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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
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 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 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.4.4

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Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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Where were goldfish first discovered?
  1. Portugal
  2. England
  3. China
  4. United States
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.4.5

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Why does the author most likely include the detail about the tricks the Chinese teach their goldfish?
  1. To provide a cool fact about goldfish
  2. To give another reason why goldfish can make neat pets
  3. To share a reason goldfish should be removed from the wild
  4. To help explain how smart goldfish really are
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.4.5

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Why does the author most likely include the final detail of the passage?
  1. To help share another name for goldfish
  2. To help fish lovers better understand what a goldfish is
  3. To help kids understand why goldfish are so cool
  4. To help explain where goldfish get their color
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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When describing the sunfish, why did the author nickname it the "pumpkin-seed"?
  1. To help describe its color
  2. To help distinguish it from the other fish
  3. To help explain that it looked like a piece of food
  4. To help show how small it really was
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.4.1

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Some scientists think goldfish only have a three-second memory.
Which of the following details from the passage disputes this claim?
  1. The eagerness with which they dart for them proves them to be welcome.
  2. The ingenious Chinese make great pets of their gold-fish, and with patience teach them many tricks, such as eating from their hands, or rushing to be fed at the tinkle of a bell.
  3. Watching anxiously to see that the gold-fish did not injure it, what was his astonishment to see the "pumpkin-seed" dart furiously at the larger fish, which huddled themselves in a corner, or scurried hastily through the water to hide among the stones and mimic grottoes of the aquarium!
  4. The little ones are carefully kept apart from larger ones, for the gold-fish is a wicked cannibal, and devours its little brothers and sisters, and even its own children, whenever it has an opportunity.
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.4.5
Why does the author most likely include the final detail of the passage?
  1. To help share another name for goldfish
  2. To help fish lovers better understand what a goldfish is
  3. To help kids understand why goldfish are so cool
  4. To help explain where goldfish get their color
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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According to the passage, what is NOT something you should do to keep the goldfish healthy?
  1. Give them clean water every other day
  2. Clean the rocks and other ornaments in the tank weekly
  3. Place the fish in very cold water while cleaning their bowl
  4. Feed them a little bit of food at once so food doesn't sit at the top of the aquarium
Grade 4 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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What makes the goldfish a wicked cannibal?
  1. It attacks other fish in its bowl.
  2. It eats other goldfish.
  3. It shies away from different species of fish.
  4. It races for food thrown on top of the water.
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