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Understanding Retrieval Questions 1

In this worksheet, students will practice how to answer a specific question type in the SATs Reading paper; retrieval questions.

'Understanding Retrieval Questions 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Exam-Style Questions: SATs English

Curriculum subtopic:   Exam-Style Questions: Retrieval Questions

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Welcome to this SATs Reading practice activity.

In this activity, you will practice how to answer retrieval type questions for the SATs Reading test.

 

The SATs reading test will ask you to read and answer questions about three different texts.

These texts will be varied, they could be fictional, factual or poetry.

 

Retrieval questions come in different forms and will often begin with: 'who, what, where, when, why or how.'

When answering a retrieval question, you may find the answer very easy to find, you may have already text marked it or you may need to search a little harder.

 

Top Tips when answering retrieval questions:

  • Use your textmarking! Especially names, places, dates, years, these could all be useful!
  • Do not guess!!  It can be so easy to guess when answering this type of question but you MUST check back in the text again.
  • A retrieval question could begin with 'who' if it does, it is asking for a person, 'where' means it is asking for a place etc.
  • Don't be fooled into thinking that all retrieval questions are literal and easy to answer...you will probably have to look in detail at the text to find the answer.

 

Over to you now to spend some time practising how to answer retrieval questions based on different types of texts...good luck!

 

kids reading books

 

Read the passage carefully, what is the initiation ceremony called for boys?

 

Bar Mitzvah


In the Jewish religion, the initiation ceremony is a major milestone for Jewish boys and girls, although the ceremonies for each differ.

For boys, the ceremony is called Bar Mitzvah and usually takes place the first Shabbat (Sabbath) after his thirteenth birthday. The ceremony means ‘Son of Commandment.’ During the ceremony, several important things happen. The boy is allowed for the first time to read the Torah scroll. 

Sabbath

Shabbath

Torah

Bar Mitzvah

Read the passage carefully, choose the correct ending for the statement:

The Bar Mitzvah is...

 

Bar Mitzvah


In the Jewish religion, the initiation ceremony is a major milestone for Jewish boys and girls, although the ceremonies for each differ.

For boys, the ceremony is called Bar Mitzvah and usually takes place the first Shabbat (Sabbath) after his thirteenth birthday. The ceremony means ‘Son of Commandment.’ During the ceremony, several important things happen. The boy is allowed for the first time to read the Torah scroll. 

an annual event.

the same for boys and girls.

a major milestone for boys and girls.

an event that happens after the child's eleventh birthday.

What is the important thing the boy is allowed to do during his Bar Mitzvah?

 

Bar Mitzvah


In the Jewish religion, the initiation ceremony is a major milestone for Jewish boys and girls, although the ceremonies for each differ.

For boys, the ceremony is called Bar Mitzvah and usually takes place the first Shabbat (Sabbath) after his thirteenth birthday. The ceremony means ‘Son of Commandment.’ During the ceremony, several important things happen. The boy is allowed for the first time to read the Torah scroll. 

Read the passage carefully.

What is the meaning of the 'Bat Chayil' ceremony that Jewish girls participate in?

 

In Orthodox synagogues girls take part in the Bat Chayil ceremony, meaning ‘Daughter of Valour’ around their thirteenth birthday. Girls are not allowed to read from the Torah scrolls but may read from the Prophets and other writings. In progressive and reform synagogues girls take part in the same ceremony as the boys, called Bat Mitzvah, ‘Daughter of Commandment’.

Read the passage carefully.

Write down two things you are told about the ceremony Jewish girls take part in.

 

In Orthodox synagogues girls take part in the Bat Chayil ceremony, meaning ‘Daughter of Valour’ around their thirteenth birthday. Girls are not allowed to read from the Torah scrolls but may read from the Prophets and other writings. In progressive and reform synagogues girls take part in the same ceremony as the boys, called Bat Mitzvah, ‘Daughter of Commandment’.

Read this non-fiction text about ferrets.

 

Ferret fact file

Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) - which translates as ‘stinky raging thief’-belong to the carnivore family of the Mustelidae and their closest ancestor is the European polecat. Despite their rather misunderstood nature, they have recently become very popular pets for their charming and cheeky characters.

 

Column A

Column B

The name ferret
translates as 'stinky raging thief'.
Ferrets
they are charming and cheeky.
The closest ancestor to the ferret is
the European polecat.
Ferrets are very popular pets because
belong to the carnivore family.

Read this extract about ferrets and answer the question...how do ferrets test out a new item?

