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Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.

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Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Halloween has been celebrated for centuries.
  2. Coins, fruits, and nuts used to be given for trick or treat.
  3. Americans spend billions of dollars on costumes and candy each year.
  4. All Souls Day traditions likely inspired modern-day trick or treating.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2

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What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. July 4 is the true Independence Day.
  2. No one knows when the Declaration of Independence was signed.
  3. Other dates are also significant to America's independence.
  4. The Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence on July 2.
Grade 5 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
Every year, countless people from some of the northern and central states of the country leave snow, ice and freezing temperatures behind by heading south. These "snowbirds", as they are often called, trade in their          gloves          and hats for             sunscreen             and bathing suits. Heading south to escape winter's chill is common, but some             travelers             do just the opposite. They pack the extra layers and the snow boots and head to the village of Jukkasjarvi in          Sweden         . Once they arrive, they check into their hotel, but they don't take off their heavy coats and           scarves          . Why? Because at Sweden's Ice Hotel, everything from the beds to tables is made out of blocks of       ice      .

Why would anyone want to travel to one of the           coldest           places in the world during the winter          season         ? That was a question that a tourist company asked more than 20 years ago. They wanted more tourists so they tried something new. They built a 60 square foot         igloo         out of ice blocks and held an art exhibit inside. People came, but not that many.

One day, a group came to see the           exhibit          , but arrived too late. Instead of leaving, they spread out their sleeping bags and spent the night in the        snow       . Suddenly, a brand new idea was born! The tourist company built an entire         hotel         out of ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. They advertised this          unique          hotel all over the world and soon, people came to explore. Now,           curious           guests check in and enjoy the cold. Then, when the warmth of spring returns, the hotel melts into the ground and disappears. It will be           rebuilt           when winter returns.
Grade 5 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
Every year, countless people from some of the northern and central states of the country leave snow, ice and freezing temperatures behind by heading south. These "snowbirds", as they are often called, trade in their          gloves          and hats for sunscreen and bathing suits. Heading south to escape winter's chill is common, but some travelers do just the opposite. They pack the extra layers and the snow boots and head to the village of Jukkasjarvi in          Sweden         . Once they arrive, they check into their hotel, but they don't take off their heavy coats and scarves. Why? Because at Sweden's Ice Hotel, everything from the beds to tables is made out of blocks of       ice      .

Why would anyone want to travel to one of the coldest places in the world during the winter          season         ? That was a question that a tourist company asked more than 20 years ago. They wanted more tourists so they tried something new. They built a 60 square foot igloo out of ice blocks and held an art exhibit inside. People came, but not that many.

One day, a group came to see the exhibit, but arrived too late. Instead of leaving, they spread out their sleeping bags and spent the night in the        snow       . Suddenly, a brand new idea was born! The tourist company built an entire hotel out of ice blocks taken from the nearby Torne River. They advertised this unique hotel all over the world and soon, people came to explore. Now,           curious           guests check in and enjoy the cold. Then, when the warmth of spring returns, the hotel melts into the ground and disappears. It will be rebuilt when winter returns.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2

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What is the main topic of this passage?
  1. The history of Valentine's Day
  2. An overview of Valentine's Day gifts
  3. A look at Valentine's Day candy
  4. The creator of Valentine's Day
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2

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What is the point of this passage about Santa Claus?
  1. To explain the history of Santa Claus
  2. To show how Santa Claus appears in other countries
  3. To give the history of Christmas
  4. To show how Christmas is celebrated in other countries
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2
The Babylonians were the first to set the measurement of a full circle at 360 degrees. They reasoned that the most important circle is the revolution of the earth around the sun, a period of time which we call a year. They knew that a year was approximately 365 days. However, the number 360 is much more convenient for mathematical computation, since it is divisible by many factors-- among them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

What is the topic sentence in the paragraph above?
  1. They knew that a year was approximately 365 days.
  2. They reasoned that the most important circle is the revolution of the earth around the sun, a period of time which we call a year.
  3. The Babylonians were the first to set the measurement of a full circle at 360 degrees.
  4. However, the number 360 is much more convenient for mathematical computation, since it is divisible by many factors-- among them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
Recently an invitation was sent out to the world. The world certainly responded! The Mars One Foundation           invited           anyone over the age of 18 to apply for a future one-way ticket to Mars. Winners would be sent to the red          planet          in 2023. It would be their job to establish the first human settlement. Hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the         earth         sent in their                applications               . Of those, only a small group included the required fees and video.

