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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 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 4 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
Grade 4 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.4.2, RI.4.10
The town of Coober Pedy in Australia does not look like anything special on the map. It is just a very tiny       dot       in the middle of nowhere. There are no cities around it. It takes hours to reach a place with more than a handful of people living there. The city is so tiny that it is almost              impossible              to find on a map or in person! Not only is it hot, but temperatures often soar        high        above one hundred degrees.

So, who would want to live in such a           distant          , hot place? More than a century ago, people came searching for        opal       . Opals are rare and colorful stones found in underground         mines        . People on the run from the       law       also came here. This small town was the perfect place to hide. To escape the heat, many of the people built               underground               homes. It gave them a place to go to        cool        off and get out of the sun.

Who comes to Coober Pedy today? Filmmakers often do when they need a             landscape             that looks like a dry and deserted planet.            Tourists            from all over the world also come for a visit. They wander through the underground town. They take tours of homes and walk through           museums          . Still others come and stay. They spend their days             searching             for just enough of that blue, green, and pink sparkle of opal to earn their           fortune          .
Grade 2 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
If you look at a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you might think something is wrong with your eyes. You’d be wrong. There’s           nothing           wrong your eyes, but there is something wrong with the tower. As the name suggests, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning.

Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa           started           in 1173. Its foundation was poured on soft subsoil. At first, the tower did not lean because it was not very heavy. The soil was able to support its weight. However, about five         years         after construction began, workers started to       add       the second story. This was too much weight for the soil. One side of the tower started to sink into the soil. This caused the tower to        lean       .

Instead of stopping the building process, the                construction                workers kept on            building           . They did not        know        what was causing the lean. The lean got worse as they kept building. However, after around 100 years of working on the tower, they stopped to fight a       war      . This allowed the tower to settle in the ground. If it had not had time to settle, it would have toppled over. Workers came back after the war and added more to the tower. After around 200         years        , workers finished the tower. It         still         leaned.

In the 1800s, an Italian decided he wanted to show off the tower more. He had workers       dig       a pathway around the base of the tower. However, the workers struck water. This caused a         flood        . It made the tower lean even more.

In the 1930s, Benito Mussolini decided he didn’t want the tower to lean anymore. He thought it was an embarrassment to         Italy        . He had his workers drill         holes         into the foundation. They filled them with concrete. Instead of keeping the tower from leaning, the cement made it lean even        more       .

Around 1990, the Italian government decided the Leaning Tower of Pisa was not safe for visitors anymore. They closed the         tower         for construction. During the construction, they helped decrease the amount of the lean. In 2001, it was open for            visitors            again. In 2008, engineers examined the tower         again        . They had        good        news. The tower was still leaning, but the lean had not changed. That meant the tower was stable. Since the tower is          stable         , it will likely last a long time. However, it will always have its        lean       .
Grade 2 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
If you look at a picture of the Leaning Tower of Pisa, you might think something is wrong with your eyes. You’d be wrong. There’s           nothing           wrong your eyes, but there is something wrong with the tower. As the name suggests, the Leaning Tower of Pisa is leaning.

Construction on the Leaning Tower of Pisa           started           in 1173. Its foundation was poured on soft subsoil. At first, the tower did not lean because it was not very heavy. The soil was able to support its weight. However, about five         years         after construction began, workers started to add the second story. This was too much weight for the soil. One side of the tower started to sink into the soil. This caused the tower to        lean       .

Instead of stopping the building process, the construction workers kept on            building           . They did not know what was causing the lean. The lean got worse as they kept building. However, after around 100 years of working on the tower, they stopped to fight a       war      . This allowed the tower to settle in the ground. If it had not had time to settle, it would have toppled over. Workers came back after the war and added more to the tower. After around 200         years        , workers finished the tower. It still leaned.

In the 1800s, an Italian decided he wanted to show off the tower more. He had workers       dig       a pathway around the base of the tower. However, the workers struck water. This caused a flood. It made the tower lean even more.

In the 1930s, Benito Mussolini decided he didn’t want the tower to lean anymore. He thought it was an embarrassment to         Italy        . He had his workers drill holes into the foundation. They filled them with concrete. Instead of keeping the tower from leaning, the cement made it lean even        more       .

Around 1990, the Italian government decided the Leaning Tower of Pisa was not safe for visitors anymore. They closed the         tower         for construction. During the construction, they helped decrease the amount of the lean. In 2001, it was open for visitors again. In 2008, engineers examined the tower         again        . They had good news. The tower was still leaning, but the lean had not changed. That meant the tower was stable. Since the tower is stable, it will likely last a long time. However, it will always have its        lean       .
Grade 5 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.5.2, RI.5.10
Food fights are messy battles, and are usually frowned on in public. If you happen to be in the           Spanish           town of Bunol on the last Wednesday of August, however, you had better be ready to get          sticky         . For the last seven           decades          , the city has hosted a city-wide food fight. On this hot          summer          day, people load up with tomatoes. It is time for La Tomatina!

The festival began in 1944. Two young people were         upset         they could not be in one of Bunol's           parades          . To show their feelings, they grabbed some tomatoes from a nearby farming stand and began            throwing            them. Each year, more and more people joined. Soon an          annual          event was created. Today, thousands of people         flock         the city to participate.

La Tomatina lasts an entire week. Throwing            tomatoes            is only a part of it. People also go to dances. They see fireworks. They eat lots of tasty food. When it is time for the tomato           tossing           to begin, business owners cover their stores with         tarps        . A truck arrives in town loaded with more than 100 tons of tomatoes. People pull on           googles           and hats-and the fun begins.
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 3 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.3.4

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Which word best represents the meaning of the word ASH as used in the passage?
  1. powder left after something burns
  2. material emitted by a volcano
  3. a hard pale wood found in temperate regions
  4. an old English letter
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