Enter Your Name (Optional)


DIRECTIONS
Read the introduction and the passage that follows. Then read each question and mark the circle next to the correct answer.


Hannah is in the fourth grade. She wrote this report for her science class. She has asked you to help her revise and edit it. Read Hannah’s report and think about the corrections and improvements she should make. Then answer the questions that follow.

  (1) Baby kangaroos are called joeys. (2) While grown kangaroos can be
 

as tall as people, newborn joeys are as small as jelly beans. (3) As soon as a joey

is born, it climbs into its mother’s pouch. (4) In the pouch the Joey finds the ends

of special tubes. (5) These tubes contain milk. (6) A baby kangaroo keeps their

mouth around these tubes for four months. (7) During this time its eyes open, and

it grows hair. (8) Soon it looks less like a jelly bean and  more like a small

kangaroo.

 

  (9) At about four months of age, a Joey begin peeking out of its mother’s
 
pouch. (10) It stays in the pouch  to drink its mother’s milk, but it also starts to

learn about the outside World. (11) Sometimes when its mother nibbles on grass,

a Joey will lean out and taste the grass, too.
 

  (12) When a Joey is about six months old, it begins to take short trips
 
away from its mother. (13) It learns to hop and jump but quickly returns to the

safety of the pouch. (14) By the time it is eight months old, a Joey is too  big to fit

inside its mother’s pouch. (15) It still pokes its head back in when it wants milk,

but there isnt much room anymore. (16) By this time the mother kangaroo usually

has a new little Joey safely tucked inside her pouch.



1 Which sentence should be added after sentence 3?
  
A When the baby first learns to stand, its legs are very wobbly.
B Do you remember how tiny these baby kangaroos are?
C Just after birth, it just climbs right in.
D This is a deep pocket that stretches across the mother kangaroo’s stomach.
 
4 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 9?
  
F Change the comma to a period
G Change begin to begins
H Change peeking to peking
J Make no change
     
2 What is the BEST way to combine sentences 4 and 5?
  
F In the pouch the joey finds the ends of special tubes that contain milk.
G In the pouch the joey finds the ends of special tubes these tubes contain milk.
H In the pouch the joey finds the ends of special tubes before these tubes contain milk.
J In the pouch the joey finds the ends of tubes that are special tubes that contain milk.
 
5 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 10?
  
A Change stays to stay
B Change mother’s to mothers’
C Change World to world
D Make no change
     
3 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 6?
  
A Change baby to Baby
B Change keeps to keep
C Change their to its
D Make no change
 
6 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 15?
  
F Change pokes to pocks
G Change there to they’re
H Change isnt to isn’t
J Make no change
     


Carlos’s fourth-grade class has been learning about animal families. Carlos wrote this paper to tell about a prairie-dog family. He decided to write the paper as if he were a prairie dog himself. He wants you to read the paper and help him improve it. As you read, think about the suggestions you would give Carlos. Then answer the questions that follow.
My Life as a Prairie Dog
  (1) I wake up as my father is scampering up the entrance to our burrow.
 
(2) What does he hear. (3) I follow him and watch as he listens. (4) He sniffs the

air for dangerous. (5) He wants to be sure there is not a coyote or a hawk

nearby.

  (6) “Yek-yek-yek!” he calls. (7) That means it is safe. (8) I rush out to
 
greet the other prairie dogs that share my territory (9) I rub noses and teeth with

all of my friends. (10) Then I run my paws through their tan fur, scratching and

grooming.
 

  (11) My stomach feels empty. (12) I goes off in search of roots and
 
insects. (13) Maybe even a crunchy grasshopper. (14) Just as I spot a delicious-

looking plant, a huge shadow passes over me. (15) It’s a hawk!
 

  (16) “Churk-churk-churk!” I cry in a high-pitched tone. (17) All the other
 
prairie dogs hear my cry, and they dash for their burrows when they hear my cry.