 

Ferrets thoroughly enjoy exploring, are very curious and will test out most items with their mouths. In the wild, mustelids spend a large proportion of their active time foraging in wide home ranges and ferrets are motivated to take part in a variety of activities in a large area.

 

By foraging in undergrowth.

By being extremely active.

With their mouths.

By taking part in lots of activities.

Read this next extract about ferrets. 

 

Ferrets are predators. Ferrets are efficient hunters- rodents, rabbits, hares, hedgehogs and reptiles are amongst their favourite prey.They rely on their senses of smell, taste and hearing as their eyesight is quite poor. Paintings of animals, thought to be ferrets, have even been found on the walls of Egyptian tombs, and traditionally, they have ancient roots in hunting.

Column A

Column B

What are ferrets?
their senses of smell, taste and hearing.
Where have paintings of ferrets been found?
On ancient Egyptian tombs
Which sense is poor for a ferret?
Predators
Ferrets rely on
Their eyesight.

Read this extract about ferrets carefully and write three things you have been told about them.

 

Ferrets are extremely sociable although, wild ferrets are thought to be largely solitary, domestic ferrets are sociable and usually enjoy living in groups, although this does depend on the individual animals.

Ferrets are intelligent and need mental and physical stimulation. Generally, as in all young hunters, play behaviour of young ferrets helps to develop motor and social skills, learning and predatory behaviours. In fact, they can play constantly (when they’re awake!)

Read this extract about ferrets.

What two things does a ferret use to indicate how they are feeling?

 

Ferrets use a range of methods to communicate. As well as using smell to hunt, ferrets use scent to communicate with each other. They can tell if another ferret is male or female, strange or familiar and if the mark was left recently or a day ago, just by sniffing a mark left by the other ferret’s bottom! This is particularly useful for mating and defending territory in the wild. Ferrets also use postures and vocalisations to indicate how they’re feeling.

  • Question 1

Read the passage carefully, what is the initiation ceremony called for boys?

 

Bar Mitzvah


In the Jewish religion, the initiation ceremony is a major milestone for Jewish boys and girls, although the ceremonies for each differ.

For boys, the ceremony is called Bar Mitzvah and usually takes place the first Shabbat (Sabbath) after his thirteenth birthday. The ceremony means ‘Son of Commandment.’ During the ceremony, several important things happen. The boy is allowed for the first time to read the Torah scroll. 

CORRECT ANSWER
Bar Mitzvah
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do with this first question? Did you notice that the question began with 'what'? This was a straightforward retrieval question but it did require you to read the text carefully so you didn't get any of the new vocabulary confused.
  • Question 2

Read the passage carefully, choose the correct ending for the statement:

The Bar Mitzvah is...

 

Bar Mitzvah


In the Jewish religion, the initiation ceremony is a major milestone for Jewish boys and girls, although the ceremonies for each differ.

For boys, the ceremony is called Bar Mitzvah and usually takes place the first Shabbat (Sabbath) after his thirteenth birthday. The ceremony means ‘Son of Commandment.’ During the ceremony, several important things happen. The boy is allowed for the first time to read the Torah scroll. 

CORRECT ANSWER
a major milestone for boys and girls.
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Did you spot that the full, correct statement is: 'The Bar Mitzvah is a major milestone for boys and girls'? In this type of retrieval question, you need to read through all of the options carefully and then compare each to the text to work out the correct answer. Keep going now- you have made a good start!
  • Question 3

What is the important thing the boy is allowed to do during his Bar Mitzvah?

 

Bar Mitzvah


In the Jewish religion, the initiation ceremony is a major milestone for Jewish boys and girls, although the ceremonies for each differ.

For boys, the ceremony is called Bar Mitzvah and usually takes place the first Shabbat (Sabbath) after his thirteenth birthday. The ceremony means ‘Son of Commandment.’ During the ceremony, several important things happen. The boy is allowed for the first time to read the Torah scroll. 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To gain the mark for this question, the pupil will need to retrieve the information that during his Bar Mitzvah, a boy is allowed to read the Torah for the first time. It is important that the pupil only refers to this correct detail and does not add in extra information. Adding in further detail would demonstrate a lack of understanding of both the question and the text.
  • Question 4

Read the passage carefully.

What is the meaning of the 'Bat Chayil' ceremony that Jewish girls participate in?

 

In Orthodox synagogues girls take part in the Bat Chayil ceremony, meaning ‘Daughter of Valour’ around their thirteenth birthday. Girls are not allowed to read from the Torah scrolls but may read from the Prophets and other writings. In progressive and reform synagogues girls take part in the same ceremony as the boys, called Bat Mitzvah, ‘Daughter of Commandment’.

