MAP 3rd Grade Reading : Word Meaning and Vocabulary Knowledge

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Example Question #1 : Word Meaning And Vocabulary Knowledge

Select the word that would fit in both of the sentences provided. 

While Ryan was camping, he saw a __________ flying around his tent at night. 

Before baseball practice, Max made sure he had his glove and his __________ in his bag. 

Possible Answers:

bird 

bat

owl

ball

Correct answer:

ball

Explanation:

To answer this question correctly, we need to select one word that makes sense in both sentences. Let's look at our answer choices and plug them into the sentences:

"owl":

While Ryan was camping, he saw a owl flying around his tent at night. An owl is something that you might see flying around at night, so this sentence makes sense. 

Before baseball practice, Max made sure he had his glove and his owl in his bag. An owl is an animal, and not something you'd need in your bag for baseball practice. "Owl" is not the correct answer. 

"ball":

While Ryan was camping, he saw a ball flying around his tent at night. A ball is not something that you would see flying around a tent at night. 

Before baseball practice, Max made sure he had his glove and his ball in his bag. A ball is something that you would put in your baseball bag, but because "ball" didn't make sense in the first sentence, this is not the correct answer. 

"bird":

While Ryan was camping, he saw a bird flying around his tent at night. A bird is something that you might see flying around at night, so this sentence makes sense. 

Before baseball practice, Max made sure he had his glove and his bird in his bag. A bird is an animal, and not something you'd need in your bag for baseball practice. "Bird" is not the correct answer. 

"bat":

While Ryan was camping, he saw a bat flying around his tent at night. An bat is something that you might see flying around at night, so this sentence makes sense. 

Before baseball practice, Max made sure he had his glove and his bat in his bag. A bat is something that you would put in your baseball bag, so this sentence makes sense. 

"Bat" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #2 : Word Meaning And Vocabulary Knowledge

In the produce section, Hannah added peppers and apples to her cart. 

What is another kind of produce? 

Possible Answers:

Turkey

Cookies

Blueberries 

Ham 

Correct answer:

Blueberries 

Explanation:

We can use context clues from the sentence in the question to help us select the correct answer. 

We were told in the sentence that Hannah was in the produce section of the store, and she put peppers and apples into her cart. Peppers are a vegetable and apples are a fruit. Based on this, we are looking for the answer choice that is either a vegetable or a fruit. "Blueberries" are a fruit, thus "blueberries" is the correct answer. 

Example Question #3 : Word Meaning And Vocabulary Knowledge

The habitat has many different kinds of plants and animals. 

What is an example of something that we might find in a habitat? 

Possible Answers:

monkey

blanket 

oven

umbrella 

Correct answer:

monkey

Explanation:

We can use context clues from the sentence in the question to help us select the correct answer. 

We are told in the sentence that a habitat has many different kinds of plants and animals. This means that our answer choice should be a plant or an animal. "Monkey" is the correct answer because a monkey is an animal. None of the other answer choices, umbrella, oven, or blanket, are examples of plants or animals. 

Example Question #4 : Word Meaning And Vocabulary Knowledge

Select the answer that could be used to replace "purchase" in the sentence provided. 

I wanted to bake a cake, so I went to the store to purchase sugar, eggs, and flour. 

 

Possible Answers:

see

buy

take 

make

Correct answer:

buy

Explanation:

When we go to a store, we buy groceries. Normally, we add the items that we need to our cart, and then we check- out and purchase, or buy, our items. Purchase means to buy, so "buy" is the correct answer. 

When we go to the store, we do not make things in the store, nor do we take things. We always have to buy the items, because taking would be stealing. Also, just going to the store to see the items you need to bake a cake would not help you actually bake the cake. 

Example Question #5 : Word Meaning And Vocabulary Knowledge

Select the word that would fit in both of the sentences provided. 

Instead of driving, we took the __________ to New York City. 

When you have a puppy, you have to __________ the puppy to listen. 

Possible Answers:

ask

plane 

boat 

train 

Correct answer:

train 

Explanation:

To answer this question correctly, we need to select one word that makes sense in both sentences. Let's look at our answer choices and plug them into the sentences:

"plane":

Instead of driving, we took the plane to New York City. This does make sense, but let's try "plane" in the next sentence. 

When you have a puppy, you have to plane the puppy to listen. This does not make sense. A plane is something that you fly in the air, which does not fit into this sentence. 

"boat":

Instead of driving, we took the boat to New York City. This does make sense, depending on where you are coming from, you could take a boat to New York City, but let's try "boat" in the next sentence. 

When you have a puppy, you have to boat the puppy to listen. This does not make sense. A boat is something you ride in on the water, which does not fit into this sentence. 

"ask":

Instead of driving, we took the ask to New York City. This does not make sense because "ask" is not something that you travel in.  

When you have a puppy, you have to ask the puppy to listen. This does make sense, but since "ask" doesn't fit for the first sentence, this can't be the correct answer. 

"train":

Instead of driving, we took the train to New York City.

When you have a puppy, you have to train the puppy to listen.

"Train" is a word with multiple meanings. A train is something that you can use to travel, and it's also something you do when you are teaching someone, or something, a new skill. "Train" is the correct answer. 

 

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