School Improvement in Maryland

Public Release Items: Reading Grade 3

 (1) Selected Response Public Release
Read the sentence in the box. Then choose the answer in which the underlined word is used in the same way. Mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


May Sammy come outside to play after school?

In which sentence does the word play mean the same as in the sentence above?

  1. Jackie's play train moves very fast.
  2. My sister is learning how to play the piano.
  3. Sonia has an important part in this year's school play.
  4. I had to do homework before I could play with my friends.

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 (2) Selected Response Public Release
Read the sentence in the box. Then choose the answer in which the underlined word is used in the same way. Mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


Did you remember to brush your teeth before going to bed?

In which sentence does the word brush mean the same as in the sentence above?

  1. The farmer's field is filled with scratchy brush.
  2. Keep your brush clean by washing it with soap and water.
  3. Before coming inside, brush the dirt off your pants and coat.
  4. I was almost hurt when I had a close brush with a big, mean dog.

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 (3) Selected Response Public Release
Read the sentence in the box. Then choose the answer in which the underlined word is used in the same way. Mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The new bridge will make it easy for people to cross the river.

In which sentence does the word cross mean the same as in the sentence above?

  1. Be sure to look both ways before you cross the street.
  2. I will cross the chores off my list as I finish each one.
  3. The map shows the spot where the two streets cross each other.
  4. The girl felt cross when her baby brother broke her new toy.

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 (4) Selected Response Public Release
Read the sentence in the box. Then choose the answer in which the underlined word is used in the same way. Mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


Bike riders pass the playground when they take the path around the park.

In which sentence does the word pass mean the same as in the sentence above?

  1. Anne is sure she will pass the spelling test tomorrow.
  2. I pass the library on my way to school every day.
  3. Sam asked Jake to pass him the ball during the game.
  4. Time away from school always seems to pass too quickly.

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 (5) Selected Response Public Release
As you read each sentence, use the other words in the sentence to help you figure out what the underlined word means. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


Sarah felt timid at her new school because she did not know her classmates.

Timid means —

  1. calm
  2. eager
  3. happy
  4. shy

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 (6) Selected Response Public Release
As you read each sentence, use the other words in the sentence to help you figure out what the underlined word means. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


As she crossed the busy street, the little girl felt secure because she held her father's hand.

What does secure mean?

  1. safe
  2. wise
  3. excited
  4. cheerful

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 (7) Selected Response Public Release
As you read each sentence, use the other words in the sentence to help you figure out what the underlined word means. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


Janet felt miserable when her best friend Luke moved to a different town.

Miserable means —

  1. curious
  2. foolish
  3. unhappy
  4. unkind

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 (8) Selected Response Public Release
As you read each sentence, use the other words in the sentence to help you figure out what the underlined word means. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The sudden rainstorm made us scurry to get indoors so we would not get wet.

What does scurry mean?

  1. walk carefully
  2. move quickly
  3. step quietly
  4. hop easily

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 (9) Selected Response Public Release
Read each question. Look at the underlined letter or letters and the underlined word in the question. The underlined letter or letters stand for a sound in the underlined word. Decide which of the other three words has the same sound in it. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


In which word does the letter a have the same sound as it does in the word paper?

  1. apple
  2. baby
  3. have

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 (10) Selected Response Public Release
Read each question. Look at the underlined letter or letters and the underlined word in the question. The underlined letter or letters stand for a sound in the underlined word. Decide which of the other three words has the same sound in it. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


In which word does the letter g have the same sound as it does in the word forgot?

  1. giant
  2. manage
  3. signal

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 (11) Selected Response Public Release
Read each question. Look at the underlined letter or letters and the underlined word in the question. The underlined letter or letters stand for a sound in the underlined word. Decide which of the other three words has the same sound in it. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


In which word does the letter e have the same sound as it does in the word began?

