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Taste Buds Feed the Brain Information

Foods have a wide variety of flavors. But, how does the brain know if the mouth is tasting spicy nachos, rich chocolate cake, crunchy broccoli, or a sour lemon? What if the food is spoiled or rotten? The brain needs to have this information in order to tell the hands to put it down! Luckily, taste buds on the tongue send the brain information so the brain knows how to react. Listen to hear a fun story that illustrates what happens after the first bite of food is taken.


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Story Length: 4:12

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Listening Comprehension Questions

  • In what ways did Andrew Carnegie’s libraries serve their communities?
  • How did Carnegie benefit from a library when he was growing up?
  • Which personality traits helped propel Carnegie from poverty to riches? Bring specific details from the story to support your ideas.
  • According to Carnegie, what should rich people do with their money and why? Why was Carnegie known as both generous and “brutal”?

Discussion Themes

  • In your opinion, what should really rich people do with their fortunes?
  • What does it take for a person to rise from “rags to riches”?

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