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Third Grade (Grade 3) Writing Questions

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Grade 3 Revising and Editing
(1)I never thought it would happen to me. (2) Nevertheless, it did! (3)I saw a UFO! (4) I read lots and lots of books about UFOs, but my parents told me there was no such thing as aliens. (5)I looked out of the window and saw a big circle with ten lights. (6)A door opened, and a little green man came out.

Where should the following sentence be added to this paragraph?
“Then, late one night, as I was reading a book about UFOs in my room, I saw a bright light outside.”
  1. After sentence 1
  2. After sentence 2
  3. After sentence 4
  4. After sentence 5
Grade 3 Revising and Editing
“Whan he saw the werld, the duckling wentd to craul back into his shel. Their wer brite lights shining in his face. There were noysus like he’d nevur herd bee for. Pluz, he was cold, so cold.”

What does the writer need to focus on when editing this paragraph?

Make the necessary corrections to the paragraph.
  1. Spelling
  2. Pronouns
  3. Verbs
  4. Punctuation
Grade 3 Revising and Editing
As Hallie wrote, tears drips onto the paper in front of her. She misses her best friend, Alexandra so much. Alexandra move to California two months ago. Even though the two girls frequently talking on the phone and wrote letters to each other, it just wasn’t the same. Hallie still feels sad every time she had to tell Alexandra something in writing instead of in person. Today, Hallie felt especially sad writing Alexandra because the thing she has to told her was bad news. Hallie’s cat, Bells, had die. Both Alexandra and Hallie loving to play with Bells. Writing about life without Bells made all of Hallie’s sadness come back.

What does the writer need to focus on editing in this paragraph?

Make the necessary corrections to the paragraph.
  1. Spelling
  2. Pronouns
  3. Verbs
  4. Punctuation
Grade 3 Revising and Editing
(1)The neighbor went and got a hammer and some nails from his house. (2)He and the troll nailed the logs on top of the posts. (3)“Would you like to come into my house for some milk and cookies?” he asked his neighbor.

Where should the following sentence be added to this paragraph?
“When the fence was all finished, the troll smiled."
  1. After sentence 1
  2. After sentence 2
  3. After sentence 3
  4. Before sentence 1
Grade 3 Revising and Editing
Fauntleroy wanted to be as ferocious dragon like his father? He had learned from an early age that dragons were meant to destroy things!

“If you see a village, burn it down with your fiery breath; son:” Fauntleroy’s father always told him

One day while he was playing in the forest. A little girl came along.
“What a cute little dragon?” she said. “Do you want to be my friend.”
“Sure.” said Fauntleroy immediately forgetting everything his father told him about befriending people!

What does the writer need to focus on editing this paragraph?

Make the necessary corrections to the paragraph.
  1. Spelling
  2. Pronouns
  3. Subject-verb agreement
  4. Punctuation
Grade 3 Conducting Research
Beautiful seashells that are washed ashore on beaches by ocean waves have always fascinated human beings. Shells come in a wonderful array of shapes, sizes and colors. Shells are actually made by marine creatures to serve as their homes.

Where would you most likely find this passage?
  1. in a book about prehistoric animals
  2. in a book about sea creatures
  3. in a personal journal
  4. in a magazine about home improvement
Grade 3 Narrative Essays
I never thought it would happen to me. Nevertheless, it did! I saw a UFO!

I'd read lots and lots of books about UFOs, but my parents told me there was no such thing as aliens. Then, late one night when I was reading a book about UFOs in my room, I saw a bright light outside. I looked out of the window and saw a big circle with ten lights. A door opened, and a little green man came out.

“Greetings!” he said to me. “I come in peace.”

“You… you… you’re real!!!” I exclaimed.

“Of course, I am,” said the alien. “I’d like to ask you a favor. Do you have a sweatshirt I can borrow? It’s very cold in my spaceship.”

“Here,” I said, handing him my favorite blue hoodie.

“Thank you,” he said. “Here’s a thank you gift. It’s a piece of my planet.”

The alien handed me a bright orange rock. The spaceship flew off into the sky. The next morning when I told my mother what happened, she wouldn’t believe me.