  1. delight
  2. explain
  3. twenty

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 (12) Selected Response Public Release
Read each question and choose the best answer. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The en in sharpen means the same as the en in —

  1. harden
  2. pencil
  3. hen

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 (13) Selected Response Public Release
Read each question and choose the best answer. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The pre in pretest means the same as the pre in —

  1. press
  2. prepay
  3. president

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 (14) Selected Response Public Release
Read each question and choose the best answer. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The or in visitor means the same as the or in —

  1. color
  2. harbor
  3. sailor

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 (15) Selected Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


The box "You Are Invited!" is important because it —

  1. helps a reader understand how collecting works
  2. tells about the Rockburg Children's Museum
  3. gives all of the main facts about the party
  4. explains how to get to Baker Street

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 (16) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


Explain why the museum's show is called "Amazing Collections." In your response, use information from the invitation that helps to explain your ideas. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (17) Selected Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


How is paragraph 2 organized?

  1. by giving the main idea and supporting details
  2. by explaining differences between two things
  3. by telling a problem and a solution
  4. by putting events in time order

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 (18) Selected Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


Read this sentence from paragraph 4 of the invitation.

We can even give you ideas about the best way to display your collection for everyone to see!

In this sentence, the word display means —

  1. clean
  2. describe
  3. draw
  4. show

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 (19) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


After reading this invitation, what can you conclude about starting a collection? In your response, use information from the invitation that helps to explain your conclusion. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (20) Selected Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


The last paragraph of this invitation probably makes a reader feel —

  1. brave
  2. excited
  3. helpful
  4. proud

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 (21) Selected Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


From the information in this invitation, a reader can tell that —

  1. children have many different kinds of collections
  2. children often have trouble starting a collection
  3. the best day of the week to go to a party is Friday
  4. the Rockburg Children's Museum is open every day

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 (22) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


Explain how the author makes this invitation interesting to read. In your response, use information from the invitation that supports your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (23) Selected Response Public Release
Read this invitation to a special party. Then answer the question below.


Which of these sentences from this invitation is an opinion?

  1. The show will run through October 15th.
  2. Michelle Aribe has a collection of over 500 paper napkins!
  3. We can help you decide what to collect and how to get started.
  4. It will be the world's best party!

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 (24) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


What is Beth's main problem in this story?

  1. She does not like being late all the time.
  2. Her grandma does not want to read with her.
  3. She does not know how to bake oatmeal cookies.
  4. Her grandma does not have time to bake cookies with her.

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 (25) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


How can a reader tell that Grandma probably lives near Beth?

  1. Beth seems to visit Grandma often.
  2. Grandma often visits Beth and her mom.
  3. The narrator says that Beth lives near Grandma.
  4. Grandma and Beth's mom talk to each other every day.

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 (26) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Explain how the author makes this story seem real. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (27) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


An important message in this story is that —

  1. nature is full of beautiful things
  2. doing things for others brings happiness
  3. outdoor exercise is fun for everyone
  4. working in a garden is harder than baking

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 (28) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Which of these details is most important to this story?

  1. rocking chairs
  2. a nursing home
  3. oatmeal cookies
  4. a bluebird house

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 (29) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


What will probably happen the next time Beth visits her grandma? In your response, use details from the story that support your answer. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (30) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Why does Beth wonder if her grandma is a real grandma?

  1. Beth does not know her grandma very well.
  2. Grandma does not have time to spend with Beth.
  3. Beth does not have fun at her grandmother's house.
  4. Grandma does not act like the grandmothers in Beth's books.

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 (31) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


What other title would best show a main idea of "A Real Grandma"?

  1. Being Different Can Be Good!
  2. Enjoying the Great Outdoors
  3. New Bicycles for Everyone!
  4. Cookies Are Good to Eat

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 (32) Brief Constructed Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Explain what Grandma's words and actions in this story show about her. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer in the box below.

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 (33) Selected Response Public Release
Read this story titled "A Real Grandma." Then answer the question below.


Read this sentence from paragraph 19 of the story.

Beth jumped out of Mom's car.

In paragraph 19, the word jumped shows that Beth is —

  1. afraid
  2. careless
  3. excited
  4. surprised

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