CORRECT ANSWER
Daughter of Valour
EDDIE SAYS
You're making great progress! Did you find the answer 'Daughter of Valour' for this retrieval style question? Be very careful when you are answering retrieval questions, you must use the exact words used in the text to have the best chance of achieving the mark.
  • Question 5

Read the passage carefully.

Write down two things you are told about the ceremony Jewish girls take part in.

 

In Orthodox synagogues girls take part in the Bat Chayil ceremony, meaning ‘Daughter of Valour’ around their thirteenth birthday. Girls are not allowed to read from the Torah scrolls but may read from the Prophets and other writings. In progressive and reform synagogues girls take part in the same ceremony as the boys, called Bat Mitzvah, ‘Daughter of Commandment’.

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Don't worry if you found this tricky! To gain both marks in this question, the pupil will need to provide two separate details retrieved from the text. For example, girls take part in the ceremony around their thirteenth birthday or girls are not allowed to read from the Torah.
  • Question 6

Read this non-fiction text about ferrets.

 

Ferret fact file

Ferrets (Mustela putorius furo) - which translates as ‘stinky raging thief’-belong to the carnivore family of the Mustelidae and their closest ancestor is the European polecat. Despite their rather misunderstood nature, they have recently become very popular pets for their charming and cheeky characters.

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

The name ferret
translates as 'stinky raging thie...
Ferrets
belong to the carnivore family.
The closest ancestor to the ferre...
the European polecat.
Ferrets are very popular pets bec...
they are charming and cheeky.
EDDIE SAYS
How are you doing? Match style retrieval questions are common in the SATs Reading test, particularly when focused on a non-fiction text such as this one. Remember, don't guess! Take your time to read through carefully to answer accurately. You are making great progress- keep it up!
  • Question 7

Read this extract about ferrets and answer the question...how do ferrets test out a new item?

 

Ferrets thoroughly enjoy exploring, are very curious and will test out most items with their mouths. In the wild, mustelids spend a large proportion of their active time foraging in wide home ranges and ferrets are motivated to take part in a variety of activities in a large area.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
With their mouths.
EDDIE SAYS
Keep trying until you get it right! Retrieval questions often begin with 'how'. The multiple-choice answers given were all taken directly from the text, which is why it is so important to take the time to read back through the text to find the correct answer.
  • Question 8

Read this next extract about ferrets. 

 

Ferrets are predators. Ferrets are efficient hunters- rodents, rabbits, hares, hedgehogs and reptiles are amongst their favourite prey.They rely on their senses of smell, taste and hearing as their eyesight is quite poor. Paintings of animals, thought to be ferrets, have even been found on the walls of Egyptian tombs, and traditionally, they have ancient roots in hunting.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

What are ferrets?
Predators
Where have paintings of ferrets b...
On ancient Egyptian tombs
Which sense is poor for a ferret?
Their eyesight.
Ferrets rely on
their senses of smell, taste and ...
EDDIE SAYS
Are you feeling more confident? Hopefully, you matched each pair correctly by retrieving the information from the text. You are making fantastic progress, keep it up!
  • Question 9

Read this extract about ferrets carefully and write three things you have been told about them.

 

Ferrets are extremely sociable although, wild ferrets are thought to be largely solitary, domestic ferrets are sociable and usually enjoy living in groups, although this does depend on the individual animals.

Ferrets are intelligent and need mental and physical stimulation. Generally, as in all young hunters, play behaviour of young ferrets helps to develop motor and social skills, learning and predatory behaviours. In fact, they can play constantly (when they’re awake!)

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
To gain 3 marks for this retrieval question, the pupil will need to provide 3 different pieces of information about ferrets from the text. For example, domestic ferrets are sociable, ferrets are intelligent and play helps ferrets to develop motor and social skills. There are other details in the text that could also be used to gain a mark. You are making super progress, one more question to go!
  • Question 10

Read this extract about ferrets.

What two things does a ferret use to indicate how they are feeling?

 

Ferrets use a range of methods to communicate. As well as using smell to hunt, ferrets use scent to communicate with each other. They can tell if another ferret is male or female, strange or familiar and if the mark was left recently or a day ago, just by sniffing a mark left by the other ferret’s bottom! This is particularly useful for mating and defending territory in the wild. Ferrets also use postures and vocalisations to indicate how they’re feeling.

CORRECT ANSWER
Postures
Vocalisations
EDDIE SAYS
Nice job if you wrote 'postures' and 'vocalisations'. When answering a retrieval question of this type, remember to write the exact words used within the text in order to gain the marks. Great work you've completed another activity! How about completing another one so you feel super confident?
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