Common Core: 1st Grade English Language Arts : Identify Key Details

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Example Question #1 : Identify Key Details

Wolves

A wolf is a wild dog. They do not live in houses like a dog does, but they look alike. 

Body

Like a dog, a wolf walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. The fur keeps the wolves warm. Some wolves live in cold weather and need a lot of fur. The Arctic is a very cold place and many wolves live there.

Food

A wolf does not eat the same food as a dog. A wolf eats other animals. One animal that a wolf eats is called a deer. A wolf can run very fast, so it is able to catch a deer.

Family

A wolf does not live alone. Wolves live in groups called packs. A pack is like a family.  There can be as many as 20 wolves in a pack. 

Where can a wolf live?

Possible Answers:

The beach

The Arctic 

A house

A city

Correct answer:

The Arctic 

Explanation:

Wolves can live in the Arctic. This answer can be found in the text. 

Like a dog, a wolf walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. The fur keeps the wolves warm. Some wolves live in cold weather and need a lot of fur. The Arctic is a very cold place and many wolves live there.

 

Example Question #2 : Identify Key Details

Passage 1: Wolves

A wolf is a wild dog. They do not live in houses like a dog does, but they look alike. 

Body

Like a dog, a wolf walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. The fur keeps the wolves warm. Some wolves live in cold weather and need a lot of fur. The Arctic is a very cold place and many wolves live there.

Food

A wolf does not eat the same food as a dog. A wolf eats other animals. One animal that a wolf eats is called a deer. A wolf can run very fast, so it is able to catch a deer.

Family

A wolf does not live alone. Wolves live in groups called packs. A pack is like a family.  There can be as many as 20 wolves in a pack. 

Passage 2: Gray Wolves

Gray Wolves used to live all over America. Now, they only live in some parts of America. They form groups, or packs, of 7 to 8 wolves. They live and look for food together.  

There are two leaders in every pack. One leader is a girl wolf and one leader is a boy wolf. The leaders pick where the pack lives and what they eat.

Do not let the name trick you. Gray Wolves are not just gray. Their fur can be black, white, or gray.

What color is a Gray Wolf? 

Possible Answers:

Black

All choices are correct

White

Gray

Correct answer:

All choices are correct

Explanation:

The answer to this question will be in the text about the Gray Wolves, which is Passage 2. 

Do not let the name trick you. Gray Wolves are not just gray. Their fur can be black, white, or gray.

The correct answer is "All choices are correct". 

Example Question #3 : Identify Key Details

Passage 1: Wolves

A wolf is a wild dog. They do not live in houses like a dog does, but they look alike. 

Body

Like a dog, a wolf walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. The fur keeps the wolves warm. Some wolves live in cold weather and need a lot of fur. The Arctic is a very cold place and many wolves live there.

Food

A wolf does not eat the same food as a dog. A wolf eats other animals. One animal that a wolf eats is called a deer. A wolf can run very fast, so it is able to catch a deer.

Family

A wolf does not live alone. Wolves live in groups called packs. A pack is like a family.  There can be as many as 20 wolves in a pack. 

Passage 2: Gray Wolves

Gray Wolves used to live all over America. Now, they only live in some parts of America. They form groups, or packs, of 7 to 8 wolves. They live and look for food together.  

There are two leaders in every pack. One leader is a girl wolf and one leader is a boy wolf. The leaders pick where the pack lives and what they eat.

Do not let the name trick you. Gray Wolves are not just gray. Their fur can be black, white, or gray.

How many Gray Wolves live in a pack? 

Possible Answers:

7 or 8

20

9 or 10

2

Correct answer:

7 or 8

Explanation:

The answer to this question will be in the text about the Gray Wolves, which is Passage 2. 

Gray Wolves used to live all over America. Now, they only live in some parts of America. They form groups, or packs, of 7 to 8 wolves. They live and look for food together.

The correct answer is "7 or 8". 

