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Comprehension Skills

40 Short Passages for Close Reading

Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading, Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech, Scholastic Teaching Resources

GRADE 3
Linda Ward Beech

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The reading passages in this book were selected and adapted from the following titles in the series,
Reading Passages That Build Comprehension: Compare & Contrast, Context Clues, Fact & Opinion, Inference,
Main Idea & Details, and Predicting. (Scholastic, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Linda Ward Beech.
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Contents
Using This Book. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Comprehension Skills At-a-Glance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Meeting the Common Core State Standards. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6

Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading, Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech, Scholastic Teaching Resources

Passages
1. In the Band . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
2. Animal Ways . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8

22. Let’s Go Camping . . . . . . . . . . . . 28
23. Meet Princess. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

3. Doris Practices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9
4. Wise About Words. . . . . . . . . . . . 10

24. Bandit Birds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30
25. Fast and Faster. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 31

5. Home, Sweet Home . . . . . . . . . . 11
6. Trucks on the Runway. . . . . . . . . 12

26. A Mighty Snake. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32
27. Washtub Race. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33

7. Rosa’s Surprise. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13
8. Aibo and Fido. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

28. Space Junk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 34
29. Dining Out . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35

9. Factory Fun . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
10. Long-Ago Trains. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

30. Goats as Firefighters. . . . . . . . . . 36
31. A Popular Water Sport. . . . . . . . . 37

11. Meet Stegosaurus. . . . . . . . . . . . 17
12. Winds of the World. . . . . . . . . . . 18

32. That Chilly Feeling. . . . . . . . . . . . 38
33. Silly Laws. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39

13. Two Planets. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 19
14. Harry’s Show. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

34. Monster Story . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40
35. A Tense Moment. . . . . . . . . . . . . 41

15. Cranes Calling. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21
16. Meet the Marsupials. . . . . . . . . . 22

36. Place Names. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42
37. Paul and Bill. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42

17. Good Advice. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23
18. Monkey Trouble. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 24

38. The Ice Cream Worker. . . . . . . . . 44
39. Talking on Trains. . . . . . . . . . . . . 45

19. Mystery Footprints. . . . . . . . . . . . 25
20. Cookie Alert. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26

40. Jessie’s Job. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

21. Family Fun on the Nile . . . . . . . . 27

Answers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47

Most people ordered cones. places. Predict Comprehension Skills At-a-Glance Compare & Contrast Recognizing how events. 2. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Context Clues 2. B. taste. C. winds of the western U. They bring snow to Russia. there is a dry wind called a mistral. students have to read the entire text and ask themselves. A detail that tells more about the main idea is A. Compare & Contrast 18 In this paragraph. The other parts of the paragraph help to explain more about this key idea. and overall text with which the word appears. C. plenty. Main Idea 2. ____________ C. Each morning Connor checked his supplies. Context clues help readers comprehend and enjoy a text and also read more smoothly and efficiently. B. differ. In this example. 3. how winds bring snow to Russia. Fact & Opinion 3. C. In this paragraph. the word vary must mean 1. Details help a reader gain a fuller understanding of a paragraph. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. Students require these skills to make sense of a text and become successful readers. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. B. ____________ A. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. You can predict that Connor A. C. the last sentence in the paragraph provides a context for comprehending the word vary. The main idea of the paragraph is . stirring up sand. Winds of the World Do you know what a chinook is? It’s a warm winter wind in the western United States. Another wind is a purga. Then answer the questions.Using This Book Passage Reading comprehension in nonfiction involves numerous thinking skills. Main Idea & Details Understanding the main or key idea of a paragraph is crucial for a reader. Around the world different winds come and go with the seasons. what a purga is. 1. Details 3. This book offers practice in key skills needed to meet the Common Core State Standards in Reading/ Language Arts for grade three. (See page 6 for more. Sometimes the main idea is in the first sentence of a paragraph. He was an excellent worker. They are warm winds. B. where the word mistral comes from. ____________ B. Egypt has a khamsin. 38 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Context Clues Using context clues means determining an unfamiliar word’s meaning by studying the phrases. characters. Most people ordered cones. In France. A. he was very busy. The Ice Cream Worker Connor worked in an ice cream shop. sentences. They are winter winds. 2. “What is this paragraph mainly about?” The main idea is supported by different facts about winds. Connor worked in an ice cream shop. Connor was careful to have plenty of each flavor on hand.S. This very cold wind brings snow to Russia. Scholastic Teaching Resources B. how people dress during a khamsin. This wind blows across the desert. A. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. Passage Use the information that follows to introduce the reading comprehension skills covered in this book. How are a purga and a chinook alike? A. and facts are alike and different helps a reader gain a richer understanding of a text. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. 12 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. rarely ran out of flavors. On a summer day. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. It seemed that everyone loved ice cream then. Then answer the questions. C. different winds around the world. while a contrast shows differences. only worked in the summer. 3.) Each student page includes a short passage focusing on three of these essential comprehension skills. Sometimes a reader can learn more about something by finding out what it is not like than what it is like. The information that supports the main idea is usually referred to as the details. He was an excellent worker. A comparison shows similarities. The flavors they chose would vary though. always ran out of supplies. Read the paragraph. The main idea is what the paragraph is about. 44 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. 4 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading.

Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Kate ate something hot and spicy. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. 1. Kate grabbed a glass of water and drank it down. When her meal came. In many cases readers also use what they already know when they make predictions. Kate ordered a very sweet dessert. That’s a funny name! The wombat looks something like a badger. Another marsupial is the koala. That’s a funny name! 2. Meet the Marsupials Some animals carry their young in a pouch. Fact & Opinion 3. Kate took a big bite. the reader should understand that the writer has shared several opinions as well as facts about marsupials. ____________ A. Her face turned red. 1. These animals are called marsupials. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. I think a kangaroo might be hard to keep at home.Passage 29 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Some animals carry their young in a pouch. One way they do this is by thinking ahead to determine what may happen next or how an event will unfold. She began to cough. thought about. Dining Out Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. B. Encourage them to explain their thinking for each correct answer. Quickly. C. C. Fact & Opinion 2. Still another marsupial is the wombat. Then answer the questions. C. In this paragraph. It was good. information a reader has come across in the text provides clues to what will happen next. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. Students should learn to recognize phrases. She asked for another. Scholastic Teaching Resources Inference Although most primary students don’t know what an inference is. many are most likely making inferences—both in their daily lives and when reading—without being aware of it. it is up to readers to supply some information. She decided to order something different. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Tips H Tell students to first read the passage and then answer the questions. Show them how to fill in the circles for bubbletest questions. Then answer the questions. such as I think and you should. but information in the paragraph plus what readers already know helps make it a likely guess. ____________ B. __________________________________________________________________ __________________________________________________________________ 3. Often. Scholastic Teaching Resources Predict Good readers take time to think about a text. Passage Fact & Opinion Readers who can identify and differentiate between statements of fact and opinion are better able to analyze and assess a text. 5 H Review the completed pages with students on a regular basis. A reader makes a guess or inference by putting together what is in a text with what he or she already knows. I would love to have one as a pet. Students should understand that writers don’t include every detail in their writing. Inferring makes a significant difference in how much a reader gains from a text. B. Inference 2. You can predict that Kate will A. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. the word decided means A. order the same meal again. Kate is suddenly very sad. A wombat is a marsupial. 3. Context Clues 16 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. 1. H The comprehension skills targeted in the questions accompanying each passage are labeled at the bottom of the page. Predict 3. But then Kate’s eyes opened wide. A kangaroo is an example. Tears rolled down her cheeks. Scholastic Teaching Resources Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Compare & Contrast 22 To appreciate this passage. Kate was having dinner in a restaurant. that signal opinions. ask for the recipe. These animals are called marsupials. chose to. B. It looks like a little bear. 1. How are a koala and a wombat different? A. order something else next time. B. 2. . 35 The writer never says what Kate ordered. Write another opinion from the paragraph. ____________ C. A wombat looks like a badger. began to. C. A koala carries its young in a pouch.

Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase. read and comprehend literature at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. Use information gained from illustrations and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text. a.Meeting the Common Core State Standards The passages and comprehension questions in this book are designed to help you meet both your specific English/Language Arts standards and learning expectations as well as those recommended by the Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI). 6. referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Read on-level text with purpose and understanding. Ask and answer such questions to demonstrate understanding of a text. c. a. By the end of the year. Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words in a text relevant to a grade 3 topic or subject area. Use context to confirm or self-correct word recognition and understanding. general academic. By the end of the year. Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content. Ask and answer such questions to demonstrate understanding of a text. Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing. Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events. The activities in this book align with the following CCSSI standards for grade three. Reading Standards for Literature Key Ideas and Details 1. Describe the logical connection between particular sentences in a text. 6 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. science. Acquire and use accurately grade-appropriate conversational. Knowledge of Language Language Standards 3. Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity 10. Craft and Structure Integration of Knowledge and Ideas 7. Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity 10. and technical texts. reading. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. 3. choosing flexibly from an array of strategies. and domain-specific words and phrases. 5. 8. Demonstrate understanding of word relationships and nuances in word meanings. Vocabulary Acquisition and Use 4. Reading Standards for Informational Text Key Ideas and Details 1. referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension. rereading as necessary. Scholastic Teaching Resources 4. speaking. including history/social studies. or listening. . at the high end of the grades 2–3 text complexity band independently and proficiently. Fluency Reading Standards: Foundational Skills 4. read and comprehend informational texts.

Passage 1 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. C. A trumpet player presses valves to change the sound. you hear brass instruments. The trombone is a brass instrument. 7 1. C. The trombone has a lower sound. The trumpet has a higher sound than the trombone. Main Idea . Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. how to play a trumpet. B. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. How are the trumpet and the trombone different? A. Compare & Contrast 3. B. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. The main idea of this paragraph is A. brass instruments in a band. The players pull a slide back and forth. B. The players blow into a mouthpiece. Compare & Contrast 2. Then answer the questions. The instruments are the same size. 3. In the Band When a band plays. The trombone is a larger instrument. the size of a trombone. How are the trumpet and the trombone alike? A. A trombone player pulls a slide back and forth. The trumpet is played in bands. 2. C. The players make different sounds by blowing into a mouthpiece.

wants to make friends with. B. Context Clues 2. causes a feeling of joy. C. You can predict that when a cat hisses. 3. 1. The main idea of this paragraph is A. In this paragraph. Suppose a strange dog threatens a cat. Then answer the questions. C. Main Idea 8 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. the word threatens must mean . B. how dogs protect themselves. why dogs threaten cats. how cats protect themselves. C. All this makes the cat look much bigger. What does the cat do? It stretches its legs and arches its back. Predict 3. 2. shows signs of hurting. B. It fluffs its fur and turns so its side faces the dog. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech.Passage 2 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. gets bigger. Animal Ways Animals have different ways of protecting themselves. the cat also hisses! A. In case the dog doesn’t get the idea. attacks. a dog usually A. backs off.

Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. C. She plays with friends. So Doris practices all the time. Then answer the questions. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. 2. tests. Inference 3. demonstrations. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Next week the coach is holding tryouts. What will most likely happen next? ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 9 1. practices. C. Predict . her uncle. Context Clues 2. Doris is a quitter. and her brother at home. Doris is determined. B. but she wants to play on the school basketball team. Doris Practices Doris is a little short for her age. the word tryouts means A. In this paragraph.Passage 3 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. B. Doris is a star player. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. 3.

Passage 4 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. You should always know where words come from. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. Then answer the questions. It’s the best way to impress people. to push down hard. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. The English word blanket comes from his name. Context Clues 10 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. A cloth called calico is named after Calicut. ____________ B. ____________ C. ____________ A. Fact & Opinion 2. C. 1. . You should always know where words come from. In this paragraph. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Wise About Words Thomas Blanket sold woolen goods long ago in England. A cloth called calico is named after Calicut. B. to teach something. to have a positive effect on. 2. the word impress means A. Fact & Opinion 3. The English word blanket comes from his name. Write another opinion from the paragraph. This is a town in India where cotton cloth was made.

get free from. 2. B. Sweet Home Coober Pedy is a small mining town. It is cooler to live underground. They escape the heat by living in underground tunnels. B. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading.Passage 5 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Then answer the questions. the word escape means A. 11 1. Which sentence is most likely true? A. It is in the southern part of Australia. open for business. 3. make use of. You can guess that the mines are A. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Coober Pedy has no regular houses. Home. enjoy. Some people in Coober Pedy have made their homes in old mines. Inference 3. The temperature there is usually 100 degrees in the summer. In this paragraph. Context Clues . Inference 2. C. Miners prefer to live underground. C. C. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. B. full of coal. no longer operating.

You might also see mail trucks and cargo trucks. 2. how trucks help planes. C. many people carry on their luggage. They fill the fuel tanks of planes. trucks are more important than planes. follow the planes down the runway. airplanes are like trucks.Passage 6 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. B. C. leave before planes taxi down the runway. Trucks on the Runway It takes a lot of trucks to get an airplane ready to fly. Details 3. Fuel trucks are very important. Then answer the questions. A. B. Predict 12 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. You can predict that the trucks A. Baggage trucks carry people’s suitcases to and from planes. B. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. 3. Still other trucks deliver food. airplanes depend on trucks for fuel. C. block planes from taking off. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. A detail that tells about the main idea is A. Main Idea 2. some trucks carry food. Also standing by at airports are repair trucks. The main idea of the paragraph is . 1.

“It melted the snow. 13 1. dinner with Rosa’s family.” said her dad. In this paragraph. The next morning Rosa couldn’t wait to go outside. Scholastic Teaching Resources “The sun. C. 2. C. Rosa’s snow house. a big mess of a snow house. She worked at it all afternoon. “Who would ruin my house?” Rosa asked. Rosa went out to build a snow house. the word ruin must mean A. Rosa’s Surprise After the snow stopped. Inference 3. Which sentence is most likely true? A. The main idea of this story is A. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Her snow house was a big mess. Then answer the questions. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. C. Main Idea .” 1. B. Context Clues 2. B. It was very cold that night. run around in. It was much warmer in the morning. steal away. The sun was out all night.Passage 7 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the passage. 3. She was shocked. That night she told her family all about it at dinner. B. cause damage.

Context Clues 14 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Compare & Contrast 3. 2. the word expensive means A. C. and he doesn’t need to be walked. 3. But he is also a robot. extensive. How are the dogs alike? A. Aibo is made of metal. Scholastic Teaching Resources Meet Aibo and Fido. Many people like this metal pet. Fido can do tricks. His furry coat sometimes sheds. . His owner must take him out twice a day. Fido is a mutt. In this paragraph. but he’s a real dog. Aibo and Fido 1. They are both mutts. They are someone’s pets. Aibo is a dog. Fido’s owner got him for free from an animal shelter. They cost a lot of money. B. 1. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Then answer the questions. How are the dogs different? A. costly.500. C. He comes when he’s called. cheap. B. Compare & Contrast 2.Passage 8 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Aibo is expensive—he costs $2. C. Both Aibo and Fido have learned to do tricks. Aibo needs to be walked. B.

3. B. The main idea of this paragraph is A. Inference . families drive many miles to visit factories that make crayons and baseball bats. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Many tours end with a question-and-answer period. Scholastic Teaching Resources Many people like to see how things are made. People will try to get jobs working at the factory. Visitors get free teddy bears. People will shop at the factory gift shop. 2. B. Main Idea 3. and chocolate bars. cereal. People will wait in line to take the tour again. Then answer the questions. B. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. taking factory tours. Factories make money from visitors.Passage 9 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. C. Factories have found that visitors can be big business. 15 1. For example. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Factory Fun Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. touring chocolate factories. driving miles to see factories. Predict 2. Other popular factories with tours are places that make teddy bears. 1. Factory tours are dangerous. C. C.

____________ A. C. Main Idea 3. problems with the first train rides. Often showers of sparks from the engine blew back on them. That is so unsafe! ____________ C. B. The first railroad cars were scary. ____________ B.Passage 10 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Details 16 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 1. Scholastic Teaching Resources The first railroad cars were scary. they just got wet. 3. . Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. The crew on these early trains didn’t even ride inside a car. Write a detail that tells more about the main idea. hard times for train workers. In the 1830s passengers rode in cars that looked like stagecoaches. Long-Ago Trains 1. That is so unsafe! The crew on these early trains didn’t even ride inside a car. The main idea of this paragraph is A. If it rained or snowed. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. 2. I would not have worked on one of these trains. riding on a train in the rain. Fact & Opinion 2. Then answer the questions.

