This worksheet is aligned with CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.1, CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.2, and CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.2.4. Lexile - 500L, Word Count - 281

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Matt Mole Reading Passage (Grade 2)

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I Am What I Am

Matt Mole started digging a hole in the ground. Sam Squirrel was collecting nuts nearby and hopped over to watch.

“What are you doing?” asked Sam Squirrel.

“I’m digging a hole to keep my worms in,” Matt Mole said.

Sam Squirrel frowned. “Why don’t you keep them in a tree? That’s what I do.”

“I can’t climb trees,” Matt Mole said. “I have to dig holes. I am who I am, and I do what I do.”

Sam Squirrel shook his head and went back to gathering nuts.

Becky Bird saw Matt Mole digging and flew down to see what he was doing.

“Why are you digging a hole?” Becky Bird asked.

“I’m digging a hole to keep my worms in,” Matt Mole said.

“Why don’t you eat them? That’s what I do,” Becky Bird chirped.

“I’m not always hungry,” Matt Mole said. “I like to save them for later. I am who I am, and I do what I do.”

Becky Bird shrugged and flew off to find worms and berries to feed her family.

Matt Mole kept digging. Soon, Greg Groundhog came to visit Matt Mole.

“Are you done with your hole yet?” Greg Groundhog asked.

“No,” Matt Mole said. “Sam Squirrel said I should keep them in a tree. Becky Bird said I should eat them. I told them, ‘I am who I am, and I do what I do.’”

Greg Groundhog laughed. “It’s hard for them to understand that others are different. I’m proud of you for being yourself. I’m finished digging my burrow. Come over and get some worms when you’re done.”

“Okay,” Matt Mole said, and was glad he had a friend who understood him.
What does Matt Mole want to do with his worms?
  1. Eat them
  2. Bury them
  3. Keep them in a tree
  4. Share them with his friends
What happened at the beginning of the story?
  1. Matt Mole talked to Sam Squirrel
  2. Matt Mole talked to Becky Bird
  3. Matt Mole talked to Greg Groundhog
  4. Matt Mole ate ate all his worms
What is the moral or lesson of this story?
  1. Moles shouldn't eat worms.
  2. Never trust a squirrel.
  3. It's ok to be different.
  4. You should never lie.
Greg Groundhog dug a "burrow". What is a burrow?
  1. A bird's nest
  2. An underground animal home
  3. Food
  4. a home for a squirrel
What is the last thing that happened to Matt Mole?
  1. He made a new friend with Greg Groundhog
  2. He ate all his worms
  3. He ran away
  4. He hid his worms in a tree

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