Example Question #241 : Common Core: 1st Grade English Language Arts

Passage 1: Wolves

A wolf is a wild dog. They do not live in houses like a dog does, but they look alike. 

Body

Like a dog, a wolf walks on four legs and has a lot of fur. The fur keeps the wolves warm. Some wolves live in cold weather and need a lot of fur. The Arctic is a very cold place and many wolves live there.

Food

A wolf does not eat the same food as a dog. A wolf eats other animals. One animal that a wolf eats is called a deer. A wolf can run very fast, so it is able to catch a deer.

Family

A wolf does not live alone. Wolves live in groups called packs. A pack is like a family.  There can be as many as 20 wolves in a pack. 

Passage 2: Gray Wolves

Gray Wolves used to live all over America. Now, they only live in some parts of America. They form groups, or packs, of 7 to 8 wolves. They live and look for food together.  

There are two leaders in every pack. One leader is a girl wolf and one leader is a boy wolf. The leaders pick where the pack lives and what they eat.

Do not let the name trick you. Gray Wolves are not just gray. Their fur can be black, white, or gray.

How many leaders are in a pack? 

Possible Answers:

Three

One

Four

Two

Correct answer:

Two

Explanation:

The answer to this question will be in the text about the Gray Wolves, which is Passage 2. 

There are two leaders in every pack. One leader is a girl wolf and one leader is a boy wolf. The leaders pick where the pack lives and what they eat.

The correct answer is "Two". 

Example Question #1 : Identify Key Details

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

Where do the cats live? 

Possible Answers:

The slide 

The swing

The park

The tree

Correct answer:

The park

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in the story. The second sentence of the story, "The Cats", tells us that Pam and Tom live in the park. 

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by.

Example Question #12 : Reading

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

 

What does Pam like to do in the park? 

Possible Answers:

Watch the kids play in the park

Slide down the slide

Swing on the swings 

Watch for Blue Jays in the park

Correct answer:

Watch the kids play in the park

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in the story. The third paragraph in the story, "The Cats", starts by telling us that Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

Example Question #7 : Identify Key Details

The Cats

Pam and Tom are two cats. They live in the park and watch as the days go by. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue. 

Pam likes to watch the kids play in the park. She watches as a boy goes down the slide and a girl swings on the swing set. Pam’s favorite part about the park is the slide. She is too scared to slide down the slide, but she likes to watch the kids slide down.

What does Tom like to do in the park? 

Possible Answers:

Swing on the swings 

Watch the swings

Slide down the slide

Watch the birds fly around the park

Correct answer:

Watch the birds fly around the park

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in the story. The second paragraph in the story, "The Cats", starts by telling us that Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. 

Tom likes to watch the birds fly around the park. He watches them fly up in the tree tops and down to the ground. Tom’s favorite bird is the Blue Jay because he loves the color blue.

Example Question #8 : Identify Key Details

The Best Pet

 

Dogs are the Best Pet

Dogs are the best pets!

Dogs are fun. Dogs love to play with you. Dogs love to play catch, fetch, tug-of-war, and chase. Dogs are so much fun to play with.

Dogs keep you healthy. Dogs love to go for walks. When you walk your dog you get exercise and fresh air.

Dogs keep you safe. Dogs will bark when they hear a strange noise or if they sense danger.

Dogs are smart. Dogs know their names and follow directions. Dogs can even learn how to do tricks.

Dogs are helpful. Some dogs work on farms. Other dogs are used to help people who cannot hear or see.

Dogs keep you company. Dogs love to cuddle and be with you. Dogs love you and want to make you happy.

 

Cats are the Best Pet

Cats are the best pets!

Cats love to play. Cats love to chase their toys around the house. Cats take care of their toys and do not chew them up.

Cats take care of themselves. You do not need to take your cat out for walks or give them a bath. Cats lick themselves clean and go to the bathroom in a litter box.

Cats are quiet. They do not bark. Cats make quiet purr sounds when they are happy or meow when they need something.

Cats love to cuddle. Happy cats will cuddle with you or rub against your legs. When cats purr they are happy.

