Find Your Level

Parents,

Your child's teacher should be able to provide you with your child's Lexile level. If they cannot, have your child read these passages aloud to you. If he or she can read a passage and correctly answer at least one of the comprehension questions, that is the appropriate level for him or her.

Level One

The bird is blue. She lives in a nest. She eats bugs. She has babies. She feeds them. She takes care of them. They learn to fly. They make new nests. The babies grow up fast.

1. What is this passage about?

a. a bird

b. making a nest

c. what the bird looks like

2. What does the word "make" mean?

a. find

b. live in

c. build

3. What does the mommy bird eat?

a. leaves

b. bugs

c. snakes

Level Two

Long ago, people moved west. They were pioneers. The pioneers went west for free land. They wanted to settle down and make new homes. This was before you were born. This was before your grandparents and great-grandparents were born. This was between the years 1840 and 1890.

1. Who were pioneers?

a. your grandparents

b. people who moved west

c. people who lived long ago

2. Why did people move?

a. to find jobs

b. to explore the hills

c. for free land

3. What does the phrase "settle down" mean?

a. stay

b. move west

c. find land

Level Three

The Ojibwe are Native Americans. They live in the north. They  live around the Great Lakes. They have made maple sugar for centuries. A century is 100 years.  For centuries, the Ojibwe set up sugar camps.  The sugar camp became their home for several weeks. They stayed in the sugar camps while they made maple sugar.

1. Who are the Ojibwe?

a. people who set up new homes

b. a tribe of Native Americans

c. people who made maple sugar

2. What did the Ojibwe do for centuries?

a. make maple sugar

b. build houses

c. farm the land

3. Why did the Ojibwe probably move often?

a. They liked building new places to live.

b. They liked to explore.

c. They had to find more sugar cane.

Level Four

Jackie Robinson was born in 1919. His grandparents had been slaves. He grew up in Georgia. He was a really good baseball player. He played on an all black team. During that time, black people and white people did many things separately. They were segregated from one another. This was how many white people thought the world should be. In 1945 that changed. Robinson was invited to be  on an all white baseball team. The owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, Branch Rickey, wanted baseball to truly be a team sport. That had never happened before. Many people were very happy. Some people were angry.  They did not want black and white players on the same team.  Rickey wanted to find a player that had "guts enough not to fight back." People were very cruel to Robinson. Many of the white players on the other teams were especially mean.They hit him. They threw balls at him. They even tried to stick their sharp shoe spikes into him. He never fought back. He did not hit back. He never yelled at them or showed them how angry he was.He just played harder and harder. He took out his anger on the balls he was pitched. Robinson soon became a hero. Today, baseball players of every color can be seen on the field together. They all have Jackie Robinson and Branch Rickey to thank.

1. What does the word "segragated" mean?

a. played baseball

b. remained separate

c. yelled back

2. Why did Robinson become a hero?

a. He was very good at baseball.

b. He helped people see black people differently.

c. He never hit or yelled at people.

3. Why might some people believe Branch Rickey was brave?

a. He was very good at baseball.

b. He stood up for what he believed.

c. He owned a baseball team.

Level Five

   A lion was sleeping one day when a little mouse came along and ran up and down over his face.This awakened the lion and made him very angry. He put his paw over the mouse and said, "What do you mean by waking me? You shall pay for this," and he opened his big mouth to swallow the mouse.

"Oh, do not kill me, Mr. Lion!" squealed the mouse. "I did not mean to waken you. Do let me go and I will never trouble you again."

"No, I will not let you go," roared the lion.

"Please do," cried the frightened mouse. "If you will let me go perhaps I can do something for you sometime."

This made the lion laugh. "You do something for me ," he said. "What a joke! Well, you are such a little fellow that I will let you go this time, but never let me see you about here again," and he lifted his paw.

As the little mouse scampered off, he said, "Thank you, kind lion, I shall not forget your kindness."

Some time after this the lion was caught in a trap. The hunters tied him to a tree while they went to get a wagon to carry him away.The lion roared so loud that the ground shook. The little mouse heard him.

"That lion is in trouble," he said. "I will see what I can do to help him," and he ran to the lion.When the mouse saw that the lion was tied with ropes, he said, "Cheer up, Mr. Lion. Be quiet and I will set you free," and he began gnawing the ropes. He worked long and hard and at last the lion was free.

1. Who is the hero in this story?

a. the lion

b. the mouse

c. the hunters

2. What did the lion learn?

a. Mice are good friends.

b. Even small animals can be helpful.

c. Ropes hurt.

3. Why did the mouse help the lion?

a. because he promised the lion he would

b.because he wanted to show the lion how tough he was

c. because he wanted the lion to hurt the hunters

Level Six

How can you tell the difference between a frog and a toad? First, frogs and toads look different. Frogs have smooth skin and use their strong legs to jump. Frogs are skinnier and smaller than toads. Toads have bumpy skin. Toads are fatter and slower than frogs. Unlike frogs, toads can puff themselves up with air to look bigger. They also are very similar in many ways. Both frogs and toads are amphibians. They both have lungs, but also breathe through their skin. They use sounds to talk to each other. Toads and frogs both eat insects, worms and other small bugs. As you can see, frogs and toads look alike, but when you know what to look for, telling the difference becomes easy.

1. What do frogs and toads have in common?

a. They are both green.

b. They both have bumpy skin.

c. They both have lungs.

2. If a frog and a toad both saw a fly at the same time, who would probably get to it first?

a. the toad

b. the frog

c. It would be a tie.

3. What is the Main Idea of this passage?

a. Frogs and toads both love insects.

b. Frogs and toads live in the water.

c. Frogs and toads are different in many ways.

Level Seven

Almost 4,000 kinds of bees are native to the United States. Yet the bee that most people know, the honeybee, is not a native species; it was brought here by European settlers. Honeybees are used to make honey and to pollinate crops.

Native bees pollinate many plants that honeybees do not. Bumblebees can pollinate by a special process called "buzz pollination." When a bumblebee flies, its hair builds up a static charge. It enters the flower and grabs one of the flower's anthers (the long stalks that contain the pollen). The bumblebee shakes the anther and makes a loud buzzing noise. The pollen, shaken from inside of the anther, is attracted by the electostatic charge of the bee. So it jumps a short distance and sticks to the bee! Honeybees cannot pollinate eggplant and tomato flowers; bumblebees can. So whenever you eat a tomato . . . thank a bumblebee.

1. Why did European settlers bring the honeybee to the United States?

a. to make honey and pollinate plants

b. to ward off enemies

c. to pollinate eggplants and tomatoes

2. What does the word "attracted" mean?

a. falls in love with

b. is drawn toward

c. pollinates

3. How does the pollen become attached to the bumblebee?

a. The bumblebee is sticky.

b. The bumblebee is loud.

c. An electrostatic charge makes the pollen jump.