Stegosaurus ate things it found on the ground. 17 1. 2. Inference 2. Stegosaurus had a very small head. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. 3. However. Stegosaurus had teeth shaped like triangles. Stegosaurus was a plant-eating dinosaur. Stegosaurus also had weak jaws. powerful. large. Stegosaurus ate things it found on the ground. It could not tear through tough skin. C. 1. Stegosaurus used its mouth for protection. Stegosaurus also had weak jaws. In this paragraph. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. It had no teeth in the front of its jaws. the word weak means A. B. ____________ C. not strong. B. ____________ A. Then answer the questions. It had large plates shaped like triangles along its back. Context Clues . Meet Stegosaurus Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Which sentence is most likely true? A.Passage 11 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. ____________ B. Fact & Opinion 3. Scholastic Teaching Resources Stegosaurus was an interesting-looking dinosaur. C. Stegosaurus was an interesting-looking dinosaur.

3. A detail that tells more about the main idea is A. Winds of the World Do you know what a chinook is? It’s a warm winter wind in the western United States. there is a dry wind called a mistral. This wind blows across the desert.S. Details 3. stirring up sand. Main Idea 2. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. They bring snow to Russia. Then answer the questions. 2. C. Another wind is a purga. C. B. 1. C. How are a purga and a chinook alike? A. The main idea of the paragraph is . Around the world different winds come and go with the seasons. what a purga is.Passage 12 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Compare & Contrast 18 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. B. how winds bring snow to Russia. Egypt has a khamsin. In France. how people dress during a khamsin. winds of the western U. where the word mistral comes from. different winds around the world. They are winter winds. They are warm winds. B. A. This very cold wind brings snow to Russia.

Mercury is 36 million miles from the Sun. Venus spends about 230 days orbiting once around the Sun. Scientists do not think there is life on either planet. Scholastic Teaching Resources Mercury and Venus are closer to the Sun than Earth. C. B. They are the same size. Mercury and Venus get hot because they are near the Sun. Mercury is closer to the sun than Earth. However. 2. Mercury is much smaller. Then answer the questions. They both orbit the Sun.Passage 13 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. It takes Mercury 88 days to orbit the Sun. Compare & Contrast 3. 1. B. 3. How are Mercury and Venus alike? A. There is no life on either planet. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. C. C. Mercury and Venus get hot because they have no life. Mercury is nearer the Sun. Mercury and Venus get hot because they are near Earth. Both Mercury and Venus get very hot. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Venus is 67 million miles away. Inference . Two Planets Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. How are Mercury and Venus different? A. Venus takes longer to orbit the sun. B. Compare & Contrast 2. 19 1. Venus is about the same size as Earth.

Harry’s father will fix the TV. 3. take place. Harry will show the book to his father. Predict 3. C. C. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. “It happened in a book!” he said. B.Passage 14 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the passage. How had Harry seen a show? Their TV was broken. “He wore funny clothes. Then answer the questions. B.” said Harry. toss around. 2. In this paragraph. Harry’s father will go to the school. “Did you see it at school?” Harry shook his head. Context Clues 2. Which sentence is most likely true? A. “And he had lots of balls. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. Fact & Opinion 20 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Harry’s Show Harry was telling his family about a show with a juggler. the word occur must mean . Write a sentence from the paragraph that is an opinion. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 1. “Where did this show occur?” Dad asked. He could keep them all in the air at the same time.” Harry’s father was puzzled. turn off. A.

C. 1. B. the word trained means A. The plane flew for two hours each day. But cranes raised by people do not have parents to teach them how to do this. Predict 2. 2. Context Clues . Wild cranes will start to follow the plane. So did the birds. 3. The main idea of this paragraph is A. The tame cranes followed it. wild cranes fly south. The cranes will get into the plane with the pilot. teaching tame cranes to go south. Main Idea 3. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. taught.Passage 15 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. B. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. C. helped. The pilot played a tape of adult cranes calling one another. cranes and planes. The cranes will learn to fly south by themselves. Then the plane took off. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Scholastic Teaching Resources Cranes Calling Wild cranes fly south each fall. asked. 21 1. B. too. In this paragraph. C. Then answer the questions. So scientists trained some cranes they had raised to follow a small plane.

____________ C. It looks like a little bear. Another marsupial is the koala. Compare & Contrast 22 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. ____________ A. Meet the Marsupials Some animals carry their young in a pouch. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. A koala carries its young in a pouch. Then answer the questions.Passage 16 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. How are a koala and a wombat different? A. A wombat is a marsupial. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 3. C. . Write another opinion from the paragraph. Fact & Opinion 2. Some animals carry their young in a pouch. These animals are called marsupials. I think a kangaroo might be hard to keep at home. That’s a funny name! The wombat looks something like a badger. B. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. I would love to have one as a pet. 1. Still another marsupial is the wombat. Fact & Opinion 3. ____________ B. A wombat looks like a badger. These animals are called marsupials. That’s a funny name! 2. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. A kangaroo is an example.

