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Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RL.5.2

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What is the main idea of the poem?
  1. Summer is very hot and annoying.
  2. Summer is a wonderful time for the speaker.
  3. Summer is only enjoyed by kings.
  4. Summer is full of fun things to do outside.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: 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 Main Idea CCSS: 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: 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: 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 Main Idea CCSS: 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: 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: RI.5.5

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Which detail would fit best with the main idea in last paragraph?
  1. Instructions on how to put out a campfire
  2. The basic rules of overall fire safety
  3. What conditions specialists have to consider
  4. Details about the training fire experts must undergo
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: 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 Main Idea CCSS: RI.5.1

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What is the most likely reason only a limited number of people see the glowworm grotto?
  1. It is too difficult to get to.
  2. Few people live in New Zealand.
  3. Tourists rarely venture into caverns.
  4. It is far too dangerous for people to visit.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RI.5.5

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Which detail would fit best in the second paragraph of the passage?
  1. What the Maori culture is like
  2. The technical names of the cave growths
  3. How long the glowworm's life cycle typically is
  4. The sizes and materials used to make the boat caves
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: 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.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RI.5.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Amazing sites can be found inside cave systems.
  2. The North Island is home to many different species.
  3. The underground grotto in New Zealand is full of glowing flies.
  4. Chemical reactions can help creatures glow in the dark as part of their survival.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RI.5.1

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Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RL.5.2

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What is the theme of this passage?
  1. Don't let anything stop you.
  2. Give in to your struggles.
  3. Life often throws you curveballs.
  4. A positive attitude is everything.
Grade 5 Main Idea CCSS: RL.5.2

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