Theme
Subject/Verb Agreement
Root Words/Context Clues
Summary
Main Idea/Details
100

Georgia decided to take a sewing class, but felt very frustrated when she couldn't sew a line on the first day. "This looks so easy, but it's not! Clearly I'm just terrible at sewing!" she complained. Even though she felt frustrated, she continued to go to class week after week. Each week, her instructor helped her. By the last week of class, Georgia finally completed a project all by herself! She created a rectangular pillow with four mostly perfect straight lines!

What is the theme of the passage?

a. Differences of opinion create problems

b. Family should always be there to help

c. If they really want to to help, teachers should just do all of the work

d. Hard work pays off

D. Hard work pays off

100

Shonda and her mom runs to the store. 

What correction, if any, should be made to "runs"?

a. running

b. will runs

c. run

d. no change

c. run

100

Jessica and Ruth saw the sky turn dark. Large raindrops began to fall. They ran. They looked very funny when they walked into the house. They were drenched!

The context shows the italicized word drenched in the passage means:

a. Muddy

b. Dry

c. Very wet

c. very wet

100

Georgia decided to take a sewing class, but felt very frustrated when she couldn't sew a line on the first day. "This looks so easy, but it's not! Clearly I'm just terrible at sewing!" she complained. Even though she felt frustrated, she continued to go to class week after week. Each week, her instructor helped her. By the last week of class, Georgia finally completed a project all by herself! She created a rectangular pillow with four mostly perfect straight lines!

Which sentence belongs in a summary of this passage?

a. Georgia loved to sew.

b. Georgia struggled to sew in class.

c. Georgia never got better at sewing.

d. Georgia made friends with her instructor.

b. Georgia struggled to sew in class.

100

Chocolate is a popular food.  Today we think of it mainly as a candy.  Years ago, it started out as a drink.  All chocolate is made from the beans of the cacao tree.  There are many steps to follow in turning cacao beans into the kind of chocolate we eat.

The Main Idea is:

a. Making chocolate is a long process.

b. Chocolate is high in vitamins.

c. Chocolate has few uses.

a. making chocolate is a long process

200

Even though Greg had been looking forward to his best friend's party for over a month, he knew his grandma would really love to see him. "It's your choice, Greg. Grandma is really sick, but I know you've been very excited about this party," said his mom. Most of his class was planning on going to the party and he knew it would be so much fun! After some thought, though, Greg knew exactly what he was going to do. "It's not like this is the last party that I'll ever be invited to and Grandma would be so sad if I didn't come," said Greg. "Plus, I always like making her smile."

What is the theme of the passage?

a. Dreams come true when you go to parties

b. It is important to be there for your family

c. Best friends shouldn't have parties when your family is sick

d. Trust in your friends and they will help you

b. It is important to be there for your family

200

The teachers in the building are helping students. 

What correction, if any, should be made to "are"?

a. is

b. was

c. am

d. no change

d. no change

200

We bought fruit today. It is too hard to eat. Mother said, “Do not bite into it. Wait a day or two. Then the fruit will be ripe. It will be soft and sweet.”

The context shows the italicized word in the passage means:

a. Hard

b. Ready to eat

c. Green

b. ready to eat

200

Even though Greg had been looking forward to his best friend's party for over a month, he knew his grandma would really love to see him. "It's your choice, Greg. Grandma is really sick, but I know you've been very excited about this party," said his mom. Most of his class was planning on going to the party and he knew it would be so much fun! After some thought, though, Greg knew exactly what he was going to do. "It's not like this is the last party that I'll ever be invited to and Grandma would be so sad if I didn't come," said Greg. "Plus, I always like making her smile."