2. seeing the same signs. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. 1. Main Idea 3. In this paragraph. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Scholastic Teaching Resources Drivers see many of the same signs each time they are on the road. The main idea of this paragraph is A. One of the most common traffic signs is “Stop. Many road signs are for safety. C. are responsible for. reading “Yield” signs. Then answer the questions.” The road signs “Yield” and “Caution” also provide good advice. B. 23 1. keep from happening. B. cause to happen. Good Advice Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. B.Passage 17 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. C. Road signs are hard to read.” Another one is “Slow. Inference 2. Context Clues . Drivers do not obey traffic signs.” These two signs alone prevent lots of accidents. Some other helpful signs are “Enter” and “Exit. road signs that help drivers. C. the word prevent means A. 3.

Monkey Trouble Most animals you see in cities are pets. They go into houses and take things. The main idea of this paragraph is . watch out for monkeys. The word snatch in this paragraph means A. some monkeys in Thailand make trouble. On the street they snatch bags and eyeglasses. Inference 24 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. most animals in cities are pets. How do people get their things back? They give food to the monkeys! A. 3. Many wild monkeys have moved into a city there. steal.Passage 18 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. These monkeys make trouble. C. Then answer the questions. But if you visit Thailand. B. sit in treetops. C. Context Clues 3. How do you think people feel about what the monkeys do? ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 1. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. Main Idea 2. come out of an egg. some monkeys in Thailand take eyeglasses. 2. B.

Explorers have seen large footprints that might belong to Sasquatch. 1.Passage 19 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. The Yeti is said to live in the Himalayas near Tibet and Nepal. have seen footprints. Sasquatch is a hairy animal. 2. 25 1. Compare & Contrast 2. How are Sasquatch and the Yeti alike? A. Reports of this furry. They live in North America. Scientists say they are real. C. Then answer the questions. too. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. B. Another creature is the Yeti. The Yeti is said to live near Tibet. It is also hairy and apelike. Main Idea . B. One is Sasquatch. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. a North American furry ape. People there say they. 3. Scholastic Teaching Resources Mystery Footprints People tell of strange creatures. B. People have reported footprints. Compare & Contrast 3. No real proof of these creatures has been found. C. C. How are Sasquatch and the Yeti different? A. apelike creature come from forests in North America. creatures from the Himalayas near Tibet. strange creatures no one has proof of seeing. The main idea of this paragraph is A. They are apelike creatures.

Context Clues 2. the word crush must mean A. carried away.Passage 20 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Scholastic Teaching Resources An ant spotted something on the step. They waited until the foot moved. Which sentence is most likely true? A. It stepped on the cookie and crushed it. C. made a noise. left pieces of cookie for other animals. C. C. 2. 3. 1. The ants didn’t mind. Soon a line of ants made its way to the cookie. carried all the cookie to their nest. Predict 26 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Then they picked up the small pieces and carried them to the nest. Crushing the cookie was helpful to the ants. You can predict that the ants A. Crushing the cookie made it harder for the ants. B. Crushing the cookie was harmful to the ants. break into pieces. B. didn’t bother to eat the cookie. Then answer the questions. In this paragraph. But just then a large foot appeared. . Cookie Alert 1. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. the ant raced back to its nest to let others know. B. Quickly. Inference 3. It looked like a cookie.

Context Clues 3. ____________ A. 3. The children caught fish with spears or nets. Children today have a lot more fun. short trips. Inference . B. C. Children in ancient Egypt wanted computers. Fact & Opinion 2. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. 1. In this paragraph. Children today have a lot more fun.Passage 21 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. ____________ C. Family Fun on the Nile Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. The children caught fish with spears or nets. Families often went on outings along the Nile River. ____________ B. Scholastic Teaching Resources People in ancient Egypt weren’t lucky enough to have televisions or computers. They also picked flowers that grew along the shores. B. Families often went on outings along the Nile River. C. overnights. 27 1. the word outings means A. Then answer the questions. 2. Which sentence is most likely true? A. boats. The Nile was important to ancient Egyptians. Sometimes they sailed in boats. Every family had a boat in ancient Egypt. They spent their free time in other ways. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech.

____________ B. And in the 1990s. Improved equipment will help campers. ____________ A. People will give up hiking and camping. And in the 1990s. Hiking keeps getting harder. Predict 2. special lightweight hiking boots came out. Let’s Go Camping 1. In 1923 the first gas camp stove was sold. terrific new tent designs were available. In 1923 the first gas camp stove was sold. C. Which sentence is most likely true? A. That’s when aluminum tubes were used in backpack frames. C. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Inference 3. ____________ C. Camping equipment will get harder to use. Then answer the questions. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. 1. 2. Backpacks became lighter in the mid 1950s. Scholastic Teaching Resources Camping keeps getting easier. Freeze-dried foods were first sold in 1923. Backpacks became lighter in the 1950s. Fact & Opinion 28 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. 3. terrific new tent designs were available. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Early backpacks were made of heavy material.Passage 22 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. B. B. In the 1980s. . By 1976 campers could take freezedried foods on their outings.

Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. C. Princess is a zoo tiger. B. Princess sat in the sun. ____________ A. C. Then answer the questions. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. It was the trunk of a big tree. Princess drank from her pool. What beautiful striped fur she had! 3. ____________ C. When she was thirsty. B. Fact & Opinion 3. ____________ B. 1. licked. Princess played with her ball. Context Clues . Then Princess batted at her favorite toy. hit. What beautiful striped fur she had! Princess rose and padded over to her scratching post. 29 1. Princess is a household cat. the word batted means A. 2. In this paragraph. Inference 2. sniffed. It was an old tire hanging from the tree. Scholastic Teaching Resources Meet Princess Princess sat in the sun. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Princess lives in the wild. After sharpening her claws. It was the size of a pumpkin. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. It was the trunk of a big tree.Passage 23 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph.

