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Scott Foresman Reading Street Reading Series

Reading Comprehension Sheets and Study Guides for the Selection Tests

Created by Tina Duckwall of Tina’s Treasures

Eye of the Storm Comprehension Questions

Reread pages 344-353 and answer the following questions in COMPLETE SENTENCES in your reading notebooks.

  1. What happens when cool, moist air is heated by the hot desert? page 344

Graphic Sources

  1. What months are favorable for hurricanes? page 344


  1. Name 3 qualifications a person might need to chase and photograph storms. page 345

Cause and Effect

4. Why does Warren fly to cities near the place where a hurricane is expected? page 346
Main Idea

  1. How does Warren choose a good place to stay safe during a hurricane? page 347


  1. When Hurricane Andrew finally arrived, what was the first sound that Warren heard? page 349

Facts and Details

  1. Describe some of the damage caused by Hurricane Andrew.

Vocabulary – Rewrite the sentences and choose the correct vocabulary word.

anemometer surge destruction

flashlight shattered forecasts

  1. A storm _______________ drives water from the sea to land.

  1. Weather scientists use satellites to predict and ____________ hurricanes.

  1. Hurricane damage can be videotaped while ____________ is in progress.

  1. Windows can quickly be _______________ by loose material carried by hurricane winds.

  1. Wind speeds of hurricanes are measured with an instrument known as an ________________.

Graphic Sources – Use the graphic source to answer the following questions.










Galveston, Tex.






40–72 mph


Lake Okeechobee, Fla.






73–112 mph


Katrina (La./Miss.)






113–157 mph


Florida Keys/S. Tex.






158–206 mph


New England






207–260 mph


Florida Keys






261–318 mph


Audrey (SW La./N. Tex.)










Grand Isle, La.





New Orleans, La.





Galveston, Tex.




  1. What do the tables show?

  2. How many years passed between the most recent hurricane and the least recent hurricane listed in the table?

  3. Where did the most destructive hurricane strike?

  4. In what years where there the same reported deaths?

  5. The Florida Keys wind speeds were how many mph?

  6. Hurricane Katrina reported winds of speeds as high as what?

  7. What hurricane hit in 1909 with a reported 350 deaths?
  8. In Hurricane Audrey, the wind damage was an F4 which is what kind of damage?

Eye of the Storm (Expository Nonfiction) Study Guide
The main idea of the story is that storms are caused by certain weather patterns.
During which months does Warren chase tornadoes?

(April, May and June)

The first thing that Warren does to photograph a hurricane is to look at satellite ____________ and listen to weather _____________.
We know that Hurricane Andrew was dangerous because parts of __________ and _____________ were flying through the air.
Warren’s hurricane photos and his photos of other storms are different because the hurricane photos show things as they are being ________________.
_______________ sometimes cause a storm surge.
Facts are statements that are true and can be proven.

Opinions are statements based on someone’s feelings about something—can not be proven.
The storm chasers thought that hurricane Andrew had changed directions because it took (a shorter time, a longer time) than expected to reach land.
____________ causes the most damage during a hurricane.
The author wrote this passage to inform (tell) people on how storms are photographed.

The main purpose of the calendar in the book was to show when Warren was able to photograph each type of storm.


destruction- great damage; ruin

expectedhoped something would probably come or happen

forecasts- statements of what is coming; to guess a prediction

inland- in or toward the interior; away from the coast

shatter- to break into pieces suddenly; smash

surge- a swelling motion; sweep or rush, especially of waves

Lewis and Clark and Me

Comprehension Questions

Answer these questions IN YOUR READING notebooks in COMPLETE ANSWERS.

  1. If you were Captain Lewis, would you choose Seaman to go with you on this trip? Tell why or why not.

  1. Why does Seaman choose to ride in the back of the boat?

  1. Reread page 51, what words describe Seaman? Name two.

  1. Why do the Indians call Seaman a “bear dog?”

Vocabulary Using Context Clues

Rewrite sentences in your notebooks and fill in the blanks with the vocabulary words. Use the Work Bank.

scan dock migrating scent wharf yearned

  1. The platform built on the shore is also called a ______________ or a ____________________

  1. The salt odor in the air reminded Seaman of the ___________ of ocean life.

  1. Seaman felt a longing for something new and _____________ for an exciting adventure.

  1. Lewis and Seaman were _____________ and traveling from one place to another.

  1. Seaman glanced carefully at the sea and decided to _____________ the waters for squirrels.

Lewis and Clark and Me (Genre - Historicial Fantasy)

Lewis and Seaman meet on the _______________.

