Common Core: 1st Grade English Language Arts : Reading: Informational Text

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Example Question #1 : Describe Connections Between Two Individuals, Events, Ideas, Or Pieces Of Information: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.1.3

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. 

Why do you think wolves have a lot fur?

Possible Answers:

To help them hide

To keep them cool

To keep them warm

To help them swim

Correct answer:

To keep them warm

Explanation:

The answer to this question can come from reading a few sentences from 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.

We are told that wolves have a lot of fur and that the fur keeps the wolves warm. By connecting these two sentences, we can find the correct answer. "To keep them warm". 

Example Question #1 : Ask And Answer Questions To Determine The Meaning Of Words And Phrases: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.1.4

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 is another name for a group of wolves? 

Possible Answers:

Fur

Live

Arctic 

Pack

Correct answer:

Pack

Explanation:

The answer to this question can be found in both passages. 

Passage 1: "A wolf does not live alone. Wolves live in groups called packs."

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 "Pack". 

Example Question #2 : Ask And Answer Questions To Determine The Meaning Of Words And Phrases: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.1.4

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. 

What does the word “alone” mean?

Possible Answers:

To be happy 

To be in a group

To be by yourself 

To be sad

Correct answer:

To be by yourself 

Explanation:

We can use the words around "alone" in the text to help us learn the meaning. 

A wolf does not live alone. Wolves live in groups called packs.

These sentences tell us that a wolf lives in a group, not alone. A group has many things in it. So "alone" must mean just one person. The correct answer is "to be by yourself". 

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

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. 

What section would we find out what a wolf eats?

Possible Answers:

Family 

Body

Food

Correct answer:

Food

Explanation:

This text is split up into three sections: body, food, and family. What an animal eats is known as its food. So, we would want to look in the food section to find out what a wolf eats. 

Example Question #1 : Identify The Reasons An Author Gives To Support Points In A Text: Ccss.Ela Literacy.Ri.1.8

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.

How are dogs like wolves?

Possible Answers:

Both answers are correct

Dogs and wolves have a lot of fur

Neither answers are correct

Dogs and wolves have four legs 

Correct answer:

Both answers are correct

Explanation:

We are told in the opening of the text that wolves and dogs look alike. Then, in the "Body" paragraph we are told that dogs and wolves have four legs and a lot of fur. This means that both answer choices are correct. 

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