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Smokejumpers (Grade 4)

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Four common reasons authors have for talking are to persuade, to inform, to express ideas or feelings, or to entertain.
  1. True
  2. False
A Narrative text gives information about real people and events.
  1. True
  2. False
The genre of "Smokejumpers" is narrative text.
  1. True
  2. False
Wildfires are fought bravely by ground crews of "hot shots." Hot shots can be a line of five, eighteen, or seventy men and women who are working very close to a blazing wall of fire.
  1. True
  2. False
The only way to get to the blazes quickly is by dropping firefighters from planes.
  1. True
  2. False
A smokejumpers mission is to stop wildfires before their destructive energy destroys the forest, kills the animals, or threatens human life.
  1. True
  2. False
Smokejumpers work together and help one another to make it through a long day-or days-of wildfire firefighting.
  1. True
  2. False
Gloves are worn during the jump because controlling a parachute is easier with bare hands.
  1. True
  2. False
1,500 feet is the proper height for smokejumpers to jump from.
  1. True
  2. False
Color-coded supply parachutes save smokejumpers valuable time.
  1. True
  2. False
How do photographs help you to understand the important ideas in the text?

Do you think that a smokejumper's gear is heavy? Explain.

Why do smokejumpers need special jumpsuits?

What other types of jobs does the job of a smokejumper remind you of? Why?

What do smokejumpers do if their parachute does not open?

Before the smokejumper can jump, what do the jumpmaster and pilot do?

Are smokejumpers well prepared before a real jump? What evidence in the text supports this conclusion?

Many firefighters perform heroic deeds to save the lives and property of others. What makes these brave men and women willing to risk their own lives in the line of duty?

Directions: Choose the word from the word bank below that best matches each definition.

Word Bank: concentrating, dedication, essential, method, parachute, steer, underbrush, wind

1. ________________________________________ devotion, loyalty

2. ________________________________________ air moving due to changing pressure

3. ________________________________________ focusing mental attention

4. ________________________________________ device shaped like an umbrella

5. ________________________________________ control the direction of

Directions: Choose words from the word bank that best replace the underlined words.

Word Bank: concentrating, dedication, essential, method, parachute, steer, underbrush, wind

1. ________________________________________ The firefighters knew that the bushes and small trees would provide fuel to the fire that was already out of control.

2. ________________________________________ The skydiver was thankful that the class knew the way to release the parachute with the push of one button.

3. ________________________________________ Physical fitness is necessary to the work of fighting fires.

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