Which option is the best summary of the passage?

a. Greg wanted to go to a party even though his grandma was sick. He decided to see his grandma, but he was really mad about it. He fumed the whole time he visited his grandma and his mom was mad at him.

b. Greg wanted to go to party with his friends. His grandma was sick, but his mom told him he could go to the party. He went to the party with his friends and it was so fun. He sent pictures of the fun to his grandma.

c. Greg was invited to a party that most of his classmates would attend. His grandma was sick though, and his mom told him to make a choice. He decided to go see his grandma because there would be more parties in the future and he knew it would make her happy.

d. Greg wanted to go to a party with his friends. His mom told him that he needed to go see his grandma because she was sick. He went with his mom to see his grandma and he was happy he did. He even made it back in time to go to the last 20 minutes of the party with his friends.

c. Greg was invited to a party that most of his classmates would attend. His grandma was sick though, and his mom told him to make a choice. He decided to go see his grandma because there would be more parties in the future and he knew it would make her happy.

200

Fish come in a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors. Some fish live in fresh water and some live in saltwater. There are more than 20,000 kinds of fish. Most fish hatch from eggs.  Fish have backbones and breathe underwater through gills.

The Main Idea is:

a. Some fish are very beautiful.

b. There are many kinds of fish.

c. Most fish live in saltwater.


c. most fish live in saltwater

300

Every day Jamie dreaded the walk home from school. Jaime never knew which day Michael would be there...calling him names and chasing him down the sidewalk. In the past, Jamie would sneak through the back yards of the neighborhood to avoid Michael, but he knew that had to stop. Today, Jamie decided, was going to be different. He didn't cut through back yards. He walked straight down the sidewalk and stopped when he saw Michael. "Michael, what you are doing isn't right. I need you to stop calling me names and chasing me." To Jamie's surprise, Michael didn't say a word and let him pass right by.

What is the theme of the passage?

a. It is important to tell the truth

b. Stand up for yourself and have courage

c. Always be loyal to your friends

d. Accept others and their differences


b. Stand up for yourself and have courage

300

The furry dog sleep on his bed. 

What change, if any, should be made to "sleep"?

a. sleeps

b. are sleeping

c. did sleeps

d. no change


a. sleeps

300

My favorite book is a biography about Mickey Mantle. 

If bio means "life" and graph means "write", what does "biography" mean?

a. using a typewriter

b. saved by a lifeguard

c. story of someone's life

d. study of life

c. story of someone's life

300

Every day Jamie dreaded the walk home from school. Jaime never knew which day Michael would be there...calling him names and chasing him down the sidewalk. In the past, Jamie would sneak through the back yards of the neighborhood to avoid Michael, but he knew that had to stop. Today, Jamie decided, was going to be different. He didn't cut through back yards. He walked straight down the sidewalk and stopped when he saw Michael. "Michael, what you are doing isn't right. I need you to stop calling me names and chasing me." To Jamie's surprise, Michael didn't say a word and let him pass right by.

Which sentence belongs in a summary of this passage? 

a. Jamie kicked Michael in the shins and yelled "NOT TODAY!"

b. Michael was afraid of Jamie.

c. Michael was the worst kid in the world.

d. Jamie hated walking home from school every day because of another kid who was mean to him. 


d. Jamie was afraid to walk home from school every day.

300

*Perhaps the most amazing organ of the human body is the heart. The heart is always pumping blood through the body. It pumps more than four quarts of blood in a minute. It must always keep pumping to bring a constant supply of blood to the tissues.

The Main Idea is:

a. The heart does a lot of work.

b. The heart often rests.

c. The tissues help the heart do its jobs.

a. the heart does a lot of work

400

"Has anyone found a bracelet?" Mrs. Smith asked the class. "Michelle lost her favorite bracelet at recess and she is very upset." Rachel touched the small beaded bracelet under her shirt sleeve. She had found a bracelet outside. It was beautiful and she wanted it for herself. She knew that Michelle had plenty of bracelets. She would be fine without this one. That night, at home, Rachel didn't feel quite right. Her stomach was turning and when she tried to sleep she couldn't. She got out of bed and went to her jewelry box. She took the bracelet out and put it in her book bag. Tomorrow she would return the bracelet. She fell asleep right away.

