Main Idea
Vocabulary
Grammar
Comprehension Questions
Following Directions
100

What is a main idea and supporting details? Be sure to restate the question in your answer using a complete sentence. 

The main idea is what the author is trying to communicate in the text. Supporting details are the details that support the main idea.

100

What is one way you can figure out what a word means if you don't know the word?

100

How are a banana and the sun similar? You must answer in a complete sentence with correct grammar.

A banana and the sun are both yellow.

100

List the 5 question words. For 20 bonus points per person/team, create a question using each of the 5 question words.

5 Question Words: Who, what, where, when, why

Questions created will vary.

100

Get a piece of paper, make sure your pencil is sharpened, and raise your hand when you are ready to start.

N/A

200

"Automation is the use of machines to reduce the need for human labor. In other words automation is when jobs done by people become jobs done by robots. Automation can be a good thing. Clothing, cars, and other manufactured products are available at good prices and in large supply because of automation. But automation can also be a bad thing. Because of automation there are over 700,000 robots in America that do jobs once performed by humans. The way of automation may not be best for humanity, but it is the course we are taking."  (ereadingworksheets.com; main idea worksheet 4)

Automation helps make products faster, but it affects job availability.

200

"Kevin may know how to layup a basketball, but my jump shot is extraordinary." (ereadingworksheets.com; context clues 3.1) What does extraordinary mean?

awesome, great, etc.

200

What is your favorite food? You must answer in a complete sentence.

Answer will vary

200

Mrs. Calhoon will read the passage. Answer this question: What did Kyle do after school? You must list all 3 things.

played a video game (10 bonus points if they name the title of the game correctly), ate pizza, and fell asleep

200

Draw a large square in the middle of the page, place a small, skinny rectangle underneath the square, and touch your nose when you are done.

N/A

300

"Many people use the words cyborg and android interchangeably, but these words have different meanings. Both refer to beings powered by robotics, but an android is powered entirely by machinery. Cyborgs are partly powered by a living organism. They also look different. Androids may be completely mechanical, but they are designed to look like humans. They may have synthetic skin, hair, and other human-like features. Cyborgs are usually designed in a way that accents their robotic modifications. A cyborg's mechanically enhanced eye may cast a red light or have a chrome plate surrounding it, for instance. So you see, though the terms cyborg and android seem similar, they refer to different things." (ereadingworksheets.com; main idea worksheet 4)

Many people use cyborg and android interchangeably, but these things are completely different.

300

"Jake asked his mother for permission to go to his friend Rodney’s dance party, stating that his grades had improved, and he was quite pleased when she consented." (ereadingworksheets.com; context clues 3.1) What does consent/consented mean?

approved, agreed

300

What is your favorite subject in school? Why? You must answer in a complete sentence.

Answers will vary

300

What did Kyle do with his report card?

balled it up and put it in a soup can in the garbage

300

Put 2 small rectangles sticking out the left side of the skinny rectangle, draw another 2 small rectangles sticking out the right side of the skinny rectangle, and make 2 smaller squares next to each other in the middle of the big square.

400

"It is a widely acknowledged fact that machines are stronger than people. Is it possible for them to become smarter than us too? Some scientists fear that it is, or so says the theory of technological singularity. In a nutshell, the theory of technological singularity says that there will be a moment when a computer can improve its own capabilities. This computer will go into an infinite loop, getting progressively smarter. Inevitably this will lead to machines becoming smarter than people, or so the theory goes. Such gains in available intelligence might lead to huge improvements in science and medicine. Diseases could be cured and such. But it could also lead to the total domination or replacement of mankind by robots, which would be bad. If the latter were the case, I, for one, would welcome our new computer overlords." (ereadingworksheets.com; main idea worksheet 4)

It is possible for machines to become smarter than people.

400

"Kyle really wanted to play basketball, but since it overlapped with the volleyball season (and since Carrie played volleyball), he would just have to defer his hoop-dreams until next year, when his relationship with her would be secure." (ereadingworksheets.com; context clues 3.1) What does defer mean?

postpone, delay

400

Which one is better: dogs or cats? Explain your opinion. Your answer must be 2 or 3 complete sentences.

Answers will vary

400

Why did Kyle put his report card in the soup can?

Because he did not want his parents to see his report card.

400

Draw an upside down U under the small squares you just drew, add a small rectangle on top of the upside down U, and color/shade in all shapes within the big square.

N/A

500

"Being a clown isn't all fun and games. Rodeo clowns expose themselves to great danger every time they perform. When cowboys dismount or bulls buck them off, rodeo clowns jump in front of the bulls and motion wildly to get their attention. In this way rodeo clowns provide an alternate target, and in doing so protect the rider. Of course, this is a very dangerous thing to do. So you see, sometimes clowning around can be serious business." (ereadingworksheets.com; main idea worksheet 3)

Rodeo clowns are always in danger of getting seriously injured when they perform.

500

"Due to the scarcity of food in her territory, the mother lioness had to roam far from safe ground to find a meal for her child." (ereadingworksheets.com; context clues 3.2) What does scarcity/scarce mean? You must define the word and use the word in a sentence.

lack, absence, shortage

Examples: As the week went on, the food became scarce in the fridge.

There is a scarcity of water in the desert.

500

Would you rather have every holiday be Christmas or Halloween? Explain your answer. Your answer must be 2 or 3 complete sentences.

Answers will vary

500

Was Kyle's report card good or bad? Why was his report card good or bad? You must answer the questions in complete sentences.

Kyle's report card was bad because he did not take school seriously. He did not study or do his homework, resulting in bad grades.

500

Draw a square pig next to your drawing, write the name of the game these characters go to on the top right corner of your page, and turn your paper over when you are done.

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