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Grammar Crunch

Circle the form of the verb be that best completes each sentence.

1. The fat pink pig (was, were) so cute.

2. Martha (is, are, am) very shy around new people.

3. After the storm, branches (was, were) lying in the street.

4. We (is, are, am) going to the beach when school is out.

5. Ashley said Abraham Lincoln (was, were) a great president.

Read the paragraph and answer the questions.

6. Kayla and Kiki are two dolphins in a show at the local aquarium. Each afternoon they perform for the audience
who comes to watch them. Kayla and Kiki know many tricks. They jump through hoops. They walk across the
water using their tails. They leap high out of the water to take a fish from the dolphin trainer.
Kayla and Kiki are beautiful dolphins. They are about 12 feet long. They each weigh about 400 pounds. They can
stay under water for almost 15 minutes while holding their breath. Kayla and Kiki are very gentle animals. The
audience loves seeing them perform and learning about them.

How do Kayla and Kiki learn their tricks?

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Use the following words to complete each sentence: preys, wave, waist, and weak.

7.

The beach was pounded by ____ after wave.

8.
A dishonest car salesman ____ on people who are not knowledgeable about
used cars.

9.

Scarlett O'Hara was upset because her ____ had grown to 17 inches!
10.
The coffee was too ____ for my taste.

Write the main idea of the paragraph and then underline the details that support the main idea.

11. The world's first postage stamp was called the Penny Black. It was introduced on May 1, 1840. It cost only a
penny! It was a black and white stamp. It had a picture of the British queen on it. A blue two-penny stamp
came out a few days later. It had the same picture of the queen. The blue stamp was for mail that weighed
more.

The main idea in this passage is:

Read each sentence. Mark the space for the answer that shows correct punctuation and capitalization for the
underlined words.

12. "He that loses wealth loses much," coined Miguel 13. Jeff graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School
de Cervantes "but he that loses courage loses all." in 1985.

Cervantes, "but School, in


Cervantes, "but, school, in
Cervantes, but school in
cervantes, "but Correct as is
Correct as is

Rewrite each sentence and underline the adverb that tells how.

14. Emily dearly loves her cute, new baby brother, William.

15. Kayla sighed dramatically when her mother asked her to wash the dishes.

16. Caleb confidently stated his case when he explained how the accident in the lunchroom was not as bad as
some people had originally thought.
Write the nouns in each sentence.

17. I prefer to buy store-brand items because they are 18. Everyone in our city gets out of school next
cheaper. (1 noun) Tuesday. (3 nouns)

19. We like to eat cereal before we start watching 20. I have read one chapter of my book. (2 nouns)
cartoons. (2 nouns)

Answer Key 0870752


Circle the form of the verb be that best completes each sentence.

1. The fat pink pig (was, were) so cute.

2. Martha (is, are, am) very shy around new people.

3. After the storm, branches (was, were) lying in the street.

4. We (is, are, am) going to the beach when school is out.

5. Ashley said Abraham Lincoln (was, were) a great president.

Read the paragraph and answer the questions.

6. Kayla and Kiki are two dolphins in a show at the local aquarium. Each afternoon they perform for the audience
who comes to watch them. Kayla and Kiki know many tricks. They jump through hoops. They walk across the
water using their tails. They leap high out of the water to take a fish from the dolphin trainer.
Kayla and Kiki are beautiful dolphins. They are about 12 feet long. They each weigh about 400 pounds. They
can stay under water for almost 15 minutes while holding their breath. Kayla and Kiki are very gentle animals.
The audience loves seeing them perform and learning about them.

How do Kayla and Kiki learn their tricks?


They practice with a trainer.

Use the following words to complete each sentence: preys, wave, waist, and weak.

7.
wave The beach was pounded by ____ after wave.

8.
A dishonest car salesman ____ on people who are not knowledgeable about
preys
used cars.

9.
waist Scarlett O'Hara was upset because her ____ had grown to 17 inches!

10.
weak The coffee was too ____ for my taste.

Answer Key 0870752


Write the main idea of the paragraph and then underline the details that support the main idea.

11. The world's first postage stamp was called the Penny Black. It was introduced on May 1, 1840. It cost only a
penny! It was a black and white stamp. It had a picture of the British queen on it. A blue two-penny stamp
came out a few days later. It had the same picture of the queen. The blue stamp was for mail that weighed
more.

The main idea in this passage is:


Possible answer: The Penny Black was the world's first postage stamp.
various underlined text to support the main idea

Read each sentence. Mark the space for the answer that shows correct punctuation and
capitalization for the underlined words.

12. "He that loses wealth loses much," coined Miguel 13. Jeff graduated from Thomas Jefferson High School
de Cervantes "but he that loses courage loses all." in 1985.
Cervantes, "but School, in
Cervantes, "but, school, in
Cervantes, but school in
cervantes, "but Correct as is
Correct as is

Rewrite each sentence and underline the adverb that tells how.

14. Emily dearly loves her cute, new baby brother, William.
Emily dearly loves her cute, new baby brother, William.

15. Kayla sighed dramatically when her mother asked her to wash the dishes.
Kayla sighed dramatically when her mother asked her to wash the dishes.

16. Caleb confidently stated his case when he explained how the accident in the lunchroom was not as bad as some
people had originally thought.
Caleb confidently stated his case when he explained how the accident in the lunchroom was not as bad as
some people had originally thought.

Write the nouns in each sentence.


17. I prefer to buy store-brand items because they are 18. Everyone in our city gets out of school next
cheaper. (1 noun) Tuesday. (3 nouns)
items city,school,Tuesday

19. We like to eat cereal before we start watching 20. I have read one chapter of my book. (2 nouns)
cartoons. (2 nouns) chapter,book
cereal,cartoons