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Grade Level Reading Comprehension Writing
1-2 John walked many miles in all kinds of weather. He had to cross dangerous rivers and find his way through strange forests. Often, he was hungry, cold and wet (QRI-4, Pearson) Mom has a big green book at home. She keeps it on the shelf with the smaller old books. She reads it to me sometimes.
3-4 Whales and fish both live in the water, but they are different in many ways. Whales are large animals that live in the water. They come to the top of the water to get air. Whales don’t get air like fish. Fish take air from the water. (QRI-4, Pearson) I enjoy going to the supermarket with my parents. We usually buy groceries after going to the church. In the supermarket, mom holds the list of items to buy, and I help Dad to get the items from the shelves.
5-6 Humidity is moisture in the air in the form of gas called water vapor. This water vapor comes from oceans, lakes, rainfall and other sources from which water evaporates into the air. Meteorologist refer to relative humidity when reporting how much water vapor is in the air. Relative humidity is the ratio that compares the amount of water vapor in the air to the largest amount of moisture the air can hold at that temperature. (QRI-4, Pearson) A dictionary contains a definition of friendship. An encyclopedia supplies interesting facts on friendship. But all the definitions and facts do not convey what friendship is really all about. It cannot be understood through words or exaggerations. The only way to understand friendship is through experience. It is an experience that involves all the senses. (k12.thoughtfullearning)
7-8 Fireworks were probably invented in China about seven hundred years ago. A mixture of saltpeter, sulfur, and carbon was found to be useful for two quite different purposes: gunpowder and fireworks. Since then, these two explosives have developed at the same time. Metallic compounds add color to the sparks. Sodium compounds produce a yellow color. Calcium compounds make red. Green comes from Barium and blue-green from Copper. Ammonium compounds change the shades of these colors, and sulfur make the color more brilliant. (QRI-4, Pearson) You see it every day, especially in freeway traffic. A car is weaving back and forth, speeding up then slowing down, or suddenly stopping. No, it’s not a drunk driver. It’s a cell-phone driver. Cell phones are used everywhere, but on the road they are a dangerous distraction to drivers and should be prohibited. Cell phones can be a vital link in emergencies, but drivers need to use them wisely. (k12.thoughtfullearning)
9-10 Classifying viruses is difficult because they are so diverse. As a result, biologist have developed several different ways of organizing viruses. Sometimes they are organized by shape, sometimes by the host they infect. Viruses may also be classified according to the ways they function inside a cell. (QRI-4, Pearson) It may seem like just another helpful source of information, but the Internet has taken the theft of “intellectual property” to a new level. Part of the problem is that most students don’t really know the exact definition of plagiarism or its consequences. Some say that using someone else’s ideas without attributing them is a form of theft, but most people don’t think of it as a serious crime. (k12.thoughtfullearning)

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