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Introduction Dear At-Home Helper,

Reading comprehension means understanding what you read. There are 13 skills a person uses to read and understand nonfiction. Nonfiction is information that is true. Learners must use these 13 skills to answer questions on reading tests. At-Home Success: 1 Week to Better Reading will help the Learner become a better reader and a better test taker. At-Home Success: 1 Week to Better Reading is designed for an At-Home Helper to work alongside the Learner. The directions and hints should be read to your Learner. This check mark x means that you should read this information with the Learner.

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Our goal is to help the Learner become a better reader and a better test taker. There are two questions for each skill. Question a has a hint. Read the hint to the Learner. Question b does not have a hint.

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STE Congratulations on taking an active interest in your Learner's education! NE MA ACKLI L B A S NOT PRODUCED I T I . GHTED TO BE RE I R Y P CO Day 1: Read and take notes. OOK S I B K S I O H PLE BO IVEN FOR T M A S Day 2: Review OT G questions: THISskill and Nanswer S I N Facts & IDetails, SSIO Main Idea, Author’s Purpose, Prior Knowledge PERM

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Review skill and answer questions: Sequence, Vocabulary/Language, Sources of Information, Fact/Opinion

Day 4: Review skill and answer questions: Conclusions, Cause/Effect, Inferences, Compare/Contrast

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Review skill and answer questions, draw a picture: Prediction, Complete a Chart, Word Game

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x Read the passage. Take notes about the passage.

Facts about Frogs and Toads

Notes About What I Am Reading

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E L P different SAM ATIONFrogs-4,000 types C U D E ! Y L L Y L A L R A R . 9 9 . 8 8 8

There is an animal that can bark like a dog or sound like someone snoring. This animal can be very large or as small as a coin. What animal do you think I am talking about? If you guessed a frog, you are right. There are more than 4,000 different types of frogs around the world. They come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colors. It's great to learn about frogs.

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STER. . A M E ACKLIN IN ANY WAY L B A Frogs are separated into two groups. One groupISis NOT UCED D T O I R . D in theBE REP called frogs; the other, toads. Frogs usually GHTElive I R Y P K TOmost O O C O S I B water and have long legs and slippery skin. Toads HIS BOOK R Twith E O L F P N M often live on land and are short and fat dry, GIVE IS SA T H O T N bumpy skin. N IS O I S S I PERM

Frogs and toads are amphibians. Like all amphibians, they have a backbone and other bones inside their bodies. A frog's backbone is short. Some frogs grow up to a foot long, but others are so small that they can fit on a coin. An amphibian is cold-blooded, meaning its body temperature depends on the temperature of the air or water around it. Frogs can live in the hot desert or in very cold areas. Some frogs bury themselves in the ground and sleep very deeply, which is called hibernation. 4

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Notes About What I Am Reading

Wood Frog

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STER. . A M E WAY One frog, the North American Wood Frog, turns most BLACKLIN Y N A A N NOT of the water in its body into ice! You may wonder UCED I Show I D T O I R . D fromBE REP HTEbody it stays alive. Its blood prevents parts ofIGits R Y P K TO O O C O S I B freezing. This protects it Beven coldest OOK in the R THIS weather. E O L F P N M E months. As soon as A This frog is mostly T GaIVfew Ofor THIS S frozen N S I warm weather arrives, ISSION it is ready to start moving again. M R E P Amphibians live in water or on land. After a frog lays its eggs in water, the eggs turn into tadpoles. Tadpoles use their tails to swim, and they breathe underwater with their gills. As tadpoles grow, their tails disappear and they grow legs. Their gills are replaced by lungs. Now, they are ready to live on land. As they get bigger, frogs shed their skin because it no longer fits their bodies. They slowly loosen their skin. After a while, the old skin is gone and the new skin fits their bodies perfectly.

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Frogs have eyes on top of their heads. They have short front legs and strong back legs, with four toes on their front feet and five on their back feet. Most frogs have teeth. Adult frogs eat many things, including insects. They have a long, sticky tongue for catching insects and worms. Some frogs are so big they are able to eat mice, small fish, and even other frogs.

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The Colorado River Toad lives in the desert. It can survive the blazing heat of summer. It spends most of its time underground. It only comes to the surface at night when the temperatures have cooled. After the heaviest rains, their tadpoles can be found in creeks and small pools of water. The Colorado River Toad is the largest toad in the United States. Its body is olive, brown, or gray; and it grows up to seven inches long.

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STER. WAY. A M E ACKLIN CED IN ANY L B A The Cane Toad weighs as much as four pounds. A fullNOT RODU S I P E T I R . grown adult can be as long as nine inches. D skin color TO BE GHTEIts I K R O Y O P B ranges from yellow to brown. IItS Ceven aTpoison HIS K O has R O O O F B gland behind eachAMear. PLEIt has Obabies GIVENyear-round, so T S S N I H T a greatSnumber there may be ION IS of Cane Toads in a S I M small area. PER

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Poison Dart Frog

Some frogs are poisonous. The most poisonous frog in the world lives in Columbia, South America. It is called the Golden Poison Dart Frog. The poison of one of these frogs could kill 20,000 mice or 8 humans.

