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Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories)

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What is a sand dollar?
  1. a sea shell
  2. the skeleton of starfish
  3. a form of money used by humans
  4. the skeleton from a species of sea urchin
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories)

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What color is a sand dollar when it is alive?
  1. blue
  2. white
  3. purple
  4. yellow
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories)

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How do sand dollars move across the sea floor when they are alive?
  1. They do not move.
  2. They are pushed by the current.
  3. They have legs that allow them to walk.
  4. They have small hairs that push them across the sand.
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories)

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How does the color of a sand dollar change as it is washed onto shore?
  1. It predators remove the color by eating its outer layers.
  2. The color is bleached white by the sun.
  3. When it dies, the outer layer falls off and reveals the white color.
  4. The sand dollar does not change colors.
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories)

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How many points does the design on a sand dollar have?
  1. 3
  2. 4
  3. 5
  4. 6
Grade 2 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Did you know that dolphins have feelings? Like humans,            dolphins            can feel happy and sad. If a dolphin dies, the other dolphins become very       sad      . They stop and say goodbye to their friend. Then they        swim        away.

Dolphins show other emotions too. When dolphins do something good, they          squeak         . They celebrate reaching a goal. They also look forward to the          reward         . Dolphins are good problem-solvers. They try many different ways to solve problems. They also imitate. This means they        copy        the actions of each other and humans.

In the wild, dolphins are also extremely happy. They are also           playful          . They like to blow         water         and jump around. They play chase and have other fun out in the water. Some dolphins will race beside         boats         they see pass by. Sometimes they will even come up to say         hello        .
Grade 2 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Fill in the blanks to complete the passage.

Have you ever eaten a fortune cookie? A           fortune           cookie is a special type of cookie occasionally served with Chinese food and it has a special surprise hidden inside. Each fortune cookie contains a        slip        of paper that has a special fortune printed on it. The cookies are made in a special pocket-type shape which leaves the perfect space for the paper to fit inside.

Fortune cookies have a place in           history          . During the 14th century, a Taoist priest sent messages to Chinese rebels by hiding them inside moon cakes. In 19th and early 20th century America, Chinese railroad workers gave cakes filled with           holiday           messages to their friends during the holidays. But the modern-day fortune cookie was most likely created not by someone from         China        , but someone from Japan.

Makoto Hagiwara was a restaurant owner in San Francisco. He served fortune           cookies           with tea at his restaurant. To make the cookies, Hagiwara made a basic batter out of flour, sugar, eggs, and water. He would make the dough into circles, bake it, and add the fortune just before it          cooled         . Then he would quickly fold cookie into its popular shape.

Today, fortune cookies are made by machines. Once the cookies are baked, vacuums suck the fortunes into the cookies before the cookies are          folded         . The folding process traps the fortune inside. Some machines even allow people to insert their own fortunes. They have used fortunes for marriage proposal, holiday greetings, and even funny            messages           .
Grade 2 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.2.5

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How is the passage organized?
  1. In alphabetical order
  2. In reverse alphabetical order
  3. From English to French words
  4. From shortest to longest
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.2.3

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What effect does the egg have on the sidewalk?
  1. It makes it dirty.
  2. It heats it up.
  3. It cools it down.
  4. It cleans it off.
Grade 2 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Fill in the blanks to complete the passage.

Have you ever eaten a fortune cookie? A           fortune           cookie is a special type of cookie occasionally served with Chinese food and it has a special            surprise            hidden inside. Each fortune cookie contains a        slip        of paper that has a special fortune printed on it. The cookies are made in a special pocket-type         shape         which leaves the perfect space for the         paper         to fit inside.

Fortune cookies have a place in           history          . During the 14th century, a Taoist priest sent messages to Chinese rebels by hiding them inside moon         cakes        . In 19th and early 20th century America, Chinese railroad workers gave cakes filled with           holiday           messages to their friends during the holidays. But the modern-day fortune cookie was most likely created not by someone from         China        , but someone from Japan.

Makoto Hagiwara was a              restaurant              owner in San Francisco. He served fortune           cookies           with tea at his restaurant. To make the cookies, Hagiwara made a basic batter out of flour,         sugar        , eggs, and water. He would make the dough into circles, bake it, and add the fortune just before it          cooled         . Then he would quickly fold cookie into its popular         shape        .

Today, fortune cookies are made by            machines           . Once the cookies are baked, vacuums suck the fortunes        into        the cookies before the cookies are          folded         . The folding process traps the fortune inside. Some            machines            even allow people to insert their own fortunes. They have used fortunes for marriage proposal, holiday greetings, and even funny            messages           .
Grade 2 Animals (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Did you know that dolphins have feelings? Like humans, dolphins can        feel        happy and sad. If a dolphin        dies       , the other dolphins become        very        sad. They stop and say           goodbye           to their friend. Then they        swim        away.