Main Idea 2. C. Other birds try to stay away from crows. A detail that tells about the main idea is A. Crows especially like to steal food from other birds. At other times crows are sneaky. B. Details 3. the kind of food that crows eat. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. Other birds learn to act like crows. Sometimes they are very bold about taking things. B. where crows make their nests. C. or even bump into it. They get close and then snatch food away when another bird isn’t looking. Inference 30 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. how other birds fight crows. Other birds really like crows. Bandit Birds Crows are the robbers of the bird world. Which sentence is most likely true? A. how crows can be sneaky. C. They might chase another bird. why crows like to take food. B. 2. The main idea of the paragraph is .Passage 24 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. cackle at it. 3. 1. how crows act like thieves. A. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Then answer the questions.

the word usually means A. They have specially made engines. Compare & Contrast 3. mostly. B. They are used for races on tracks. How are Formula One cars and stock cars different? A. too. 3. B. They use a parachute to stop them. C. How are Formula One cars and stock cars alike? A. They have specially-made bodies and engines. 1. Fast and Faster Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. 2. C. B. Compare & Contrast 2.Passage 25 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. C. Stock cars have specially made bodies. In this paragraph. never. Scholastic Teaching Resources Have you ever seen a racing car? Formula One cars race on tracks. sometimes. They are made from regular cars. These cars go fast but not as fast as Formula One racers. 31 1. Stock cars usually race on tracks. These are high-powered cars that go very fast. Stock cars are regular cars that have been changed for racing. Then answer the questions. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Formula One racing cars go faster. Context Clues .

Context Clues 2. B. The snake wraps itself around the animal until it is dead. A Mighty Snake 1. A python doesn’t chew. When the python is hungry. A title that sums up this paragraph is A. 2. .Passage 26 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. A python eats slowly. runs away. C. A python might grab a wild pig or small deer for dinner. Scholastic Teaching Resources Meet the python. stretches. Main Idea 3. This mighty snake grows up to 23 feet long. B. 3. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. How a Python Eats. 1. A python is rarely hungry. Then answer the questions. Inference 32 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Then the python opens its mouth and its dinner vanishes in one large gulp. In this paragraph. A Very Long Snake. disappears. a python may not need to eat again for a while. it needs a big meal. C. the word vanishes must mean A. A Wild Pig’s Problem. C. B. After that.

Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. The racers never get wet. The washtubs are very comfortable. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence.Passage 27 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. the tub tips over. Fact & Opinion 2. In my opinion. ____________ B. The racers. B. kneel in the tubs. In this paragraph. hit someone. wave to people. 33 1. the word paddle means A. The racers. Inference 3. Scholastic Teaching Resources Many places have boat races. Also. the tub spins around. Then answer the questions. you have to be a good sport for this race. C. kneel in the tubs. 1. What a silly event! The race takes place on the Velino River. If a racer isn’t careful. all men. The race takes place on the Velino River. They use oars to paddle. Washtub Race Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. The racers have a good time. 2. B. Context Clues . all men. if a racer doesn’t paddle correctly. But the town of Rieti in Italy has a washtub race. 3. ____________ A. C. Which sentence is most likely true? A. What a silly event! ____________ C. move the tub.

Scientists will find ways to clean up space. B. Space junk can hit a spacecraft and damage it. decorate. Space junk will start to fall to Earth. steer. Space Junk 1. So scientists are working on ideas for getting rid of space junk. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. Main Idea 3. rockets. Predict 2. the word damage means A. But as more and more junk is left in space. 3.Passage 28 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. the problem of space junk. C. and even tools lost by astronauts. avoiding space junk. 2. kinds of space junk. Scientists will stop worrying about space junk. C. the danger grows. The main idea of this paragraph is A. scientists can guide a spacecraft away from space junk. Then answer the questions. In this paragraph. C. . B. 1. B. Context Clues 34 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Usually. Scholastic Teaching Resources Did you know there is junk in space? This junk is made up of old satellites. harm. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech.

B. Dining Out Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. began to. She began to cough. Her face turned red. C. C. Which sentence is most likely true? A. She decided to order something different. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. ask for the recipe. Kate ordered a very sweet dessert. 2. You can predict that Kate will A.Passage 29 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Context Clues . Kate ate something hot and spicy. C. In this paragraph. Predict 3. She asked for another. order the same meal again. Scholastic Teaching Resources Kate was having dinner in a restaurant. Quickly. Tears rolled down her cheeks. When her meal came. 35 1. It was good. chose to. 1. Kate took a big bite. Kate grabbed a glass of water and drank it down. thought about. Kate is suddenly very sad. But then Kate’s eyes opened wide. Then answer the questions. Inference 2. the word decided means A. order something else next time. B. B. 3.

B. Then answer the questions. The main idea of the paragraph is A. B. 3. The fires spread easily through grasses and bushes. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. goats are not very fussy eaters. Goats as Firefighters 1. So people use goats to eat the plants as a form of fire control. goats prevent fires by clearing land. Main Idea 2. the goats are rented for the dry season. B. A detail that tells more about the main idea is A. Scholastic Teaching Resources Goats help prevent fires in California. Details 3. The goats aren’t afraid of fire. The smallest spark can start a fire. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Inference 36 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. . The goats don’t like the rain. C. 2. The rain is very welcome when it comes. C. California’s dangerous dry season. The goats eat anything. Hot winds blow over the land. In parts of the state. even plants with thorns.Passage 30 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. 1. cows do not work well for this job. goats also eat plants people want to keep. Many people rent the goats until the rains come and the danger is over. C. the fall season is very dry.

