Grade 3 Reading Information - Events, Ideas and Concepts
Read the story about Mount Rushmore before answering the questions.

Grade 3 Reading Information - Events, Ideas and Concepts

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Reading informational text requires students to understand the relationships among events. In many informational texts, there are historical events, scientific ideas or steps in a process. The student should be aware of the relationships among these concepts or ideas. They should look for key words. In this quiz, the students will read a historical text and answer questions about the relationship among the events.

Story - Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore is a popular landmark in South Dakota. It was sculpted into the rocks of the Black Hills. Doane Robinson wanted to bring more tourists to South Dakota. He came up with an idea in 1923 to carve the faces of famous people into a mountain of South Dakota. Robinson talked to Gutzon Borglum about his idea.

First, the two men had to decide which mountain to carve the faces into. Robinson wanted the faces to be carved into the Needles. The Needles were another area of the Black Hills. However, Borglum decided to carve the faces into Mount Rushmore because the sun shines on this mountain.

Next, Robinson and Borglum had to decide who would be carved into the mountain. At first, Robinson wanted the faces of people from the Wild West to be on the mountain. By looking at their faces, Borglum felt that no one would know who those people were. He suggested using the faces of famous presidents.

Then, in 1927, Gutzon Borglum and his workers began to carve George Washington. Borglum and his workers used hand tools and dynamite to blast the rock away. In 1934, Washington was finished. After Washington, Thomas Jefferson was carved to Washington’s left side. Jefferson was finished in 1937. Then Theodore Roosevelt was carved into the mountain and it was finished in 1939. Before finishing the carving of Abraham Lincoln, Gutzon Borglum died in 1941. His son, Lincoln Borglum finished the carvings during the same year.
1.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
Why did Doane Robinson want to carve faces into a mountain?
Because another man told him to.
Because he liked those presidents.
Because it would look nice.
Because it would bring more tourists to South Dakota.
Doane Robinson wanted to bring more tourists to South Dakota, so he thought about carving faces into a mountain.
2.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
After Doane Robinson thought of this idea, what did he do next?
He talked to Gutzon Borglum.
He carved Washington's face into the rocks.
He decided to carve the faces of people from the Wild West into the mountain.
He carved Jefferson's face into the rocks.
The next thing Doane Robinson did was to discuss his idea with Gutzon Borglum.
3.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
What is the first thing the two men had to decide?
They had to decide what faces to carve into the mountain.
They had to decide where to carve the faces.
They had to decide when to start.
They had to decide how they would carve the faces.
The two men had to first decide which mountain to carve the faces into.
4.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
What did the two men decide next?
Where the Needles were located.
Who would be carved into the mountain.
How would they carve the faces.
How long it would take to carve the faces.
The two men then decided to choose the faces of the presidents.
5.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
What choices did Doane want for the mountain and people?
Mount Rushmore and people from the Wild West.
Mount Rushmore and four presidents.
The Needles and four presidents.
The Needles and people from the Wild West.
Doane Robinson wanted to carve people from the Wild West into the Needles, but Gutzon Borglum had better ideas.
6.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
Which president was carved first?
George Washington.
Thomas Jefferson.
Theodore Roosevelt.
Abraham Lincoln.
Washington was carved first in 1927.
7.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
Who was carved last?
George Washington.
Thomas Jefferson.
Theodore Roosevelt.
Abraham Lincoln.
Lincoln was carved last in 1941.
8.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
What happened to Gutzon Borglum?
He died a few years after Mount Rushmore was finished.
He died right before Mount Rushmore was finished.
He died at the beginning of carving Mount Rushmore.
His son died near the end of Mount Rushmore.
Sadly, Gutzon Borglum died right before Lincoln was completed. His son took over.
9.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
How is this text arranged?
The important events are written first.
It is written in the order it took place.
It is written with problems and solutions.
The important events are written last.
The text is written in chronological order.
10.
Read the story above - Mount Rushmore.
What words let you know how this text is arranged?
Carved, wanted, died.
Finished, decided, began.
At, by, in.
First, next, then.
These are transitional words that show order.
Author:  Amy Flanders

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