School Improvement in Maryland

Sample Items: Reading Grade 3

Each sample assessment item gives an idea of how an assessment item on the MSA might be presented. The items appropriately measure the content of the State Curriculum and may be formatted similarly to those appearing on the MSA; however, these are sample items only and have not appeared on any MSA form.

 (1) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''Being a Fish'' and answer the following question.


This story mainly tells _____.

  1. how fish are different from people
  2. how many kinds of fish there are
  3. where fish can be found
  4. how fish swim

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 (2) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''Being a Fish'' and answer the following question.


Which question does the article answer?

  1. Do fish have teeth?
  2. How can I catch a fish?
  3. Do fish sleep?
  4. What does cold-blooded mean?

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 (3) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''Being a Fish'' and answer the following question.


You would most likely find an article like this in a book about _____.

  1. farm animals
  2. water fun
  3. sea life
  4. fishing

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 (4) Selected Response Sample
Read the story ''Being a Fish'' and answer the following question.


How do fish hear?

  1. With ears
  2. By feeling
  3. By tasting
  4. By smelling

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 (5) Selected Response Sample
Read this question and choose the best answer. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


In which word does tri mean three?

  1. trip
  2. countries
  3. tricycle

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 (6) Selected Response Sample
Look at the word with the underlined letters. The underlined letters stand for a sound. Decide which of the other three words has the same sound in it. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


crayon

  1. break
  2. ready
  3. bean

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 (7) Selected Response Sample
Look at the word with the underlined letters. The underlined letters stand for a sound. Decide which of the other three words has the same sound in it. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


bounce

  1. four
  2. brown
  3. soup

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 (8) Selected Response Sample
Look at the word with the underlined letters. The underlined letters stand for a sound. Decide which of the other three words has the same sound in it. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


sure

  1. silver
  2. crash
  3. pass

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 (9) Selected Response Sample
Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The bill for our electricity arrived.

In which sentence does the word bill mean the same thing as in the sentence above?

  1. That duck has a large bill.
  2. Did Maida pay this bill yet?
  3. The store will bill you for this wood.
  4. Congress will vote on the bill.

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 (10) Selected Response Sample
Choose the word or group of words that means the same, or about the same, as the underlined word. Then mark the space for the answer you have chosen.


The people began applauding to show Anne that they liked her singing. Applauding means _____.

  1. whispering
  2. calling
  3. clapping
  4. chattering

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 (11) Selected Response Sample

Which word has the same sound as the letter g in the word orange?

Orange

  1. sang
  2. gold
  3. jet

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 (12) Selected Response Sample

In which word does the letter c have the same sound as it does in the word cabin?

Cabin

  1. cellar
  2. doctor
  3. race

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In which word do the letters st have the same sound as they do in the word stone?

Stone

  1. stuck
  2. short
  3. split

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In which word do the letters sm have the same sound as they do in the word smart?

Smart

  1. stem
  2. stump
  3. smell

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In which word do the letters th have the same sound as they do in the word third?

Third

  1. they
  2. thin
  3. there

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Which word has the same sound as the letters sh in the word wash?

Wash

  1. nation
  2. sandwich
  3. sweep

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In which word does the letter a have the same sound as it does in the word snap?

Snap

  1. state
  2. handle
  3. straw

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 (18) Selected Response Sample

In which word does the letter a have the same sound as it does in the word lady?

Lady

  1. garden
  2. candle
  3. able

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 (19) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Which of these sentences best describes the speaker of this poem?

  1. The speaker enjoys learning.
  2. The speaker enjoys going places.
  3. The speaker likes to make airplanes.
  4. The speaker likes to work in the kitchen.

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 (20) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Which of these words could replace proper and not change the meaning of line 8?

  1. easy
  2. polite
  3. correct
  4. respectful

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 (21) Selected Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


The definitions for Kalamazoo and Idaho most help a reader understand that reading helps with

  1. map skills
  2. capital letters
  3. spelling skills
  4. rhyming words

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 (22) Selected Response Sample
Read the story 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


"The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea" is best described as

  1. a story about boys who visit the moon
  2. a story about making a mistake
  3. a fable about a father teaching his sons a lesson
  4. a legend about a large pudding

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 (23) Selected Response Sample
Read the story 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Read paragraphs 31 and 32 from this story.

"Where is the pudding?" my mother said.
"WHERE ARE YOU BOYS?" my father said.