Usually lake surfers go out in the winter. They can usually wear just bathing suits and surf in sunny weather. It takes a stormy day for good waves to build on the lakes. Ocean surfing is much better. Compare & Contrast 3. Ocean surfers can count on good waves much more often. Compare & Contrast 2. Usually lake surfers go out in the winter. ____________ C. ____________ A. B. The sport is popular in both kinds of water. 1. Fact & Opinion . Surfers use a board for both lake and ocean surfing. How are lake and ocean surfing different? A. Lake waves build only in stormy weather. Lake surfers usually wear bathing suits. 2. Scholastic Teaching Resources Surfing is a popular sport in oceans and the Great Lakes. The surfers use a board on the waves. How are lake and ocean surfing alike? A. 3. A Popular Water Sport Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech.Passage 31 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. C. Ocean surfing is much better. B. They wear long wetsuits to keep warm in the cold waters. The surfers can count on good waves. C. Ocean surfers can count on good waves much more often. Then answer the questions. 37 1. The surfers always wear wetsuits. ____________ B.

what happens when you lose your towel. you get very chilly. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. you stop shivering. a breeze blows up. When you shiver. That Chilly Feeling As you climb out of the swimming pool. Context Clues 2. A. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. C. In this paragraph. 3. You begin to shiver. A.Passage 32 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. The main idea of this paragraph is A. B. the word reacts must mean . you find your towel. 1. B. how your body warms up. acts in response. a part of your brain quickly reacts. you make extra body heat. You can predict that as your body warms up. You can’t find your towel. What makes you shiver? When your body temperature drops. C. B. shuts down. warms up. Main Idea 3. It takes control of your muscles and makes you shiver. how your muscles work. Then answer the questions. You are chilly. This helps you warm up. 2. Predict 38 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. C.

Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. ____________ C. B. Fact & Opinion 2. encouraging. That’s just silly. you can get in trouble if you fish from a camel’s back. the word forbidding means A. Scholastic Teaching Resources Some laws are really stupid. In Idaho. In this paragraph. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. That’s ridiculous! In Arizona. Some laws are really stupid. ____________ A. 1. In Arizona. ____________ B.Passage 33 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Fact & Opinion 3. 39 1. it’s against the law to whistle underwater. C. Write another fact from the paragraph. Context Clues . Silly Laws Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. not allowing. persuading. there’s a fine if you let a donkey fall asleep in your bathtub. That’s ridiculous! 2. there’s a fine if you let a donkey fall asleep in your bathtub. ____________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________ 3. And a city in Minnesota has a law forbidding people to drive red cars. Then answer the questions. In Vermont.

Passage 34 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. real. Inference 3. reports said that a lake monster killed a swimmer. C. In this paragraph. B. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Loch Ness monster stories will continue. want to believe there is a monster. 2. think the monster is a good swimmer. The Loch Ness monster will come up on land. Context Clues 40 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. You can guess that many people A. 3. the word fake means A. . B. C. Monster Story 1. Scientists have made tests but cannot prove it is real—or unreal. Some people have even made fake photos of it. pretend. Then answer the questions. People will stop believing in the monster. Predict 2. Since then many people have told tales about the monster. 1. clear. C. Scholastic Teaching Resources Loch Ness is a large lake in Scotland. B. Many people think a huge monster lives in the lake. have seen the monster. The stories first started in the year 565. At that time.

Pence stood at the front of the room. Others looked upset.Passage 35 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. When her name was called. Tina waited. ___________________________________________________________________ ___________________________________________________________________ 41 1. Then she began to call out names. Main Idea 3. Thank goodness she had studied! 1. C. Pence. C. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Then she looked at her paper. Everyone watched her. Write a detail that tells more about the main idea. Scholastic Teaching Resources A Tense Moment Mrs. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Some students smiled in relief. calling out names one by one. Inference 2. 3. getting papers back in school. One by one. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Tina will have to come in after school. Then answer the questions. the students stepped forward and got a paper. Pence is assigning homework. The main idea of this paragraph is A. B. Tina did well on the recent test. 2. Details . a teacher named Mrs. Mrs. B. she held her breath.

why water words appear in names. B. Scholastic Teaching Resources A. names of places with water words. Bay City is on a bay.Passage 36 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Running Springs is known for its runners. B. Where is Silver Creek? Why. You’ll find Bay City in Michigan. Running Springs is in California. Inference 42 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. 3. B. Storm Lake is in Iowa. . The main idea of the paragraph is C. different bodies of water in states. in which state you’ll find Bay City. Details 3. it’s in Mississippi. which state has the most bodies of water. Then answer the questions. 1. Main Idea 2. and Brookfield is in Vermont. Great Falls is in Montana. For example. where to find Silver Creek. 2. 1. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. A detail that tells more about the main idea is A. Riverview is a town in Kansas. C. C. Place Names Community names often have words for water in them. You can guess that A. Storm Lake is near a storm.