(18) Once inside, everyone is safely. (19) The predator is too big to fit into the

burrows. (20) Minutes pass. (21) Slowly I peek out from the mound. (22) I am

searching for signs of the hawk. (23) I’m glad I can see around me without

sticking my head out very far.
 

  (24) “Yek-yek-yek!” I call. (25) Once more everyone comes tumbling
 
out of the burrows. (26) It’s just another day in a prairie-dog town!


7 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 2?
  
A Change does to do
B Change he to him
C Change the period to a question mark
D Make no change
 
11 What is the BEST way to rewrite the ideas in sentence 17?
  
A All the other prairie dogs hear my cry, and they dash for their burrows. When they hear my cry.
B All the other prairie dogs hear my cry. And dash for their burrows when they do.
C All the other prairie dogs hear my cry they dash for their burrows.
D All the other prairie dogs hear my cry, and they dash for their burrows.
     
8 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 4?
  
F Change sniffs to sniff
G Change for to four
H Change dangerous to danger
J Make no change
 
12 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 18?
  
F Change Once to once
G Change everyone to he
H Change safely to safe
J Make no change
     
9 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 8?
  
A Change greet to great
B Change share to shares
C Insert a period after territory
D Make no change
 
13 Which sentence could BEST be added after sentence 25?
  
A We are all ready to play and lie in the sun.
B Prairie dogs make yipping sounds called barks.
C Prairie dogs are related to squirrels.
D We each have a black tip on our tail.
     
10 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 12?
  
F Change goes to go
G Change search to serch
H Insert a comma after roots
J Make no change
 
14 Which of the following is NOT a complete sentence?
  
F Sentence 3
G Sentence 5
H Sentence 9
J Sentence 13
     


Joseph is in the fourth grade. He wrote this book report and wants you to help him correct
and improve it. Read the report and think about the suggestions you would give Joseph.
Then answer the questions that follow.
Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
  (1) I’ve just read a great book by judy blume. (2) The book, Tales of
 
 a Fourth Grade Nothing, is a story about a fourth grader named Peter Hatcher.

(3) Peter lives in an apartment in New York City. (4) He has a two-year-old

brother named Farley Drexel. (5) Farley, whose nickname is Fudge, is always in

trouble. (6) Peter feels that he gets blammed for the mischief Fudge creates. (7)

That’s why Peter calls himself a fourth-grade nothing.
 

  (8) At the beginning of the story, Peter goes to a party at his friend
 
Jimmys house. (9) He guesses how many jelly beans are in a jar and wins a little

turtle. (10) Peter names the turtle Dribble. (11) He keeps Dribble in a bowl, and

it’s in his room. (12) Fudge always wants to play with Dribble when Peter goes to

school.
 

  (13) One day when Peter is at school, Fudge eats Dribble! (14) Fudge’s
 

mother rushes him to the hospital. (15) The doctors give Fudge some medicine,

and the medicine makes Fudge feel better. (16) But Peter is still very upset, so his

father decides to buy him a new pet.
 

  (17) I liked Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing because it was about an
 
ordinary kid like me. (18) I understood Peter’s troubles because I have an

annoying one just like Fudge. (19) But the best thing about the book was that it

made me laugh. (20) The things that happened to Peter and his little brother were

so funny that they made me realize my brother is pretty funny, too.



15 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 1?
  
A Change I've to Ive
B Change great to greater
C Change judy blume to Judy Blume
D Make no change
 
18 What is the BEST way to rewrite sentence 11?
  
F He keeps Dribble in a bowl in his room.
G He keeps Dribble in a bowl. In his room.
H He keeps Dribble in a bowl. And it's in his room.
J He keeps Dribble in a bowl and his room.
     
16 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 6?
  
