Character Traits
Determine meaning of phrases
Story Elements
Text Evidence
Context Clues
100

Jan's family was moving to a new town in two weeks. It was raining outside, which was the perfect weather to show how Jan was feeling. Jan's mom had asked her to pack for two weeks, but Jan didn't listen. She refused to put anything in a box because that meant she would be leaving. "Jan, why haven't you packed anything?" Mom asked. "I'm not moving, you can move without me." Jan huffed. "Jan you will enjoy our new house, we'll have a pool and your cousins will only be 20 minutes away." Mom assured her. Jan was too worried about moving that she forgot about seeing the pictures of her new house. Jan begun to get excited and decided to pack everything that night.

What kind of person is Jan at the beginning of the story?

Stubborn and unsure

100

Sarah really wanted a bike before the summer ended, so she could play with her friends. She knew that if she saved her allowance, it would take her a year to have enough money. Sarah decided to ask her neighbors if she could babysit.  Before she knew it, Sarah was as busy as a bee because she was babysitting almost every night. Sarah saved all of her money. When her friends asked her to go to the movies, she told them that did not want to spend her money because she really wanted a bike. 

What does "busy as a bee" mean?

She was very busy

100

Sarah really wanted a bike before the summer ended, so she could play with her friends. She knew that if she saved her allowance, it would take her a year to have enough money. Sarah decided to ask her neighbors if she could babysit. Before she knew it, Sarah was as busy as a bee because she was babysitting almost every night. Sarah saved all of her money. When her friends asked her to go to the movies, she told them that did not want to spend her money because she really wanted a bike. 

Who is the main character and the setting of this story?

Sarah

Sarah's neighborhood/summer

100

Jan's family was moving to a new town in two weeks. It was raining outside, which was the perfect weather to show how Jan was feeling. Jan's mom had asked her to pack for two weeks, but Jan didn't listen. She refused to put anything in a box because that meant she would be leaving. "Jan, why haven't you packed anything?" Mom asked. "I'm not moving, you can move without me." Jan huffed. "Jan you will enjoy our new house, we'll have a pool and your cousins will only be 20 minutes away." Mom assured her. Jan was too worried about moving that she forgot about seeing the pictures of her new house. Jan begun to get excited and decided to pack everything that night.


Choose a sentence from the text that shows how Jan was feeling about moving.

 It was raining outside, which was the perfect weather to show how Jan was feeling. 

100

You may have noticed a fruit in your grocery store that looks similar to a banana. However, it is not a banana. This fruit is called plantain. It grows in many places in the world. Unlike the banana, it is not eaten raw. There are many ways to prepare a plantain. You can cook it, fry it, or bake it. Ripe plantains are very sweet. Unripe ones can be eaten with a bit of salt. 


Which sentence gives the reader a clue to the meaning of prepare?

You can cook it, fry it, or bake it. 

200

Anna jumped out of her warm bed like a kangaroo.  After quickly brushing her teeth, she bolted downstairs to gobble her eggs and toast. She couldn't wait to get to school. Today was her audition for the school musical. Anna had been practicing all month for the star role. When Anna's friends invited her out, she said that she needed to practice. She even decided to stay home from soccer practice to get some extra time to practice. Anna nailed her audition and got the star role. Anna went to the first few rehearsal's, but she started to get burnt out. Her friends were ignoring her and she wasn't as excited about being the star anymore. On opening night Anna didn't show up. Anna's music teacher was disappointed.

What kind of person was Anna in the beginning of the story?

Motivated 

200

Brad never paid attention in class. As his teacher was teaching he drew pictures in his notebook. One day his teacher mentioned that their unit test will be on Friday. When Brad took his notebook home to study, all he had was drawings. Brad's mom was madder than a hornet when she saw how much time Brad wasted in class.

What does madder than a hornet mean?

Brad's mom was furious

200

Brad never paid attention in class. As his teacher was teaching he drew pictures in his notebook. One day his teacher mentioned that their unit test will be on Friday. When Brad took his notebook home to study, all he had was drawings. Brad's mom was madder than a hornet when she saw how much time Brad wasted in class.

Name the character, setting, and problem in this story.

Brad

Classroom

Brad didn't pay attention

200

"Why don't you spend more time outside?" asked Emily's mother. "Your nose is always buried in a book. I don't think that's healthy."

"But I love to read, Mom," Emily replied.

"Yes, but you said you also need to breathe fresh air. Why don't you go to the park with your friend Maria/ You can play on the swings or go down the slide."

Emily thought about what her mother said. "May I do my favorite outdoor activity?" she asked.

"Of course," said her mother. "As long as you are safe."

Emily smiled and called her best friend, Maria. Before long, they were both at the park enjoying their favorite outdoor activity together. 

