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Common Core Standard RI.4.2 Questions

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.

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Grade 4 People (Stories) CCSS: RI.4.2
Which choice best summarizes the main idea of "What Does the President Do?"
  1. The President lives in the White House.
  2. The President is elected every four years.
  3. The President has a lot of important jobs.
  4. Anyone can do the job of the President.
Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2

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Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
What is the best question to ask yourself when you are trying to find the main idea?
  1. Who is the main character?
  2. What is the main event?
  3. What point is the author trying to make?
  4. What is one important detail?
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          .

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