Grade 3 Speaking / Listening - Main Ideas and Details
Read the story about technology before answering the questions.

Grade 3 Speaking / Listening - Main Ideas and Details

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When a speaker is explaining something, it is important for the members of the group to understand the main idea. Also, they should listen for important details. In a group discussion, members may show charts or graphs to support what they are saying. These visuals should be analyzed to determine how they support the topic. In this quiz, students will answer questions about the main idea, details, graphs and pictures.

Story - Technology

Different types of technology have been around for a long time. In the past several years, it has increased. In the 1920s people listened to radios. They could hear the news and weather reports. In the 1950s, people began watching television. They could see pictures instead of just hearing words. Then in the 1990s, people started using cell phones. They could communicate while they were away from their house.

Today, we use cell phones and small laptops. We carry them around. However, they can cause problems. Sometimes, people do not look where they are going. This is because they are looking at their cell phones. Carrying a cell phone around makes it easy to steal. Also, people play video games on their cell phones and laptops too much.

In the future, people believe that there will be even more technology. Yet, it is difficult to figure out. Some people will look at patterns that have been going on with technology. They feel that technology has been increasing and will continue to increase in the years to come.

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1.
Read Story - Technology above.
What is the main idea of the first paragraph?
Problems with technology.
Types of technology.
How technology will change in the future.
Cell phones.
This paragraph includes the different types of technology.
2.
Read Story - Technology above.
What detail supports the main idea in the first paragraph?
Cell phones let us play video games on them.
Different types of technology have been around for a long time.
People used radios, televisions and cell phones.
Laptops have become very small.
A detail to support the different types of technology include those that were mentioned in the paragraph.
3.
Read Story - Technology above.
What is the main idea of the second paragraph?
Problems with technology.
Types of technology.
How technology will change in the future.
Cell phones.
The second paragraph mentions several problems that people have with cell phones and laptops.
4.
Read Story - Technology above.
What detail supports the main idea in the second paragraph?
Today, we use cell phones and small laptops.
Televisions and radios were the only technology for a long time.
Cell phones are better than laptops because you can do more on them.
People play video games more than they should because of technology.
This detail supports the problems with technology.
5.
Read Story - Technology above.
What is the main idea of the third paragraph?
Cell phones are easy to steal.
Technology in the future.
Why people don't like technology.
Radios and televisions.
The last paragraph explains what people think of technology in the future.
6.
Read Story - Technology above.
What detail supports the main idea in the third paragraph?
Cell phones will be cheaper in the future.
People get lost because they are looking at their cell phones.
In the 1990s, people began to experience better technology.
Patterns will be looked at to see if technology will increase.
This detail supports the main idea about technology in the future.
7.
Look at the picture. What is the main idea of the picture?
The son is looking down at the ground.
The mother and son love to be outside.
The boy is in trouble.
The mother loves to touch her son's shoulder.
The picture is about the son being in trouble.
8.
Look at the picture. What is a detail about the picture that supports the main idea?
There are trees in the background.
The mother and son are outside.
The son's face is upset.
The son is wearing a blue shirt.
Since the son's face is upset, he is probably in trouble.
9.
Look at the picture. The graph in the picture shows Ben's grades throughout the years. What can be said about his grades?
They have gone up throughout the years.
They have gone down throughout the years.
It is hard to tell how he did.
They have remained the same.
The graph shows an increase, so Ben's grades have gone up.
10.
Look at the picture. The graph in the picture shows the amount of toys that have been sold in a store throughout the years. What can be said about the toys sold?
The amount of toys sold has always remained the same.
The amount of toys sold has gone down every year.
The amount of toys sold has gone up every year.
The amount of toys sold changes from year to year, sometimes up and sometimes down.
In which month do you think the most toys were sold?
Author:  Amy Flanders

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