Story Elements (Grade 4)

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Story Elements

Instructions: In a story, the author uses characters, the setting and key events to help get the point across. When you read, paying attention to these details can help you understand what you are reading.

1 Once there were two little mice. One of the mice was a very hard worker. Every morning she would go outside and fill her basket with beans and nuts. She would store them in her pantry, and then head out to find food for the day. If it was raining, she gathered food. If the sun was blazing, she gathered food. If she was feeling sick, she still gathered food.

2 The cousin of the hard working little mouse was the exact opposite. She stayed out late partying and slept half the day. When she woke up, she played video games and talked on the phone with her friends. While she relaxed, she snacked on her beans and nuts. Soon she ran out of food and realized she would not have anything to last her through the winter.

3 The lazy mouse went to her hardworking cousin and asked if she could have some of her food to get her through the winter.

4 "Why don't you have any food," the hardworking mouse asked.

5 "I've been too busy partying and playing video games," the lazy mouse said.

6 "Well, I don't see why I should help you because of that," said the hardworking mouse. "You are going to have to face the consequences for your actions."

7 "Can't you just help me out a little," pleaded the lazy mouse.

8 "Here's a basket," said the hardworking mouse. "Winter is a few days away. Stop being lazy and gather some food for yourself."

9 While the lazy mouse was out gathering food, she came across a grasshopper singing in the field.

10 "Hey mouse," said the grasshopper. "Come and talk with me instead of wasting your time gathering food!"

11 "I only have a few days to collect food," said the lazy mouse. "You should be gathering some too."

12 "Oh please," said the grasshopper. "I have plenty of food right now. I'd rather have fun."

13 The lazy mouse said goodbye to the grasshopper and continued to gather her own food.

14 A few weeks later, the lazy mouse stepped out of her house to go visit some friends. On the way she came across the grasshopper looking weak and hungry.

15 "Bet you wish you had gathered some food now," said the lazy mouse. Then she went on her way, glad her cousin had helped her before she made the same mistake.

Which paragraph BEST shows the character of the lazy mouse?
  1. Paragraph 1
  2. Paragraph 2
  3. Paragraph 3
  4. Paragraph 4
Which paragraph BEST shows how the lazy mouse has changed?
  1. Paragraph 11
  2. Paragraph 12
  3. Paragraph 13
  4. Paragraph 14
Fill in the blanks to describe which setting the following characters might be found in:

Cow -               
Camel -                   
Eskimo -                                       
Cactus -                   
In a story set in Florida, the characters go to the beach for fun.
How would what the characters do for fun change if the story was set in Alaska?

Our house sat right on the edge of the river.

Which part of the setting does the sentence above describe?
  1. Where
  2. When
Ethan and Eli are brothers. Ethan likes to play with Spiderman toys, whereas Eli likes to play with Disney toys. Both boys like to play computer games.

What sentence compares the brothers?
  1. Ethan and Eli are brothers.
  2. Ethan likes to play with Spiderman toys, whereas Eli like to play with Disney toys.
  3. Both boys like to play computer games.
  4. None of the above.

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