GRADE 3 READING -- Spring 2009 Released Test - Passage 1


Directions: Read the story and answer the questions 1 - 9.

1. It was Monday! Today, Mr. Romo would stand in front of the class and read a list of special jobs. He wanted each student to try a different job every week. Jocelyn liked Mondays because she enjoyed the different jobs. Her favorite, though, was Computer Helper. She loved helping other students use the computer.
2. Jocelyn looked at a table near the window. On top of the table was a big cage. Inside the cage was a bunny named Wiggles. Taking care of Wiggles was the one special job Jocelyn didn’t want.

3. Jocelyn liked Wiggles, but she just didn’t know how to take care of him. She watched her classmates feed him and clean his cage. Jocelyn didn’t know how they made caring for him seem easy. All she knew was that it would never be easy for her.

4. At the front of the room, Mr. Romo had only two special jobs left: Lunchroom Leader and Bunny Buddy. Jocelyn held her breath. Then she heard Mr. Romo say her name, followed by “Bunny Buddy.”

5. Mr. Romo walked towards Jocelyn’s desk, and there was only one thing she could say. “I can’t be the Bunny Buddy!”

6. Mr. Romo looked surprised. “Why not?” he asked.

7. Jocelyn lowered her eyes. “I don’t know how to take care of Wiggles. What will happen to him if I do something wrong? I have never had to take care of a real, live animal,” she said.

8. When Jocelyn looked up, Mr. Romo was smiling. “That’s why I have printed directions. The list will show you how to take care of Wiggles,” Mr. Romo said as he handed the paper to Jocelyn.

9. Jocelyn slowly walked over to the cage where Wiggles lived. Wiggles hopped up to the side of the cage where she was standing, as if to tell her hello. While Jocelyn watched him, he sat there wiggling his nose and looking at her. “Wiggles, will you forgive me if I mess up?”

10. Wiggles seemed to understand, and Jocelyn knew that everything would be all right.

11. By the end of the day, Jocelyn had two favorite jobs.