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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 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 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Have you ever seen a diving dog? Every year, thousands of dogs participate in          diving          competitions. During these competitions, man's best friend gets to swim and splash in the water while the crowd cheers them on.

So are dogs good          divers         ? Not all of them. Most dogs need a lot of practice to become good divers. If you have a dog, you can         train         your dog to become a diving dog. Lots of kids do it. The age of the dog doesn't matter either. All that's required is a dog that loves and respects it owner.

Training a dog to dive can also be a great way to help a               disobedient               dog. Dogs who usually have trouble following the rules enjoy learning how to dive because it is more fun than learning to sit or stay. It's also a great way to help dogs burn off          energy         .

Of course, just because a dog likes diving doesn't mean it will do well at a diving competition. Dogs must get used to diving on           command           and being around other dogs. They also have to get used to the noise of the crowd and the diving pool itself. The more competitions a dog participates in, the easier diving becomes. Some          owners          also throw special toys into the pool to make the dog more comfortable.

Dogs who become really comfortable and good at diving can qualify for even bigger competitions. The biggest               competition               is the Dog Olympics. It's called the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. Every year, the best dog divers in the United States participate in the competition.
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 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Have you ever seen a diving dog? Every year, thousands of dogs participate in          diving          competitions. During these competitions, man's best friend gets to swim and          splash          in the water while the crowd cheers them on.

So are dogs good          divers         ? Not all of them. Most dogs need a lot of            practice            to become good divers. If you have a dog, you can         train         your dog to become a diving dog. Lots of kids do it. The age of the dog doesn't matter either. All that's required is a dog that loves and            respects            it owner.

Training a dog to dive can also be a great way to help a               disobedient               dog. Dogs who usually have trouble following the         rules         enjoy learning how to dive because it is more fun than learning to sit or stay. It's also a great way to help dogs burn off          energy         .

Of course, just because a dog likes          diving          doesn't mean it will do well at a diving competition. Dogs must get used to diving on           command           and being around other dogs. They also have to get used to the         noise         of the crowd and the diving pool itself. The more competitions a dog participates in, the easier diving becomes. Some          owners          also throw special toys into the pool to make the dog more comfortable.

Dogs who become really comfortable and good at diving can           qualify           for even bigger competitions. The biggest               competition               is the Dog Olympics. It's called the Purina Pro Plan Incredible Dog Challenge. Every year, the best dog divers in the United States               participate               in the competition.
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Polar bears live in the Northern Hemisphere. They are largely found in         Alaska         , Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Polar bears rarely stay in one place. They travel to find a        mate        and to find food. Often polar bears also follow the       ice       north in the spring. In the fall, they follow the ice         south        .

What Do Polar Bears Look Like?
Polar bears are incredibly         large         bears. Male polar bears can grow to be up to 11 feet tall. Female polar bears can        grow        to be up to 8 feet tall. Polar bears may seem a bit skinnier than other polar bears because they have longer heads and skinnier         necks        .

Polar bears also look like they have white fur. However, a polar bear's       fur       is not white. A polar bear's fur is actually made of small, hollow tubes. The         tubes         are all clear. When the light from the sun reflects off of them, they look white. This helps polar bears         blend         into their environment. In the snow, the white fur looks like              camouflage             . This makes it easier for a polar bear to hunt for its        prey       .

What Do Polar Bears Eat?
Polar bears are              carnivores             . This means they eat meat. A polar bear's favorite food is the ringed        seal       . Some polar bears also like to eat whale carcasses and walruses.

Polar bears often catch their dinner while swimming. They can        swim        up to 6 miles per hour. They can also        dive        up to 15 feet under water. Once a polar bear catches its meal, it eats the fat and           blubber          . The rest of the seal becomes food for other animals.

The Future of Polar Bears
Polar bears are a protected           species          . People like to kill them as food and for their fur. The ice in the polar bears'           habitat           is also melting. All of these make it difficult for polar bears to           survive          .
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 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.
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Polar bears live in the Northern Hemisphere. They are largely found in         Alaska         , Canada, Greenland, Norway, and Russia. Polar bears rarely stay in one place. They travel to find a        mate        and to find food. Often polar bears also follow the ice north in the spring. In the fall, they follow the ice         south        .

What Do Polar Bears Look Like?
Polar bears are incredibly         large         bears. Male polar bears can grow to be up to 11 feet tall. Female polar bears can grow to be up to 8 feet tall. Polar bears may seem a bit skinnier than other polar bears because they have longer heads and skinnier         necks        .

Polar bears also look like they have white fur. However, a polar bear's       fur       is not white. A polar bear's fur is actually made of small, hollow tubes. The         tubes         are all clear. When the light from the sun reflects off of them, they look white. This helps polar bears blend into their environment. In the snow, the white fur looks like camouflage. This makes it easier for a polar bear to hunt for its        prey       .

What Do Polar Bears Eat?
Polar bears are carnivores. This means they eat meat. A polar bear's favorite food is the ringed        seal       . Some polar bears also like to eat whale carcasses and walruses.

Polar bears often catch their dinner while swimming. They can        swim        up to 6 miles per hour. They can also dive up to 15 feet under water. Once a polar bear catches its meal, it eats the fat and blubber. The rest of the seal becomes food for other animals.

The Future of Polar Bears
Polar bears are a protected           species          . People like to kill them as food and for their fur. The ice in the polar bears' habitat is also melting. All of these make it difficult for polar bears to           survive          .
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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When it comes to getting away from danger, the passage says which feature is a hare's best asset?
  1. Its long hind legs
  2. Its keen ears.
  3. Its sharp back claws.
  4. Its ability to swim.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Grade 2 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.2.1

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Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.5.3

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Why does the author claim the hare family is one of the largest in the world?
  1. It is comprised of many different types.
  2. It is found in nearly every area of the world.
  3. It is made up of many large animals.
  4. It is full of many popular creatures.
Grade 6 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.6, RI.6.6

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Grade 6 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.6.1

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Which example from the passage best highlights the strength and ferociousness of the wild boar?
  1. For dogs the boar has a most violent hatred, and will rush at them blindly often, with its superior strength and formidable tusks overpowering them, unless the hunter be near to use a spear or send a bullet through its heart.
  2. A horse must be thoroughly trained to this sport, and must possess great fleetness of foot, as the boar is a very rapid runner.
  3. Stories are told of dead boars and tigers being found together, each bearing the marks of a terrible and evenly balanced fight.
  4. On turning round he saw a furious sow, with gleaming eyes, coming after him at full speed. Being unarmed, he was compelled to fling the little pigs on the ground, and ride for his life.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.5.5

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Why does the author most likely include the story about the lynx and the goat?
  1. To illustrate just how ferocious the lynx is
  2. To help contrast the European lynx with the Canadian lynx
  3. To make the piece more entertaining to read
  4. To warn humans about the dangers of interacting with the lynx
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