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A Garden Friend



      Have you seen a toad? If you have, you know they are neat. Their skin is damp and they have brown spots. They look cold and wet. But toads help us in the garden.


      In the garden, bugs eat the flowers. Bugs also eat other plants. Toads hide during the day. They dislike the sun. They hide in holes. But at night, toads come out. They catch bugs and eat them. So toads help the plants and flowers. That is how toads help in the garden.


Copyright © 2001 Measured Progress

1.       During the day, toads

A. eat bugs.

B. hide.

C. come out.

2.       What is true about bugs?

A. They eat toads.

B. They have skin.

C. They eat plants.

3.       In the story, the word damp means

A. hot.

B. brown.

C. wet.

4.       Toads help gardens by

A. eating bugs.

B. hiding in holes.

C. planting flowers.

5.       Which of these is NOT true?

A. Toads look hot.

B. Toads catch bugs.

C. Toads help in the garden.

6.       Toads come out at night because

A. they are cold.

B. there is no sun.

C. there are no bugs.

7.       The story is about

A. growing a garden.

B. how bugs eat plants.

C. how toads help the garden.

A Walk in the Grass



   It was a pretty day. Turtle and Mouse were going for a walk in the grass.


   As they walked along, Turtle said to Mouse, "I am sorry. I am so slow."


   Mouse said, "That's all right. I don't mind slowing down to walk with you."


   They walked a little farther, and they stopped under a big oak tree. An acorn fell on Turtle's shell.


   Mouse said, "Oh, no! Did that acorn hurt you?"


   "No," said Turtle. "My hard shell kept me safe. It's better that it fell on me and not on you."


   They were both happy to have such a good friend.

 8.       The acorn came from the

A. grass.

B. turtle.

C. oak tree.

9.       This story is about

A. Turtle and the oak tree.

B. Turtle and Mouse.

C. Mouse and the acorn.

10.       The word that means the opposite of slow is

A. fast.

B. tired.

C. walk.

11.       The word don't means

A. do.

B. did not.

C. do not.

12.       The acorn fell on

A. Mouse.

B. Turtle.

C. the ground.



      "Mom, may I have my allowance early?" Lee asked on Thursday. "I really need . . . Oh, well. I can wait until next week to buy a notebook."

13. Which word can be made into two words?

A. notebook

B. allowance

C. really

14. What is the opposite of early?

A. now

B. never

C. late

15. What happened in this story?

A. Lee forgot what she needed the money for.

B. Mom gave Lee her allowance early.

C. Lee changed her mind about asking for extra money.

16. When will Lee probably buy the notebook?

A. Thursday

B. next week

C. never

Amy and Maria



Amy and Maria are in the first grade. They are best friends. They both love math. Amy's favorite color is blue. Maria likes green. Amy and Maria play soccer on the same team. Amy was born in the United States and learned to speak English as a child. Maria was born in Mexico and first learned Spanish. Amy and Maria both have baby brothers. Amy and Maria want to have a sleepover. They are going to ask their parents.

17.       This story is about two girls who

A. speak Spanish.

B. have baby sisters.

C. are friends.

18.       Amy and Maria are both in the

A. first grade.

B. third grade.

C. second grade.

19.       Which word is the opposite of best?

A. last

B. good

C. worst

20.       Maria's favorite color is

A. red.

B. blue.

C. green.

21.       Amy and Maria both love

A. spelling.

B. math.

C. reading.

Amy's Dream



   This morning, Amy's mother woke her up. "Time to prepare for school, Amy!" her mother said.


   "I had a dream!" Amy said. "It was about a red tree with blue leaves!"


   "A red tree with blue leaves," said her mother. "I've never seen one of those!"


   "It was not a real tree," said Amy. "It was a dream tree. In the dream, I sat in the tree. And the tree smelled like flowers."


   "That sounds like a good dream," said her mother. "I wonder what my dream tree would be like? My tree might be purple. It might smell like popcorn!"


   Amy laughed. "I'd like to sit in your dream tree, too!" said Amy.