What is the best closing sentence for this story?
  1. “You’re just trying to make an excuse for losing your sweatshirt!” she said.
  2. “Wow!” said my mother. “I wish I had seen that!”
  3. “I believe every word you’ve said, Son,” said my mother.
  4. “Your books are right,” said my mother. “There are aliens!”
Grade 3 Revising and Editing
(1)The troll was not happy. (2)He had been trying to build a fence around his home for days, but it kept falling over. (3)You see, the troll didn’t like anyone. (4)He wanted to build a fence so none of his neighbors could visit him. (5) He dug holes in the ground and put the posts in them. (6) Then he laid long logs on top of the posts, but the logs kept falling down.

Where should the following sentence be added to this paragraph?
“He cut down many trees, and then he cut these large trees into posts for his fence.”
  1. After sentence 3
  2. After sentence 4
  3. After sentence 5
  4. After sentence 6
Grade 3 Persuasive Essays
Frank is writing a paragraph telling why dogs are great pets. He would want to include all of the following details in his paragraph, EXCEPT
  1. dogs are friendly.
  2. cats eat less than dogs.
  3. dogs are fun to play with.
  4. dogs are very loyal.
Grade 3 Conducting Research
Have you ever taken a close look at a beehive? Well, not too close or you might get stung! The natural pattern in beehives is so perfect that it seems to be computer designed. The hives are made up of layers and layers of cells. Each cell has perfectly equal six sides or hexagons. Why would bees build six-sided cells, not circular or box shaped ones? That is because the bee is a genius at geometry and architecture! Six-sided cells use up every bit of space and allow bees to get maximum space for storing honey. Hexagons also use the least building material because all the six sides are common to other cells. The bees don’t waste space, material or effort. Aren’t they smart insects?

What sentence from this article would you want to write down if you were researching why bees build six-sided cells in their hives?
  1. The natural pattern in beehives is so perfect that it seems to be computer designed.
  2. Each cell has perfectly equal six sides or hexagons.
  3. Six-sided cells use up every bit of space and allow bees to get maximum space for storing honey.
  4. Hexagons also use the least building material because all of the six sides are common to other cells.
Grade 3 Persuasive Essays
The bright sun can be dangerous. It is important to put on sunscreen before spending time in the summer sun. The ultraviolet rays from the sun can hurt your skin. Sunscreen protects your skin from these rays and helps keep your skin healthy.

What detail would the author of this paragraph NOT want to add to it?
  1. Those who do not use sunscreen can get sunburns.
  2. Many people who spend lots of time in the sun without sunscreen develop skin cancer.
  3. Sitting in the sun is a great way to get a nice, dark sun tan.
  4. Sunscreen comes in different “SPFs” which means there are different protection levels for your skin.
Grade 3 Writing Essays
What is the most poisonous creature on earth? Many people guess that the answer would be a snake, a jellyfish, a scorpion, or a spider. Actually, most scientists agree that the most venomous animal is a harmless-looking small golden frog. Called “terribilis,” the golden frog is so toxic that even touching it can be dangerous to humans. A single frog contains enough poison to kill 20,000 mice or ten people.

What writing topic was the writer of this paragraph mostly likely given?
  1. Write about the most dangerous plant in the world
  2. Write about an animal that is harmful to people
  3. Write about your family’s pet
  4. Write about an animal everyone should know about
Grade 3 Narrative Essays
Flippy and Floppy had always been best friends. Many of the other dogs thought it was strange that these two were so close. They were different colors and different sizes. They didn’t even live close to each other! Still, whenever someone would ask, “Why do you two like each other so much?” both Flippy and Floppy would say the same thing at the same time.

What is the best closing sentence for this story?
  1. “We’re two peas in a pod!” they’d exclaim.
  2. “We don’t like each other,” they’d exclaim.
  3. “Leave us alone!” they’d exclaim.
  4. “We’re brothers,” they’d exclaim.
Grade 3 Persuasive Essays
Becca is writing a letter to her mother. She wants her mother to buy her a new computer. Which detail should she put in her letter to make her mother want to buy her the computer?
  1. I can do my homework on the computer.
  2. I can waste time playing games on the computer.
  3. Computers are very expensive.
  4. I don’t know how to use a computer.
Grade 3 Conducting Research
The teacher asked students in her class to write a research paper on the American Civil War. She also asked the students to list all sources they used to find information. Nia, a student, went to the library and read books on the history of United States of America. She also read a book on why the Civil War of the United States of America was fought.

