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JCPS Standards Based Guided Practice Informational #7 3rd Grade

Sunflower Farms/ Ask About Sunflowers

Revised 3/2012


Sunflower Farms Farms of Flowers When you think about a farm, do you think about animals like cows and horses? Not all farms have animals. Some farms grow sunflowers–those big, beautiful, yellow flowers that contain sunflower seeds. Sunflower farms are sometimes mistaken for corn farms. Both crops can stretch out for miles across an open field. Also, when growing, both have long green stalks. They only look different when the sunflower blooms. Farm Locations Sunflower farms can cover large areas of land because each flower needs a lot of space. Therefore, the flat land of the American Great Plains is just right for growing sunflowers. Kansas is nicknamed the Sunflower State because there The map shows the seven states that grow large numbers of sunflowers. are many sunflower farms there. There are so many sunflowers growing around Kansas they are like weeds! However, Kansas does not grow the most sunflowers in the United States, North Dakota grows the most. Many sunflower farms are located in Russia because they have plenty of space for the large farms. Although Russia produces a great deal of seeds, there are many other countries that are close to producing the same amount. Useful Flowers About three thousand years ago, Native Americans started growing sunflowers for food. Since these early years we have found three main reasons for sunflower farms today. The first reason is that sunflower seeds are a popular food. Sunflower seeds can be either roasted or raw. They can be salted or unsalted. The second reason to grow sunflowers is to get sunflower oil. The seeds are pressed to squeeze out the oil which is mainly used for cooking. The oil can also be used in other ways. It is used in some kinds of makeup, and it is used to keep machines running smoothly. The third reason to grow sunflowers is, of course, to sell these beautiful flowers in flower shops.

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1.

Read this sentence.

Sunflower seeds benefit your health because they are full of vitamin E.

2.

In “Sunflower Farms,� which heading would help the reader quickly learn which states grow sunflowers?

Under which heading from the passage would this sentence BEST fit?

A.

Useful Flowers

A.

Sunflower Farms

B.

Sunflower Farms

B.

Farm Locations

C.

Farms of Flowers

C.

Useful Flowers

D.

Farm Locations

D.

Farms of Flowers

3.

Read these sentences from the passage.

Sunflower farms can cover large areas of land because each flower needs a lot of space. Therefore, the flat land of the American Great Plains are just right for growing sunflowers. How are these sentences connected?

4.

Read these sentences from the passage.

Sunflower farms are sometimes mistaken for corn farms. Both crops can stretch out for miles across an open field. Also, when growing, both have long green stalks. They only look different when the sunflower blooms.

How are these sentences connected?

A.

Sequence

A.

Compare and contrast

B.

Compare and contrast

B.

Sequence

C.

Cause and effect

C.

Description

D.

Description

D.

Cause and effect

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5.

6.

Read this sentence.

Many sunflower farms are located in Russia because it has plenty of space for the farms.

Ways we use sunflowers

The pronoun it takes the place of

A.

Russia

B.

Sunflowers

C.

D.

7.

Space

Farms

Based on the map and the section called “Farm Locations,” which state grows the most sunflowers?

A.

North Dakota

B.

Ohio

C.

Texas

A.

food, machines, farms

B.

farms, flower shops, seeds

C.

cooking oil, flower shops, food

D.

state flowers, make-up, food

8.

Nebraska

Sunflower Farms/Ask About Sunflowers (Informational)

Which of the following questions is answered in the passage “Sunflower Farms”?

A.

What is the best weather for growing sunflowers?

B.

Who were the earliest users of sunflowers?

C.

How many types of sunflowers are there?

D. D.

Read the chart below. Choose the answers that best complete the graphic organizer.

What is the tallest sunflower ever grown?

