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Main Idea and Supporting Details (Grade 3)

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Main Idea and Supporting Details

1. 
The Babylonians were the first to set the measurement of a full circle at 360 degrees. They reasoned that the most important circle is the revolution of the earth around the sun, a period of time which we call a year. They knew that a year was approximately 365 days. However, the number 360 is much more convenient for mathematical computation, since it is divisible by many factors-- among them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.

What is the topic sentence in the paragraph above?
  1. They knew that a year was approximately 365 days.
  2. They reasoned that the most important circle is the revolution of the earth around the sun, a period of time which we call a year.
  3. The Babylonians were the first to set the measurement of a full circle at 360 degrees.
  4. However, the number 360 is much more convenient for mathematical computation, since it is divisible by many factors-- among them, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12.
2. 
Underline the sentence that does not belong.

Wow! What a great trip to the zoo with my family. Everything was so exciting, except for the giraffe. It licked me on the face when I was trying to feed it. Yuck! Even though that was bad, I loved seeing the monkeys. My teacher has a book about monkeys in her classroom. They were swinging from branch to branch chasing each other. It was like they were playing tag. My favorite part of the trip was when we got to touch the sting rays.



3. 
Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.

Choose the sentence that should be removed from the paragraph.
  1. Scientists are learning a great deal about the aging process.
  2. This knowledge will allow doctors to help their patients live longer and better lives.
  3. They will be able to defeat diseases associated with aging and perhaps even delay the onset of old age.
  4. Many doctors would agree that some medicines are much too expensive.
4. 
Underline the sentence that does not belong.

Brooke has always loved to be around animals. She has four dogs, two cats, and a baby raccoon. She just found the baby raccoon last week. She has to bottle feed him until he is old enough to eat by himself. A raccoon knocked over Sam's trash can. It takes up a lot of her time to care of all of them, but she does not mind. Whenever she sees a stray,homeless, or hurt animal, she wants to help. Her mother told her that she cannot bring any more animals home. Now, Brooke has to call the animal shelter if she sees a homeless or hurt animal. However, she does not mind because, she works there. She feeds and bathes the animals so she still gets to see them until they find a nice new home.



5. 
Which of these sentences most strongly supports the main idea of this passage?
  1. "Many expect Irving's Latino population to increase to more than 50 percent."
  2. "Irving also has many city parks."
  3. "Many customers will order cafe con leche, or coffee with milk, a favorite drink in Mexico."
  4. "Driving into Irving from the east, you're greeted by the town's most famous building: the white-domed Texas Stadium with the big hole in its roof."
6. 
Each year experts study the movie habits of Americans. The study shows some interesting facts. For example, did you know that young people go to more movies than any other age group? Almost one half of all Americans are over 35. But people under 35 go to the movies more than any age group. This explains the big success of movies about young people.

What is this story mainly about?
  1. Movie habits of young people in America
  2. Movie habits of Americans
  3. Why young people like movies
  4. Why the smallest group of moviegoers is over 35
7. 
The people of ancient Egypt created an advanced civilization. More than 6,000 years ago, they developed a calendar with 360 days divided into 12 months. The people made paper and learned how to write. They also built huge monuments with machines they invented.

What is this story mainly about?
  1. How people in Egypt made paper
  2. The creation of an advanced civilization in Egypt
  3. How the people in Egypt built huge monuments
  4. Where an ancient calendar was developed
8. 
Playing Games

Patty loves to play games. Her favorite game is chess because it requires a great deal of thought. Patty also likes to play less demanding board games that are based mostly on luck. She prefers Monopoly because it requires luck and skill. if she's alone, Patty likes to play action video games as long as they aren't too violent.

Why do you think this story has the title "Playing Games?"
  1. It tells about playing games.
  2. It tells you how to play Monopoly.
  3. It tells you about how hard different games are to play.
  4. It tells about games Patty likes to play.
9. 
Someday we will all have robots that will be our personal servants. They will look and behave much like real humans. We will be able to talk to these mechanical helpers and they will be able to respond in kind. Amazingly, the robots of the future will be able to learn from experience. They will be smart, strong, and untiring workers whose only goal will be to make our lives easier.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?



10. 
Marko and Troy wanted to drive to Key West for the weekend. Marko decided that he did not have enough gas in his car. The trip to Key West was about 400 miles, and would cost about $150 in gas. Troy said that he would pay for the gas just as long as Marko would pay him back when they returned. Marko and Troy had a good time in Key West until Troy left Marko at the beach to talk to some girls. Marko drove back without Troy and they never spoke again.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. Marko decided that he did not have enough gas in his car.
  2. Marko and Troy had a good time in Key West until Troy left Marko at the beach.
  3. Marko drove back without Troy and they never spoke again.
  4. Marko and Troy decided to take a trip to Key West that later cost them their friendship.

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