First Semester Exam
  • 1. (1a1) You will decode an unknown word. Divide the word "department" into syllables.
A) de/partm/ent
B) de/part/ment
C) depart/ment
D) dep/art/ment
  • 2. (1a1) You will use r-controlled letter sounds to decode words. In which words below do the letters "ir" have the same sound as the first syllable in the word "thirty?"
A) tire
B) fire
C) bird
D) wired
  • 3. (1a) The word "third" is a dictionary entry word. Which of the following does not have the same vowel sound as the one that you hear in the word third?
A) church
B) learn
C) first
D) forty
  • 4. (1a1) The word "joy" has the same vowel sound as which of the following words?
A) spoil
B) torn
C) coke
D) count
  • 5. (1e) Which set of words uses antonyms correctly?
A) friend, pal
B) innocent, guilty
C) dad, father
D) mother, mom
  • 6. (1e) Which of the following does NOT use synonyms correctly?
A) pretty, beautiful
B) quiet, silent
C) always, never
D) swiftly, quickly
  • 7. (1e) Which of the following is a synonym for the word "baby?"
A) adult
B) child
C) infant
D) teenager
  • 8. (1e) Which of the following sentences has antonyms?
A) You can help or assist her.
B) Dad is here, but Mother went to the store.
C) The man rode the horse and the mule.
D) Did you dance at the talent show?
  • 9. (1a3) The fire alarm went off at our school. Which affix when added to the word "alarm" would NOT make the word make sense?
A) -ing
B) -es
C) -s
D) -ed
  • 10. (1a3) Which word has a prefix added to it?
A) reader
B) reads
C) reading
D) reread
  • 11. (1a3) Which word does NOT have a suffix added to it?
A) fixing
B) fixable
C) fixed
D) refix
  • 12. (1a3) Which sentence does NOT use an affix correctly?
A) My grandmother uncooked her dinner.
B) Aunt Ann is cooking now.
C) My dad precooked his meat.
D) Mother cooks dinner all the time.
  • 13. (1a3) Which word has a suffix added to it?
A) house
B) benches
C) dishonest
D) unload
  • 14. (2a1) Which of the following is NOT an example of a text feature?
A) titles
B) diagrams
C) fiction
D) captions
  • 15. (2a1) Authors help us to better understand a lot of information by using text features. Which of the following is an example of a text feature?
A) root or base words
B) pictures or illustrations
C) fiction or nonfiction
D) poetry or poems
  • 16. (2a1) Readers can use diagrams, as a text feature, to understand the text. What could a "diagram" look like?
A) a picture of a plant with labeled parts
B) nonfiction
C) words with affixes
D) questions and answers
  • 17. (2a1) A chart is a type of text feature. A chart could be a __________.
A) caption
B) heading
C) title
D) graph
  • 18. (1a4) Which of the following sentences does NOT use a compound word?
A) I had a nightmare last night.
B) Does your dad play basketball?
C) Are your parents coming to Open House tonight?
D) The beach is full of turtles.
  • 19. (1a4) Which of the following sentences use a word that is a "complex compound word?"
A) My grandma is so sweet.
B) The scarecrow is in the garden.
C) I see a tall skyscraper.
D) The chicks are at the barnyard.
  • 20. (1a4) Which word is NOT a complex compound word?
A) haystack
B) cornfields
C) firefighting
D) cheerleader
  • 21. (1a5) Which sentence uses a complex contraction for the words "will not?"
A) I won't get to see the play.
B) You can't ride my bike.
C) Aren't you going home now?
D) I didn't go on the field trip.
  • 22. (1a5) Which contraction means "can not?"
A) can't
B) didn't
C) shouldn't
D) couldn't
  • 23. (1a5) The word "didn't" is a contraction. What does this word mean?
A) does not
B) do not
C) did not
D) do not
  • 24. (1g) Which of the following uses a simile?
A) My hands are frozen.
B) My hands are ice.
C) My hands are as cold as ice.
D) My hands are cold.
  • 25. (1g) Which of the following uses a metaphor?
A) Your mother is a pretty rose.
B) Is my mom as pretty as a rose?
C) She smells like roses.
D) My mom's name is Rosie.
  • 26. (1g) Which of the following does NOT use personification?
A) The blue line loves me when I walk on it.
B) Fall leaves wave at me as they flutter from the trees.
C) A camera always calls my name to take a picture.
D) I am in the third grade this year.
  • 27. (1g) Which sentence uses alliteration?
A) Her red dress is beautiful.
B) The boys are on skateboards.
C) You didn't hear me.
D) Becky buys big, blue ballons.
  • 28. (1g) Which sentence does NOT use a simile?
A) The baby's hands are as soft as cotton.
B) Is your bed as hard as a rock?
C) The red fire truck is speeding to get to a fire.
D) The racer is fast like a cheetah.
  • 29. (1g) What sentence below uses a metaphor to describe a grandfather?
A) Grandfather is strong as a bull.
B) He is a kind grandfather.
C) Grandfather is a strong bull.
D) Granddad visits me often.
  • 30. (1g) Which set of words are onomatopoeias?
A) crash, boom, bam, swoosh
B) up, down, in, out
C) cake, make, take, wake, lake
D) smile, frown, laugh, cry
  • 31. Which part of a book would help the reader understand what the word "detective" means?
A) the title page
B) the front cover
C) the spine of the book
D) the glossary
  • 32. A reader wants to know about dog breeds. Which part of the book will give the page numbers for the new information?