Why does Emil's mother want her to go outside?

She thinks Emily should get some fresh air. 

200

It was a normal Monday morning. I slowly walked to my best friends house like I did every morning before school. Josh and I had been friends since Kindergarten, and we walked to school every morning. We were only on day five of third grade, but I was in no hurry to get there. I sauntered up the driveway and knocked on the door. 


Use context clues to determine the meaning of the word sauntered.


A. Skipped

B. Walked slowly

C. Walked quickly

D. Jogged


B. Walked slowly 

300

"Jeremy, don't eat any of the cookies on the counter. I made them for the bake sale tomorrow." Mom said. Jeremy was in his room playing video games and all he heard was cookies on the counter. "Yeah, Yeah mom I'm busy" Jeremy said. As mom entered the front door a few hours later she noticed some crumbs leading up the stairs. She carefully and quietly crept upstairs to her son’s bedroom door. She gently placed her ear to the door.  She knew that sound anywhere and threw the door open to find her son eating cookies in his room. He was caught red-handed! "Jeremy, You ate all my cookies when I asked you not to!" You will stay up all night and make some more for the bake sale." Mom shouted.

What kind of person is Jeremy?

inattentive and careless

300

Susie always wanted to be a singer, but she was too afraid to be on stage. When she would practice at home her mom would say, "Wow, you sing like a bird." But when Susie got on a stage her face would turn red and she would freeze. One day Susie's music teacher asked her to sing a solo in the school musical. Susie practiced every night in front of her friends and family and realized it wasn't that scary to sing in front of everyone. The night of the musical Susie walked on stage confidently. 

What does "sing like a bird" mean

She sings beautifully


300

Susie always wanted to be a singer, but she was too afraid to be on stage. When she would practice at home her mom would say, "Wow, you sing like a bird." But when Susie got on a stage her face would turn red and she would freeze. One day, Susie's music teacher asked her to sing a solo in the school musical. Susie practiced every night in front of her friends and family and realized it wasn't that scary to sing in front of everyone. The night of the musical Susie walked on stage confidently. 

What solved Susie's problem in the story?

Susie practiced until she felt confident.

300

"Jeremy, don't eat any of the cookies on the counter. I made them for the bake sale tomorrow." Mom said. Jeremy was in his room playing video games and all he heard was cookies on the counter. "Yeah, Yeah mom I'm busy" Jeremy said. As mom entered the front door a few hours later she noticed some crumbs leading up the stairs. She carefully and quietly crept upstairs to her son’s bedroom door. She gently placed her ear to the door.  She knew that sound anywhere and threw the door open to find her son eating cookies in his room. He was caught red-handed! "Jeremy, You ate all my cookies when I asked you not to!" You will stay up all night and make some more for the bake sale." Mom shouted.

What actions are clues to Jeremy's character traits?

"Jeremy, don't eat any of the cookies on the counter. I made them for the bake sale tomorrow." Mom said. Jeremy was in his room playing video games and all he heard was cookies on the counter. "Yeah, Yeah mom I'm busy" Jeremy said. As mom entered the front door a few hours later she noticed some crumbs leading up the stairs. She carefully and quietly crept upstairs to her son’s bedroom door. She gently placed her ear to the door.  She knew that sound anywhere and threw the door open to find her son eating cookies in his room. He was caught red-handed! "Jeremy, You ate all my cookies when I asked you not to!" You will stay up all night and make some more for the bake sale." Mom shouted.

300

As I looked out the window and watched the rain, I had an idea. Instead of moping around in the house, I could go outside and enjoy the rain. I put on my raincoat and rain boots. I headed outside the backyard. 

Use context clues to determine the meaning of moping.

A. to crawl on hands and knees

B. to move quickly in an excited manner

C. to move slowly in a sad manner

D. to skip from one place to another 

C. to move slowly in a sad manner

400

The proud fox knew that he was the smartest animal in the forest.  On most days he easily persuaded the squirrels to offer him their acorns. He would also trick the birds to fly over him so he could have shade all the time. One day one of the squirrels refused to give up his acorns. "You always make us give you our food, but not today" Squirrel said. Later, Mr. Fox spotted the birds in the sky. "Oh birds, I have a special treat for you. You have to fly right over my head to get it." Fox snickered. "You always say that, we don't believe you anymore" the birds shouted in unison. Poor Mr. Fox was hungry and hot the rest of the day. Mr. Fox decided that he would apologize for being so tricky.


Which character trait best describes Mr. Fox at the end of the story?

A. Clever

B. Determined

C. Remorseful 

D. Greedy

Which character trait best describes Mr. Fox at the end of the story?

