.
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
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what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
what's the easiest and fastest way to the synthesize AgNP?
Damian Reply
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Cied
types of nano material
abeetha Reply
I start with an easy one. carbon nanotubes woven into a long filament like a string
Porter
many many of nanotubes
Porter
what is the k.e before it land
Yasmin
what is the function of carbon nanotubes?
Cesar
I'm interested in nanotube
Uday
what is nanomaterials​ and their applications of sensors.
Ramkumar Reply
what is nano technology
Sravani Reply
what is system testing?
AMJAD
preparation of nanomaterial
Victor Reply
Yes, Nanotechnology has a very fast field of applications and their is always something new to do with it...
Himanshu Reply
good afternoon madam
AMJAD
what is system testing
AMJAD
what is the application of nanotechnology?
Stotaw
In this morden time nanotechnology used in many field . 1-Electronics-manufacturad IC ,RAM,MRAM,solar panel etc 2-Helth and Medical-Nanomedicine,Drug Dilivery for cancer treatment etc 3- Atomobile -MEMS, Coating on car etc. and may other field for details you can check at Google
Azam
anybody can imagine what will be happen after 100 years from now in nano tech world
Prasenjit
after 100 year this will be not nanotechnology maybe this technology name will be change . maybe aftet 100 year . we work on electron lable practically about its properties and behaviour by the different instruments
Azam
name doesn't matter , whatever it will be change... I'm taking about effect on circumstances of the microscopic world
Prasenjit
how hard could it be to apply nanotechnology against viral infections such HIV or Ebola?
Damian
silver nanoparticles could handle the job?
Damian
not now but maybe in future only AgNP maybe any other nanomaterials
Azam
Hello
Uday
I'm interested in Nanotube
Uday
this technology will not going on for the long time , so I'm thinking about femtotechnology 10^-15
Prasenjit
can nanotechnology change the direction of the face of the world
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how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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Source:  OpenStax, English home language grade 5. OpenStax CNX. Sep 04, 2009 Download for free at http://cnx.org/content/col10971/1.1
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