Fact/Opinion
Making Inferences
Predictions
Main Idea
100

What is an opinion?

100

Pete called Ted Tuesday afternoon and invited him to come to his house after  to watch a movie. It had been a long, boring day, and Ted was excited to have something to do. He hopped on his bike and pedaled over to Pete's house. The house was dark, and when he rang the bell, there was no answer. Ted turned around, hopped back on his bike, and rode home. Make an inference about why Ted rode home.

What is "Nobody was home"?

100

Jay was in a science fair contest. He wanted to win. The winner would be the person  who had the best poster. The winner would get a prize. After twenty minutes, the judges walked toward Jays poster with a blue ribbon. What do you think will happen?

What is "Jay will win the contest and get a prize"?

100

There are many different kinds of bears in the world. Black bears live in North America. Grizzly bears also live in North America. They are very dangerous. The white Polar bear lives in the Arctic. The biggest bear is the Kodiak bear that is found in Alaska. What is the main idea of this text passage? A. Bears live in North America. B. Bears are dangerous. C. There are many kinds of bears.

What is "There are many kinds of bears."

200
Northside has 421 students in kindergarten through 5th grade
What is a fact?
200

Sara walked into the large room. The salesperson smiled at her and said hello. She asked, "Where are the prom dresses?" The salesperson showed her the rack of dresses. Sara tried them on and picked out a blue dress for prom. She was very excited!

Where is Sara?

What is "Sara is in a clothing store."

200
Julie and her mother went shopping. First, they went to the bank. Inside the bank there was a large box where money was kept. Julie's mother told Julie not to touch the box or an alarm would go off. Julie touched the box by mistake. Make a prediction about what will happen.
What is "An alarm will go off"?
200

Bats are fascinating animals. They are not birds, they are flying mammals. Bats are experts at flying. They use a system called echolocation to fly quickly in the dark. Which is the main idea of this text passage? A. Bats are flying mammals. B. Bats are fascinating animals. C. Some bats eat fruit.

What is "Bats are fascinating animals."

300

Basketball is the best sport.

What is an opinion?

300

Nina walked into the room. She went to her desk and took out her book. She read the chapter, answered the questions with her friends, and wrote the main idea. When she finished, she went to her next class. What class was she in?

What is "Nina is in reading class"?

300
Tami loved biking. She had biked in all kinds of weather. She had been planning this bike trip for weeks. Today was going to be great. She woke up early and looked out the window. It was raining! Make a prediction about whether or not Tami will go on her bike trip today.
What is "Tami will go on her bike trip even though it is raining"?
300

The rain began early in the morning. It fell as hard drops, one after the other. The sky was full of dark purple clouds. Thunder began as a soft rumble and then became louder and louder. Lightning crashed every few minutes, making the sky a brilliant white.

400
Ms. Birkhoff is going to the Red Sox game tomorrow.

What is a fact?

400

There are many different ways of going to school. Some children go to school by radio. The teacher talks to the children over the radio. The children can talk back to the teacher. In some desert countries, children go to school in tents. They people move across the desert, carrying the tent school with them. In some hot countries, children go to school outside all year long. They do not sit in buildings. The sit on the grass. Make an inference about why children in hot countries go to school outside all year long.

What is "It would be too hot to have school inside a building so they sit on the cool grass"?

400

Rose filled a large bowl with markers for her younger sister, Pamela, to use. Pamela took the bowl and ran into the dining room. She tripped on the step. What do you think will happen?

What is Pamela will fall and drop the bowl?

400
Our solar system is very large. It includes the eight planets that turn around the sun. These planets include Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune. There are also hundreds of thousands of smaller planets in this system. They are called asteroids. Each asteroid is much smaller than any of the eight large planets. What is the main idea of this text passage? A. Our solar system is made up of the Sun, the nine large planets and many asteroids. B. Pluto used to be a planet but now is a dwarf planet. C. There are eight large planets in our solar system.
What is "Our solar system is made up of the Sun, the nine large planets and many asteroids."
500

It is sunny  outside.

What is a fact?

500
Sparta and Athens were Greek cities. Long ago, the people of both cities sent their children to school. The children learned different things there. In Sparta, the children went to school outdoors. They learned how to jump and run. They learned how to dance. They learned how to play many different games. In Athens, only boys went to school. They learned how to read, write, and speak correctly. They learned how to count and use numbers. Make an inference about schooling for girls in Sparta and Athens.
What is "Girls went to school in Sparta but not in Athens"?
500
The earth's movement of turning around the sun once each year is called the earth's revolution. The four seasons of winter, spring, summer and fall are caused by this action. The four seasons do not always happen at the same time at different places around the world. One reason for this is that the earth is tilted as it moves. Make a prediction about what would happen to the seasons if the earth stopped revolving.
What is "If the earth stopped revolving, we wouldn't have seasons"?
500

Honeybees form large hives. There are thousands of bees in a hive. One bee is the queen. She lays the eggs. Other bees protect the hive. Some bees keep the hive clean. Still other bees help the queen. Each bee has a special job to do in the bee hive. What is the main idea of this text passage? A. Bees work together to make honey. B. Each bee has a job to do in a beehive. C. The queen is the most important bee.

What is "Each bee has a job to do in a beehive."

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