Grade 2 Reading Foundation - Purpose and Understanding
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Grade 2 Reading Foundation - Purpose and Understanding

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When reading a text whether it is a story or informational article, the students should be reading for purpose and understanding. Students use reading strategies when they are reading in order to comprehend the information. Also, the text was written for a purpose. In most cases, the purpose of a text can fall into one of three categories which are to entertain, to persuade or to inform. In this quiz, the students will read grade level text and answer questions about understanding and purpose.

Story 1 – Growing Flowers

Patty eagerly buys 5 packets of sunflower seeds at the garden store. She uses the last few dollars she had to pay for these seeds. She can’t wait to get home. She will plant them right when she gets to her garden.

Patty walks to her backyard. With a pair of scissors, she cuts open the top of the packet. Patty digs a hole in the ground in the middle of her garden. She turns the packet upside down. The seeds fall in a pile into the hole. She takes the second packet and snips off the top. It has several seeds in them. She does the same thing. She empties the seeds into the same hole. She does the same thing with the other three packets. Now there are many seeds in the hole.

Patty stares at the hole. The seeds almost come to the top of the hole. She covers the hole back with the dirt. With a watering can, she waters the ground. A puddle of water forms on top of the dirt.

Patty feels happy. She can’t wait until the sunflowers start to grow.

Story 2 – How to Plant Seeds

Dirt is needed to plant seeds. Sometimes, you can buy dirt or soil from a store. This dirt will be better dirt than the dirt in the ground. Mix the good dirt with the dirt in the ground.

Read about the flowers. Then you will know the flowers to buy. Some flowers like daisies may need more sunlight. Other flowers like pansies like the shade. Then pick out the flowers.

You need to dig a hole. It should be deep. Flowers and plants need food. Garden centers sell flower food. Place a small amount of flower food in the hole. Then cover the plant with the dirt. It should cover the roots of the plant.

Finally, take some water from a can or a hose. Spray the plant with plenty of water. You can then watch it grow.

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1.
Read Story 1 – Growing Flowers.
What is the purpose of this story?
To entertain.
To persuade.
To inform.
To describe how to do something.
Since this is a story, it was written to entertain.
2.
Read Story 1 – Growing Flowers.
How many packets of seeds did Patty buy?
2.
A handful.
4.
5.
Patty bought five packets of sunflower seeds at the store.
3.
Read Story 1 – Growing Flowers.
How do you know Patty really wants to grow flowers?
Her mom gardens a lot.
She has a really big garden in the backyard.
She uses the last of her money to buy seeds.
She told a friend how much she likes to garden.
The story lets you know that Patty used the last amount of her money to buy the sunflower seeds.
4.
Read Story 1 – Growing Flowers.
How many holes did Patty dig?
1.
0.
5.
8.
Patty only digs one hole for all of her sunflower seeds.
5.
Read Story 1 – Growing Flowers.
What mistake has Patty probably made?
She put too many seeds in the hole.
She planted the seeds in the sun.
She dug the hole too deep.
She didn’t water the plant.
Having so many seeds in a hole would probably be too many seeds.
6.
Read Story 2 – How to Plant Seeds.
What is the purpose of this story?
To entertain.
To persuade.
To inform.
To tell a story.
This story tells you how to do something which is to plant seeds.
7.
Read Story 2 – How to Plant Seeds.
Why do you need to buy dirt?
Because the dirt needs to be brown.
Because it is better dirt.
Because you may not have plenty of dirt.
Because the dirt needs to have more water in it.
Stores will sell dirt that is better than the dirt that is in the ground.
8.
Read Story 2 – How to Plant Seeds.
Which flower likes a lot of sun?
All flowers.
Daisies.
Pansies.
Violets.
Daisies like full sun which means that they like a lot of sun.
9.
Read Story 2 – How to Plant Seeds.
Which flower likes a lot of shade?
All flowers.
Roses.
Pansies.
Daisies.
Pansies like a lot of shade.
10.
Read Story 2 – How to Plant Seeds.
You put the plant in the hole. You have not covered the hole with dirt. What should you do?
Water it.
Pour more seeds in the hole.
Cover the hole with dirt.
Put flower food in the hole.
Flowers need food before you cover it with dirt. After covering the hole and plant with dirt, then you can water it.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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