 

Which of the following supports the author’s opinion that dogs are the best pet?

Possible Answers:

Dogs are quiet.

Dogs keep you safe

Dogs chew up their toys

Dogs take care of themselves

Correct answer:

Dogs keep you safe

Explanation:

The article talks about ways dogs keep you safe – they bark when they hear a strange noise or sense danger. Cats are quiet and take care of themselves, not people. Chewing up toys is not a reason dogs are good pets.

Example Question #9 : Identify Key Details

The Best Pet

 

Dogs are the Best Pet

Dogs are the best pets!

Dogs are fun. Dogs love to play with you. Dogs love to play catch, fetch, tug-of-war, and chase. Dogs are so much fun to play with.

Dogs keep you healthy. Dogs love to go for walks. When you walk your dog you get exercise and fresh air.

Dogs keep you safe. Dogs will bark when they hear a strange noise or if they sense danger.

Dogs are smart. Dogs know their names and follow directions. Dogs can even learn how to do tricks.

Dogs are helpful. Some dogs work on farms. Other dogs are used to help people who cannot hear or see.

Dogs keep you company. Dogs love to cuddle and be with you. Dogs love you and want to make you happy.

 

Cats are the Best Pet

Cats are the best pets!

Cats love to play. Cats love to chase their toys around the house. Cats take care of their toys and do not chew them up.

Cats take care of themselves. You do not need to take your cat out for walks or give them a bath. Cats lick themselves clean and go to the bathroom in a litter box.

Cats are quiet. They do not bark. Cats make quiet purr sounds when they are happy or meow when they need something.

Cats love to cuddle. Happy cats will cuddle with you or rub against your legs. When cats purr they are happy.

Which of the following supports the author’s opinion that cats are the best pet?

Possible Answers:

Cats take care of themselves

Cats keep you safe

Cats chew up their toys

Cats keep you healthy

Correct answer:

Cats take care of themselves

Explanation:

The article talks about ways cats take care of themselves– they do not need to go on walks and they clean themselves. Dogs keep you safe and keep you healthy, not cats. Cats do not chew up their toys.

Example Question #1 : Identify Key Details

The Best Pet

 

Dogs are the Best Pet

Dogs are the best pets!

Dogs are fun. Dogs love to play with you. Dogs love to play catch, fetch, tug-of-war, and chase. Dogs are so much fun to play with.

Dogs keep you healthy. Dogs love to go for walks. When you walk your dog you get exercise and fresh air.

Dogs keep you safe. Dogs will bark when they hear a strange noise or if they sense danger.

Dogs are smart. Dogs know their names and follow directions. Dogs can even learn how to do tricks.

Dogs are helpful. Some dogs work on farms. Other dogs are used to help people who cannot hear or see.

Dogs keep you company. Dogs love to cuddle and be with you. Dogs love you and want to make you happy.

 

Cats are the Best Pet

Cats are the best pets!

Cats love to play. Cats love to chase their toys around the house. Cats take care of their toys and do not chew them up.

Cats take care of themselves. You do not need to take your cat out for walks or give them a bath. Cats lick themselves clean and go to the bathroom in a litter box.

Cats are quiet. They do not bark. Cats make quiet purr sounds when they are happy or meow when they need something.

Cats love to cuddle. Happy cats will cuddle with you or rub against your legs. When cats purr they are happy.

Which of the following is not a reason the author gives to support their opinion that dogs are the best pet?

Possible Answers:

Dogs are clean

Dogs keep you healthy

Dogs are fun to play with

Dogs protect you

Correct answer:

Dogs are clean

Explanation:

The article explains that dogs keep people healthy because when you walk your dog you get fresh air. Dogs protect you by barking at a strange noise or stranger. Dogs are fun to play with because they love to play games like tug-of-war and chase. The text does not explain that dogs are clean. In “Cats are the Best Pet” the author states that cats are clean because they lick themselves to give themselves a bath.

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