Which of the following books do you think Nia used to write her research paper?
  1. Fields of Fury: The American Civil War by James M. McPherson
  2. A First Book in European History by Edward Egglest
  3. Tropical Organic Gardening: Hawaiian Style by Richard L. Steven
  4. The Civilizations of Africa by Christopher Ehret
Grade 3 Conducting Research
Everything in nature follows a pattern. Circles, lines, spirals, and angles are repeated to make a design or a pattern. Patterns in nature are not just pretty adornments. They do serve a purpose that has helped nature survive and flourish.

Have you ever taken a close look at a beehive? Well, not too close or you might get stung! The natural pattern in beehives is so perfect that it seems to be computer designed. The hives are made up of layers and layers of cells. Each cell has perfectly equal six sides or hexagons. Why would bees build six-sided cells, not circular or box shaped ones? That is because the bee is a genius at geometry and architecture! Six-sided cells use up every bit of space and allow bees to get maximum space for storing honey. Hexagons also use the least building material because all the six sides are common to other cells. The bees don’t waste space, material or effort. Aren’t they smart insects?

Where could you look if you wanted to find out more information on bees?
  1. Magazine articles on bees
  2. Internet articles on hexagons
  3. Books on building materials
  4. TV shows on home improvement
Grade 3 Narrative Essays
The troll was not happy. He had been trying to build a fence around his home for days, but it kept falling over. You see, the troll didn’t like anyone. He wanted to build a fence so none of his neighbors could visit him. He cut down many trees, and then he cut the large trees into posts for his fence. He dug holes in the ground and put the posts in them. Then he laid long logs on top of the posts, but the logs kept falling down. One day the troll was sitting on a log feeling sad about the unfinished fence when one of his neighbors walked by.

“What’s wrong, Mr. Troll?” said the neighbor.

“I can’t build my fence to keep you out!” said the troll.

“I’ll help you,” replied the neighbor.

The neighbor went and got a hammer and some nails from his house. He and the troll nailed the logs on top of the posts. When the fence was all finished, the troll smiled.

“Would you like to come into my house for some milk and cookies?” he asked his neighbor.

"I thought you wanted to keep me out,” said the neighbor.

What is the best closing sentence for this story?
  1. “I don’t want to ever see you again!” yelled the troll. “Get off my property!”
  2. “I did, but then I saw how helpful you were when you built the fence with me,” said the troll. “Now I’d like to be friends.”
  3. “I still don’t like you,” said the troll. “Go away!”
  4. “You didn’t help me,” said the troll.
Grade 3 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.5, W.3.2b, W.3.5
Read the paragraph. Choose the sentence that does not support the main idea.

Paintings can be found in many different places. You can see them at a museum or an art gallery. You can also go to an art show in a park or at a school. Red roses are beautiful flowers. Paintings are in books, too.
  1. Red roses are beautiful flowers.
  2. You can see them at a museum or an art gallery.
  3. Paintings are in books, too.
  4. You can also go to an art show in a park or at school.
Grade 3 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.3, CCRA.W.5, W.2.3, W.2.5, W.3.3b, W.3.5
Read the paragraph. Choose the sentence that does not belong in the paragraph.

There was music in the park this month. A different band played everyday. Children played on the swings. Many people listened to the music. The music was very relaxing.
  1. The music was very relaxing.
  2. Many people listened to the music.
  3. A different band played everyday.
  4. Children played on the swings.
Grade 3 Writing CCSS: CCRA.W.2, CCRA.W.5, W.2.5, W.3.2b, W.3.5
Read each paragraph aloud. Choose the sentence that does not belong in the paragraph.

The park is a wonderful place for a picnic. People sell tasty snacks. There are picnic tables and grills. I have a pet hamster. The park has a lot of fun things that we enjoy doing.
  1. The park has a lot of fun things that we enjoy doing.
  2. People sell tasty snacks.
  3. I have a pet hamster.
  4. There are picnic tables and grills.
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