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Name ____________________________ LASERS Paul Witcover You may have seen lasers in movies, comic books, or on television. Lasers make a narrow line of colored light. Unlike the light from a flashlight, laser light can shine over long distances without spreading out. Lasers have many uses. Long threads of glass called "optical fibers" allow laser beams to carry telephone conversations, Internet connections, and other kinds of information. In factories, lasers cut through steel or help make tiny computer chips. Lasers are important tools in operations. Doctors use tiny lasers to correct vision and fix people's hearts. The machine that reads the price of groceries at the supermarket works by laser. So do stereos and CD players. There are laser pointers, laser printers, even laser cat toys. EMBEDDED QUESTION So far, what is this story mostly about? -Lasers can do many things. -Lasers can make movies better. -Lasers will be used in the future. What's funny is that in 1960, when Theodore Maiman built the first laser, nobody knew what to do with it. Some scientists started making jokes. They called the laser "an invention looking for a job." Today, the laser helps make our lives easier and safer in many different ways. Not bad for an invention nobody had a use for! EMBEDDED QUESTION Why did some scientists joke about the laser? -They did not like lasers. -They did not know how to use it. -They thought it was only a toy. 1. Unlike the light from a flashlight, laser light can shine over long distances without spreading out. What does the prefix un mean in the word unlike? full of not without wrong 2. Which word is the root word of easier? earn earth east easy 3. Doctors use tiny lasers to correct vision and fix people's hearts. Which of these answers has the SAME meaning as correct? find fix give test 4. What's funny is that in 1960, when Theodore Maiman built the first laser, nobody knew what to do with it. What are the two words that make up the word what's? what are what could what for what is 5. What is the main idea of the story? Doctors use lasers to fix hearts. Scientists made jokes about lasers. Lasers help us in many different ways. Lasers help us make tiny computer chips.
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