We are the authors of this humorous story that follows Alejandro and Jaime, two 5th grade boys, as they sneak into a local circus. When they realize that the costumes they’ve put on are for the “Magnificent Flyers,” a daring duo who get shot out of cannons during their act, they discover they’ve made the mistake of a lifetime!
This funny and relevant story is followed by 11 rigorous questions. The characters are Hispanic, but ALL kids will see themselves or their classmates in this pair as they bumble their way into more and more trouble.
Also included is a Reader’s Theater passage so the entire class can participate in the fun and laughter. The names are easily adaptable into female names so that everyone can be included.
The challenging 5th grade level word problems we have created are multiple choice since that is how elementary students are tested in state exams. If you have students that would benefit more from these same questions in an open-ended format, let us know and we will post the same test without the multiple choice answers.
We have provided all of the answer keys for math and reading. For the math problems, the process is more important than the answer so you may wish to allow your students to use calculators. If there is any confusion, please write us and we will be happy to accommodate.