Strategies
Main Idea
Author's Purpose
Fact or Opinion
More Strategies

100

Writing a few words next to a paragraph.
What is writing a main idea or taking notes?

100

The author has a specific topic or message in the writing. We need to find what that is!
What is main idea?

100

What is it called when the author expresses his opinions and views? a. entertainment b. point of view c. climax
What is b - point of view?

100

Kally is a small, gray cat with green eyes. Fact or Opinion?
What is fact?

100

The candle lit the curtains on fire and burned the house down. Is this an example of: a. Compare/Contrast b. Point of View c. Cause/Effect
What is c- cause and effect?

200

The test is timed this year. Do you: a.Freak out and watch the clock. b.Take your time and do your best no matter what the time is. c.Rush through the test as fast as you can.
What is b- Take your time and do your best no matter what the time is?

200

Pollution is a serious problem on our Earth today. People and companies pollute the water by throwing trash into it. Chemicals that kill plants and fish are also dumped into the water. Air pollution is another type of pollution that we should worry about. Some of the air we breathe is not clean. Factories and power stations pollute the air with smoke and poisonous gases. Cars also make exhaust fumes that pollute the air. When these gases mix with the water in the air, they produce acid rain. This rain is not good for the plants on earth. The more acid there is in the rain, the faster it will kill the plants. What is the main idea? a. Air pollution is the most serious type of pollution. b. Acid rain is bad for plants. c. There are several types of pollution that are serious problems on Earth.
What is c?

200

All of the following are three main reasons why an author writes a story, EXCEPT to a. inform. b. persuade. c. entertain. d. take up your free time
What is d?

200

Last week my cat had kittens. Fact or Opinion?
What is fact?

200

It’s always a good idea to think about what you read, before you read the rest of it! Guess what will happen next!
What is predicting?

300

Reading more than once.
What is re-reading?

300

Our solar system is a big place with all kinds of interesting things in it. There are nine planets in our solar system. Earth is the planet that we live on. The sun, which we see every day, is not a planet. It is a star. There are also many other stars that we see in the sky at night. Asteroids and meteors are also in our solar system, but they are not planets either. Comets exist in our solar system, too. Sometimes you can see them travel past the earth. They have bright tails you can see as they travel by our planet. What is the main idea? a. We can see all of the comets in the sky. b. Our solar system has a lot of different things in it. c. We live on the planet Earth.
What is b?

300

Lisa always looked forward to the fall because of the Harvest Festival. Of course, she loved the rides, but she really enjoyed the shows. This year would be the best. Lisa had a special opportunity to perform in the talent show. The author's purpose is to a. entertain. b. persuade. c. inform. d. create a mysterious mood.
What is a - entertain?

300

The kittens were not cute when they were born. Fact or Opinion?
What is opinion?

300

DICTIONARY SKILLS! uttered or sounded in one unvarying tone a.echo b.monotonous c.riveting
The answer is b- monotonous.

400

Finding the answer in the story or passage.
What is evidence or proof?

400

A lot of animals live in different places on Earth. Some exotic animals live in zoos. You can go visit them there and learn about them. Some animals, like cats and dogs, live in our homes with us. Other animals live in the wild. Animals like deer and rabbits live in the forest. Some other animals, like dolphins and whales, live in the sea. Other animals like groundhogs, live underground. Bats, which are flying animals, live in caves in large groups. Some animals such as camels and snakes can live in the desert. What is the main idea? a. Rabbits live in burrows. b. Different animals live in many various places. c. Dolphins and whales are animals that live in the sea.
What is b?

400

What do you do with aluminum cans? Do you throw them in the trash, or do you recycle when you are finished with them? At the rate we are filling our landfills, we will not have anywhere else to put our trash. If you recycle, you will help the environment. The next time you throw away your Coke can, think about putting it in a recycling bin. Your effort will help save your community. The author's purpose is to a. entertain. b. persuade. c. inform. d. create a mysterious mood.
What is b - persuade?

400

Pick out the fact. a. In America the traffic laws are too strict. b. In America a red traffic light means STOP. c. In America the biggest cars are the safest cars.
What is b?

400

Mr. R was running late this morning. He had a meeting so he couldn’t get the classroom ready on time. His facial expression didn’t look happy. I think he might be frustrated. I can figure out how he is feeling by thinking about what I know and what happened to Mr. R!
What is making an inference?

500

THESAURUS SKILLS! A synonym for nice. a.satisfactory b.inappropriate c.irksome
What is a- satisfactory?

500

The United States of America is made up of fifty different states. Some of the states, like Texas and California, are quite large. Other states like Rhode Island and Delaware are very small. Two states are further away than the main forty-eight states. Hawaii is made up of several islands in the Pacific Ocean. Alaska is further north and next to another country called Canada. The United States also has some territories that are further away from it, such as the island of Guam and Puerto Rico. The different states are all very unique. Some are warm and sunny most of the year and others are cold. All of the states have their own unique culture and characteristics, but are part of the same country. What is the main idea? a. The United States of America is made of fifty different states. b. Alaska is a territory of the United States. c. All of the states have very cold weather.
What is a?

500

Tomatoes were once considered poisonous. Some brave people finally took a bite of a tomato, and they survived. Now, we use tomatoes in our salads and sandwiches. Do you ever use tomato sauce or ketchup? These products are made of tomatoes. If it weren't for these brave individuals, you might not be able to enjoy ketchup with your french-fries. The author's purpose is to a. entertain. b. persuade. c. inform. d. create a mysterious mood.
What is c - inform?

500

Which of these is an opinion and not a fact? a. Earth is a planet where animals and plants can live. b. Earth is the third planet from the sun. c. Earth is the most beautiful planet.
What is c?

500

You can figure out the meaning of a word that you don’t know by reading the words and sentence/s around the unknown word. This is called using your ___________ ___________.
What is context clues?