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Ask About Sunflowers Frequently Asked Questions Sunflowers are known around the world for their beauty. They grow very tall. They have big, rough green leaves. Their beautiful yellow blooms can be the size of a dinner plate. Here are some questions and answers about the wonderful sunflower: Question: What is the history of the sunflower? Answer: Long ago sunflowers grew wild in North America. Native Americans began planting them and growing them for food. When Europeans came to North America, they liked eating sunflower seeds, so they took some back to Europe to plant there. The plant even became popular in Russia and they also began to plant them. Today, sunflowers are grown on farms in states such as North Dakota and Kansas as well as other countries of the world. Question: How tall can sunflowers grow? Answer: Sunflowers can grow taller than a grown-up. Many sunflowers reach eight to twelve feet. Therefore they must grow on farms where there is plenty of open space. Sunflowers also grow far under the ground. Their roots can go as much as nine feet deep! Question: Do sunflowers really follow the sun? Answer: Before the sunflower blooms, the bud does turn to face the sun. After the flower blooms, it always faces east, where the sun rises. Question: Are sunflowers easy to grow? Answer: Yes, sunflowers can be very easy to grow. You can grow them at home in a flower pot. First, fill a pot with soil. Then make a hole in the soil with your finger and place the seed in the hole. Next, place the pot in a sunny place indoors. The sunflower is a fast grower. After eight weeks put the seedling outside each day for a week. With the right conditions, it can go from seed to bloom in just ten weeks. Question: Why do we grow sunflowers? Answer: Sunflowers are great for our country’s economy. The seeds are a great snack, the oil can be used for cooking and the flowers are sold in flower shops. For more information, go to http://www.allaboutsunflowers.com Sunflower Farms/Ask About Sunflowers (Informational)

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9.

A.

B.

To find information on the computer about how to start a sunflower garden which would be the BEST key words to use?

10. Read these sentences from the text. First, fill a pot with soil. Then make a hole in the soil with your finger and place the seeds in the hole. Next, place the pot in a sunny place indoors. How are these sentences connected?

Planting Sunflowers

Kansas Sunflowers

C.

Sunflower Fun

D.

Sunflower Seeds

11.

Read these sentences from the text.

A.

Cause and effect

B.

Sequence

C.

Compare and contrast

D.

Description

Many sunflowers reach eight to twelve feet. Therefore, they must grow on farms where there is plenty of open space. How are these sentences connected?

A.

Sequence

B.

Cause and effect

C.

Description

D.

Compare and contrast

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Questions 13, 14, 15 and the short answer question use both articles about sunflowers:

12.

13.

What can a reader learn in “Ask About Sunflowers” that is NOT in “Sunflower Farms”?

A.

which way sunflowers face

B.

What information did we learn from both “Sunflower Farms” and “Ask About Sunflowers”?

A.

Kansas is nicknamed the Sunflower State.

the history of the sunflowers as food

B.

Sunflower farms can look like corn fields.

C.

different ways we use sunflowers

C.

Sunflowers need sun, water and soil.

D.

which country first had large sunflower farms

D.

Sunflowers grow in Kansas and North Dakota.

14.

A.

B.

How are the main ideas of the two articles different?

The first article is mainly about growing sunflowers. The second article is mainly about how popular the sunflower is in Russia. The first article is mainly about where sunflowers grow and why. The second article is all about the sunflower.

C.

The first article is mostly about where sunflowers are grown. The second article is only about the history of sunflowers.

D.

The first article mostly tells about why sunflowers are beautiful. The second article tells mainly how big sunflowers grow.

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Kentucky Short-Answer Question General Scoring Guide

Score Point 2

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Score Point 1

You complete all components of the question and communicate ideas clearly. You demonstrate understanding of the concepts and/or processes. You provide a correct answer using an accurate explanation.

You provide a partially correct answer to the question and/or address only a portion of the question. You demonstrate partial understanding of the concepts and/or processes.

Score Point 0

Your answer is totally incorrect or irrelevant.

Blank

You did not give any answer at all.

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Write your answer to short-answer question in the space provided on this page. 15. How are the details from “Sunflower Farms” and “Ask About Sunflowers” alike and different? Use key details from both texts to support your response.

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