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Frogs make different sounds. Barking Tree Frogs sound just like the name suggests, a pack of dogs barking. The Carpenter Frog sounds like someone hammering nails into a piece of wood. Frogs create these sounds by blowing air into a sack in the neck, called the vocal sac.

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Frogs first lived about 200 million years ago when E MAS WAY. N I L K C A BLA CED IN ANY dinosaurs roamed the earth. Because of this, frogs have T O N U S . IT Ifrom developed good defenses to protect themselves PROD D E E T R H E G YRI colorOto TO B Pskin Kfool O their enemies. Frogs can alter Itheir O C S B OK HIS so well BOchange R Tcolor E O their predators. They can their L F P N M A GIVE frogs have bright IS Ssee OTOther THto that it is hard them. N S I SSION to stay away. Some frogs only Ianimals M colors to warn R E P come out at night when their enemies are sleeping. The Gliding Leaf Tree Frog can even jump from one tree to the next. It can “fly” almost 50 feet. The webs between its toes spread out and act like little parachutes. It's a lot of fun to search for frogs. Look near a pond or the shallow parts of a stream. You also might want to try looking under rocks, logs, and boards. During the spring, you might see many of them crossing the street. They are trying to reach some water to lay their eggs. Good luck!

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x Answer the questions. You may read the passage again. Facts and Details 1a. Which frog or toad is NOT mentioned in this passage? A) Golden Poison Dart Frog B) Colorado River Toad C) Cane Toad D) Bull Frog

x 1a. Hint You must be able to find and remember information in a passage when you read. Make a list of the frogs and toads mentioned in this passage.

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1b. How far can a Gliding Leaf Tree Frog jump? A) almost 100 feet B) almost 75 feet C) almost 50 feet

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A) how frogs and toads survive the winter. B) different types of frogs and toads. C) the places where frogs and toads live.

The main idea is what the whole passage is about. What do most of the paragraphs describe?

D) frogs and toads which are poisonous. 2b. A good title for this passage would be— A) Swimmers and Jumpers. B) Amazing Insect Eaters. C) Very Ancient Animals. D) An Amazing Amphibian.

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Author's Point of View and Purpose 3a. The author of this passage probably believes that— A) if you kiss a frog, it will turn into a prince (or princess). B) science is the most interesting subject in school.

x 3a. Hint The author's point of view is how the author feels about facts in the passage. How does the author probably feel about frogs and toads?

C) it would be very scary to look for frogs at night.

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D) there is much to learn about frogs and toads. 3b. The author probably wrote this passage toA) tell you why some frogs live in the desert. B) show you how to make frog sounds. C) teach you about amphibians.

STER. . A M E D) share feelings about toads. ACKLIN IN ANY WAY L B A S NOT PRODUCED I T I . GHTED TO BE RE I R Y P CO OOK S Prior Knowledge I B K S I O H PLE BO IVEN FOR T M A S 4a. How do some x 4a. Hint THIS otherIS animals NOT G protect N themselvesMfrom Prior knowledge is what you ISSIO predators? P ER already know about the

4b. Why can't many animals survive in the desert?

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ideas in a passage. Use what you already know about how different animals protect themselves.

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x Answer the questions. You may read the passage again. Sequence 5a. Which of the following happens second? A) The tadpole swims with its tail. B) The tadpole grows legs. C) The tadpole grows lungs. D) The frog sheds its skin.

x 5a. Hint Sequence means placing events in the order they happened. What happens second in the life cycle of a frog?

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5b. What happens before the Colorado River Toad comes above ground? A) The temperature gets hot.

B) The toad eats some insects. C) The sun rises.

STER. . A M E ACKLIN IN ANY WAY L B A S NOT PRODUCED I T I . GHTED TO BE RE I R Y P CO OOK S I Language and Vocabulary B K S I O H PLE BO IVEN FOR T M A S 6a. In this passage, x 6a. Hint THIS theISword NOT Gshed means— N O I S Look at the words, phrases, IS A) changes PERMcolor. and sentences in a passage D) The sun sets.

B) to get rid of.

C) to grow more. D) a small building. 6b. In the phrase “frogs can alter their skin color”, alter means—

and think about how they are used. Read the words before and after shed to find clues to its meaning.

A) change B) darken C) help D) save

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Sources of Information 7a. This passage might be found in a book titled— A) Interesting Animals. B) Rainforest Creatures. C) Poisonous Amphibians. D) Life in the Desert.

x 7a. Hint To answer some questions, you must be able to tell where you are likely to find more information. Which book might have a passage about frogs and toads?

