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Fourth Grade (Grade 4) Reading Strategies Questions

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Grade 4 Main Idea CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.4.2
Blood is a miracle liquid. It flows to every part of the body. Some blood cells carry food and oxygen to body organs. Other blood cells kill germs and help stop cuts from bleeding. People can die if they lose a lot of blood or if their blood cells get sick. Doctors sometimes give people fresh blood to save their lives.

What is the main idea of the passage?
  1. how many blood cells are made by the body
  2. how important blood is
  3. why people can die from loss of blood
  4. why sick people are sometimes given blood
Grade 4 Supporting Details CCSS: CCRA.R.7, RI.4.7
The Swan is a very beautiful bird. It is generally white, though a black swan has been discovered in Australia. It is not very often seen in this country. It was brought from Asia and Eastern Europe into England, from whence, most probably, a few specimens have been introduced into this country. The Swan is very graceful in the water, but on land it is an awkward waddler.

A swan lover wants to put this passage online and add graphics and other features. Which is NOT something he should include on the website?
  1. Pictures of different types of swans
  2. Maps of Asia and Eastern Europe
  3. A timeline showing when the swan came to different countries
  4. Videos of a swan swimming and waddling
Grade 4 Main Idea
Do you enjoy ice cream? Many people over the ages have enjoyed ice cream. The ancient Greeks ate snow mixed with honey and fruit. It really took off as a dessert in the 18th century. Today, people all over the world enjoy the wonderful taste of ice cream.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Ancient Greeks ate a version of ice cream.
  2. Ice cream has been around a long time.
  3. Ice cream was popular in the 18th century.
  4. Many people eat ice cream.
Grade 4 Main Idea
The sun is some ways away from Earth. It may not seem that far when you look at it in the sky. However, it is so far away that it takes eight whole minutes for the light from the sun to reach us on Earth. And yet, it is still far closer than any other star in the universe.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The sun is far away from Earth.
  2. The sun’s light takes eight minutes to reach Earth.
  3. The sun appears closer than it is.
  4. There are suns across the universe.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Libraries have existed for a long time. One of the most impressive of the early libraries was the Library of Alexandria. It was also known as the Great Library. It was estimated to hold tens of thousands of scrolls. Sadly, it was burned down.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The Library of Alexandria was also called The Great Library.
  2. The Library of Alexandria held many scrolls.
  3. The Library of Alexandria was very impressive.
  4. Libraries have existed for a long time.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Immigration has long been a part of American history. During the immigration boom of the 1800s, many immigrants entered through a place called Ellis Island. This island is in New York City. Here immigrants were processed and, if approved, granted access to the U.S.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Immigrants have a long history in the U.S.
  2. Immigrants would often come through Ellis Island.
  3. Ellis Island is located in New York City.
  4. Immigrants had to be approved in order to enter the U.S
Grade 4 Main Idea
The United States used to be a lot smaller. Then President Thomas Jefferson did something to expand it in the 1800s. It was called the Louisiana Purchase. He bought a huge amount of land from France for very cheap. It more than doubled the size of the U.S.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Thomas Jefferson was president in the early 1800s.
  2. The U.S. bought land from France.
  3. Thomas Jefferson was the one to conduct the Louisiana Purchase.
  4. The Louisiana Purchase greatly expanded the United States.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Your immune system is what keeps you from getting sick. It is made up of two different types of white blood cells. Phagocytes fight off invading germs. Lymphocytes remember the germs so they can be more easily fought next time. Together they do their best to keep you healthy.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. White blood cells are part of the immune system.
  2. The immune system keeps you healthy.
  3. There are two types of white blood cells.
  4. Phagocytes destroy invading germs.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Fonts are what different kinds of typefaces are called. You are looking at a font right now. Some fonts are sans-serif. This means they do not have flourishes on the ends of the characters. Others do have flourishes. They are called serif fonts. There are many other kinds of fonts as well.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Some fonts are sans-serif.
  2. Some fonts have flourishes.
  3. There are many kinds of fonts.
  4. Fonts are typefaces.
Grade 4 Main Idea
In the United Kingdom, they have a lot of different words for things we have. Instead of apartments, they have flats. Instead of flashlights, they have electric torches. An elevator is called a lift. Telly is the word for T.V.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. The United Kingdom has different words than us.
  2. An elevator is also called a lift.
  3. Apartments are called flats in the United Kingdom.
  4. The United Kingdom is weird.
Grade 4 Main Idea
In the grand scheme of history, pants are new. They weren’t invented until about the 6th century BCE. Before that, people mostly wore tunics or dresses. It took a while to come up with the idea for pants.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Pants were created in the 6th century BCE.
  2. People used to wear dresses or tunics.
  3. Pants are comfortable.
  4. Pants are a relatively new invention.
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

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Based on the information in the passage, which statement about ancient cultures is true?
  1. They always thought the Sun was female.
  2. They thought the Sun would bring them wealth.
  3. They wanted to develop technology to understand the Sun.
  4. They believed their actions could cause the Sun to change.
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions

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Why don't people make up myths about a solar eclipse today?
  1. They have heard too many myths.
  2. They know why a solar eclipse occurs.
  3. They accept the myths of ancient cultures.
  4. They are less creative than ancient people.
Grade 4 Main Idea
Newburgh, New York was founded in 1752. It would serve as headquarters for the continental army in 1782 and 1783. It really started to grow in the 19th century. That’s when a lot of factories were built. Today the city is more diverse than ever.

What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Newburgh is diverse.
  2. Newburgh has an interesting history.
  3. Newburgh was founded in 1752.
  4. Newburgh used to have a lot of factories.
Grade 4 Fact and Opinion
My brother found a little puppy in the middle of the street today. He was shivering so my brother wrapped him in a blanket. Mom said that we can not keep him because he belongs to another family. He is the cutest puppy I have ever seen! I do not want to give him back.

Which sentence from the paragraph above is an OPINION?
  1. My brother found a little puppy in the middle of the street today.
  2. He is the cutest puppy I have ever seen!
  3. Mom said that we can not keep him because he belongs to another family.
  4. He was shivering so my brother wrapped him in a blanket.
Grade 4 Identifying Genre
A story that typically includes royalty and has a clear good and evil character is an example of a                .
  1. myth
  2. legend
  3. tall tale
  4. fairy tale
Grade 4 Figurative Language
"The lake glistened like a diamond" is an example of a
  1. personification
  2. metaphor
  3. hyperbole
  4. simile
Grade 4 Figurative Language
"The cake was a jaw-breaker" is an example of a                .
  1. simile
  2. hyperbole
  3. metaphor
  4. personification
Grade 4 Summarizing

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Why did ancient cultures make up stories about the Sun?
  1. to entertain one another
  2. to get children to fall asleep
  3. to help explain its movements
  4. to share the facts they had learned
Grade 4 Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RL.4.1
Bob, Jim, and Kathy pedaled slowly up the hill. They could see the schoolhouse just at the crest of the hill. The sight seemed to make them pedal even slower. On the way, they passed many students. Some they played with every day, but others they had not seen since the last day of school.

Finally, Bob, Jim, and Kathy got to the schoolyard. They parked their bikes and locked them. They didn't have any books to carry into school yet. But, they would be bringing books home. Teachers always give out the books right away. A mean teacher might even give you homework immediately. Ugh!

It is likely that
  1. it is the first day of school.
  2. it is Friday.
  3. it is the day after a long holiday.
  4. everyone is going to a celebration.
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