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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 3 Technology (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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Based on the passage, you can infer that if roller coaster loops were made in perfect circles, the force...
  1. would be too high and uncomfortable to riders
  2. would not be hard enough to keep the cars on the track
  3. would cause the cars to come off the track because of the strength
  4. would make the car speed up as it went through the loop and along the rest of the track
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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Which way does a toilet flow in the southern hemisphere?
  1. Clockwise
  2. Counterclockwise
  3. It depends on the toilet
  4. Both ways at once
Grade 3 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.3.3

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In the passage, currants are treated most like...
  1. almonds
  2. raisins
  3. butter
  4. puff pastry
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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What did scientists in the past think absorbed the water?
  1. Dead skin
  2. Sebum
  3. Toes
  4. Follicles
Grade 3 Technology (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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When it comes to roller coasters, which statement best describes how hills are connected to energy?
  1. Hills help slow down the amount of energy a roller coaster car builds, making it easier to stop.
  2. Hills help a roller coaster car build and release energy as it moves along the track.
  3. Hills help create a lot of energy to keep the roller coaster car constantly moving.
  4. Hills help secure the roller coaster car to the track so riders stay safe
Grade 3 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.3.2, RI.3.10
Have you ever heard the word doppleganger?

Doppleganger is a German        word       . It means a look-alike of a person. Has someone ever told you that you        look        like someone else? If you really do, you could be that person's doppleganger.

A doppleganger is sort of like an             identical             twin. The person looks so much like you that many people cannot tell       you       apart. Some scientists think that everyone has a        twin        somewhere in the world. If it is true, finding your twin could be        hard       . After all, there are billions of people in the         world        .

One Canadian photographer named Francois Bruenelle has decided to help        find        their twins. He looks for people who        look        almost identical. Then he takes their pictures. These people have never       met       before. They are not           related          . However, it is hard for people to tell them         apart         in Bruenelle's photos.

Do you believe you have a doppleganger out         there         somewhere? If so, keep your eyes peeled. You can't find your        twin        if you don't look.
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.5, RI.3.5

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Why does the author provide details on how to make a paper snowflake?
  1. To offer a fun activity related to snowflakes
  2. To help the reader understand the differences in snowflakes
  3. To make the article on snowflakes stick in the reader's memory
  4. To introduce a different type of snowflakes to the reader
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.3.4

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Which word is the best synonym for PIGMENT as it is used in the passage?
  1. dye
  2. tone
  3. hue
  4. shade
Grade 3 Technology (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.3.4

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The word ELLIPTICAL most likely means "in the shape of a(n)..."
  1. circle
  2. oval
  3. square
  4. parallelogram
Grade 3 Sports (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.3.8

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Why did the author most likely write this piece?
  1. To clear up a common rumor
  2. To explain the Coriolis effect
  3. To describe a ball on a merry-go-round
  4. To sell toilets in the southern hemisphere
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.3.8

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The author says there are hundreds of muscles in the human body.
Why did the author decide to write about the muscles in this passage?
  1. They are the muscles with easiest names to pronounce.
  2. They are the muscles that do more work than others.
  3. They are the muscles that are most easy to see.
  4. They are the muscles that are most popular.
Grade 3 Sports (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.3.2, RI.3.10
Did you know that baseball is the national game of America?

This bat and        ball        game is played by eighteen          people         . Nine people are on a side. The positions are pitcher, catcher,         first         base, second base, third        base       , shortstop, right-field, left-field, and center-field. The first six positions are part of the infield. The last three are part of the            outfield           .

The diamond or         field         where the game is played is a square plot of ground. Its sides are ninety feet long. At each corner are bases called first, second, third and home plate. A game consists of nine innings. In each          inning         , both teams take turns hitting the ball. They try to         score         runs. The players take turns batting. They use baseball        bats        that are usually made of ash. The goal is to reach bases without being tagged out by the other        team       .

The pitcher attempts to         pitch         the ball over the home plate to the catcher. The batter tries to       hit       it. If the          batter          hits the ball and it is caught by the other team, or if it reaches the base the batter is headed for before he gets         there        , he is "out." Otherwise he is "safe". A safe batter will try to make the next base. If he rounds all four bases without getting       out      , he scores a       run       for his team.

When a          player          rounds all the bases without being forced to stop he makes a "home run." A hit which gains him a single base only is called a "base hit." Similarly if he reaches          second          base it is a "two-bagger" or double. Reaching third base is called a "three-bagger" or          triple         .

If the player fails to hit the ball, it can either be ruled a ball or a strike. A          strike          means the ball was thrown in the zone needed for the batter to hit it, but was simply missed. A ball means the ball was thrown in an        area        outside the possibility for being       hit      . Four         balls         result in the player being "walked", whereas three strikes result in an out.

After three players on a team are called out, the other team gets to come up to       bat      . At the end of nine           innings          , the team with the most runs wins.
Grade 3 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.2, CCRA.R.10, RI.3.2, RI.3.10
Have you ever heard the word doppleganger?

Doppleganger is a German        word       . It means a look-alike of a person. Has someone ever told you that you look like someone else? If you really do, you could be that person's doppleganger.

A doppleganger is sort of like an             identical             twin. The person looks so much like you that many people cannot tell you apart. Some scientists think that everyone has a        twin        somewhere in the world. If it is true, finding your twin could be hard. After all, there are billions of people in the         world        .

One Canadian photographer named Francois Bruenelle has decided to help find their twins. He looks for people who        look        almost identical. Then he takes their pictures. These people have never met before. They are not           related          . However, it is hard for people to tell them apart in Bruenelle's photos.

Do you believe you have a doppleganger out         there         somewhere? If so, keep your eyes peeled. You can't find your twin if you don't look.
Grade 3 Food (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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In the Lemon Pie recipe, how much oleomargarine do you need?
  1. 1 cup
  2. A tablespoon
  3. An egg
  4. 1/2 cup
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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Why is the Coriolis Effect especially noticeable during hurricanes?
  1. Because hurricanes involve a lot of water
  2. Because hurricanes come with hard and fast winds
  3. Because hurricanes stir up a lot of sand
  4. Because hurricanes get more attention than other storms
Grade 3 Places (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.4, RI.3.4

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Which word best represents the meaning of the word ASH as used in the passage?
  1. powder left after something burns
  2. material emitted by a volcano
  3. a hard pale wood found in temperate regions
  4. an old English letter
Grade 3 Animals (Stories)

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Draw a picture of Piglet Max and Piglet Maddie.
Grade 3 Animals (Stories)

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In one circle, write details about Piglet Maddie. In the other circle, write details about Piglet Max. In the middle, write what they have in common.

Venn Diagram
Grade 3 Sports (Stories)

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Pierre de Coubertin designed the rings intentionally.

INTENTIONALLY means on accident.
  1. True
  2. False
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