They taught broncos how to buck. B. How were Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill alike? A. They became the Great Lakes. When he needed drinking water. He also invented scorpions as a joke. Paul was a tall-tale character. 2. Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. a lumberman. One was Paul Bunyan. Main Idea . a lumberman called Paul Bunyan. 3. 43 1. C. They were mighty lumbermen. He rode a horse named Widow-Maker. people told tall tales. C. Then answer the questions. B.Passage 37 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. Scholastic Teaching Resources Paul and Bill In the early days of our country. Pecos Bill was a talltale cowboy. Pecos Bill had a special animal. These were about characters with larger-than-life powers. The main idea of this paragraph is A. B. Paul did things in a big way. 1. how the great Lakes were started. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Compare & Contrast 3. Compare & Contrast 2. They had larger-than-life powers. powerful tall-tale characters. How were Paul Bunyan and Pecos Bill different? A. Pecos Bill invented scorpions. He taught broncos how to buck. he dug some ponds. He had a blue ox named Babe. C.

____________ A. The flavors they chose would vary though. ____________ B. In this paragraph. taste. plenty. B. 3. It seemed that everyone loved ice cream then. 1. Most people ordered cones. only worked in the summer. Scholastic Teaching Resources 1. Connor worked in an ice cream shop.Passage 38 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. You can predict that Connor A. C. Connor was careful to have plenty of each flavor on hand. Then answer the questions. the word vary must mean . Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. rarely ran out of flavors. A. he was very busy. ____________ C. Predict 44 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Fact & Opinion 3. The Ice Cream Worker Connor worked in an ice cream shop. Each morning Connor checked his supplies. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. 2. differ. B. always ran out of supplies. C. He was an excellent worker. Most people ordered cones. He was an excellent worker. On a summer day. Context Clues 2.

People who blab away on cell phones are really rude. Scholastic Teaching Resources Some railroad trains have quiet cars. Under the cell phone rule. It’s a great rule. It’s a great rule. Talking on Trains Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. people who do need to talk sit in cars where phones are allowed. The main idea of this paragraph is A. rules about cell phone use on trains. Fact & Opinion 2. C. 1. Then answer the questions. 3. Write fact or opinion next to each sentence. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. Which sentence is most likely true? A. 45 1. Many people are tired after working all day. C. Quiet cars were started after riders complained. talkative train riders. This means that talking on cell phones is not allowed. ____________ B. Many people are tired after working all day. allowing cell phones in some train cars.Passage 39 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph. B. Inference 3. B. Some railroad trains have quiet cars. ____________ A. ____________ C. They don’t care to hear someone else’s conversation. Main Idea . The writer likes to hear people’s conversations. No one can make cell phone calls on trains. 2.

Jessie has to be patient in her job. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. The animals like to make Jessie mad. In this paragraph. The orangutans will sit quietly. Jessie gets results by yelling at the animals. pictures. vaccinations. B. 2. C. Then answer the questions. Context Clues 46 Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. Today Jessie is taking shots of the orangutans. the word shots means A. Predict 2. She loves her job. C. 3. 1. She knows they can be very silly! . They are her favorites. C. Most of the time she works in a zoo. but it is not easy to get good pictures. The animals do not know they should stay still for a photo. Which sentence tells what most likely happens next? A. B. The orangutans will make funny faces. Jessie’s Job 1. shooting. Inference 3. So Jessie has to wait for just the right moment. Jessie will yell at the orangutans. B. Which sentence is most likely true? A. Scholastic Teaching Resources Jessie is a photographer.Passage 40 Name ___________________________________________ Date__________________________ Read the paragraph.

B 3. C 2. C 3. C 2. C page 26: 1. page 10: 1. B page 33: 1. C 2. Fact B. Opinion page 38: 1. B 2. B 2. B 3. Fact 2. Opinion B. B 3. A 3. Fact C. Grade 3 © 2012 by Linda Ward Beech. A 2. Opinion C. C page 41: 1. page 42: 1. C 2. Opinion 2. A 2. C 3. A. Fact C. A 2. Answers will vary. B page 13: 1. C 2. A 2. B 2. C 47 page 44: 1. C 2. C 3. A. B 3. B page 29: 1. B page 15: 1. 3. A 2. Fact B. C 2. A. Scholastic Teaching Resources page 9: 1. B 2. A 3. Answers will vary. Fact B. C 3. Opinion C. Fact 2. Fact 2. Opinion C. A 3. B page 22: 1. A 3. A page 25: 1. C 3. Opinion B. page 34: 1. A page 28: 1. It’s the best way to impress people. B page 19: 1. B page 36: 1. A 3. A. B 2. A page 16: 1. Fact B. Fact B. A 2. A 2. A 2. Fact B. A 3. Fact B. B page 37: 1. A 3. B page 39: 1. Opinion 2. A. A 3. A. Fact 3. B 3. A.Answers page 7: 1. Fact page 18: 1. Opinion 2. B 3. A. B page 21: 1. C 2. C . A page 23: 1. B page 45: 1. A page 20: 1. A 2. Fact 2. C Comprehension Skills: 40 Short Passages for Close Reading. A. A 2. Fact C. C 3. Fact B. Fact 3. B page 46: 1. Answers will vary but should reflect the text. B page 27: 1. C page 11: 1. 3. B 2. Answers will vary but should reflect the text. Fact B. Answers will vary. C page 35: 1. B 2. C 2. A 3. Fact B. B 3. page 30: 1. B 3. C page 24: 1. C 2. B 2. C 3. B 3. C 3. A page 12: 1. C 3. A. Fact C. C page 40: 1. A 3. C 3. Opinion C. B 3. Opinion C. Fact C. B page 31: 1. A 3. B page 43: 1. Opinion C. C 2. A 2. He wore funny clothes. A 3. A. A 3. C 2. A. C 3. B page 8: 1. C page 32: 1. Possible: I think a kangaroo might be hard to keep at home. 3. Opinion C. B 2. page 17: 1. B 2. B page 14: 1. Opinion 3.

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