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Mrs. Jones was nervous about flying on an airplane. She had never flown before. Her daughter REASSURED her by telling her that planes are very safe. What does REASSURED mean?

a) comforted b) reminded c) forced

What is A-Comforted 

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Mrs. Smith was doing a unit on healthy living with her students. All week she taught her students about eating the correct foods like fruits and vegetables. Over the weekend, some of Mrs. Smith's students were at the mall and saw her eating pizza, a milkshake, and candy. Mrs. Smith's student Molly was going to order a salad, but now decided to order junk food too. What is the theme? 

A Actions speak louder than words

B Never eat pizza at the mall 

C Vegetables are good for you

What is A. Actions speak louder than words 

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My dog is called Buttons and he learns new tricks really quickly. When I say “Hands”, he will give me one of his front paws. He can even walk on two legs when I tell him to. It only took me three days to teach him these tricks. I don’t think other dogs can learn as quickly as Buttons. He is the best. 

What is the main idea?

a. My dog is not clever.

b. My dog is the smartest dog!

 c. I wish I can be a good dog trainer.

b. My dog is the smartest dog!

100

She was as pretty as a flower. She is being compared to a______.

What is a flower?

100

Name a physical trait.

What is pretty, ugly, tall, skinny, big, small etc

100

Putting things in order, pulling out the major events, writing it in your own words.

 What standard is this in ELA? (Main idea, theme, summarizing or context clues)

What is summarizing?

200

The meadow was full of wildflowers. There were not many large plants, and tress were SPARSE. What does SPARSE mean? 

a) many b) few c) large

What is B-few

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Growing up, Sally was always in the shadow of her older sister Mary. Mary always got better grades, was better at sports, and seemed to even be prettier. Sally spent a lot of time in the family's garden feeling sorry for herself. Then one day Mary needed help on a science project about plants. Due to all of her time in the garden, Sally knew a lot about plants and was able help Mary with the project. Sally was shocked that she was better at something than her sister. What is the theme?
A Accept yourself for who you are.
B Sports are not important
C You can learn a lot from plants.

What is A Accept yourself for who you are.

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I always have trouble flying a kite. For a kite to fly, the weather needs to be good and windy. If there is no wind, the kite will never fly. You need to find a spacious place to fly your kite. It is dangerous to fly your kite near roads, power lines or an airport. 

What is the main idea? 

a. Flying kites is hard.

b. Kites can break easily. 

c. It is dangerous to fly a kite.

a. Flying kites is hard.

200

Her voice was scratching nails on a chalk board. What is being compared?

What is her voice to nails on a chalk board?

200

Name a personality trait. 

What is friendly, kind, mean, helpful, funny, obnoxious, conceited, arrogant, etc.

200

Using the clues around a sentence to define the meaning of a word.

What is context clues

300

The substitute teacher felt EXASPERATED because she could not get the students to stop talking and listen. What does EXASPERATED mean? 

a) lonely b) frustrated c) depressed

What is B- frustrated 

300

The Monkey and the Cookies A monkey put his hand into the jar of cookies. He grasped as many as he could possibly hold, but when he tried to pull his hand, he was prevented from doing so by the neck of the cookie jar. Unwilling to lose the cookies, and yet unable to withdraw his hand, he burst into tears and cried bitterly. What is the theme?
A Eating cookies can be dangerous.
B If you are greedy, you might get nothing.
C Don't put your hand in a jar.

What is B If you are greedy, you might get nothing.

300

I can't wait until this weekend! We’re going to my grandparents’ house and my entire family will be there. I will spend most of my time playing games with my cousins. We always have such a good time together! The day goes by so fast, and by the end we are all exhausted... but we still don’t want to leave! 

The main idea of this passage is: A. Weekends are times to travel. B. The writer enjoys spending time with family. C. The writer’s grandparents live far away. D. The writer is sad to leave her cousins.

What is B. The writer enjoys spending time with family.

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Laughter is the best medicine. What is being compared?

What is laughter to medicine 

300

I am so good at playing baseball, none of my other teammates are half as good as me. 

What character trait is this person displaying. 