_____________ was so special that he was admired by everyone.

Seaman was always up for a new challenge and wanted to try new things.

Newfoundland dogs' _____________ are made to help them be good swimmers so this helps them hunt in water.

The indians call Seaman a _______________.

Most of the the indians that Lewis and Clark met did not speak ___________.

Seaman worked hard to please his owner.

Lewis and Clark traveled by _______________.

The story was told from the dog's point of view in order to entertain the reader with an interesting story.



 platform built on the shore or out from the shore; piers; wharves


traveling; going from one region to another with changing seasons


 to glance at or look over hastily; examine carefully


 smell; odor; fragrance


 platform built on the shore from which ships can load and unload


 felt a longing or desire for

Jim Thorpe’s Bright Path Comprehension Questions

1. What is the genre and setting of this story?
2. Name 2 statements of fact that author makes about Jim on pages 666-667.

3. Jim’s mother gave him a nickname that meant “Bright Path”. What was this nickname? (667)

Figurative Language
4. What does the author mean when he writes, “Jim took to it all like a catfish takes to a creek?” What figurative language is this an example of? (667)
Drawing Conclusions
5. The teachers hit Jim with a ruler whenever he spoke Sac at school because they weren’t allowed to do what? (669)
Literal Details

6. What happens to Charlie while he is at the boarding school? (670)

Compare and Contrast
7. All of the students were Indians at both Agency Boarding School and Haskell Institute. What were some of the things that the Indian students had to do at Haskell. Name 3. (671)
Cause and Effect
8. Why did Jim think that studying electricity would be the “path” he was supposed to follow? (673)
9. Describe what amazing thing happened to Jim one day while on his way to play a game of scrub football with his friends. (675)
10. What happens to Jim Thorpe at Carlisle? How does this change his life? (676)
Vocabulary Rewrite the Sentences and fill in the blank with the correct word from the box.
dormitory endurance boarding school reservation manual
1. The long-distance runner had ________________ and was able to run for a long time.
2. A student who goes to a _____________ ___________________ actually lives at the school.
3. The Indian Agency that oversaw the Indian __________________ forced Sac and Fox children to be cut off from everything that made them Indians- their language, their traditions, even their families.

4. “Hands-on” ____________ labor was mixed with classroom studies that would teach the Indians trades useful to white society.

Compare and Contrast/Venn Diagram

Read the following characteristics and write them in the proper spot on the Venn Diagram comparing brothers.

• dark skin

• light skin

• favorite place was outdoors

• hated school

• better at sport

died of pneumonia

• natural outdoorsman

• played football

• ran track

• born in May of 1887

• enjoyed doing arithmetic

• could ride a horse

• attended boarding school

• nicknamed “Bright Path”

My Brother Martin Comprehension Questions

Read the questions carefully, reread the pages where the answers can be found, and answer the questions in COMPLETE ANSWERS in your reading notebooks.

1. What is the genre and the setting of the story?

Authors Purpose

  1. Why do you think the author wrote this passage?

Cause and Effect

  1. Why did the author’s parents have her sleep in a drawer for a few days? (page 644)

Drawing Conclusions

  1. On page 645, what kind of relationship can you conclude about this family?

Cause and Effect

  1. What did the King children learn from losing their playmate friends? (page 650)


  1. What did M.L. mean when he told his mother he was going to “turn this world upside down?” (page 651)

Cause and Effect

  1. Why did M.L.’s father take him to a different store to buy shoes? Explain his reason. (page 652)

Vocabulary Rewrite the sentences and fill in the blanks with a vocabulary word from the word bank. Some of the words will not be used.

shielding pulpit ancestor generations minister avoided

  1. The family ______________ the streetcars and chose to stay away and not ride them.

  1. Aunt Ida was protecting the children by ______________ them from injustices and unfair laws.

  1. Daddy stood behind a raised platform in the ____________ of the church.

  1. The cruelty and injustice in the world has been going on for many ________________ of years.

Sequencing Read the following events that happened in the story and decide which happened first, second, and so forth. Put a “1” beside the first event, a “2” beside the second event, and so forth. Write the order in your reading notebook. Ex. Sequence 4, 2, 1, 3
_____ M.L. learned to play a few songs on the piano.
_____ M.L. went to play with his playmates but was told they could no longer play with them.
_____ M.L. gave many speeches and led numerous marches.
_____ M.L. and his siblings sat and listened to stories of places in the world.

