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1 Name: Spring Break Student Packet Grade 3 Reading Includes: Independent Reading Item Practice Review Language and Editing THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PALM BEACH COUNTY Department of Elementary Education

2 INDEPENDENT READING Have your child read books of their choice each day for at least 45 minutes. Below are some ways they can talk and write about what they have read. Literature Text (e.g., Realistic Fiction, Historical Fiction, Fairy Tales, Fantasy, etc.) Summarize the story using details and examples from the text. Describe the characters and how their actions contribute to the sequence of the events. From whose point of view is the text written? How do you know? Compare and contrast two stories. Your child may discuss characters, setting, events, etc. What is a possible theme? What are details in the text that support your thinking? What is a possible central message? What are details in the text that support your thinking? What word in the text was tricky for you? How did you solve it? Reading Informational Text (e.g., Nonfiction Books, Magazines, Websites, etc.) Summarize the text; include the main idea and key details. Explain events; include what happened and why, based on specific information in the text. Describe how the author organized the text (e.g., sequence, compare/contrast, cause/effect, problem/solution, main idea and reasons, description). What was the author s purpose for writing this text? How do you know? What can you learn from the text features? How does the information you learned connect with the text? What is an important detail from this text? How does it connect with the author s message? I can conclude that because_. How is the text structured?

3 ITEM PRACTICE REVIEW Read the passages, China Today The Giant Panda and China China s Population and answer question numbers 1 through 6. China Today The Giant Panda Deep in a forest, a black-and-white bear sits peacefully. It chews the green leaves of a plant. The bear is alone, but there are others not too far away. Later, it might amble over to find them. They may play together. This is the giant panda in nature. The giant panda is a bear native to China. It is unusual for a bear to be found only in one place. For over a hundred years, scientists thought that giant pandas might belong to the raccoon family. Then research in the 1980s showed that giant pandas are bears after all. These bears are black and white, with black patches of fur around their eyes. Giant pandas live in bamboo forests, high in the mountains in the western part of China. This is their habitat. Here they eat bamboo. Bamboo is a grass that can grow 100 feet high. It has hollow green stalks. 1 Giant pandas peel off the leaves and stems to eat. Their paws are well adapted to this task. They have a special thumb that helps them grasp the bamboo. Giant pandas spend about hours a day eating this plant. Giant pandas are an endangered species. 2 Why are so few left? One reason is that they have less bamboo to eat. More and more of the bamboo forests where giant pandas live are being cut down. China has more people than any country in the world, and these people need food, clothing, and homes. Farmers want to use the land where the forests are to plant food. Loggers want to cut down the forests and sell the bamboo to make money. As the forests disappear, giant pandas are having a harder time finding food. Sometimes they starve. Today, there are about 1,600 pandas left in the wild. 1 stalk the stem of a plant 2 endangered species a type of animal that is disappearing from the world

4 China China s Population Population of China Compared to the US in ,600,000,000 1,400,000,000 1,200,000,000 People 1,000,000, ,000,000 China United States China has more people than any other country in the world. China is almost equivalent, 1 land-wise, to the United States. However, China has a much larger population. The bars on the graph above compare the populations of China and the United States in A little over 1,300,000,000 people were living in China. This was four times more than the number of people who were living in the United States! Many Chinese live in cities. As people move to the cities, the cities grow. People build houses and businesses on land that was once used for farming. Then the land can no longer be used to grow crops. This makes it hard for China to grow enough food for its people. The government was not sure there was enough food to feed people in the growing cities, so lawmakers tried to keep the cities from growing. The government even made a law to control population growth. 2 The law said that most families living in cities should only have one child. Parents who have more than one child would have to pay a fine. 3 1 equivalent equal in amount or number 2 population growth the increase in the number of people in a place 3 fine a sum of money given when a rule or law is broken

5 Now answer numbers 1 through 6. Base your answers on the passages, China Today The Giant Panda and China China s Population. 1. What is the purpose of the first paragraph in the whole passage, China Today The Giant Panda? A to introduce the reader to giant pandas by describing them B to prove to the reader that giant pandas are in danger of dying out C to explain why bamboo is so important to giant pandas D to argue that giant pandas actually belong to the raccoon family 2. According to the passage, China Today The Giant Panda, select two places where you would most likely find the giant panda? A a swamp or marsh in Japan B a swamp or marsh in China C a bamboo forest in Japan D in a bamboo forest in China E in the western part of China 3. Draw the lines to match the words with the correct definitions based on the passage, China Today - The Giant Panda. habitat endangered a type of animal that is disappearing from the world an animal s natural home adapted the way that an animal s body parts are especially suited to help it live in an environment

6 4. Part A Fill in the circle before the sentence that shows what the passage, China China s Population, is mostly about. A the differences between China and the United States B the size of China s population and why there might not be enough food for everyone C laws about the population in China D why it s hard to have children in cities Part B Fill in the circle before the two sentences that BEST support the answer in Part A. A China has more people than any other country in the world. China is almost equivalent, land-wise, to the United States. However, China has a much larger population. The bars on the graph above compare the populations of China and the United States in A little over 1,300,000,000 people were living in China. B This was four times more than the number of people who were living in the United States! Many Chinese live in cities. As people move to the cities, the cities grow. People build houses and businesses on land that was once used for farming. C Then the land can no longer be used to grow crops. This makes it hard for China to grow enough food for its people. D The government was not sure there was enough food to feed people in the growing cities, so lawmakers tried to keep the cities from growing. E The government even made a law to control population growth. The law said that most families living in cities should only have one child. F Parents who have more than one child would have to pay a fine. 5. How does the information in China - China s Population impact the information in China Today - The Giant Panda? A The increase in China s population endangered the panda s population. B The panda and large populations of people are found in China. C It is hard for China to grow enough food for its people. D It is hard for pandas to find enough food.

7 Choose the correct word or phrase to fill in each blank in the passage. For each blank, fill in the circle before the word or phrase that is correct. Literature Text LANGUAGE AND EDITING 1. It is a beautiful [A day, B day C day D day, ] replied Ant. But if I don t work on warm days, my family will not eat on cold days. 2. So it went, day after day, week after week. Every time Grasshopper saw Ant, he laughed. Work, work, work! [AThere BThere s C Theres D Thers] more to life than work. 3. Summer came to an end. The nights became cool. Ant kept busy. He wanted to gather as much food as he [A culd B could C cold D cuold] before the coming winter. Grasshopper, too, felt the chill of autumn. He began to look around for things to gather. There was not much left. And time was [A running B runing C runneing D rounning] out. Informational Text 4. Sally Ride always [A love B lov C loved D loving] science and sports. In high school, she thought about becoming a tennis player. Her love of science won out, however. Ride went to college and studied physics, a branch of science. 5. In 1978, Ride saw an ad in a newspaper for an exciting job: astronaut! The position was at NASA, the United States government agency that [A run B running C runs D runned] the country's space program. Eight thousand college students applied. Only twenty-five were accepted. Sally Ride was one of them. 6. While training at NASA, Ride helped develop a robotic arm to use in space. She went on [A her B hers C him D they] first space shuttle trip on June 18, She was the first American woman to travel in space. Flying on a rocket was dangerous and difficult. It took courage to fly into space. But when Sally Ride returned to Earth from her six-day shuttle trip, she said, "It was the most fun I'll ever have in [A mine B our C me D my] life.

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