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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 Philadelphia.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.4.8
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 "All the Loud Music Hits." Instead you sent me "Rockin' With the Oldies" and a bill for $9.99.

Why does the author summarize her experience of discovering, purchasing and receiving the CD?
  1. To provide the company with specific details
  2. To better explain her disappointment
  3. To show where the company went wrong
  4. All of the above
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
In a field one summer's day a grasshopper was hopping about, chirping and singing to its heart's content. A group of ants walked by, grunting as they struggled to carry plump kernels of corn.

"Where are you going with those heavy things?" asked the grasshopper.

Without stopping, the first ant replied, "To our ant hill. This is the third kernel I've delivered today."

"Why not come and sing with me," teased the grasshopper, "instead of working so hard?"

"We are helping to store food for the winter," said the ant, "and think you should do the same."

"Winter is far away and it is a glorious day to play," sang the grasshopper.

But the ants went on their way and continued their hard work.

The weather soon turned cold. All the food lying in the field was covered with a thick white blanket of snow that even the grasshopper could not dig through. Soon the grasshopper found itself dying of hunger.

He staggered to the ants' hill and saw them handing out corn from the stores they had collected in the summer. He begged them for something to eat.

"What!" cried the ants in surprise, "haven't you stored anything away for the winter? What in the world were you doing all last summer?"

"I didn't have time to store any food," complained the grasshopper; "I was so busy playing music that before I knew it the summer was gone."

The ants shook their heads in disgust, turned their backs on the grasshopper and went on with their work.

What is the moral of the story?
  1. Work first, then play.
  2. Share with others.
  3. YOLO (you only live once)
  4. Friendship
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.4.8
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 "All the Loud Music Hits." Instead you sent me "Rockin' With the Oldies" and a bill for $9.99.

Which strategy does the author used most when writing the music company?
  1. Emotional appeal
  2. Evidence
  3. Logic
  4. Extreme anger
Grade 4 Main Idea
The tortoise and the hare were going to have a race. The hare knew he was faster than the tortoise. After the race had begun, the hare decided he was fast enough that he could take a break and catch up to the tortoise later. The tortoise, even though he was slow, kept trying his hardest to win the race. When the hare tried to catch up and beat the tortoise it was too late. He had waited too long to try to win the race and the tortoise beat him.

Which statement provides the best moral for this story?
  1. Being fast means you always win.
  2. Slow and steady wins the race.
  3. You should give up if you are the slowest.
  4. Winning isn't everything.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Scrabble is a game that provides hours of challenging fun for you and your friends. In this game you use your letters to build new words from words already on the game board. Scrabble is a fun way to learn new words and meanings.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Scrabble is challenging and fun.
  2. Scrabble is a good game for building vocabulary.
  3. It takes skill to play a good game.
  4. Scrabble can take hours to play.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Yesterday was my birthday. When I woke up, I noticed my brother Josh hung up a big sign that said,"Happy Birthday, Charles!" Mom made spaghetti for dinner.
It's my favorite food in the whole world. My friend Dave came over and handed me a wrapped gift. I wondered what it was. It was a new basketball! I had a great day.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Josh got lots of gifts
  2. Charles got a lot of gifts
  3. Charles had a great birthday
  4. Josh had a great birthday
Grade 4 Main Idea
Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants. They will look and behave much like real humans. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind! Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience. They will be smart, strong, and untiring workers whose only goal will be to make our lives easier.

What is this selection mainly about?
  1. Someday we will have robots that will be our personal servants.
  2. We will be able to talk to robots and they will be able to respond.
  3. Robots will look and behave much like real humans.
  4. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Wilbur and Orville Wright were brothers who were inventors, even from a young age when they built kites and bicycles. Many people credit the Wright Brothers with designing and building the first successful airplane. In 1903, their first flight only lasted 12 seconds, but it continues to inspire people all over the world to learn about science and math, to work hard to realize their dreams, and to use imagination to achieve success.

The main idea of this passage is inventors build kites and bicycles.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 4 Main Idea
I can't wait until this weekend! We’re going to my grandparents’ house and my entire family will be there. I will spend most of my time playing games with my cousins. We always have such a good time together! The day goes by so fast, and by the end we are all exhausted... but we still don’t want to leave!

The main idea of this passage is the writer enjoys spending time with family.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 4 Main Idea
Sometimes the main idea is stated in the first or last sentences.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 4 Main Idea
The main idea is the most important part of a story.
  1. True
  2. False
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2

This question is a part of a group with common instructions. View group »

The best title for this text would be
  1. The Value of Hard Work.
  2. Gathering Food.
  3. Two Mice.
  4. A Lazy Mouse.
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 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.5, RL.4.2, RL.4.5

This question is a part of a group with common instructions. View group »

What is the subject of the second stanza?
  1. flowers blooming
  2. animals and their babies
  3. growing crops
  4. singing about summer
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
In the late 19th and early 20th century, women did not have the same rights as men. This meant they could not do the same things that men did, including write for newspapers. However, Nellie Bly did not let that stop her from becoming a famous journalist.

Based on the paragraph above, you can guess that the passage will be about...
  1. Famous female journalists in history
  2. The career of Nellie Bly
  3. How women were treated in the 19th and 20th century
  4. A biography of Nellie Bly
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.4.2
Carson's older sister, Madison, is a very good student. She isn't satisfied to just get by in school. She is involved in extra activities at school, including the school's music program and the math club. She also always tries to answer the teacher's questions in class.

What is the main idea of the paragraph?
  1. Madison was born before Carson.
  2. Madison likes music and math.
  3. Madison is a very good student.
  4. Madison likes to show off.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
Benjamin Franklin invented many things that made life easier in the late 1700's. He invented the lightning rod that saved many homes from fires. He also invented the Franklin stove. The stove could heat a room better than a fireplace and saved people a lot of fuel. He also invented a special kind of glasses called bifocals. This new kind of glasses helped people to read better.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Benjamin Franklin thought reading was important.
  2. Benjamin Franklin was a great inventor.
  3. Benjamin Franklin was not afraid of fire.
  4. A Franklin stove can heat a whole room.
  5. Benjamin Franklin believed stoves were better than fires.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
Blood is a miracle liquid. It flows to every part of the body. Some blood cells carry food and oxygen to body organs. Other blood cells kill germs and help stop cuts rom bleeding. People can die if they lose a lot of blood or if their blood cells get sick. Doctors sometimes give people fresh blood to save their lives.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. how many blood cells are made by the body
  2. how important blood is
  3. why people can die from loss of blood
  4. why sick people are sometimes given blood
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
Floods can cause tremendous damage. They can ruin houses, roads and buildings. Floods can take down trees and cause mudslides. They often leaves mud, sand and debris behind. It can take months to clean up after a flood.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Floods can cause a lot of damage.
  2. It takes a long time to clean up after a flood.
  3. Floods cause mudslides.
  4. Floods damage houses and roads.
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