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Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

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Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
What is the best question to ask yourself when you are trying to find the main idea?
  1. Who is the main character?
  2. What is the main event?
  3. What point is the author trying to make?
  4. What is one important detail?
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Have you ever seen a diving dog? Every year, thousands of dogs participate in          diving          competitions. During these competitions, man's best friend gets to swim and splash in the water while the crowd cheers them on.

So are dogs good          divers         ? Not all of them. Most dogs need a lot of practice to become good divers. If you have a dog, you can         train         your dog to become a diving dog. Lots of kids do it. The age of the dog doesn't matter either. All that's required is a dog that loves and respects it owner.

Training a dog to dive can also be a great way to help a               disobedient               dog. Dogs who usually have trouble following the rules enjoy learning how to dive because it is more fun than learning to sit or stay. It's also a great way to help dogs burn off          energy         .

Of course, just because a dog likes diving doesn't mean it will do well at a diving competition. Dogs must get used to diving on           command           and being around other dogs. They also have to get used to the noise of the crowd and the diving pool itself. The more competitions a dog participates in, the easier diving becomes. Some          owners          also throw special toys into the pool to make the dog more comfortable.

Dogs who become really comfortable and good at diving can qualify for even bigger competitions. The biggest               competition               is the Dog Olympics. It's called the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. Every year, the best dog divers in the United States participate in the competition.
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Polar bears live in the Northern Hemisphere. They are largely found in         Alaska         , Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Polar bears rarely stay in one place. They travel to find a        mate        and to find food. Often polar bears also follow the       ice       north in the spring. In the fall, they follow the ice         south        .

What Do Polar Bears Look Like?
Polar bears are incredibly         large         bears. Male polar bears can grow to be up to 11 feet tall. Female polar bears can        grow        to be up to 8 feet tall. Polar bears may seem a bit skinnier than other polar bears because they have longer heads and skinnier         necks        .

Polar bears also look like they have white fur. However, a polar bear's       fur       is not white. A polar bear's fur is actually made of small, hollow tubes. The         tubes         are all clear. When the light from the sun reflects off of them, they look white. This helps polar bears         blend         into their environment. In the snow, the white fur looks like              camouflage             . This makes it easier for a polar bear to hunt for its        prey       .

What Do Polar Bears Eat?
Polar bears are              carnivores             . This means they eat meat. A polar bear's favorite food is the ringed        seal       . Some polar bears also like to eat whale carcasses and walruses.

Polar bears often catch their dinner while swimming. They can        swim        up to 6 miles per hour. They can also        dive        up to 15 feet under water. Once a polar bear catches its meal, it eats the fat and           blubber          . The rest of the seal becomes food for other animals.

The Future of Polar Bears
Polar bears are a protected           species          . People like to kill them as food and for their fur. The ice in the polar bears'           habitat           is also melting. All of these make it difficult for polar bears to           survive          .
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
Benjamin Franklin loved the city of Philadelphia. He started the city's first hospital and fire department. Ben also started Philadelphia's first public library. Benjamin Franklin worked very hard to make Philadelphia a better place to live.

What is the main idea?
  1. Benjamin Franklin worked hard to make his city a great place to live.
  2. Benjamin Franklin worked for the fire department.
  3. Benjamin Franklin knew a lot about books.
  4. Benjamin Franklin went to school in Philedelphia.
Grade 4 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
The town of Coober Pedy in Australia does not look like anything special on the map. It is just a very tiny       dot       in the middle of nowhere. There are no cities around it. It takes hours to reach a place with more than a handful of people living there. The city is so tiny that it is almost              impossible              to find on a map or in person! Not only is it hot, but temperatures often soar        high        above one hundred degrees.

So, who would want to live in such a           distant          , hot place? More than a century ago, people came searching for        opal       . Opals are rare and colorful stones found in underground         mines        . People on the run from the       law       also came here. This small town was the perfect place to hide. To escape the heat, many of the people built               underground               homes. It gave them a place to go to        cool        off and get out of the sun.

Who comes to Coober Pedy today? Filmmakers often do when they need a             landscape             that looks like a dry and deserted planet.            Tourists            from all over the world also come for a visit. They wander through the underground town. They take tours of homes and walk through           museums          . Still others come and stay. They spend their days             searching             for just enough of that blue, green, and pink sparkle of opal to earn their           fortune          .
Grade 4 Sports (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Step 1: Get Fouled
This is a strange step, but in game situations you cannot get to the        free        throw line without getting fouled.

Step 2: Collect Yourself
You may be mad about the        foul        or tired from running back and forth. Take a deep          breath          and enter the half circle.

