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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 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Why is Neptune's blue color notable?
  1. Neptune is covered in rivers and oceans.
  2. Neptune was formed from another planet.
  3. Neptune was named for the god of the sea.
  4. Neptune is easy to see through a telescope.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Which characteristic of Mars most likely explains how it got its name?
  1. It is reddish in color.
  2. It is half the diameter of Earth.
  3. It is the fourth planet from the sun.
  4. It is home to a very large mountain.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Based on the information in the article, readers can assume that
  1. Mercury is one of the inner planets.
  2. Mercury has the shortest orbital period.
  3. Mercury is warmer than the other planets.
  4. Mercury and Venus are around the same size.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Why is it fitting that Jupiter is named for Zeus?
  1. It is the largest planet.
  2. It has the most moons.
  3. It is one of the outer planets.
  4. It takes 11.86 years to orbit the sun.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Where did most of the names of the planets come from?
  1. ancient astronomers
  2. Greek and Roman gods
  3. words in foreign languages
  4. the people who discovered them
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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How is Earth different from the other planets mentioned in the article?
  1. It has the fewest moons.
  2. It did not develop at the same time.
  3. The name did not come from a god.
  4. The history of its name is largely unknown.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Based on the passage, you can infer that hares...
  1. love being pets and are easy to capture for that purpose
  2. are difficult to capture and tame as pets
  3. make poor pets because of their wild nature
  4. are hard to find and capture in the wild
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 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.5.6

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After reading the passage, you can infer that the author...
  1. thinks squirrels are magnificent creatures
  2. likes squirrels equally as well as other woodland animals
  3. despises squirrels because they belong to the rodent family
  4. finds squirrels to be interesting for scientific study
Grade 5 Sports (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Based on the passage, you can infer that golf trousers are...
  1. longer pants
  2. shorter pants
  3. pants that fit tightly
  4. pant preferred by golfers
Grade 5 Sports (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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According to the passage, golfers choose which clubs to carry, but you can infer that it is to a golfer's advantage to have more clubs because...
  1. it makes it easier to hit a wider variety of shots.
  2. it provides alternatives in case clubs break.
  3. it gives the caddy more work to do to earn his pay.
  4. it helps the golfer reach the hole in fewer strokes.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Why aren't black squirrels seen very often?
  1. They exist in very small numbers, so they are nearly extinct.
  2. They are driven away by gray squirrels who generally populate areas where humans live.
  3. They have fur that changes to red halfway through the year.
  4. They burrow deep into the ground where they have food stores.
Grade 5 Technology (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
The toothbrush as we know it today was not invented until 1938. However, early forms of the              toothbrush              have been in existence since 3000 BC. Ancient                 civilizations                 used a "chew stick," which was a thin twig with a frayed end. These 'chew          sticks         ' were rubbed against the         teeth        .

The           bristle           toothbrush, similar to the type used today, was not invented until 1498 in China. The bristles were actually the stiff,          coarse          hairs taken from the back of a hog's neck and attached to handles made of        bone        or bamboo.

Boar            bristles            were used until 1938, when nylon bristles were introduced by Dupont de Nemours. The first         nylon         toothbrush was called Doctor West's Miracle Toothbrush. Later, Americans were influenced by the disciplined           hygiene           habits of soldiers from World War II. They became increasingly concerned with the practice of good        oral        hygiene and quickly adopted the nylon              toothbrush             .
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which family does the lynx belong to?
  1. The rodent family
  2. The dog family
  3. The wolf family
  4. The cat family
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 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 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 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which feature of the lynx is most captivating?
  1. Its ears
  2. Its eyes
  3. Its fur
  4. Its teeth
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Which choice best explains why squirrels need lots of hard nuts to eat?
  1. Squirrels like challenges and hard nuts provide them with entertainment and food.
  2. Squirrels have very complicated nests and use the shells of hard nuts to help make their nests.
  3. Squirrels need energy and hard nuts provide the right amount of protein.
  4. Squirrels are gnawers and need nuts to help keep their teeth in shape.
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