The question printed in capital letters suggests that father is mostly

  1. amused
  2. curious
  3. surprised
  4. tired

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 (24) Selected Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Read paragraphs 12 and 13 from this story.

"It tastes like a whole raft of lemons," he said. "It tastes like a night on the sea."
"You've made a hole in the pudding!" I said. "But since you did it, I'll have a taste." And it tasted like a whole night of lemons. It tasted like floating at sea.

Which word best describes how Huey and Julian think the pudding tastes?

  1. different
  2. salty
  3. satisfying
  4. sour

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 (25) Selected Response Sample
Read the story 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


After reading this story a reader might still want to know

  1. how Julian cleans the kitchen
  2. why the pudding is full of deep holes
  3. when Huey and Julian crawl under the bed
  4. why the pudding is only for their mother

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 (26) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



Which of these sentences from the article clearly identifies “Follow That Horse” as nonfiction?

  1. Cuddles, a chestnut miniature horse, stands knee-high next to Dan.
  2. Cuddles is the first miniature horse to guide a blind owner.
  3. Dan feels more comfortable being guided by a horse.
  4. To keep Dan safe, Cuddles was taught to decide when to disobey.

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 (27) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



The boxed text titled “Big Facts About Little Horses” most helps a reader understand

  1. how to research what a miniature horse needs
  2. how much money to save before getting a miniature horse
  3. how to decide whether a miniature horse is a good choice for a family
  4. how to measure your house and yard before getting a miniature horse

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 (28) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



The purpose of this article is to

  1. give information about a specially trained animal
  2. describe the joys of having a special pet
  3. explain how talented animals can be
  4. persuade people to train their pets

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 (29) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



The author of this article would probably agree that animals

  1. cause a lot of allergies
  2. cost a lot of money to feed
  3. should be kept in fenced yards
  4. can be loving and useful at the same time

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 (30) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



Which sentence from this article is an opinion?

  1. Cuddles is one of only a few trained guide horses for blind people.
  2. A horse that isn’t housebroken cannot be a guide horse.
  3. At first, the sneakers must have felt strange.
  4. Cuddles saved Dan from danger recently when a bike raced into his path.

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 (31) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



After reading this article, a reader might still want to know

  1. how Dan feels about his guide horse
  2. how guide dogs and guide horses are alike
  3. how many commands a guide horse learns
  4. how Cuddles was chosen to be a guide horse

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 (32) Selected Response Sample

Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.



Read this sentence from paragraph 1 of the article.

Cuddles is on the job!

Which of these statements is the best paraphrase of this sentence?

  1. Cuddles is helping Dan.
  2. Cuddles is following Dan.
  3. Cuddles is obeying the rules.
  4. Cuddles is learning commands.

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 (33) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Follow That Horse' and answer the following question.


Explain how information in the article shows how Cuddles changed Dan's life. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation.

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 (34) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain how the father probably feels at the end of the story. In your response, use details and examples from the story that support your explanations. Write your response on your answer document.

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 (35) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Read what Julian says in paragraph 4.

Huey and I guarded the pudding.

Explain whether guarded is a good word for Julian to use to describe the boys' actions in this story. In your response, use words and phrases from the story that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (36) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'Protecting the Pandas' and answer the following question.


The author says that giant pandas are "special creatures." Explain whether the word special is a good word to use to describe the giant panda. In your response, use information from the article that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (37) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article about toys from the past 'Schoolyard Toys'. Then answer the following.


Explain how you know "Schoolyard Toys" is nonfiction. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (38) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article about toys from the past 'Schoolyard Toys'. Then answer the following.


What text feature could have been added to help a reader better understand the information in the section titled "Hoops?" In your response, use information from the article section called Hoops that supports your answer. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (39) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article about toys from the past 'Schoolyard Toys'. Then answer the following.


Explain whether or not the words in this article makes these toys sound like toys you would like to play with. In your response, use information from the article that supports your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (40) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain how the speaker of the poem feels about reading. In your response, use details and examples from the poem that support your explanation. Write your answer on your answer document.

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 (41) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain a lesson about reading that a reader can learn from this poem. In your response, use details from the poem that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (42) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the poem 'When You Can Read'. Then answer the following.


Explain another good title for this poem. In your response, use details from the poem that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (43) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain a problem in this story. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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 (44) Brief Constructed Response Sample
Read the article 'The Pudding Like a Night on the Sea' and answer the following question.


Explain how well Julian and Huey play together. In your response, use details from the story that support your explanation. Write your response on the lines below.

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