Step 3: Perform your Pre-Shot Routine
You should have a routine that you do         every         time you receive the ball at the charity stripe (free throw line). You might dribble with your left hand,        spin        the ball, and then shoot, or maybe you take one dribble, pass the ball around your body, take one           dribble           with each hand, and then get ready to shoot. Make your routine fast. You only have roughly 15           seconds           to do it. It should be comfortable and        easy        to do each time.

Step 4: Bend your Knees
Many people come up         short         on their free throws           because           they do not use their legs. They are an             important             power aspect.

Step 5: Tuck your Elbow
It helps you use proper        form        and make a good            accurate            shot.

Step 6: Shoot the Ball
Don’t wait too        long        or you will psych yourself out. Do what you do best and shoot the ball. Don’t            hesitate            or rush it. Take your        time        and execute.

Step 6: Get Back on Defense
Don’t let the other           players           rush back on you         after         you make/miss your free throw.
Grade 4 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Grade 4 Sports (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Have you ever seen a diving dog? Every year, thousands of dogs participate in          diving          competitions. During these competitions, man's best friend gets to swim and          splash          in the water while the crowd cheers them on.

So are dogs good          divers         ? Not all of them. Most dogs need a lot of            practice            to become good divers. If you have a dog, you can         train         your dog to become a diving dog. Lots of kids do it. The age of the dog doesn't matter either. All that's required is a dog that loves and            respects            it owner.

Training a dog to dive can also be a great way to help a               disobedient               dog. Dogs who usually have trouble following the         rules         enjoy learning how to dive because it is more fun than learning to sit or stay. It's also a great way to help dogs burn off          energy         .

Of course, just because a dog likes          diving          doesn't mean it will do well at a diving competition. Dogs must get used to diving on           command           and being around other dogs. They also have to get used to the         noise         of the crowd and the diving pool itself. The more competitions a dog participates in, the easier diving becomes. Some          owners          also throw special toys into the pool to make the dog more comfortable.

Dogs who become really comfortable and good at diving can           qualify           for even bigger competitions. The biggest               competition               is the Dog Olympics. It's called the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. Every year, the best dog divers in the United States               participate               in the competition.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
You may know Orlando as the home of Disney World, but it is home to so much more. When you come to Orlando, you could easily stay for the entire summer and still never run out of things to do.

Based on the paragraph above, which statement best sums up what the article will be about?
  1. Walt Disney World is Orlando's most famous attraction.
  2. Orlando is crowded and offers too many activities.
  3. There are so many things to do in Orlando, making it a great place to visit.
  4. Walt Disney World is a place where you should spend your entire summer.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
I am very upset with your company and the service I received. I saw a commercial on TV about your latest CD "All the Loud Music Hits" and decided to buy it. I called the number on the screen and ordered the CD and was very excited to receive it so that I could listen to the great songs it was supposed to have on it. It took two weeks for the CD to arrive at my house even though I paid extra to have it arrive in three days. When I got the CD, it was not "œAll the Loud Music Hits." Instead you sent me "Rockin' With the Oldies" and a bill for $9.99.

Which sentence from the passage best explains the main idea?
  1. I am very upset with your company and the service I received
  2. I saw a commercial on TV about your latest CD "œAll the Loud Music Hits" and decided to buy it.
  3. It took two weeks for the CD to arrive at my house even though I paid extra to have it arrive in three days. When I got the CD, it was not “All the Loud Music Hits.”
  4. Instead you sent me "œRockin'™ With the Oldies" and a bill for $9.99.
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Polar bears live in the Northern Hemisphere. They are largely found in         Alaska         , Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Polar bears rarely stay in one place. They travel to find a        mate        and to find food. Often polar bears also follow the ice north in the spring. In the fall, they follow the ice         south        .

What Do Polar Bears Look Like?
Polar bears are incredibly         large         bears. Male polar bears can grow to be up to 11 feet tall. Female polar bears can grow to be up to 8 feet tall. Polar bears may seem a bit skinnier than other polar bears because they have longer heads and skinnier         necks        .

Polar bears also look like they have white fur. However, a polar bear's       fur       is not white. A polar bear's fur is actually made of small, hollow tubes. The         tubes         are all clear. When the light from the sun reflects off of them, they look white. This helps polar bears blend into their environment. In the snow, the white fur looks like camouflage. This makes it easier for a polar bear to hunt for its        prey       .

What Do Polar Bears Eat?
Polar bears are carnivores. This means they eat meat. A polar bear's favorite food is the ringed        seal       . Some polar bears also like to eat whale carcasses and walruses.

Polar bears often catch their dinner while swimming. They can        swim        up to 6 miles per hour. They can also dive up to 15 feet under water. Once a polar bear catches its meal, it eats the fat and blubber. The rest of the seal becomes food for other animals.

The Future of Polar Bears
Polar bears are a protected           species          . People like to kill them as food and for their fur. The ice in the polar bears' habitat is also melting. All of these make it difficult for polar bears to           survive          .
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