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Giraffes Reading Passage (Grade 3)

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(1) When it comes to height, the giraffe is likely the tallest animal at any zoo. Most giraffes grow to be 14-18 feet tall. Male giraffes are bigger than female giraffes, but both are tall. Even baby giraffes are around 6 feet tall when they are born.

(2) Giraffes are known for two things: their spots and their necks.

(3) Giraffes have patterns of brown spots on their bodies. Like human fingerprints, no giraffe has the same pattern of spots. These spots can sometimes serve as camouflage for the giraffe. Although it's hard to imagine anything that tall being able to "hide" on the savanna.

(4) With their long necks, giraffes tower over the other animals around them. Each giraffe's neck weighs around 600 pounds. They use their long necks to reach leaves in trees. Giraffes love to eat acacia leaves. However, if they are hungry, they will eat nearly any leaves they can find. They use their tongues to pull the leaves off the trees. Giraffes spend most of the day eating too. Since they are so big, they need around 100 pounds of leaves a day.
Which of these does the article say are the tallest?
  1. Female giraffes
  2. Baby giraffes
  3. Brown giraffes
  4. Male giraffes
What is the main idea of the third paragraph?
  1. Each giraffe has special brown spots that are unique to that giraffe.
  2. Giraffes eat a lot of food because they have very long necks.
  3. Giraffes are tall, so they hide well in the forests.
  4. Giraffes are too tall to hide in forests because their heads are above the trees.
What do giraffes use their tongues for?
  1. to reach leaves in high trees
  2. to camouflage themselves in trees
  3. to show how tall they are
  4. to pull leaves off of the trees
What does the author want you to know about giraffes?
  1. Giraffes live in the forest.
  2. Giraffes have two unique qualities, their spots and their necks.
  3. Giraffes live in zoos.
  4. Giraffes eat a number of berries and leaves from tall trees.
How are human fingerprints and giraffe spots alike?
  1. They differ from person to person or animal to animal.
  2. They're both on their hands.
  3. They're both brown.
  4. They have squiggly lines and are found on the body.
What is the topic of paragraph 1 in the article?
  1. The giraffe's legs
  2. The giraffe's neck
  3. The giraffe's height
  4. The giraffe's spots

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