Grade 3 Reading Information - Comparing Key Details
Read both stories about Thanksgiving before answering the questions.

Grade 3 Reading Information - Comparing Key Details

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There are many different texts about certain topics. Even though the writers have written about the same topic, there will be different information in them. Students can compare and contrast the important points that are made in each text. They should look at the key details. In the quiz, the students will answer questions comparing and contrasting two texts about Thanksgiving.

Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to be with family. Usually, people will cook a big dinner for their family. It may include turkey, dressing and pumpkin pie. People usually make these foods because they think that is what the Pilgrims ate during their first Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims were a group of people who came to the United States in 1620. Their ship was called the Mayflower. It took them two months to travel across the ocean to Massachusetts. These people wanted to start a new church.

The Pilgrims had trouble growing crops. The winter weather was strong. However, the Pilgrims met some friendly Native American Indians. They were called the Wampanoag. One of the Indians could speak English. The Pilgrims and Indians decided to celebrate. Four of the Pilgrims hunted for food. For their meal, they most likely had deer, seafood, and vegetables that the Indians grew. Everyone was happy for a long time.

Story 2 - Thanksgiving

Many people love Thanksgiving. It is a time to eat turkey and spend time with family members. However, most of the people at the first Thanksgiving were the natives. There were only a few Pilgrims. These two groups of people had met before. One of the Native Americans was named Squanto. He spoke English and talked to the Pilgrims. When Squanto and his tribe helped the Pilgrims with their farming, a few of the Pilgrims and Native Americans got together for a meal.

Due to the crops they grew and animals they hunted, the meal probably included squash, deer and fish. They most likely did not eat together at a table. However, a few years later, the Pilgrims would fight the Wampanoag Native Americans. These people had been friendly before, but now they would fight a war against each other for a few years.
1.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving and Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
What is a main difference in the stories?
What the groups ate for their Thanksgiving meal.
When the groups first met.
How the groups got along after the Thanksgiving meal.
What people do at Thanksgiving today.
At the end of the stories, story 1 explains that they got along for a long time. However, story 2 explains that they were at war with each other.
2.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving
How long did it take the Pilgrims to cross the ocean?
Three months.
Two months.
Six months.
Two weeks.
It took the Pilgrims two months to cross the Atlantic Ocean.
3.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving and Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Which story includes the name of the Native American who spoke English?
Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving.
Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Both stories.
Neither story.
Story 2 is the only story that contains the name Squanto.
4.
Read Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
What did the meal include?
Squash and deer.
Turkey and pumpkin pie.
Green beans and squash.
Ham and turkey.
Most likely, the Pilgrims and Native Americans ate squash and deer.
5.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving and Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Which story explains why the Pilgrims came to Massachusetts?
Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving.
Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Both stories.
Neither story.
Only the first story explains why the Pilgrims came to the United States.
6.
Read Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
What is the name of the Native American tribe?
Pilgrims.
Wampanoag.
Squanto.
Thanksgiving.
The Native Americans that are associated with Thanksgiving are the Wampanoags.
7.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving and Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Which story explains how and when the Pilgrims got to Massachusetts?
Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving.
Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Both stories.
Neither story.
Only the first story explains how and when the Pilgrims came to the United States.
8.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving
What did the Pilgrims want to do in Massachusetts?
They wanted to explore other areas.
They wanted to travel a lot.
They wanted to start a new church.
They wanted to meet the Wampanoag Native Americans.
People were not allowing the Pilgrims to practice their own religion, so the Pilgrims moved away.
9.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving and Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Is the Thanksgiving meal the same in both stories?
Yes, both meals contain almost the same food.
Yes, but the fruits were different.
No, the stories have different meats.
No, the stories have different vegetables.
Even though the words may be a little different, they are primarily the same meal.
10.
Read Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving and Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Which story explains that there were not a lot of Pilgrims at the Thanksgiving meal?
Story 1 - The First Thanksgiving.
Story 2 - Thanksgiving.
Both stories.
Neither story.
Both stories give information about the number of people who came to Thanksgiving.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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