This packet corresponds with the following 3rd grade Common Core Standard for English: CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.4 Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.
This packet includes nonfiction passages to practice reading comprehension and especially identifying the meaning of vocabulary words in context. There are passages about river otters, monarch butterflies, blue whales, Jimmy Carter, Sally Ride and BB King. There are three paragraphs about animals, and three biographical paragraphs.
An answer key is included, and all of the questions are multiple choice except for one true/false question. This packet would work well for standardized state test preparation. The questions help students analyze the meaning of words in context and the ideas of nonfiction paragraphs.