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Socks is one happy cat....

He lives with a nice young couple called Brickers who play with him, pet him, feed him treats, and always have a warm lap for him to sit in. Then a new baby joins the family Suddenly, the Brickers are sharing their laps and love with Charles William, and Socks is getting into trouble. He runs from a phantom dog, wrestles with Nana's best wig, and fights Old Taylor the tomcat for his territory. But as Charles William grows, Socks discovers that he has a new friend and a new way to be a part of the family.

A purr-fectly hilarious portrait of life with a baby from a cat's point of view.

Curriculet Details
22 Questions
18 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining how authors use imagery, defines and provides photos of key vocabulary terms, and exposes students to related factual information about cats. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about personification and similes. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of point of view, mood, and theme. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

How do Debbie and George's opinions differ when it comes to selling the kittens? 
A muumuu is a baggy, long dress that was a popular style when this book was written. (This annotation contains an image)
The author tells this particular part of the story from Sock's point of view. From the clues in this paragraph, how do you think Socks is feeling at this point? 
The picture below shows the type of mailbox Socks is in. (This annotation contains an image)
This sentence is called an idiom. An idiom is a group of words that cannot be taken literally. They have special meaning. In this case, what the mother really means is that she definitely does not need a kitten to take care of! 
What do Debbie and George do differently that shows that they have "wiped away their disagreements of the morning?" 
Mrs. Bricker's comment that Mr. Bricker has a heart of Jell-O lets us know that he is very soft-hearted, meaning a kind and gentle person. 

Chapter 2

This is a great example of a simile! Watch the video below to find out more about how authors use metaphors and similes. (This annotation contains a video)
What does this paragraph, told from Sock's point of view, lead you to believe? 
When an author uses sound words like these it is called onomatopoeia. What other sound words can you think of? 
How have the events of this chapter changed the mood of the story? Provide several examples to support your answer. 
Socks spends much of the last two pages grooming himself. Click on the blue link below to read an article that explains various reasons cats groom themselves. See if you can pick out which reason would explain Sock's behavior. (This annotation contains a link)
Wistful means wishing or longing for something in a sad way. Why does Socks meow wistfully? 
Socks feels like he has lost his place in the family. Have you ever felt like Socks? What do you think he should do to make the situation better? 

Chapter 3

From this statement by Uncle Walter, we can infer that  
No wonder Socks is getting frightened! Have you ever heard the angry wail of a cat? Click below to hear what it sounds like. (This annotation contains a video)
Sock's use of the words "these people" tells you that he is  
The Mr. Bricker who first bought Socks at the grocery store has changed quite a bit in his attitude toward the cat. Which pair of words describes this change best? 
What Did You Learn in Chapters 1-3 

Chapter 4

Cellophane is a thin see-through plastic that is often used to wrap something. It makes a crackly noise, which a cat would love. (This annotation contains an image)
When the elderly neighbor calls Socks an "old fraud" you can tell she 
A television aerial is an antenna people used to put on their houses in order to have different channels on their TVs inside. This is what they looked like. (This annotation contains an image)
Tiffany is probably disappointed because 
In this paragraph Socks takes a special interest in Mrs. Bricker's shopping bag. The author gives us some hints about what might be in the bag based on Sock's behavior. This is a writing strategy called foreshadowing. Watch this video to learn more about it. (This annotation contains a video)
Choose a quote from the last two pages that best supports the inference that Mrs. Risley has been a babysitter before. Remember to use beginning and ending quotations marks. 
How does the author let you know that Socks is truly relaxed? 

Chapter 5

This sentence provides a foreshadowing clue about the visit from Nana. Why did the author put the chapter about Mrs. Risley, the nice babysitter, before this chapter about Nana? 
What are two ways Mrs. Risley and Nana are different? 
In these sentences the author talks about Nana's wig like it is alive. She writes how Socks "surprised it" and even then the wig "would not fight back". This is called personification. Watch this video to learn more about this type of figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
At this point Mrs. Bricker is feeling 
What Did You Learn in Ch. 4 and 5 

Chapter 6

A spade is a pointed shovel used to dig in a garden. (This annotation contains an image)
Mr. Bricker thinks a cat's main love is _____, while Socks thinks it is _____. 
What is humorous about the author stating, "the two cats had come to an understanding?" 
Before you turn the page to find out what happens next, read this short blog post about why cats' fur stands up. See if it makes sense with what is going on in the story. (This annotation contains a link)
This paragraph is full of imagery. Imagery is when an author uses lots of details and description so you can get a good picture in your head. How are you picturing Socks right now? 
The climax of a story is the turning point. It is when something really important happens that changes the direction the story was going. Which quote best demonstrates the climax of this story. 

Chapter 7

The Sphinx is a mythical creature with the body of a lion and the head of a human. This is a picture of the famous Sphinx statue in Egypt. (This annotation contains an image)
What do these details tell us about Charles William? 
The relationship between Socks and Charles William has become 
The author uses imagery here to help us picture what the crib stuffing looks like as Charles William throws it. When the author compares the cotton to snow, we can picture the air being filled with white puffs. (This annotation contains an image)
Socks and Charles William are having a fantastically fun time! Explain how Mrs. Bricker's point of view is very different. 
What DId You Learn in Ch. 6 and 7?