Study Guide

My Brother Martin
Opinion: A belief that someone has about a certain topic.

Fact: A factual statement that can be proven.

  1. The author wrote this passage to describe the ______________ of a famous person.

  1. The main idea of the story is that the King children grew up when laws kept ____________ and _______________ people apart.

  1. The King children and their friends were alike because they didn’t care about the color of people’s _____________.

  1. Losing their friends caused the King children to begin to understand the _________________________ that the blacks faced.

  1. ___________ promised his mom that one day he would “turn the world upside down” because he didn’t like the way he was treated.

  1. The King children played with two ___________ boys and didn’t care what color their skin was.

  1. The salesman at the shoe store would only serve blacks in the __________ of the store so Martin’s father ___________ to buy the shoes.

  1. The last fact written about in the selection was that M.L. gave numerous _______________.

  1. Martin and his father both spoke out against bigotry and ___________.

Think about the following questions and be prepared to write a detailed sentence about each.

  1. How does the last picture in the selection show the changes that M.L. made in the world?

  2. What was the dream that M.L. had?

  3. What did the author mean when she said the stories her parents told “were as nourishing as the food that was set before us”?


minister church leader

avoided stayed away from

shielding protecting

generations about a 30 year period

pulpit platform

numerous many; several

ancestors past family members

Sailing Home Comprehension Questions

Read the following questions and respond with a COMPLETE ANSWER.

  1. Who is telling the story of “Sailing Home”?

  1. What is the setting of the story?

  1. What is the genre of the story?

  1. Why do the children have to live on shore when the ship is carrying coal?

  1. Name three ways that living on a ship is like living on land.

  1. What was the children’s favorite game to play inside?

  1. Why did Miss Shipman not teach the children about geography?

  1. What did the crew compare Matilda to when she climbed up along the riggings high above the deck?

  1. When the weather turns wild on the ship, what do the children have to help do?

  1. What did father promise to do when the storm was over?

Vocabulary: REWRITE the sentences and fill in the blank.

bow cargo conducted quivered navigate stern

  1. The _______________ of a ship might include coal, grains, or animals.

  1. If you want to be at the front of the ship you need to go to the _______________.

  1. A compass is an excellent tool for helping to _______________ the ship on the right course.

  1. Miss Shipman ________________ class at the dining room table for six days a week.

  1. The children _________________ and shook nervously as the ship rolled over on its side.

Social Studies Connection/Reading Across Texts

Read the narrative nonfiction story on pages 536-537 about William Pinkney and the “Afterword” information on pages 532-533 about the Madsen’s family.

Draw this Tree Map in your reading notebooks and write 3 things in each column about each person’s life at sea.
Life at Sea
Life at Sea with the Madsen Life at Sea with William Pinkney
______________________ ___________________________
______________________ ___________________________
______________________ ___________________________

Sailing Home Study Guide

  1. The author most likely wrote this story to entertain the reader with an interesting tale about _____________ who grew up on a _____________.

  1. When the ship carried _________________, the children lived ashore because it was a ________________ cargo.

3. The event that happened late in the story was that Albert began ______________ ___________________.

  1. The children probably got their animals from the ________________ that they visited.

  1. Miss Shipman and Albert are alike in the way that they are both very _______________ minded.

  1. When the John Ena “quivered a strange quiver and slowly righted herself” it meant that the boat _____________ and then straightened back up.

  1. The first event that took place in the story is that the children helped __________ the _________________ to the railing.

  1. The mother in this story can be described as being a practical and sensible person.

  1. An important theme from the story is that ___________ can be happy growing up in many types of places.

  1. After Captain Madsen became a steamship captain the children lived _________________ all the time.

Look up these questions and prepare to answer them on the selection test.

*In what way was the crew like a family to the children in the story?
*What was the author’s purpose for including the “Afterword”?
*What is the most likely reason the Madsen family chose Hawaii for their home?
cargo- load of goods carried by a ship, plane, or truck; freight

bow- the forward front part of a ship, boat, or aircraft

celestial- of the sky or outer space; heavenly

conducted- directed; managed

dignified- having dignity; noble; stately

navigation- skill or process of finding a ship’s position and course

quivered- shook; shivered; trembled

stern- the rear part of a ship or boat

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