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22.       Which word can be made into two words?

A. popcorn

B. prepare

C. morning

23.       What did Amy's tree look like?

A. red with green leaves

B. purple

C. red with blue leaves

24.       What is this story about?

A. Amy's dream

B. a red and green tree

C. a purple tree

25.       Amy's mother wakes her up to

A. hear about Amy's dream.

B. eat lunch.

C. go to school.

26.       Amy's mother thought Amy's dream sounded

A. pretty.

B. sad.

C. good.

27.       Which of these things happened last?

A. Amy had a dream.

B. Amy's mother woke her up.

C. Amy laughed.

28.       In this story, it is time to

A. get up.

B. go home.

C. go to sleep.

29.       How is Amy's tree like her mother's tree?

A. Both trees are purple.

B. Both trees smell good.

C. Both trees have leaves.

30.       At the end of the story, Amy feels

A. strong.

B. happy.

C. sad.

31.       In this story, which is NOT true?

A. Amy's tree smelled like popcorn.

B. It is time for school.

C. Amy had a dream.

32.       Which word can be found in the word laughed?

A. laughing

B. laugh

C. laughs

33.       What did Amy do in her dream?

A. She made popcorn.

B. She got up and went to school.

C. She sat in a tree.



"I'd like to sit in your dream tree, too!" said Amy.

      In this sentence, the word I'd means

A. I.

B. I had.

C. I would.

Andy Visits the Dentist


   Andy went to the dentist today. "Do you know how to brush?" the dentist asked. "Brush your teeth at least twice a day. Get every tooth. Brush the front of each tooth, and the back. And brush the tops of your teeth, too." Then the dentist showed Andy how to floss.


   "Would you like a new toothbrush, Andy?" the dentist asked.


   "Yes, thank you," said Andy. Andy chose the yellow one. Yellow is his favorite color!

35.       What should Andy do after he brushes his teeth?

A. eat

B. floss

C. go to the dentist

36.       Which word can be made into two words?

A. teeth

B. asked

C. toothbrush

37.       The word asked comes from the smaller word

A. ask.

B. asks.

C. ked.

38.       The dentist gave Andy

A. a toothbrush.

B. a lollipop.

C. floss.

39.       Andy's favorite color is

A. blue.

B. yellow.

C. red.

Anita's Checkup


Anita visits the doctor for a checkup. She sits in the waiting room. Then the nurse calls Anita's name. Anita climbs up onto a big table in the examining room. The doctor checks Anita's heartbeat. Before Anita leaves, she gets to pick a prize out of a prize box.

40. Anita visits the

A. zoo.

B. doctor.

C. store.

41. What does Anita climb up onto after the nurse calls her name?

A. table

B. chair

C. ladder

42. What happens FIRST in the story?

A. Anita picks out a prize.

B. Anita climbs on the table.

C. Anita sits in the waiting room.

43. This story is MOSTLY about Anita

A. playing with toys.

B. going to the doctor.

C. getting on a table.

44. Anita gets to pick a prize because she was

A. good.

B. healthy.

C. bad.

45. Anita's mother was MOST LIKELY ______ with the way Anita acted for the doctor.

A. upset

B. happy

C. sad

46. The opposite of before is

A. up.

B. on.

C. after.

47. Anita gets to pick a prize out of

A. a box.

B. a bag.

C. the doctor's pocket.

Ann Strings Beads



Ann loves beads. She wants to make a necklace of beads. Ann will put beads on a string to make her necklace. She will use blue and red beads. Blue and red are her favorite colors.


When she has finished, she will tie a knot in the string so the beads won't come off. Then Ann will wear her necklace and show her friends. When she puts it on, it will look great!


48.       The word finished comes from the word

A. finish.

B. finishes.

C. finishing.

49.       Why does Ann tie a knot in the string?

A. to make it pretty

B. to keep the beads on

C. it was a mistake

50.       What does Ann love?

A. string

B. beads

C. knots

51.       Ann wants to make a

A. bead.

B. knot.

C. necklace.

52.       What will Ann do last?

A. tie a knot

B. show her friends

C. put on her necklace



      Robert's parents were painting his room. Robert wanted to help. His father said, "Robert, you can help by watching the baby."