7b. This passage might be found in— A) an almanac. B) a dictionary.

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C) an encyclopedia. D) a thesaurus.

STER. . A M E Fact and Opinion ACKLIN IN ANY WAY L B A OT UCED D 8a. Which of these is an opinion stated in D. IT IS N 8a. Hint O R P GHTE BE RAEfact is a statement that is I this passage? R O Y T P K IS CO THIS BOO K shed O true. “The sky is blue” is a O A) As they get bigger, frogs their B R skin E O L F P N M VE bodies. SA longerOfits fact. An opinion is a becauseTHitISno T GItheir N S I statement that someone ON Frog can even jump from ISSILeaf B) The Gliding M R E P believes is true. “The best one tree to the next.

C) Frogs can live in the hot desert or in very cold areas.

color is blue” is an opinion.

D) It's a lot of fun to search for frogs. 8b. Which statement from the passage is NOT a fact? A) A frog's backbone is short. B) It's great to learn about frogs. C) Other frogs have bright colors to warn animals to stay away. D) After a while, the old skin is gone and the new skin fits their bodies perfectly. © RALLY! EDUCATION. IT IS ILLEGAL TO COPY THIS BOOK. VISIT US AT WWW.RALLYEDUCATION.COM

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x Answer the questions. You may read the passage again. Draw Conclusions 9a. What conclusion can you make after reading this passage? A) Most toads live in the United States. B) Frogs can survive in different conditions. C) Frogs and toads get along with most animals. D) If you see a frog or toad, you should quickly leave the area.

x 9a. Hint To make conclusions, you must make a decision about what the facts in the passage mean. Decide what must be true about frogs and toads based on facts in the passage.

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9b. You can conclude that— A) the Colorado River Toad is very large and heavy. B) the Cane Toad can sometimes change its skin to green. STER. . A M E C) the Golden Poison Dart Frog can defend itself. ACKLIN IN ANY WAY L B A D) the Carpenter Frog has a hard time S NOT PRODUCED I T I . making noises. BE RE IGHTED

PYR K TO O O C O S I B BOOK R THIS E O L F P N M HIS SA IS NOT GIVE Cause and TEffect ISSION M R E P the tadpoles of the Colorado River 10a. What do Toad do when it rains? A) They come out to eat at night. B) They swim in small pools of water. C) They bury themselves deep in the ground. D) They change their skin from olive to brown.

x 10a. Hint Cause and effect questions ask about events that are connected to each other. Think about how the tadpoles are connected to the rain.

10b. How does the Carpenter Frog make noises like a hammer? A) It hits its head on wood. B) It climbs high in a tree. C) It imitates some noises. D) It blows air into its vocal sac.

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Make Inferences 11a. Why do you think there are so many types of frogs and toads? A) They breathe through their lungs and gills. B) They can survive under many different conditions.

x 11a. Hint An inference is using ideas in the passage and what you know to make your best guess about something.

C) They can shed their skin when it becomes too small.

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D) They can swim in shallow or deep pools of water. 11b. Where might both frogs and toads live? A) in a river B) in the ice

C) near a stream

STER. . A M E D) near a large field ACKLIN IN ANY WAY L B A S NOT PRODUCED I T I . RE HTED Compare and Contrast IS COPYRIG BOOK TO BE THIS BOOK R Tree E O L F P N M 12a. What do Cane Toads and Barking Frogs x 12a. Hint GIVE IS SA T H O T N S I have in common? To compare means that you ISSION M R E must tell how things are A) TheyPboth are poisonous. B) They both are amphibians. C) They both weigh up to four pounds. D) They both make many kinds of noises. 12b. Frogs differ from humans because—

alike. To contrast means that you must tell how things are different. How are Cane Toads and Barking Tree Frogs alike?

A) they have eyes on top of their heads. B) they can't swim in very deep water. C) they live in many different places. D) they can make different sounds.

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x Answer the questions. You may read the passage again. Predict 13a. What might you do the next time you spot a frog?

x 13a. Hint To predict, you must figure out what will happen next. Think about how this frog lives in cold weather. What might this frog do if the winter is not cold?

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13b. What might happen to frogs next if people continue to destroy the woods and build things there?

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14a. Complete the Cause and Effect Chart on page 15. Use details from the story.

x 14a. Hint The Cause and Effect Chart shows how events are connected. The cause is the event that makes something else happen, which is called the effect.

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Day 5 Cause and Effect Chart Cause Frogs grow bigger.

Effect They shed their skin.

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Word Game 15. Frogs and toads are amphibians. They are cold-blooded. How many new words can you make from the letters found in the words amphibian and cold-blooded?

AMPHIBIAN

COLD-BLOODED

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2 letter word

3 letter word

in

pin

4 letter word

5 letter word

6 letter word

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