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1 Wolves By Gail Gibbons Recommended Reading for grades 3-5 KP For centuries, people have been afraid of wolves, yet these animals tend to be shy and live peacefully among themselves. Here is some information on gray wolves (also called timber wolves) who live in packs that hunt in territories as large as 500 square miles. Pack leaders mate for life, and pack members hunt together, share food, and protect each other. There is also information about red wolves and how all wolves are in danger of extinction and need to be protected.

2 Guidelines for Parents Multiple Choice Multiple-choice questions are designed to assess Common Core Reading and Language Standards. They will ask students to analyze different aspects of a given text, including central idea, style elements, character and plot development, and vocabulary. Almost all questions, including vocabulary questions, will only be answered correctly if the student comprehends and makes use of the whole passage. For multiple-choice questions, students will select the correct response from four answer choices. Short Response Short-response questions are designed to assess Common Core Reading and Language Standards. These are single questions in which students use textual evidence to support their own answer to an inferential question. These questions ask the student to make an inference (a claim, position, or conclusion) based on his or her analysis of the passage, and then provide two pieces of text based evidence to support his or her answer. The purpose of the short-response questions is to assess a student s ability to comprehend and analyze text. In responding to these questions, students will be expected to write in complete sentences. Responses should require no more than three complete sentences. Please write response with complete sentences, correct spelling and punctuation. Extended Response Extended-response questions are designed to measure a student s ability to Write from Sources. Questions that measure Writing from Sources prompt students to communicate a clear and coherent analysis of one or two texts. The comprehension and analysis required by each extended response is directly related to grade specific reading standards. Student responses are evaluated on the degree to which they meet grade-level writing and language expectations. This evaluation is made using a rubric that incorporates the demands of grade specific Common Core Writing, Reading, and Language standards. The integrated nature of the Common Core Learning Standards for ELA and Literacy require that students are evaluated across the strands (Reading, Writing and Language) with longer piece of writing such as those prompted by the extended-response questions. Please remember to write complete sentences, correct spelling, punctuation, opening paragraph, answer question with details from text and closing paragraph.

3 Name Grade Multiple Choice 2 pts. Gray wolves live in groups called packs which can be made up of three to more than 20 wolves. It is believed that red wolves don t form packs. The wolf packs live and hunt in territories that can be as large as 500 square miles. They mark the boundaries with their urine, which leaves a scent warning other wolf packs to stay away. The packs are made up of males, females, and pups. The leader of a pack is called an alpha wolf. He is smart and strong and will fight off any wolf that tries to take over the pack. He is also the tallest in the pack. When he looks the other wolves in the eye, they crouch down and tuck their tail between their hind legs. Sometimes they rollover and lick the alpha wolf s face, letting him know that he s the boss. 1. Red wolves: A. live in pack of 3 B. live in packs of 2 C. live alone D. live with a partner 2. Alpha wolves: A. crouch down when they are looked in the eye B. are strong, smart, and large leaders C. won t fight another wolf who threatened to take over the pack D. tuck their tail between their hind legs to show fear 3. Gray wolves: A. live in packs B. hunt together C. mark their boundaries D. all of the above Score 4. Gray wolves mark the boundaries of their territories to show: A. the wolves in their pack where their territory B. the pups in the pack how to mark territories C. other wolf packs a warning to stay away D. the alpha wolf that he is the leader Office Use Only 2pts.

4 Short Response Question 1 There are two different types of wolves: the gray wolf (also known as the timber wolf) and the red wolf. Depending on where the gray wolf lives, he can have black, white, brown or gray fur. Thirty-two different kinds of gray wolves have been identified; however, some no longer exist. Red wolves aren t really red. They are a combination of black, gray and reddish brown. They are smaller and more slender than gray wolves. Of the three original different kinds of red wolves, only one type lives today. All wolves are in danger of becoming extinct. Using the above passage, explain how you know this to be true. Use two details from the above text. Office use only 2 pt. question Score

5 Short Response Question 2A Wolves are hunters. They are carnivores. They have strong jaws and 42 teeth for fearing, chewing, and grinding. Four of the teeth are called canine teeth or fangs which they use to grip an animal when they catch it. Wolves have a keen sense of smell for sniffing out their prey and a keen sense of hearing. They can hear sounds from far away. Wolves are very good hunters. Using the above text, cite two or three details to explain this to be true. Question 2B Using the above text, explain what the word prey means. Office use only Question 3A 2 pts. 3B 1 pt. Score

6 Short Response Question 3 The members of a pack care for each other. They protect each other, hunt together, and share their food too. The alpha wolf decides where and when to hunt. Hunting for a large animal would be too difficult for one lone wolf. Hunting in packs helps the wolves to survive. How does being a member of the wolf pack help wolves to survive? Use above text to give two details to support your answer. Office use only 2 pts. 2pts.

7 Extended Response ~ 4 pts. In the book, we learn about wolves and how they live. By studying wolves in their natural surroundings and watching them for long periods of time, scientists have learned that wolves play an important part in the balance of our natural world. Use the book to explain why they need our protection so they do not become extinct. Include the following: o Some reasons for their extinction o Why wolves are misunderstood o How some laws are changing

8 Office use only 4 pts. Score

9 Name Grade SCORE SHEET KP Wolves By Gail Gibbons Score Multiple Choice 2 pts. Short Response 1 2 pts. Short Response 2A 2 pts. Shore Response 2B 1 pt. Short Response 3 2 pts. Extended Response 4 pts. Passing Grade pts Your final score For Scorers Use Only Comments to Student: Thank you for participating in Mr. G s ELA Book Club. Please save these score sheets. Once you have completed three books and received three passing grades returns the sheets to my office for a free Dress Down Day

10 Tips for Parents 1. Read the entire book before filling out the form 2. Yes, you may read it to your child 3. Ask questions along the way ~ i.e. vocabulary inference, predicting what will happen next 4. When students answer your questions ask them what from the text gave them the clues to help with their answer 5. Have children do drafts on scrap paper for the written response first a. Review for spelling, punctuation, grammar, etc. b. Enhance the vocabulary words in the response i. Change ~ like to adore ii. Change ~ want to desire etc. 6. Develop vocabulary word list from the stories and use them at home whenever possible 7. Discuss what your child learned from the story not just retelling the story

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