      "I want to do real work," Robert said.


      "It's real work to watch Lisa," said his mother.


      So Robert watched Lisa. She liked to paint. She put her foot in a can of paint. Robert reached her just in time. He carried her to the bathtub. She poured out all the bubble bath. She tried to eat the bar of soap. Robert took her out of there. She ran right back to the paint.


      "You were right, Mom," Robert said when his room was done. "Watching Lisa is real work!"

53.       Lisa poured out all the bubble bath while she was being watched by her

A. father.

B. mother.

C. brother.

54.       Which word can be made into two words?

A. bathtub

B. watched

C. paint

55.       This story probably was taken from a book

A. of fairy tales.

B. about how to be a good parent.

C. of stories that could happen.

56.       This story is mostly about

A. painting Robert's room.

B. bathing the baby.

C. watching Lisa.

57.       What did Lisa do with the bar of soap?

A. She tried to eat it.

B. She washed with it.

C. She put it in a can of paint.

Baking Cookies


   The children wanted to surprise Dad. They decided to bake cookies after lunch. They got the cookie mix off the shelf. Then they put the dough in a pan. They put the pan in the oven. Then they went outside to play. They forgot the cookies!


58.       What will probably happen next?

A. The cookies will burn.

B. Dad will come home early.

C. The cookies will be cooked just right.

59.       The children went outside to play

A. after they put the dough in a pan.

B. while the cookies were baking.

C. after they forgot about the cookies.

60.       The passage mostly takes place in a

A. kitchen.

B. school lunchroom.

C. restaurant.

61.       The children decided to bake cookies

A. when they put the cookie dough in the oven.

B. to surprise Dad.

C. when they went outside to play.

Bill Makes Lunch


   "Mom," Bill said. "Can I make our lunch?"


   "That would be delightful," said Bill's mother. "I will sit at the table in case you need help."


   Bill got two plates. He put a slice of bread on each plate. Then he put the cheese on the bread.


   "What else can we eat?" Bill asked.


   "Some fruit would be delicious," his mother said. Bill thought apples tasted good, too. So he washed two apples. He put an apple on each plate.


   Then Bill poured milk in two glasses. And he got them each a napkin. He gave his mother a yellow napkin and he took a blue one.


   "Lunch is ready!" Bill said. He put the plates on the table.


   "This looks good, Bill!" said Bill's mother. "You are a very good cook!"

62.       What is the story about?

A. Bill makes lunch.

B. Bill learns to like apples.

C. Bill's mother eats lunch.

63.       At the end of the story, how does Bill most likely feel?

A. proud

B. sad

C. full

64.       Which of these things happened last?

A. Bill poured the milk.

B. Bill's mother sat down at the table.

C. Bill got two napkins.

65.       Which small word can be found in the word washed?

A. washing

B. wash

C. washes

66.       Which of these things happened first?

A. Bill put cheese on the bread.

B. Bill poured the milk.

C. Bill got two plates.

67.       What will most likely happen next in this story?

A. Bill will wash dishes.

B. Bill and Mom will eat lunch.

C. Bill will go out to play.

68.       What color napkin did Bill use?

A. yellow

B. blue

C. white

69.       While Bill made lunch, his mother

A. ate an apple.

B. got the napkins.

C. sat at the table.

70.       The story makes us think Bill might like

A. to go out and play.

B. oranges and grapes.

C. to make lunch again.

71.       Which is NOT true?

A. Bill made lunch for his mother.

B. Bill's mother poured the milk.

C. Bill put cheese on the bread.

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4338 -> A garden Friend
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Domain -> Kindergarten (K) and First Grade (1st) Core Suggested Reading List Literature Suggestions for k-1
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Domain -> First Grade Flip Book Activity Literary Elements Flip Book Using just a few sheets of construction paper, in this project you will label and illustrate the five literary elements of one picture book you read this quarter. Directions

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