A) Glossary
B) Index
C) Front Cover
D) Title Page
  • 33. (2a3) Sequential order is a type of text structure. Which of the following would explain sequencing?
A) eating and drinking
B) life cycles of butterflies and frogs
C) napping and sleeping
D) walking and talking
  • 34. (2a3) Compare and contrast is a type of text structure. Which of the following could be used to compare and contrast?
A) A picture of Gloria, Officer Buckle's dog
B) a nine year old child
C) two dogs: Rosie and Balto
D) a sheet of white copy paper
  • 35. (2a3) Simple Procedure is a type of text structure. Which of the following uses simple procedure?
A) describing how cakes are baked
B) using a recipe to make a cake
C) eating cake and ice cream
D) drawing a picture of a cake
  • 36. (2a3) Description is a type of text structure. Which of the following would best use description?
A) using adjectives to describe a car
B) looking in the index
C) eating breakfast
D) doing nothing
  • 37. (2a3) Cause and effect is a type of text structure. Consider a pencil on the desk that fell on the floor. Which of the following is probably the cause of the pencil falling onto the floor?
A) It was placed in the pencil box.
B) It was placed too close to the edge of the desk.
C) It was put in the backpack.
D) The pencil was not sharpened.
  • 38. (2b8) If you smell smoke and hear the sound of the fire truck. What conclusion can you draw?
A) The fire truck sounds loud.
B) People like to see the fire truck.
C) Firefighters are kind.
D) There is a fire somewhere.
  • 39. (2b8) If the sun were to disappear, what conclusion can you draw?
A) Plants and animals will grow stronger.
B) The Earth would get hotter and hotter.
C) Plants and animals will grow larger.
D) Plants and animals could not live.
  • 40. (2b8) Draw a conclusion to determine which planets are the warmest.
A) The ones that are closest to the sun.
B) The planets that are called the outer planets.
C) The planets with one moon.
D) The ones that are farthest away from the sun.
  • 41. (2b1) Why would an author write a story about a dog like Balto?
A) to inform the reader about a special dog
B) He wanted to entertain us.
C) He had a dog as a young child.
D) He wants to persuade us to buy a dog.
  • 42. (2b1) Why would the author write a story a dinosaur named Little Grunt?
A) to inform us that dinosaurs are big
B) to help us learn how to decode big words like dinosaur
C) to entertain us
D) to persuade us to like dinosaurs for pets
  • 43. (2b1) Why would the author write a story about taking "wild shots" or pictures of animals?
A) to entertain us with cute animal pictures
B) to inform us about animal shelters
C) to remind us that animals can be our friends
D) to persuade us to understand that pictures need to be taken of these animals too
  • 44. What is "the main idea" of your school day?
A) We have fun and learn a lot of things.
B) We go to P. E.
C) We read books.
D) We have lunch.
  • 45. Which of the following is NOT a detail that would support the main idea of your school day?
A) We run and play outside.
B) We go to Music and sing songs.
C) We write sentences and paragraphs.
D) Our school day is fun.
  • 46. Summarize the events of summer Saturdays in the life of Sam. He gets up at nine o'clock. He eats a breakfast of pancakes. He watches television. He goes fishing with his grandfather. He comes home and take a nap. Then, he plays games on his computer. He has a fun day.
A) Sam meets with his friends.
B) Sam has fun everyday.
C) Sam has a special day to relax and have fun.
D) Sam goes shopping with his parents.
  • 47. Which of the following statements is an opinion?
A) My cat weighs six pounds.
B) My cat is black and white.
C) My cat is the prettiest cat in our town.
D) My cat is an animal.
  • 48. An opinion is found in which of the following statements?
A) I go to the best school.
B) It has kindergarten through fourth grade.
C) My school has teachers.
D) I attend Byhalia Elementary.
  • 49. Which of the following is a fact?
A) The president wears cool clothes.
B) Our president is the nicest man.
C) President Obama is married to a sweet lady.
D) President Obama is President of the United States.
  • 50. Which of the following is a fact?
A) Third grade has the best teachers.
B) I am a third grade student.
C) This is the best grade of all.
D) Third grade is special.
  • 51. Read the poem that you have been provided and answer questions 51 - 55. In which line does the poet use a simile to show that spring is coming on Green Street?
A) Lines 13 and 14
B) Lines 20 and 21
C) Lines 1 and 2
D) Lines 9 and 10
  • 52. Read line 15 from the poem. Why does the poet use personification in line 15?
A) To show that the tree is taller than a person usually is.
B) To show that the tree's branches make the reader think of a person with lifted arms.
C) To show that the tree has green leaves but that a person does not have colorful arms.
D) To show that the tree's branches are big enough to hold a person.
  • 53. Read the summary on the back of the poem that a student wrote. Why is the student's summary incomplete?
A) It does not tell about the man who is waking up.
B) It does not tell about the difference in winter and spring on Green Street.
C) It does not tell about the kinds of flowers and trees described.
D) It does not tell about the parade on Green Street with all the noise and all the people.
  • 54. Read lines 21 - 24 from the poem. Which statement is a correct conclusion about why describing a parade helps to show the people's excitement about the coming of spring?
A) The reader can hear the beat of the drums in a parade.
B) The people are laughing and singing in a parade.
C) The reader can picture the marching people dressed in green.
D) The people are all out on the street just like at a parade.
  • 55. Read the following lines: "Like a baby deer taking its first steady steps. Spring is finding its feet on Green Street." If these lines were added to the poem, what would the simile mean?
A) Learning to walk
B) Arriving somewhere
C) Becoming older
D) Growing stronger
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