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Grade 6 Games (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.6.2

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What is the main idea of this passage?
  1. Checkers is such an easy game, it can be played anywhere.
  2. The winters in the city of Janeda, Estonia are extraordinarily cold.
  3. Some Checkers games actually have pieces made out of lead.
  4. Estonia is the home of an extremely unusual checkers game.
Grade 4 People (Stories) CCSS: RI.4.1
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 6 Games (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.6.5

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Which idea is supported primarily in the third paragraph?
  1. How challenging it is to stay in the same position underwater
  2. Why an underwater checkers game was originally created
  3. What steps divers go through in order to play this game
  4. How the winners of this different competition are chosen
Grade 6 Events (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.6.2

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What would make the best title for this passage?
  1. An Ancient Argument
  2. A Trip to Europe
  3. A Mess to Clean up
  4. An Italian Sticky Battle
Grade 6 Events (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.6.2

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What is the main idea of the first paragraph?
  1. An unusual battle that takes place in Italy
  2. What to pack when going on a long trip
  3. The legend behind the fruity festival
  4. Where all the rotten oranges come from
Grade 6 Games (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RI.6.2

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What would make the best title for this passage?
  1. The Fast and Easy Way to Win at Checkers?
  2. Surviving the Harsh Estonia Winters
  3. Have Mask, Will Play Checkers
  4. Life at the Bottom of the Swimming Pool
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.3.2, RI.3.10
What's the strongest muscle in the human body? That question is actually difficult to answer.

The human        body        has three different kinds of muscles (cardiac, skeletal, and smooth) and there are hundreds of muscles in the        body       . Each muscle works to help make the body          strong          as a whole. However, there are a few muscles that do more        work        than many of the others.

Eye Muscles
The muscles in your eyes, particularly the muscles on the outside of your        eyes        do a lot of work. These external muscles help your eye adjust its position so it can        keep        a steady gaze. They can move over 10,000         times         in an hour. That's a lot of work!

Gluteus Maximus
The gluteus maximus is a         large         muscle. In fact, it's the           largest           in your body. It helps to keep your body upright and            controls            your posture. It also works against gravity, which means it has to be very strong.

Heart
Many people think the         heart         is your strongest muscle because it works the hardest. Your heart pumps blood      24      hours a day. During your lifetime, it can beat over 3 billion         times        . It's what helps keep you         alive        .

Masseter
The masseter is a          muscle          in your jaw. It helps you close your         teeth         with tremendous force.

Soleus
Below your calf muscle is your soleus. This muscle helps you        walk       , run, and dance. It works against gravity to help you         stand         up and requires a lot of            strength            to keep you moving.

Tongue
Your tongue is always at work, even when you think it's not. Your tongue is actually a         group         of muscles. It helps you         speak        , it helps you process foods, and all day long it helps move saliva around in your mouth and        down        your throat.

All of the muscles in your body work very        hard        to help make sure everything runs smoothly. Which muscle do you think is the             strongest             of them all?
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Which characteristic of Mars most likely explains how it got its name?
  1. It is reddish in color.
  2. It is half the diameter of Earth.
  3. It is the fourth planet from the sun.
  4. It is home to a very large mountain.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Why is it fitting that Jupiter is named for Zeus?
  1. It is the largest planet.
  2. It has the most moons.
  3. It is one of the outer planets.
  4. It takes 11.86 years to orbit the sun.
Grade 5 Nature and Science (Stories)

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Where did most of the names of the planets come from?
  1. ancient astronomers
  2. Greek and Roman gods
  3. words in foreign languages
  4. the people who discovered them
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.3.2, RI.3.10
When you look up into the sky, sometimes you can see stars. The number of         stars         you can see depends on the number of clouds in the sky. It also depends on the amount of light pollution. It even depends on the strength of your eyes. In most places, on a clear evening, you can see             thousands             of stars. Some of the stars sit alone in the sky. Others are part of constellations. Whatever you see, it is only a         small         sampling of the stars that exist in the universe.

How many stars are in the universe?

Scientists don't have an exact answer. The universe is made up of            galaxies           . Scientists guess there are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe. Some galaxies are small. Some galaxies are         large        . The number of stars in each galaxy varies, but it's safe to say that each galaxy has at least one star. That means there are over 100 billion stars in the universe.

In fact, there are over 300 billion stars in the            universe           . How do scientists know? Because the galaxy we live in, called the Milky Way, has over 300 billion stars alone. When you look up in the       sky       and see a few thousand stars, you're actually only looking at a small number of the over 300 billion stars in the galaxy and trillions, zillions, or possibly even gazillions of stars in the          entire          universe.
Grade 5 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.5.1

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Based on the passage, you can infer that hares...
  1. love being pets and are easy to capture for that purpose
  2. are difficult to capture and tame as pets
  3. make poor pets because of their wild nature
  4. are hard to find and capture in the wild
Grade 4 People (Stories)

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Dr. Seuss was a very successful author. Which detail DOES NOT support this point?
  1. His books have been translated into 15 different languages.
  2. His life and works inspired a Broadway musical.
  3. His college humor magazine kicked him off the staff.
  4. His books have sold over 200 million copies.
Grade 6 Places (Stories)

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Grade 6 Places (Stories)

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On what day is Canada Day celebrated?
  1. June 24
  2. July 1
  3. July 4
  4. August 15
Grade 6 Places (Stories)

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What does Canada Day commemorate?
  1. becoming Canadian citizens
  2. freedom from the British Empire
  3. the enactment of the Constitution Act
  4. the signing of the Declaration of Independence
Grade 6 Places (Stories)

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How is Canada Day similar to the Fourth of July?
  1. They both celebrate freedom.
  2. They both celebrate America.
  3. They both feature parades and picnics.
  4. They both were started in the late 1800s.
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.
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