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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 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 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.8, RI.3.8

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After reading the passage, which type of scientists do you think the author consulted to get the information about snowflakes?
  1. Physicists who deal with force and motion
  2. Chemists who deal with elements and atoms
  3. Biologists who deal with plants and animals
  4. Geologists who deal with rocks and the land
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.3.3

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According to the author, which muscle works the hardest?
  1. The gluteus maximus
  2. The masseter
  3. The heart
  4. The eye muscle
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?
Kindergarten Nature and Science (Stories)

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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
Kindergarten Nature and Science (Stories)

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What were Zoe and James trying to do?
  1. make people angry
  2. make money by recycling
  3. make the environment better
Grade 3 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.1, RI.3.1

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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.
Kindergarten Nature and Science (Stories)

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What is something you could do that Zoe and James would NOT think is okay?
  1. Put a piece of paper in the recycling bin
  2. Leave an empty soda can on the ground.
  3. Open a lot of plastic bottles and throw them away.
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 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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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
Grade 4 Nature and Science (Stories) CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RI.4.3

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What is MOST unique about the scientific name for the sea cucumber?
  1. It is related to a vegetable, not a sea creature.
  2. It has a meaning that is not at all related to cucumbers.
  3. It is a word with absolutely no meaning.
  4. It has been long debated by scientists.
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