Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Big Nate Out Loud Discussion Questions

After reading Big Nate Out Loud, answer the following discussion questions:

1. This is a compilation of Nate’s adventures, rather than a story. Did you like it?
2. Could you tell the story without the illustrations? Can you read the story with only the illustrations?

3. Which was your favorite adventure?

4. Predict Nate’s future! Do you think that he will be a great person? What do you think he will be doing when he is 35? (Wouldn’t it be funny if he was a teacher?)

If you enjoyed Big Nate Out Loud, check out his other adventures:

· Big Nate Goes for Broke
· Big Nate on a Roll
· Big Nate Strikes Again
· Big Nate: From the Top
· Big Nate: In a Class by Himself
· Big Nate: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Double Fudge Discussion Questions

After you have read Double Fudge, answer the following discussion questions:

1. Peter thinks that Fudge is obsessed with money. What does this mean? How does Fudge demonstrate his obsession? What do his parents do about this?

2. When cousin Howie and his family come to New York, Fudge gets to spend time with his cousin Mini. What “Fudge-like” adventures does Mini have? How does Fudge feel about his cousin Mini?

3. Do you have younger siblings? What do you like about them? What things annoy you?

4. This story was told from Peter’s point of view. How would it be different if Fudge told the story? How about Jimmy Fargo?

For more fun with Peter and Fudge, check out the first four books in the series:

1. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing
2. Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
3. Superfudge
4. Fudge-a-Mania

James and the Giant Peach Discussion Questions

After reading James and the Giant Peach, answer the following discussion questions:

1. What caused the old man to bestow the magic upon James?

2. What fairy tale is similar to James and the Giant Peach? In what way?

3. Tell how you are alike and different from James?

4. How did the Captain on the ship, Queen Mary, react when he saw the peach?

5. With all of the things that happened to James, what do you think was the best? The worst?

6. What are some things that would make a happy life for you?

Judy Moody Discussion Questions

After reading Judy Moody answer the following discussion questions:

1. How does Mr. Todd know Judy’s in a bad mood? What does he do to change her mood?

2. Why does Judy have so many band aids?

3. Why did Judy decide the family needed a new pet? What kind of pet did she want? Was that a good choice?

4. What did the toad do that made Judy and Rocky decide to make a secret club? What was the name of the club? How does Stink become a member?

For more fun with Judy Moody, check out the rest of the series:

2. Judy Moody Gets Famous!
3. Judy Moody Saves the World!
4. Judy Moody Predicts the Future
5. Judy Moody, M.D.: The Doctor is In!
6. Judy Moody Declares Independence
7. Judy Moody: Around the World in 8 1/2 Days
8. Judy Moody Goes to College
9. Judy Moody, Girl Detective

Saturday, August 13, 2011

Where the Sidewalk Ends Discussion Questions

After reading Where the Sidewalk Ends, answer the following discussion questions:
1. Do you think poetry has to rhyme?
2. Do you think poetry has to be in a specific form? Check out Lazy Jane which has one word per line. Is this poetry?
3. Check out The Fourth. Why does Shel Silverstein capitalize words like CRASH, BANG, and ZANG?
4. Which was your favorite poem?
5. What makes good poetry?
6. Do you think the pictures added to the poetry? Do you think that the poems would be as funny without the illustrations?
If you liked Where the Sidewalk Ends, try its sequel: A Light in the Attic by Shel Silverstein.

Ivy + Bean Discussion Questions

After you have read Ivy + Bean, answer the following discussion questions:
1. Are you more like Ivy or Bean?
2. Why did the girls become such good friends?
3. Do you have to be similar to someone to be friends with them?
4. What is Ivy's room like? Does she collect anything? What is special about your bedroom?
5. Bean and Nancy fight a lot. Do you think this is normal? Why or why not?
6. Did the "spell" work the way you expected? What other spells might Ivy and Bean try in the future?
For more adventues of Ivy and Bean, try:
2. Ivy + Bean and the Ghost Who Had to Go
3. Ivy + Bean Break the Fossil Record
4. Ivy + Bean Take Care of the Babysitter
5. Ivy + Bean Bound to Be Bad
6. Ivy + Bean Doomed to Dance
7. Ivy + Bean What's the Big Idea

The View from Saturday Discussion Questions

After you have read The View from Saturday, answer the following discussion questions:
1. Why is "The Souls" a good name for the team?
2. What type of person is Hamilton Knapp? Would you want him for a friend?
3. What qualities make up a good team? Do you think "The Souls" are a good team?
4. How does Mrs. Olinski become a "Soul" herself?
5. There are times in life when you have to take risks to be successful. How do "The Souls" and Mrs. Olinski demonstarte their willingness to take risks? How does this contribute to their success as a team?
6. Do you think that there should be a sequel? What do you imagine will happen next?

Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid Discussion Questions

After reading Stink: The Incredible Shrinking Kid answer the following discussion questions:
1. James Moody's nickname is Stink. How do you think he got it? Do you have a nickname?
2. What type of adventures do you think Newton is having after escaping from the garbage disposal?
3. Stink's favorite president was James Madison. Who is yours and why?
4. Is Judy a good big sister to Stink?
5. Are you like Stink at all? How?
For more fun with Stink, check out the rest of the series:
2. Stink and the Incredible Super-Galactic Jawbreaker
3. Stink and the World's Worst Super-Stinky Sneakers
4. Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express
5. Stink: Solar System Super Hero
6. Stink: The Ultimate Thumb-Wrestling Smackdown