What is arrogance (big-headed, prideful, conceit)?

300

The major event in a story. The big idea. 

What is the main idea?

400

Luke was COMPENSATED for the yard work he had done over the summer. He spent the money he had earned on a new bike. What does COMPENSATED mean?

a)thanked b) complimented c) paid

What is C-paid?

400

Mr. Pig and Mr. Dog were hanging out at the food court of the animal shopping mall. Mr. Pig was eating a huge feast of pizza and drinking a large jug of fruit punch and Mr. Dog was watching him eat. "Hey, Mr. Pig. If you give me a slice of your pizza, I'll let you have the next bone I find." Mr. Pig declined, even though it hurt his stomach to eat the last three slices of pizza. "I'm sorry, Mr. Dog," Mr. Pig said, "but I paid for this pizza and it's all mine." Mr. Dog sighed and waited for Mr. Pig to finish, and then they left the animal mall together. On the way out, a hunter spotted them and gave chase. Mr. Pig normally could have escaped the hunter but since he was weighed down by such a large meal, Mr. Pig collapsed and the hunter killed him. Mr. Dog easily escaped. Later that night while returning to the scene, Mr. Dog caught the scent of something delicious and began digging around a trash can. He found a large ham bone with lots of meat and marrow still stuck to the bone. Mr. Dog happily ate. What is the theme?
a. Watch out for danger
b. Treat others the way you want to be treated
c. It is better to share than to be greedy.

What is c. It is better to share than to be greedy.

400

You learn about Science, Math, Art and many other subject areas. The school has a lot of books for you to read. The teachers create fun activities to make learning fun. There are also a lot of other kids here, who you can become friends with to study together.

What is the main idea?

What is School is a great place to learn.

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The classroom was a zoo. What is the meaning of the metaphor?

The classroom was loud, wild, crazy, active, energetic


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Sally fell at recess. Mike pointed his finger and laughed. Megan walked up to Sally and helped her up and walked her to the front office. What kind of character is Megan?

What is caring (helpful, kind, sweet)

400

The heart of a story, the central message, or the lesson

What is theme?

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Susie could smell the AROMA of freshly baking bread as soon as she walked into the kitchen. What does AROMA mean?

(What is scent, smell, fragrance)

500

Blaine opened up the present and began pouting. He screamed in a high-pitched voice, "This is Captain Thunder! I wanted Captain Lightning!" His mother looked at him with dismay and handed him another present, which he greedily opened. "Why did you get me a red hat? You know I like blue more," Blaine whined as he threw the hat across the room. His mother straightened her expression and squinted at him. Earlier she had hoped to take some pictures of this moment, but by now she had put away her camera. She sighed and handed him one more present in hopes that this year wouldn't be a total bust. Blaine huffed and opened it. "A Game Box 4000! Wow. Where's the Game Box 5000 that I asked for?" His mother could bear his ingratitude no longer. The next time that Blaine returned from his father's house, he was shocked to find that all of these toys and gifts, along with many other of his things, had been generously donated to needy children. What is the theme?

What is be thankful for what you have in life.

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Daylight saving time is observed in many different places throughout the world including the United States, Canada, Australia and many countries in Europe. Countries began temporarily switching to daylight saving time during World War I and World War II. The rationale behind the move was that people would use less resources such as coal, if it stayed lighter outside later in the day. In the United States, the permanent adoption of daylight saving time occurred in 1966, but not every state participates. The actual resource saving benefits of the time change are inconclusive, but many people do enjoy the extra daylight after work or school. 

1. What is the main idea of the passage? a. Daylight saving time began temporarily, but is now used in many countries. b. Daylight saving time was popular when it started. c. In the United States, daylight saving time began in 1966.

What is Daylight saving time began temporarily, but is now used in many countries.

500

My grandfather is as old as these hills. What does this mean?

My grandfather is really old

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When the teacher stepped out of the classroom to talk to another student, everyone in class started talking, but Jesse did his work quietly and turned it in completed. What character trait is Jesse displaying?

What is well-behaved (responsible, good listener, obedient)

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Compares 2 things without using like or as.

What is metaphor?

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