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Teacher Guide & Answers: A Drops Journey

Teacher Guide & Answers

Passage Reading Level: Lexile 1220

1. What is the water droplet made of?


A
B
C
D

oxygen and calcium


hydrogen and oxygen
lithium and oxygen
sodium and hydrogen

2. Which of the following states of water are described in the passage?


A
B
C
D

liquid, gas, and ice


liquid and gas only
liquid and ice only
gas only

3. The amount of heat energy in the water droplet determines whether the water droplet can transform
from a liquid to a gas. Which evidence from the text supports this statement?
A
B
C
D

The water droplet loses its salt particles when it evaporates into the air.
The water droplet gains more and more energy as the liquid water is heated.
The water droplets bang against each other when they have a lot of heat energy.
The water droplet evaporates when it has gained enough heat to transform from a
liquid to a gas.

4. Where in the ocean does the water droplet need to be located in order to evaporate?
A
B
C
D

inside a deep-sea dweller


in the middle of the ocean
on the surface of the ocean
at the bottom of the ocean

5. What is this passage mainly about?


A
B
C
D

how water crystallizes


the different states of water
the way water evaporates
how water moves down a mountain

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Teacher Guide & Answers: A Drops Journey

6. Read the following sentences: And as it gets colder, the droplet of water loses more and more of its
energy. It stops bouncing until it slows down dramatically and collides with other drops of water.
What does the word dramatically tell us about the way the water droplet slows down?
A
B
C
D

It takes a long time for the water droplet to slow down.


The water droplet doesnt slow down at all.
The water droplet barely slows down.
The water droplet slows down a lot.

7. Choose the answer that best completes the sentence below.


The crystallized water droplet must melt __________ it can trickle down the mountain.
A
B
C
D

although
after
before
never

8. How does the water droplet change throughout the passage?


Suggested answer: Answers may vary, but students should indicate that the water droplet changes
states. More detailed responses could explain that the water droplet changes from liquid to gas, from gas
to ice, and back to liquid again.

9. The author writes that the water droplet has evaporated. What does evaporated mean?
Suggested answer: The water droplet has gained enough heat to transform from a liquid to a gas.

10. How does heat affect a water droplets state of matter? Support your answer with evidence from the
passage.
Suggested answer: Heat helps determine a water droplets state of matter. For example, an increase in
heat can cause a drop of water to turn into a gas.

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