What's the answer?

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What's the answer?
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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 7:14pm

This is a standardized test prep question given to Grade 2 students. What is the correct answer?

What is the main idea of this paragraph?

Scientists are not sure why dinosaurs no longer exist. Some say a big space rock struck the earth. The earth shook and volcanoes spewed hot

Sherry
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Registered: 04-07-2002
Wed, 12-14-2011 - 10:07pm

Never mind what the answer is.

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Wed, 12-14-2011 - 10:29pm

If I get it wrong do have to repeat 2nd grade? LOL! I think the answer is A. Didn't we all learn that the main idea of the paragraph is usually the first sentence? The next 3 sentences just support the first one as they give examples of the possibilities.

The answer A is a rewording of the first sentence but, it may be too hard for a 2nd grader. Many kids, even in older grades may find this difficult judging by my experience of having kids find information in written text. If it doesn't slap them in the face, then they can't find it and they will say it's not there.

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Thu, 12-15-2011 - 4:57pm

Ah, yes! Beth made a great point that it is all

Sherry
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Registered: 07-16-2001
Thu, 12-22-2011 - 7:27pm

The answer is A.

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Fri, 12-23-2011 - 9:30am

My daughter didn't ask the teacher because she doesn't like to make a big deal over little stuff. She knows grades don't mean much. She said this one looked like it was typed by the teacher, or someone,

Sherry