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Letters Home from Yosemite By: Lisa Halvorsen
Vocabulary He photographed the wilderness. • place that is in a natural state • streets that run through the center of a city • sand dunes that rise out of the desert floor • area that has been cleared for farming
Answer • place that is in a natural state
Vocabulary John Muir was a naturalist. • person who comes from another country • person who puts out forest fires • person who likes to fish and camp • person who studies living things
Answer D. person who studies living things
Vocabulary We want to preserve this forest. • save • manage • divide • replant
Answer • save
Vocabulary The band put on an impressive show. • interesting • amazing • amateur • expensive
Answer B. amazing
Vocabulary What species is that animal? • type • color • shape • height
Answer • type
Vocabulary We fell on the slopes. • pile of rocks • frozen pond • sides of a mountain • huge sheet of ice
Answer C. sides of a mountain
Vocabulary Can you see the glacier? • huge sheet of ice • high waterfall • deep valley • snowy mountain top
Answer • huge sheet of ice
Comprehension Which of the following sentences was an OPINION stated by the author? • I knew we were in for an exciting vacation. • I’d been reading about Yosemite on the plane. • I learned that it is America’s third national park. • Yosemite was established as a national park.
Why did the author provide headings throughout the selection? • to give directions for traveling to different places in the park. • to group the facts about different main topics • to persuade the reader that the park is work preserving • to group the facts about different main topics
Which clue can help you know that this story takes place in recent times? • The first group of tourists arrives. • Native Americans were the only people living in Yosemite. • The narrator traveled in an airplane. • John Muir had just convinced the government to preserve Yosemite.
Travel to Badger Pass in 1855 was different than it is today because the only way people could get there was by A. raft B. car C. skis D. horseback
Which of the following is a main idea from the selection? A. Yosemite’s first visitors arrived in 1855. B. Yosemite is a popular place to visit. C. Most visitors go to Yosemite in the summer. D. Badger Pass was California’s first ski area.
Which of the following was an opinion from the selection? A. Bridalveil Fall is 620 feet high. B. More than half of America’s highest waterfalls are in Yosemite. C. One of the prettiest (waterfalls) is Bridalveil Falls. D. Sometimes hard wings actually blow the falls sideways.
What attraction did the author go to see immediately after visiting Glacier Point? A. Tioga Pass B. El Capitan C. Yosemite Valley D. Badger Pass
Which detail supports the main idea that visitors must be careful around the animals at Yosemite? A. Bears will rip open a tent if they smell food. B. Male deer graze near the roads. C. Bats swoop through the air to catch insects. D. The young bears are as cute as teddy bears.
Bears will rip open a tent if they smell food.
Which of the following is a fact stated by the author? A. “The view from Glacier Point was totally awesome.” B. “I could also see El Capitan and Half Dome.” C. “I like the way the light reflected off the bare rock surfaces…” D. “One of my favorite places was mirror lake.”
Why do the trees at Tioga Pass stay small? A. The highway blocks the sunlight. B. The soil is not very fertile. C. There is not enough rain. D. The elevation is very high.
Group Discussions What is one theme among the selection? (Hint: A theme is a message or lesson taught by the story.)
Possible Theme Yosemite has many natural wonders that are worth being preserved.
What is one detail that supports the main idea that Yosemite is located in a unique place?
Possible Details Yosemite is located in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, which is the longest and highest mountain range in the United States.
How can you tell that the author’s main purpose for writing this selection was to inform?
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