F Change feels to feeling
G Change he to it
H Change blammed to blamed
J Make no change
 
19 What is the BEST way to rewrite the ideas in sentence 15?
  
A The doctors they give Fudge some medicine that makes Fudge feel better.
B The doctors give Fudge some medicine it makes him feel better.
C The doctors give Fudge some medicine that makes him feel better.
D The doctors give Fudge some medicine. And make Fudge feel better.
     
17 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 8?
  
A Change beginning to begining
B Change goes to go
C Change Jimmys to Jimmy's
D Make no change
 
20 The meaning of sentence 18 can be improved by changing one to —
  
F ordinary kid
G pet
H Fudge
J little brother
     


Asante wrote this story about his brother Kareem. He wants you to help him correct and improve it. Read Asante’s story and think about the changes you would make. Then answer the questions that follow.
Chewy's Escape
(1) Kareem was alarmed when he walked into his room. (2) The side

door to the hamster cage was open, and wood shavings from inside were

scattered on the desk. (3) Kareem rushed over to the cage it was empty. 

(4) He wondered how he could have been so careless. (5) He must not

have in the morning fastened the door shut after feeding the hamster. (6) Now

Chewy had escaped. (7) Chewy belonged to Kareem’s friend Mark. (8)Mark

had trusted Kareem to take care of Chewy. (9) While Mark and his family were

out of town. (10) Kareem felt terrible.

 

(11) He searched his room and the rest of the house, but he could not find

Chewy. (12) Kareem thought about replacing Chewy with another

hamster and not telling Mark. (13) However, he new that would be dishonest.

(14) Finally Kareem decided to buy a new hamster and tell Mark the truth about

what had happened.

(15) When Mark came over to get Chewy the next day, Kareem was

nervous. (16) He told Mark the story and said he was sorry. (17) Before Mark

could answer, Kareem notices a scratching sound in his desk drawer. (18) He

slowly opened the drawer and peeked inside. (19) Mark coaxed Chewy out with

a peice of food and put him in the cage with the new hamster.

(20) Both boys were relieved to have Chewy back. (21) The boys had

boys had been friends since first grade. (22) “Well, Kareem, it looks like you

bought yourself a hamster!” Mark exclaimed.



21 What is the BEST way to rewrite sentence 3?
  
A Rushing over to the cage that was empty is what Kareem did.
B Kareem rushed over to it, the cage that was empty.
C The cage was empty because Kareem rushed over to it.
D Kareem rushed over to the cage, but it was empty.
 
25 Which sentence could BEST be added after sentence 18?
  
A Two little eyes were looking back at him.
B He had gotten the desk for his birthday last year.
C Mark had been his best friend since second grade.
D One time he had slammed his finger in the drawer.
     
22 What is the BEST way to rewrite the ideas in sentence 5?
  
F He must not have fastened the door shut after feeding the hamster in the morning.
G He must not have fastened the door shut. After feeding the hamster in the morning.
H In the morning he must not have after feeding the hamster fastened the door shut.
J After feeding the hamster, he must not have fastened the door shut. In the morning.
 
26 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 19?
  
F Change peice to piece
G Change and to he
H Change put to putting
J Change him to himself
     
23 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 13?
  
A Change he to they
B Change new to knew
C Change dishonest to unhonest
D Make no change
 
27 Which of the following is NOT a complete sentence?
  
A Sentence 2
B Sentence 4
C Sentence 9
D Sentence 10
     
24 What change, if any, should be made in sentence 17?
  
F Change notices to noticed
G Change scratching to scraching
H Insert it was after sounds
J Make no change
 
28 Which sentence does NOT belong in this story?
  
F Sentence 6
G Sentence 8
H Sentence 12
J Sentence 21
     

You have reached the end of the test. To score the test, click on the "Score Test" button. To clear your answers and begin the test again, click on the "Reset" button. The scoring of the test will take a minimum of 10 seconds.

Copyright©2003, Texas Education Agency. All rights reserved. Reproduction of all or portions of this work is prohibited without express written permission from the Texas Education Agency.