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Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
Where we live, the weather is always changing. In the fall, the weather can be cool and crisp. In the winter, it is cold and biting. In spring, the weather starts to get warmer and it is very wet. In the summer, the weather is hot and humid.

What is the main topic of this paragraph?
  1. the cold weather
  2. the changing weather
  3. the summer weather
  4. the area we live in
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
I love the beach. It is such a sunny place. The sand is warm. The water is cool and salty. There is so much to do at the beach. I can collect sea shells. I can build sand castles. I also like to jump in the waves.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The things you can do at the beach
  2. The author loves the beach
  3. The beach in the summer
  4. The beaches in Florida
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
China is a very large country. It is home to over 1 billion people. It is also one of the oldest countries in the world. Many items were invented in China. They include toilet paper, the water wheel, and kites.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Inventions
  2. China
  3. Big countries
  4. Old countries
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
Australia is a country. It is also a continent and an island. A lot of the country is desert, but it is not really hot. The country is surrounded by water, so it has a lot of beaches. It is called "the land down under." That is because it is on the southern part of the globe. Much of the country is covered with plants. It is also home to many animals you will not find anywhere else in the world.

What is this passage mainly about?
  1. Islands
  2. Australia
  3. Desert
  4. Beaches
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
Do you have dust in your house? If so, do you know that you create a lot of that dust? Most dust in your house actually comes from your skin. It is dead skin cells. You lose millions of skin cells a day. They fall all over your house. This creates a lot of the dust that you see. That's one way to leave your mark!

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Dust
  2. Skin cells
  3. What makes dust
  4. The human body
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
Did you know that you are tallest in the morning? During the day, your spine bends and moves. This makes you a little shorter. At night, it gets a chance to stretch back out. This helps you reach your full height. Test it out! Measure yourself before you go to sleep. Then measure yourself when you wake up.

What would be a good title for the passage?
  1. All About Your Spine
  2. When Am I Tallest?
  3. Daily Activities
  4. Growing Each Year
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.1.2
Hank Aaron was a famous baseball player. He was known for being a good hitter. During his career he hit over 700 home runs. His nickname was "Hammer." He played for the Milwaukee Brewers and Atlanta Braves.

What is this passage about?
  1. Hank Aaron
  2. Home runs
  3. Atlanta Braves
  4. Baseball
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.10, RI.1.10
Acorns are the seeds of oak trees. Many different animals enjoy acorns. Squirrels especially like acorns and collect them in the fall. Then they have food to eat in the winter. Acorns not eaten by animals can grow into new oak trees.

What would make a good title for the passage?
  1. Trees in the Fall
  2. Squirrels and their Food
  3. Learning about Acorns
  4. Seeds from Trees
Grade 1 Main Idea
Where we live, the weather is always changing. In the fall, the weather can be cool and crisp. In the winter, it is cold and biting. In spring, the weather starts to get warmer and it is very wet. In the summer, the weather is hot and humid.

What is the main topic of this paragraph?
  1. the changing weather
  2. the cold weather
  3. the summer weather
  4. the area we live in
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.1.1

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Which is NOT green?
  1. An apple
  2. A pear
  3. A cherry
  4. A shamrock
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.1.1

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What is the passage about?
  1. St. Patrick's Day
  2. The color green
  3. A special day
  4. Things in nature
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.1.8
Australia is a country. It is also a continent and an island. A lot of the country is desert, but it is not really hot. The country is surrounded by water, so it has a lot of beaches. It is called "The Land Down Under." That is because it is on the southern part of the globe. Much of the country is covered with plants. It is also home to many animals you will not find anywhere else in the world.

What reason does the author give to support why Australia is called "The Land Down Under"?
  1. A lot of the country is desert.
  2. The country is surrounded by water.
  3. It is on the southern part of the globe.
  4. It is also home to many animals you will not find anywhere else.
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.1.4
Australia is a country. It is also a continent and an island. A lot of the country is desert, but it is not really hot. The country is surrounded by water, so it has a lot of beaches. It is called "the land down under." That is because it is on the southern part of the globe. Much of the country is covered with plants. It is also home to many animals you will not find anywhere else in the world.

Based on the passage and the picture below, what does the word SOUTHERN mean?
  1. near the top
  2. in the south
  3. around the north
  4. close to Asia
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.1.3

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Where does the story take place?
  1. In the forest
  2. In the ocean
  3. In the water
  4. In the nest
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.1.2

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What is the story about?
  1. A mother duckling taking her ducklings swimming
  2. A mother duckling with an ugly duckling
  3. A mother duckling with perfect little ducklings
  4. A mother duckling with a turkey
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.1.5
Salmon are remarkable creatures. Once a year, female salmon head back to the rivers where they were born. They swim upstream. The conditions are tough. Many salmon die along the way. Those that make it lay their eggs. Then they die, leaving new salmon behind.

If this passage was in a book about salmon, what heading would it fall under?
  1. Going to the Ocean
  2. Laying Eggs
  3. Finding Food
  4. Being Caught
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.1.2

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Which choice best retells the story?
  1. A mother duckling takes her ducklings swimming and they all splash around, making her happy.
  2. A mother duckling takes her ducklings swimming and the all swim, including the big, ugly duckling that she thinks will not be ugly when he grows up.
  3. A mother duckling takes her big, ugly duckling swimming and decides he won't be ugly one day.
  4. A mother duckling takes her ducklings swimming and they don't like the water.
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.1.1

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Why does the author include a story of the ducklings swimming?
  1. Because he likes ducklings swimming
  2. Because it shows what's happening in the story
  3. Because ducklings look cute when they swim
  4. Because the mother duck wasn't swimming
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.1.5
Birds
Arctic terns fly over 40,000 kilometers each year. They travel from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Then they go back again.

Fish
Salmon live in the ocean, but they lay their eggs in rivers. They travel up to 900 miles to get to rivers to lay their eggs.

Whales
Humpback whales make long journeys every year. In the summer, they head north. The water in the Arctic is icy cold. In the winter, they head south to tropical waters.

What is the title of this passage?
  1. Animal Journeys
  2. Birds
  3. Fish
  4. Whales
Grade 1 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.1.6
Australia is a country. It is also a continent and an island. A lot of the country is desert, but it is not really hot. The country is surrounded by water, so it has a lot of beaches. It is called "the land down under." That is because it is on the southern part of the globe. Much of the country is covered with plants. It is also home to many animals you will not find anywhere else in the world.

What can you learn from the picture below that you cannot learn from the passage?
  1. Australia is an island.
  2. Australia is on the southern part of the globe.
  3. Australia is mostly desert.
  4. Australia is near Asia.
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