Dolphins show other            emotions            too. When dolphins do something        good       , they squeak. They celebrate reaching a        goal       . They also look forward to the reward. Dolphins are good problem-solvers. They try many             different             ways to solve problems. They        also        imitate. This means they        copy        the actions of each other and humans.

In the wild,            dolphins            are also extremely happy. They       are       also playful. They like to        blow        water and jump around. They        play        chase and have other       fun       out in the water. Some dolphins will race          beside          boats they see pass by. Sometimes they will even        come        up to say hello.
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.2.3

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Why won't an egg fry on the sidewalk?
  1. The sidewalk isn't hot enough.
  2. The sidewalk doesn't get enough sun.
  3. The egg spreads out too much.
  4. The egg sticks to the sidewalk.
Grade 2 People (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Once you start yawning, it's hard to stop.

People        yawn        for many reasons. They yawn when they wake up. They yawn when they go to         sleep        . They yawn        when        they are bored. They yawn when their ears are plugged up. They yawn when they       see       other yawns.

Humans aren't the only             creatures             that yawn. Dogs yawn. Cats        yawn       . Even birds yawn. Fish yawn       too      . Humans can even yawn when they're still in the womb.

What is a yawn? It's a            movement            of the muscles in your chest, mouth, and throat. Yawning helps wet        tiny        air sacs in your         lungs        .

People can't yawn on           command          . When they feel a yawn          coming          on, it's really hard to stop it. Scientists aren't sure why people yawn. Hippocrates was an ancient             scientist            . He thought yawning was a way to remove       bad       air from the lungs. In the 17th century other scientists studied yawning. They thought yawning increased your         heart         rate. They also thought it helped the level of          oxygen          in the blood. Today, scientists think yawning has to do with changing states. You yawn when you go from awake to          asleep         . You yawn when you go from asleep to         awake        . You also may yawn to      go      from alert to bored.

One thing is for certain - yawning is contagious. When you see someone yawn, your         brain         tells you to yawn too. It's a way to help you        feel        what others are feeling.
Grade 2 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.2.5

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This passage is an example of...
  1. A glossary
  2. An index
  3. An instruction manual
  4. A dictionary
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.2.4

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Why is the Titan arum called "a corpse flower"?
  1. Because of its size
  2. Because of its smell
  3. Because of its color
  4. Because of its lifespan
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.2.4

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"It's so hot you can fry an egg on the sidewalk" is...
  1. a fact
  2. an opinion
  3. a saying
  4. a legend
Grade 2 People (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.2.2, RI.2.10
Once you start yawning, it's hard to stop.

People        yawn        for many reasons. They yawn when they wake up. They yawn when they go to sleep. They yawn        when        they are bored. They yawn when their ears are plugged up. They yawn when they see other yawns.

Humans aren't the only             creatures             that yawn. Dogs yawn. Cats yawn. Even birds yawn. Fish yawn       too      . Humans can even yawn when they're still in the womb.

What is a yawn? It's a            movement            of the muscles in your chest, mouth, and throat. Yawning helps wet tiny air sacs in your         lungs        .

People can't yawn on command. When they feel a yawn          coming          on, it's really hard to stop it. Scientists aren't sure why people yawn. Hippocrates was an ancient             scientist            . He thought yawning was a way to remove bad air from the lungs. In the 17th century other scientists studied yawning. They thought yawning increased your         heart         rate. They also thought it helped the level of oxygen in the blood. Today, scientists think yawning has to do with changing states. You yawn when you go from awake to asleep. You yawn when you go from asleep to         awake        . You also may yawn to go from alert to bored.

One thing is for certain - yawning is contagious. When you see someone yawn, your         brain         tells you to yawn too. It's a way to help you feel what others are feeling.
Grade 2 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.2.5

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This passage is most like a...
  1. Glossary
  2. Cookbook
  3. Recipe card
  4. Index
Grade 2 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.2.4

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Which of the following words is most different from the others?

Bisque:—A white soup made of shell fish.

To Blanch:—To place any article on the fire till it boils, then plunge it in cold water; to whiten poultry, vegetables, etc. To remove the skin by immersing in boiling water.

Bouillon:—A clear soup, stronger than broth, yet not so strong as consommé, which is "reduced" soup.

Braisé:—Meat cooked in a closely covered stewpan, so that it retains its own flavor and those of the vegetables and flavorings put with it.
  1. Bisque
  2. To Blanch
  3. Bouillon
  4. Braisé
Grade 2 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.2.1

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Where does the smallest flower in the world grow?
  1. In rainforests
  2. In watery areas
  3. In Indonesia
  4. On other plants
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