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Sleepy Bear Reading Passage (Grade 1)

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Animal - Bear SLEEPY BEAR

Shhh…don’t wake up Bear! He is sleeping.

In fact, he will sleep for many months. This is called “hibernation.” Bear has dug his own den. A den is a bear's home. It looks like a dark hole or cave. Bear hibernates because there is not much food in winter. It is also very cold. While he sleeps, he will relax. He will conserve energy. That means he will save energy. His body temperature will go down. He will not eat. He will not wake up for a while. He won’t even go to the bathroom. But don’t worry! Bear will survive. He was smart and he ate a lot of food before falling asleep.

Bear will wake up in the spring. He will be well rested. He will also be very hungry! Luckily, there will be a lot of food to eat. Bear will snack on plants, berries, and insects. Sometimes he will eat fish too.

Bear is not the only animal that hibernates. Squirrels, skunks and raccoons are other examples of animals that hibernate.
What is the author's purpose for writing this passage?
  1. to persuade
  2. to inform
  3. to entertain
  4. to honor
What is the main idea of this selection?
  1. Bear hibernates.
  2. Bear has dug his own den
  3. Bear runs out of food.
  4. Bear will wake up in the spring.
Where does a bear hibernate?
  1. in a tree
  2. in a log
  3. in his den
  4. in a house
Why does a bear hibernate?
  1. He is bored.
  2. He doesn't like snow on his paws.
  3. He can't find food in the winter.
  4. He is afraid of being buried in the snow.
What is the last thing bear does before hibernating?
  1. Use the bathroom
  2. Sleep
  3. Go shopping
  4. Eat a lot of food
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