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Science Reading Skills - Practice #1 (Grade 3)

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Science Reading Skills - Practice #1

Instructions: An important part of science is doing research. Before scientists begin to design and conduct experiments, they research background information on the topic. Knowing how to identify and analyze key information from articles is a skill all scientists must develop. Practice your scientific reading skills by answering the following questions.

1. 
(1)Tornadoes are created when cold and hot air meet. (2)Storms that create tornadoes often include strong winds and hail. (3)Tornadoes can cause massive destruction to peoples homes and communities. (4) I think tornadoes are worse than hurricanes.

Which sentence is a opinion?
  1. 4
  2. 1
  3. 2
  4. 3
2. 
Teeth can tell you what kinds of food a mammal eats. Plant eaters (herbivores) like deer have large, flat molars for grinding plants. Animals that eat both plants and meat (omnivores) have strong canines and molars for tearing and grinding foods. Animals that are meat eaters (carnivores) have canine teeth for cutting and tearing.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Animals have different kinds of teeth.
  2. An animal's teeth can tell you what kinds of food the animal eats.
  3. Animals that are meat eaters have canine teeth for cutting and tearing, but plant eaters have flat molars for grinding plants.
  4. Animals that eat both plants and meat have strong canines and molars for tearing and grinding foods.
3. 
People do not usually think about spiders when they think about endangered species. Endangered species are animals that are in danger of dying out. Spiders are small and have lots of babies. People think that this means that they cannot die out. This is not true. One endangered spider is the Kauai cave wolf spider. It is only found in a few caves on an island of Hawaii. This spider's main kind of food is hard to find. This is one of the reasons why there are so few of these spiders. Another reason is that the female might lay as few as fifteen eggs at a time. Most female wolf spiders lay many more eggs at a time. Many other spiders are endangered for the same reason.

What is the main idea of this paragraph?
  1. Many people believe that because spiders are small they cannot be endangered species.
  2. The Kauai cave wolf spider is found in only in a few caves located a on the island of Kauai.
  3. Some spiders are endangered because they do not have enough food or lay enough eggs.
  4. Unlike the Kauai cave wolf spider, most female wolf spiders lay dozens of eggs at one time.
4. 
What is the main idea of the following paragraph?

Not all plants grow in the same way. Some plants grow and reproduce in one year and are called annuals. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years and are called biennials. Other plants grow and reproduce for many years and are called perennials.
  1. Plants grow and reproduce for many years and are called perennials
  2. Some plants grow and reproduce in two years and are called biennials.
  3. Some plants grow and reproduce in one year and are called annuals.
  4. Not all plants grow in the same way.
5. 
Weather reporters have to give out a lot of information. That's why they use pictures. The pictures help them tell us about the weather without using so many words. Weather reporters need to know where the cold air is. They need to know where the warm air is. They have to know where it is raining and what types of clouds are in the area. Their reports need to be correct, but they also need to be short. The pictures help weather reporters get the information out in a fast way.

Which sentence best describes the main idea of the paragraph?
  1. Weather reporters need to know where the cold air is
  2. Pictures help weather reporters get information out in a fast way.
  3. Their reports need to be correct, but they also need to be short.
  4. They have to know where it is raining and what types of clouds are in the area.
6. 
Mountain gorillas live in Africa. They like to live in groups. A male is the head of a group. He is called the silverback. He is very important. He makes sure everyone is safe. If an animal puts his group in danger, he will charge at it. He takes care of his gorillas.

The silverback is important to the group of mountain gorillas. What detail from the passage best supports this idea?
  1. He makes sure everyone is safe.
  2. He likes to live with other gorillas.
  3. He finds food for the baby gorillas.
  4. He lives in the African mountains.
7. 
What can you infer from this statement?

Skunks are nocturnal, meaning they are active at night while you are sleeping.
  1. Skunks are busy during the day.
  2. Skunks sleep during the day.
  3. Skunks are busy both day and night.
  4. Skunks sleep all the time.
8. 
NASA sends several missions to space each year, but not all of them launch on schedule. When a mission is delayed or cancelled, it's called a "scrub." Missions can get scrubbed due to technical problems, but that usually happens before the launch date. Bad weather can cause a scrub on the launch date. If the air temperature is not within a specific range, the clouds are too thick, or there is too much wind, a mission that is ready to launch will be scrubbed. Most scrubbed missions launch once conditions improve.

Which statement is a generalization about what you just read?
  1. If you want to see a launch, make sure the mission hasn't been scrubbed before traveling to Cape Canaveral.
  2. Many NASA missions that are scrubbed will never launch.
  3. Most NASA missions that are scrubbed on the launch date are delayed due to bad weather.
  4. NASA delays missions when they don't have enough money to launch.
9. 
What can you infer from this statement?

Trees are blown over, the ditches are full of rain water, homes are flooded and the electricity is off.
  1. There was a big party at your house yesterday.
  2. There was a hurricane.
  3. There was a snowstorm.
  4. It was a sunny day.
10. 
Yesterday the sun went away, the sky grew dark, big black clouds puffed up in the sky, and the wind began to blow. What do you predict happened next?
  1. It became a sunny day.
  2. It was about to be day time.
  3. A thunderstorm began and it rained.
  4. It was nighttime.

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