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Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RL.3.5

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What is the purpose of the first paragraph of this passage?
  1. To explain why groundhogs are used
  2. To show that Punxsutawney Phil is one of many groundhogs
  3. To describe why Groundhog Day became famous
  4. To introduce readers to another famous groundhog
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RL.3.3

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What is the main idea of the poem?
  1. Boys can have a lot of fun outdoors in the summer.
  2. You can go fishing in the summer.
  3. Girls and boys enjoy the summertime.
  4. Summer is for relaxing outside.
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RI.3.2

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What is the main purpose of the passage?
  1. To give a detailed explanation of how leaves change color in the fall
  2. To offer a brief explanation of how weather has an effect on the changing colors of the leaves
  3. To explain why people like to look at leaves in the fall
  4. To describe a magical process by which leaves change color
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RI.3.2

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What is the main point of the passage?
  1. Scientists think Usain Bolt is the fastest human in the world.
  2. Cheetahs will always run faster than humans.
  3. Humans have the ability to run up to 40 miles per hour.
  4. Most humans can only run 8.5 miles per hour.
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RI.3.2
Teeth can tell you what kinds of food a mammal eats. Plant eaters (herbivores) like deer have large, flat molars for grinding plants. Animals that eat both plants and meat (omnivores) have strong canines and molars for tearing and grinding foods. Animals that are meat eaters (carnivores) have canine teeth for cutting and tearing.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Animals have different kinds of teeth.
  2. An animal's teeth can tell you what kinds of food the animal eats.
  3. Animals that are meat eaters have canine teeth for cutting and tearing, but plant eaters have flat molars for grinding plants.
  4. Animals that eat both plants and meat have strong canines and molars for tearing and grinding foods.
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RI.3.2
What is the main idea of the following paragraph?

Not all plants grow in the same way. Some plants grow and reproduce in one year and are called annuals. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years and are called biennials. Other plants grow and reproduce for many years and are called perennials.
  1. Plants grow and reproduce for many years and are called perennials
  2. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years and are called biennials.
  3. Some plants grow and reproduce in one year and are called annuals.
  4. Not all plants grow in the same way.
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RI.3.2
Grade 3 Main Idea CCSS: RL.3.2
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