G5 – STAAR – Unit 4 – Zoo II – Moodle


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The zoo is one of the most interesting and social places for children. Chances are that most of you have been to a zoo at least once. With an abundance of different types of animals, the zoo is a unique adventure filled with intrigue and excitement.

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Most of the animals at zoos we do not get to see in our everyday experiences, and that is what makes zoos special. From polar bears to giraffes to flamingos, the zoo has it all. Where else can you go to see such animals in one place? Most of the animals are common, but only exist in specific regions around the world. You would have to travel around the world to see all the animals if it were not for zoos. The zoo brings them all to one location for everyone to enjoy.

Making the decision to go to the zoo will usually be one that you won’t regret, even if you’ve already been there.

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There is so much to see that you probably would have to make several visits before you see everything. So if you need a break from doing homework involving multiplication and division problems, go to the zoo! There are so many animals at the zoo that you can practice math by simple addition: just add up all the types of animals you see. That way you will be having fun and practicing math at the same time.

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One of the toughest things for zoos to accomplish is to create an environment that is natural for each animal. Remember, all the animals come from different parts of the world and live in various climates. A new environment can cause confusion for the animals. If they don’t make an environment that the animal can live in, the animal will not survive.

Then the zoo would have to subtract that animal, making one less animal at their zoo. So there is much pressure to make as natural an environment as possible for the individual animals. When there is a mistake, the correction must be made as soon as possible to preserve the animal’s life.

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The zoo is a fascinating place filled with wonder. There are probably creatures there that you did not even know exist. The zoo is an ideal destination where you can learn and also have fun.

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Match each word in the left column with a description in the right column that best matches its meaning

1. ____ decision

2. ____ division

3. ____ pressure

4. ____ addition

5. ____ create

6. ____ subtract

7. ____ confusion

8. ____ multiplication

9. ____ social

10. ____ correction

A. Adding up, totaling up

B. Modification, improvement

C. Invent, produce, make

D. Take away, deduct

E. Public, common

F. To times by

G. Result, conclusion, choice

H. Disorder, chaos, turmoil

I. Force, burden

J. Category, classification, group

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Multiple Choice

Circle the letter of the correct answer

1. Zoos contain animals from

A. All over the world

B. The U.S. only

C. Only local cities

D. None of the above

2. Animals present at zoos are

A. Polar bears

B. Flamingos

C. Giraffes

D. All of the above

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3. You can learn at the zoo by

A. Using math to count the animals

B. Trying to talk to the animals

C. All of the above

D. None of the above

4. One of the toughest things for a zoo to do is

A. Obtain the animals for the zoo

B. Create a suitable living environment for the animals

C. Feed the animals

D. None of the above

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5. Going to the zoo is great for

A. A study break from homework

B. Having fun

C. Learning

D. All of the above

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Choose whether each statement is true or false and write your answer in the space provided.

1.____ Zoos provide no educational benefits.

2.____ It is easy to create an animal’s “natural environment.”

3.____ Most of the animals at the zoo we can see naturally around our environment.

4.____ Zoos offer a unique experience of fun and knowledge.

5.____ Going to the zoo is usually a regrettable experience.

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Short Answer

1.What do you enjoy about the zoo?


2. What is your least favorite part of the zoo?


3. How many times have you been to the zoo?


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4. What is your favorite animal at the zoo and why?


Reading Questions

1. What is the writer’s main idea?


2. Give an example that supports the writer’s main idea


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3. How does the example help the writer’s main idea?


4. What do you think about the story?


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