Earth Day Reading Comprehension

Printable Story with Interactive Review Questions. Read and test reading comprehension online or print and use offline. For 4th or 5th Grade and up.

Green Cities

What makes a city green?

It's a huge challenge for cities to be earth-friendly. Not only do they have lots of people, buildings, traffic, trash, and air pollution, but they also consume more than half of the world's energy.

Many cities in the world have taken up the challenge to be earth-friendly. Look at what some of these cities have done:

Reykjavik, Iceland, is run entirely on green energy. Its transit system uses hydrogen buses and most of its buildings use non-polluting energy sources like geothermal and hydroelectricity.

Malmo and Stockholm in Sweden are noted for their green spaces and parks and for successfully cleaning up their water and air.

Portland, Oregon, was one of the first American cities to focus on earth-friendly transit with light-rail and bike paths to encourage people to leave their cars at home.

Curitiba, Brazil, uses unique green methods for maintenance. Their grass parks are trimmed by sheep!

Vancouver, British Columbia, uses wind, solar, and water energy to generate power. Nearly all of the city is powered by clean hydroelectricity.

How much of the world's energy is consumed by cities?
one quarter
more than half
more than half In what country is Curitiba?
Brazil In what country is Malmo?
Sweden Which city is run entirely on green energy?
Reykjavik None of Vancouver is powered by hydroelectricity.
It doesn't say in the story.
False How are the buses powered in Reykjavik?
diesel fuel
unleaded gasoline
hydrogen Which of these energy sources is non-polluting?
natural gas
hydroelectricity How does the grass get cut in the parks of Curitiba?
They use push mowers.
Children stomp on it.
Sheep graze on it.
Sheep graze on it. What US city was one of the first to focus on earth-friendly transit?
Chicago, Illinois
Portland, Oregon
San Francisco, California
Portland, Oregon Why do cities consume so much energy?
because they use more land
more people, buildings and traffic
more pets
more people, buildings and traffic

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