What is the theme of the passage?

a. You should do the right thing, even when it is difficult.

b. Friends appreciate when you are loyal to them.

c. You should be forgiving and give other people a second chance.

d. You should have courage and face your fears.

a. You should do the right thing, even when it is difficult.

400

Julia will run yesterday. 

What change, if any, should be made to "will run"?

a. runs

b. ran

c. running

d. no change

b. ran

400
Erick needed to wear spectacles to see the board.


If "spec" means to look, what are spectacles?


a. help

b. eyes

c. goggles

d. glasses



d. glasses

400

"Has anyone found a bracelet?" Mrs. Smith asked the class. "Michelle lost her favorite bracelet at recess and she is very upset." Rachel touched the small beaded bracelet under her shirt sleeve. She had found a bracelet outside. It was beautiful and she wanted it for herself. She knew that Michelle had plenty of bracelets. She would be fine without this one. That night, at home, Rachel didn't feel quite right. Her stomach was turning and when she tried to sleep she couldn't. She got out of bed and went to her jewelry box. She took the bracelet out and put it in her book bag. Tomorrow she would return the bracelet. She fell asleep right away.

Give a who, what, when, where, why summary of this passage.

WHO?

WHAT?

WHEN?

WHERE?

WHY?

400

*Jean finally had the money for something she had wanted to buy for a long time. Today after school, Jean would buy her own skateboard. She was pretty good at using skateboards because she practiced on a friend’s skateboard. She was looking forward to having her own to use whenever she wanted.

The Main Idea Is:

a. Jean will get a skateboard.

b. Jean is an expert at skateboarding.

c. Jean borrows a skateboard.

a. Jean will get a skateboard

500

Benny and Danny were twins. Each week, they each got five dollars in allowance. Benny always spent all of his allowance on candy and small toys. Danny always saved his money in a piggy bank that he kept on his nightstand by his bed. Sometimes, Danny did extra chores around the house to earn more money. He always put his earnings into his bank. The months passed and soon school was out for summer. One day, Danny asked his parents to take him to the bike store. He had saved enough money for a new bike! Danny picked out a red bike with blue handlebars. His parents were so impressed with how much he had saved that they bought his a helmet and a bike lock. Danny spent the summer riding his new bike around the neighborhood with his friends. Since he did not have a bike, Benny spent most of his summer alone at home.


What is the theme of this passage?

a. You can buy more if you save your money.

b. Danny is smarter than Benny.

c. You should not ever spend money.

d. Bikes make everything better.

a. You can buy more if you save your money.

500

Juan eats cherries and strawberries, but not tomatoes.

What change, if any, should be made to "eats"?

a. will eats

b. eat

c. eating

d. no change

d. no change

500

Sheep have woolly, white hair. Their hair grows during the winter. The wool is sheared in the spring. Then the sheep have short hair for the summer.


The context shows the underlined word in the passage means:

a. Washed

b. Petted

c. cut

c. cut

500

Benny and Danny were twins. Each week, they each got five dollars in allowance. Benny always spent all of his allowance on candy and small toys. Danny always saved his money in a piggy bank that he kept on his nightstand by his bed. Sometimes, Danny did extra chores around the house to earn more money. He always put his earnings into his bank. The months passed and soon school was out for summer. One day, Danny asked his parents to take him to the bike store. He had saved enough money for a new bike! Danny picked out a red bike with blue handlebars. His parents were so impressed with how much he had saved that they bought his a helmet and a bike lock. Danny spent the summer riding his new bike around the neighborhood with his friends. Since he did not have a bike, Benny spent most of his summer alone at home.

Give a who, what, when, where, why summary of this passage.

WHO?

WHAT?

WHEN?

WHERE?

WHY?

500

Lizards can be as little as two or three inches long and as large as 12 feet long. Lizards can come in different shapes and colors as well.  Of the 3,000 kinds of lizards, there are only two that are poisonous. Lizards can live on the ground, underground, in water, or in trees.

The Main Idea Is:

a. All lizards are poisonous.

b. Lizards are helpful to man.

c. There are many kinds of lizards.

c. There are many kinds of lizards.

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