Sample Test Questions
Two boys were riding their bicycles in the park when they saw something strange in front of them. They got off
their bicycles and walked over to take a closer look.
“It looks like a brown blob to me,” said Tony.
“I think it looks like a giant potato,” replied Alex. Alex reached out his hand to poke the brown blob. Suddenly,
the strange brown thing began to speak.
“I am not a giant potato,” said the blob. “My name is Mr. Hicklefickle, and I come from the planet Spud.” Tony
and Alex stared at Mr. Hicklefickle in surprise.
“Wow,” said Tony.
“I can’t believe it,” Alex said. “Why are you here?”
“I am here to learn about Earth,” replied Mr. Hicklefickle. “Can you show me around your planet?”
“Sure,” Alex agreed happily.
“This will be fun!” said Tony.
Which lines in this story were spoken by Tony? Which words were spoken by Alex?
Jason loved baseball more than anything. He wanted to play on his town's team, so he went to try-outs on
Saturday morning. The first time he swung at the ball, he struck out. He tried again and again, but could not hit
the ball. Jason wanted to give up, but he did not. He swung one more time. This time, he smacked the ball into
the field! Jason made the team. He was very happy.
What is the moral (lesson) of this story?
Jackie and John both had a ton of math homework to do. Jackie came home from school and sat down at her
desk. She did her math problems slowly and checked all of the answers. John raced through his homework and
went out to play.
The next day, Jackie got a 100% on her homework. John only got a 50%. John was mad at himself. He knew he
could have done better.
What is the moral (lesson) of this story?
Suzi wanted a glass of lemonade. Mom had left it in a huge pitcher in the refrigerator. Suzi put both hands
around the pitcher’s handle, but it was way too heavy for her to lift off the shelf.
A few minutes later, Suzi’s older sister Kate walked into the kitchen. "Hey, sis! Do you want some help with
that?" Kate asked.
"I can do it myself!" Suzi told Kate.
Suzi grabbed the pitcher and yanked it off the shelf. A second later, the lemonade was all over the floor.
Olaf was dragging a sack of potatoes up the hill to his family’s cottage. His mother had told him to fetch the
sack from the market. Olaf pulled and pulled, but could not make it up the hill. He did not want to leave the sack
because the crows might eat the potatoes. Olaf did not know what to do.
Suddenly, Olaf’s friend John ran up to him. "Good day, Olaf!" said John. "Do you need some help?”
"Yes, I do," said Olaf.
Both boys grabbed the sack. They pulled it together until they got the potatoes to Olaf’s cottage.
How are Suzi and Olaf different?
Unit End: Approx.
Questions for Understanding Theme
The theme of a plot is the overall message or lesson
that the author wants you to learn. The theme is
generally a big idea and can be summed up in one or
two words. Examples of theme are honesty,
compassion, responsibility, be yourself, and tell the
Good questions to ask as you search to find the
• What did the character(s) learn in the story?
• How did the characters grow or change?
• How did the character(s) get what they want or
solve the problem?
Great Resources for Theme:
A Chair for My Mother (Storytown)
Serious Farm (Storytown)
A Bad Case of the Stripes
What is a plot?
A plot is what happens in a
story. In the beginning of most
stories, the setting, characters,
and problem of the story are
given. In the middle, the
characters try to solve the
problem. The end usually tells
how the problem is solved.
In our plot unit, we are talking
about the different parts of a
plots, the theme of a story, and
how the point of view of
characters influences the plot.
Point of View
In second grade, students should be able to
acknowledge the differences in points of view of
characters in a story. They should also be able to use
their voices to show the different characters speaking
as they read aloud. During this part of the unit, we are
going to read many classic fairytales and their
“fractured fairytale” counterparts where the stories
are told from different points of view.
The Stinky Cheese Man and other Fairly Stupid Tales,
The True Story of the 3 Little Pigs, The 3 Ninja Pigs
At Home Activities
• If there are read aloud books that we
read at school or your child is interested
in, read alouds are often available to
watch/read on youtube!
• Use comic strips, flash cards, or other
pictures to describe the events in a
story’s plot. They should be able to put
the events in order. For an extra twist, try
mixing the order up and see if students
can put the pieces in the correct order
When students are comparing and
contrasting plots and story elements, they
are seeing how the different parts are
alike and how they are different. Students
should be able to identify key words.
Contrast: not alike, different, difference,
but, however, even though
Compare: alike, both, similar, same, like,
Stellaluna, The Town
Mouse and Country Mouse
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