CST - 5th Grade Reading -
Digging Up the Past
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Read the selection and answer the questions that follow.
Read this sentence from the passage.
pottery, archaeologists consider not only its appearance but what it was made of and how it was made.
Which word is a
for the underlined word?
Why are the words "potsherds" and "temper" written in quotation marks in paragraph 2 and 4?
to make sure the reader pronounces these words clearly and correctly
to show that both words usually have other meanings
to introduce them as words that may be unfamiliar to the reader
to show that these words are in languages other than English
What is the
step in making a pot?
hollowing out a lump of clay
adding water to the clay
heating the pot in a kiln
crushing old pottery to use as temper
When is temper added to the clay?
after the pot is heated
when the clay is smoothed out
while the pot is being decorated
before the clay is shaped
What is the main idea of this passage?
The clues that archaeologists use to learn about the past include buildings, clothing, and coins.
Some pots are decorated with pictures that show events from ancient myths and legends.
Ancient pottery can teach us about the lives of the people who made and used it.
Both detectives and archaeologists solve mysteries by using clues that have been left behind.
By examining an ancient pot, an archaeologists can tell all of the following
which person made the pot.
where the pot came from.
roughly how old the pot is.
what substances were added to the clay.
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