Those that make it through the first round of              selections             will be put through rigorous and challenging          mental          and physical tests.           Experts           expect this to whittle the number down to several dozen. Those select few will then participate in an intensive seven-year             astronaut             training program. Finally, four people will be chosen to make the long        trip        into space.

Are you sad you may not be a part of this group? Don't be! According to Mars One Foundation, you can follow their              adventures              on television. The              foundation              hopes to raise billions of dollars for the project by turning the process into a television           reality           show. You may not be able to go to        Mars       . However, you may be able to        vote        on who does!
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2
Police depend on evidence to solve crimes. Forensic scientists collect evidence to solve many different kinds of mysteries, including robberies, missing persons, and murders. Examining the crime scene with precise methods, they collect hair, fibers, trash, and many other tiny bits of material which help them determine the individual who committed the crime. They are particularly interested in evidence, such as fingerprints, that can be linked to a specific person.

What is the topic sentence in the paragraph above?
  1. Police depend on evidence to solve crimes.
  2. They are particularly interested in evidence, such as fingerprints, that can be linked to a specific person.
  3. Examining the crime scene with precise methods, they collect hair, fibers, trash, and many other tiny bits of material which help them determine the individual who committed the crime.
  4. Forensic scientists collect evidence to solve many different kinds of mysteries, including robberies, missing persons, and murders.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2
Mars, a reddish orange planet often seen in the night sky, has long been of interest to humans. Many years ago, scientists used telescopes to chart the movements of Mars. Modern scientists can do more than just look at Mars through a telescope.

Which sentence, if added at the end of Paragraph 1, best supports the main topic of the paragraph?
  1. Scientists first began using telescopes in the early 1600's.
  2. Cameras today can take much sharper images than earlier models.
  3. Scientists in the United States can actually study the surface of the planet.
  4. Photographs of planets are known to become important historical records.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2

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What would make the best title for this passage?
  1. An Ongoing Need for Fires Specialists
  2. The Destruction of Heat and Flames
  3. How to Keep Small Fires Under Control
  4. The Usefulness of Planned Forest Fires
Grade 5 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
Food fights are messy battles, and are usually frowned on in public. If you happen to be in the           Spanish           town of Bunol on the last Wednesday of August, however, you had better be ready to get          sticky         . For the last seven           decades          , the city has hosted a city-wide food fight. On this hot          summer          day, people load up with tomatoes. It is time for La Tomatina!

The festival began in 1944. Two young people were         upset         they could not be in one of Bunol's           parades          . To show their feelings, they grabbed some tomatoes from a nearby farming stand and began            throwing            them. Each year, more and more people joined. Soon an          annual          event was created. Today, thousands of people         flock         the city to participate.

La Tomatina lasts an entire week. Throwing            tomatoes            is only a part of it. People also go to dances. They see fireworks. They eat lots of tasty food. When it is time for the tomato           tossing           to begin, business owners cover their stores with         tarps        . A truck arrives in town loaded with more than 100 tons of tomatoes. People pull on           googles           and hats-and the fun begins.
Grade 5 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
A trip to the North Island in New Zealand is full of          exotic          places to see. This island is home to             volcanoes             and beaches. It has thousands of           species          living in its waters. It is home to the rich culture of the Maori. One of the island's most incredible          sights         , however, is found deep under the ground.

Deep in New Zealand's Waitomo Caves is a special place known as the Glowworm Grotto
Cavern. It is not easy to         reach        . Visitors can only get there in boats, but the           journey           alone is worth the trip. To get to the grotto,            tourists            float through a series of caves designed to delight. The beautiful and fragile growths rising up from the floor of the         caves         are equal only to those growing down from the            ceilings           .

As amazing as these caves are, the          grotto          is unlike anything else found on earth. It is pitch black except for the         dense         layer of stars glittering above visitors' heads. How are underground stars possible? They aren't. Instead, each spark in the darkness is a tiny fly found only in New Zealand. Thanks to a mix of chemical reactions, these         flies         glow in the dark in order to           attract           their food. The hungrier the flies are the brighter they        glow       !
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.5.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Forest fires are responsible for great damage.
  2. All plants rely on the nutrients found in the soil.
  3. Forest fires can sometimes be quite beneficial.
  4. Animals typically prefer the tender shoots of new plants.
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