A. Clever

B. Determined

C. Remorseful

D. Greedy

400

John was very irresponsible. He always lost his homework, didn't complete his classwork in school, and never cleaned his room when his mom asked him to. One day, John asked his mom if he could get a dog. Mom said, "Dogs are a huge responsibility." John turned beet red.

What does "John turned beet red" mean?



He was embarrassed

400

John was very irresponsible. He always lost his homework, didn't complete his classwork in school, and never cleaned his room when his mom asked him to. One day, John asked his mom if he could get a dog. Mom said, "Dogs are a huge responsibility." John turned beet red.

What is the problem in this story?

John is irresponsible.

400

The proud fox knew that he was the smartest animal in the forest.  On most days he easily persuaded the squirrels to offer him their acorns. He would also trick the birds to fly over him so he could have shade all the time. One day one of the squirrels refused to give up his acorns. "You always make us give you our food, but not today" Squirrel said. Later, Mr. Fox spotted the birds in the sky. "Oh birds, I have a special treat for you. You have to fly right over my head to get it." Fox snickered. "You always say that, we don't believe you anymore" the birds shouted in unison. Poor Mr. Fox was hungry and hot the rest of the day. Mr. Fox decided that he would apologize for being so tricky.

Find evidence that supports a character trait

The proud fox knew that he was the smartest animal in the forest.  On most days he easily persuaded the squirrels to offer him their acorns. He would also trick the birds to fly over him so he could have shade all the time. One day one of the squirrels refused to give up his acorns. "You always make us give you our food, but not today" Squirrel said. Later, Mr. Fox spotted the birds in the sky. "Oh birds, I have a special treat for you. You have to fly right over my head to get it." Fox snickered. "You always say that, we don't believe you anymore" the birds shouted in unison. Poor Mr. Fox was hungry and hot the rest of the day. Mr. Fox decided that he would apologize for being so tricky.

400

April Fool's Day is observed on the first of April every year.

Use context cues to determine the meaning of the the word observed. 

A. forgotten

B. celebrated

C. watched

D. ignored


b. celebrated 

500

Annabelle had always been the fastest runner in the class. She would always practice and work hard to keep her title. Field Day was coming up and Anna knew she would win the footrace. While she was running, she noticed Tonia was inches in front of her and in the lead.  Annabelle stuck out her foot and tripped Tania keeping her from winning. "I won, I won!" Annabelle shouted as she crossed the finish line. Her coach saw her trip Tonia and was very disappointed in Annabelle. 

What kind of person is Annabelle at the end of the story?

Deceitful or dishonest

500

 

Ben really wanted to get a kitten for Christmas. His mom and dad told him that he would have to save enough money to buy the kitten. Ben's dad gave him some extra chores around the house to make more money. Ben was so excited to have so much extra money that he decided it wouldn't hurt to buy some Takis from the gas station. The next week, Ben decided he wanted a soda from the grocery store, and his mom told him he would have to use his own money. Before he knew it, Ben had spent all of his money. He knew he would have to go the extra mile if he was ever going to get that kitten.

What does "go the extra mile" mean?

Work hard

500

Ben really wanted to get a kitten for Christmas. His mom and dad told him that he would have to save enough money to buy the kitten. Ben's dad gave him some extra chores around the house to make more money. Ben was so excited to have so much extra money that he decided it wouldn't hurt to buy some Takis from the gas station. The next week, Ben decided he wanted a soda from the grocery store, and his mom told him he would have to use his own money. Before he knew it, Ben had spent all of his money. He knew he would have to go the extra mile if he was ever going to get that kitten.

Name the main character and problem in this story

Ben

He spent all of his money

500

Ellen wiped her sweaty palms on her shirt before picking up her report and making her way to the front of the class. She could feel her classmates' eyes on her as she walked between the rows of desks. Finally, she reached the chalkboard and turned around to face her audience. " It's okay," said Mrs. Kenward, her teacher, flashing her a smile that sparkled like the sun. Ellen sighed. Even Mrs. Kenward's bright smile could not stop her hands from shaking. She held the pages of her report up so that she could hide her face behind them. When she finally opened her mouth to speak, however, nothing came out. The letters on the page became blurred and she thought she was going to faint. Suddenly, she felt Mrs. Kenward's gently hand on her shoulder. "I'll be right here next to you," her teacher whispered. "You're going to do great."

Mrs. Kenward's actions show that she ___

is supportive of Ellen and wants her to succeed. 

500

 CrossFit is a high- intensity training method. it pushes adults to their limit. One may wonder if it is good for kids. This extreme training method makes fitness fun. 

Use context clues to determine the meaning of intensity.

A. extreme

B. lazy

C. calm

D. weak

A. extreme 

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