ELA Unit 1 Mid-Unit "The Manatee"
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by Jennifer Ramos-Stuber
| 11 Questions
Note from the author:
Assessment for Dearing 3rd Grade
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This question has two parts. First answer Part A, then answer Part B.

Part A: What is the MOST important idea of the article?
A. Manatees are being killed by boats.
B. Manatees live in Texas.
C. Manatees are beautiful animals that need our help.
D. Manatees are large animals.
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Part B: Select the sentences from the article that best support the main idea.
Choose all that apply.
E. “In the summer, manatees may swim as far west as Texas.”
F. "Sometimes the blades of boat propellers cut manatees coming up to breathe.”
G. “The manatee swims in warm, shallow waters.”
H. “ Because of these actions by people, manatees are now endangered. That means the number of manatees has become so low that they may die out.”
I. “The animals sometimes get trapped in canal locks and floodgates that people have built.”
J. "Also, like all mammals, manatees have lungs to breathe air."
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According to the article, which details about manatees are true and which are false?
Manatees have no hair.
True
False
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Manatees eat seagrass and other water plants.
True
False
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Manatees are mammals.
True
False
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Manateese can weigh over 1,000 pounds.
True
False
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Write a summary of the article stating the main idea and two or more details that support the main idea.

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Read the paragraph.

Which sentence from the paragraph gives the main idea?
Sentence 1
Sentence 3
Sentence 5
Sentence 7
Sentence 9
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Select all the details from the article that explain the problem and dangers manatees face.
A. Manatees are too big to swim.
B. Manatees get caught in crab nets, not allowing them to breathe.
C. Boats get in the way of manatees and their propellers cut the animal.
D. The skin of the manatee is too wrinkled for the water.
E. Manatees have trouble seeing and get lost.
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Read the sentence from the article.

"The manatee uses its powerful tail to propel it."

What does propel mean as it is used in the sentence?
A. To push or move in a direction
B. To scream loudly
C. To stay still
D. To move in circles
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Why does the author say the manatee needs our help? Use details from the text to support your answer.

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