Grade 3 Reading Information - Writing Instructions
Take the dog for a walk.

Grade 3 Reading Information - Writing Instructions

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This English quiz takes a look at writing instructions. A written instruction is usually a direction or order. 'Take out your books', 'Underline the key words', 'Take the dog for a walk', 'Shut the door!' - you will be very familiar with instructions.

Sometimes instructions need to be much longer than just one sentence, however. If you are telling someone how to do something a bit complicated, you might write it down in a set of instructions.

You will have no doubt come across a list of instructions, perhaps when using a recipe or when putting something together.

See how well you know the difference between instructions and other types of writing by trying this English quiz.

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1.
Horses are animals. Just like people, horses can get scared. Sometimes, a loud sound will scare a horse. An animal might hurt the horse like a snake. When the horse gets scared, it may run fast. It may also make noises or raise up on its back legs.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Comparison.
Description.
Sequence.
Cause/Effect.
The causes and effects of a horse getting scared are explained.
2.
It is easy to make a sandwich. First, get two slices of bread. Second, spread mayo or mustard on each slice. Third, lay meat on the bread. Last, put the sandwich together and eat it.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Cause/Effect.
Description.
Sequence.
Comparison.
Using the words, first, second, and third, the paragraph is written in a sequential order.
3.
Mowing the lawn can help young people make money. Young people can also babysit for the local children. They can make money that way. After someone makes money, they can buy clothes and other things they want or need. They could also save the money in their bank.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Cause/Effect.
Sequence.
Comparison.
Description.
The cause in this text is about ways to make money and the effect in this text is what you can do with the money you made.
4.
Grizzly bears and polar bears are two different types of bears. They both eat meat. They may kill other animals to eat them. They also sleep for a long time. However, grizzly bears live in the mountains and polar bears live in cold places. Polar bears are also white and grizzly bears are usually brown.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Cause/Effect.
Description.
Comparison.
Sequence.
This text compares grizzly bears with polar bears. It shows the similarities and differences between the two bears.
5.
People need to wash their cars. First, they get a bucket of water. Second, they pour soap in the bucket. Third, they take a rag and put it into the bucket. Last, they wash the car.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Comparison.
Sequence.
Description.
Cause/Effect.
In the text, it shows the sequence of how to wash a car.
6.
Frogs and toads are very similar. They hop and live in or near ponds. They also both eat bugs. Frogs have smooth wet skin. Toads have dry skin.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Cause/Effect.
Comparison.
Description.
Sequence.
Frogs and toads are being compared in the text.
7.
Children get hurt sometimes. They may run fast and trip and fall. They could also cut their hand with a knife. Sometimes, children will get hit by another child. After one of these things happen, children get a band-aid put on their skin. Other times, a child may need to go to the hospital.

What type of connection is in the above text?
Cause/Effect.
Description.
Sequence.
Comparison.
The text is written in a cause/effect way by showing ways children get and hurt and what may happen after that.
8.
Which of these connectives should be used in a set of instructions?
Yet, for, because, otherwise.
On the other hand, because, so, secondly.
Therefore, next, however, although.
First, next, then, finally.
Your instructions should be written using 'time connectives', such as 'first', 'next', 'then' and 'finally', to emphasize the correct order for following the steps.
9.
Which of the following set of instructions is in the correct order?
Turn on the tap, soap your hands, rinse your hands, turn off the tap, dry your hands.
Rinse your hands, turn on the tap, turn off the tap, soap your hands, dry your hands.
Soap your hands, turn off the tap, dry your hands, turn on the tap, rinse your hands.
Dry your hands, turn on the tap, soap your hands, rinse your hands, turn off the tap.
Using connectives would improve these instructions: First, turn on the tap. Then soap your hands. Next, rinse your hands...
10.
Many types of writing use instructions. Which of these does NOT use instructions?
List of safety rules.
Craft how-to guide.
Letters page in a newspaper.
Board games.
Instructions are important in a board game - otherwise how would you know how to play it?!
Author:  Amy Flanders

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