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A Little Something for Teachers 4

 

A One-Line Comprehension Passage 1

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Read the passage carefully and then answer the following questions.

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Suddenly feeling the line go taut, Adrian excitedly hauled it in.

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1.            What is the name of the boy in the story?
2.            To what does the “it” in the passage refer?
3.            What word in the passage may mean the same as tight?
4.            What was the boy holding in his hand?

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5.            What do you think he was doing?
6.            Choose an appropriate adjective to place before the word “line”.
7.            What do you think caused the boy to be excited?
8.            What word in the passage may mean the same as pulled?
9.            What words tell us that the boy had probably done this activity before?
10.        Why do you think the line suddenly became taut?

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11.        Besides the line what else do you think the boy might have used in this activity?
12.        What do you think the boy expected to find when he hauled in the line?
13.        Write a single sentence to suitably begin the story.
14.        Write a single sentence to appropriately end this story.

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15.        Where do you think this activity might have taken place?
16.        Suggest a suitable topic for this passage.
  
In the spaces following list the four adverbs in the passage.
17.        (………………………………....)
18.        (…………………………………)
19.        (…………………………………)
20.        (…………………………………)
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A One-line Comprehension Passage 2



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Read the passage carefully and then answer the following questions.
Wherever there is a choice of answers circle the best one.
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Hearing the strange, loud noise, Adrianna dropped the needles and rushed outside to stare in the air at the amazing spectacle.
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1.            What caused the girl to stop what she was doing?
2.            Why do you think she rushed outside?
3.            What word in the passage could mean the same as sight?
4.            (Look, Glance, Gaze, Glare) best defines the word stare.
5.         What word in the passage tells us that the girl had probably not heard such a noise before?
6.            What kind of needles do you think they might have been?
7.            Where was this amazing spectacle?
8.            What is the name of the girl?
9.           How can we tell that she had little time in which to see the amazing spectacle?
10.       What do you think she was doing before she heard the noise?
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11.        How many needles do you think the girl might have been using?
12.        The girl appears to be (industrious, lazy, idle, malicious).
13.      Near which important place do you think she might have been when she heard the noise?
14.       Before the noise the girl most likely was (standing, lying, sleeping, sitting).
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In the spaces following list the three adjectives in the passage.
15.        (………………………………)
16.        (……………………………….)
17.        (……………………………….)
18.        Suggest a suitable topic for this passage.
19.        Write the only adverb in the passage.
20.       The activity the girl was doing was probably a  (chore, game, hobby, duty).
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21.        What do you think the amazing spectacle was?
22.        Complete the following with one word.  Having seen the spectacle she was (………………………..).
23.      What word makes us believe that the girl was indoors before she heard the noise?
24.        What word in the passage might mean the same as incredible?
25.        To where do you think the amazing spectacle was headed?
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A Mathematics Comprehension Exercise
Just  A Problem Solving Idea

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Please note that in the following exercise the focus is not on the answer to the question but the information related to the question.  This problem solving exercise is treated as though it were a Comprehension exercise.  Hence the children are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the story.
 
Sam bought 8 apples for $4.00.  He gave his sister 3 apples and ate 2.  He had $8.00 left.
They may discuss the following:
·      From whom do you think Sam may have received the money?
·      Where do you think he bought the apples?
·      Why do you think he shared with his sister?
·      Could it have been a school day?  Why do you think so?
·      What are some other questions we could ask about this story?
What are the facts in the problem?
A.            Sam bought 8 apples.
B.            He paid $4.00 for the apples.
C.            He gave his sister 3 of the apples.
D.           He ate 2 of the apples.
E.            He had $8.00 left.
Here are some questions to think about.
Task:
Write under each question item the facts that relate to that question.
If none off the facts relate to a question leave the space blank.
1.   How much money did Sam have at first?
Facts:

2.   How much money did he have left?
Facts:


3.   How many apples did Sam have left?
Facts:


4.   What would be the cost of 3 apples?
Facts:


5.   How many apples were spoilt?
Facts:



6.   How much money did Sam have the day before?
Facts:



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A Mathematics Comprehension Exercise
Just  A Problem Solving Idea


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 A carpenter earns $35 an hour.  He earns an extra $7 per hour for overtime.  He worked for 50 hours 10 of which are overtime.  How much money did the carpenter work for?
Section A
Simple recall questions could be:
1.   Who is the worker in the story
2.   What work does he do?
3.   How is he being paid?
4.   How much money does he get for each hour?
5.   How much money extra does he get for an hour?
The answers to the questions in Section A will supply us with the facts that we need to answer the next set of questions.
Section B
Questions that depend upon knowing the facts:
1.   What do you think is meant by overtime?
2.   How much money does he get for 2 hours normal time?
 
3.   How much money does he get for 4 hours normal time?
4.   How much money does he get for 40 hours normal time?
5.   How much money does he get for an hour of overtime?
6.   How much money does he get for 2 hours overtime?
7.   How much money does he get for 7 hours overtime?
Section C
Questions requiring information gathered from Section B:
1.   How much money does he get for 3 hours normal time and 2 hours overtime?

2.   How many hours normal time must he work if wants to get $72? 

3.   How many overtime hours must he work to get $45?

4.   How much money should he get if he works 50 hours 10 of which are overtime?
Stewart Russell (c) 2016