Cool Zone with the Pain and the Great One
THE PAIN AND the Great One hardly agree on anything. But deep down, they know they can count on each other, especially at school, where it often takes two to figure things out. Like when that first baby tooth falls out on the school bus. Or when an unwanted visitor on Bring Your Pet to School Day needs to be caught. Or worst of all, when a scary bully says you're burnt toast. On days like these it can feel good not to go it alone. (And don't forget Fluzzy the cat, who knows a thing or two himself.)
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Meet the Great One
Abigail and Jacob both feel that their parents love the other more than themselves. If you have a sibling, do you ever feel that way?
How can you tell that Abigail actually cares for her brother?
Why do you think Abigail feels like the day was so long?
What kind of sister is Abigail?
Why do you think Abigail included this? What does it tell us about her personality?
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How is Jake similar and different to his sister? Use details from the story to explain your response.
How do the illustrations help you comprehend the book?
What can you predict will happen?
Be on the look out for Judy Blume's use of figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is an example of figurative language?
Do you think this will be the resolution to the problem?
Why do you think Jacob froze despite being so mad? What do you predict he will do next?
How must Jake feel towards his sister in order to give her such a prized possession?
Why do you think Lucas doesn't understand that the girls chase him because they like him?
Think about how this conversation might have sounded if the Pain was the one describing it.
What inference can we make about how Lucas feels about Abigail?
Using the illustration and text, make an inference about how the other students are reacting to this situation. (This annotation contains a video)
What do you think caused Lucas and Abigail to agree to be partners in science? How has their relationship changed?
Make a prediction about what is special about Bruno's ear.
Which kinds of pets are not allowed at "Bring Your Pet to School Day"?
The students are upset that Mary is not at school and will miss "Bring Your Pet to School Day." Consider how they feel about Mary as their teacher.
How might Baby cause problems on "Bring your Pet to School Day"?
Think about why students were only supposed to bring pretend pets or pictures of pets to "Bring Your Pet to School Day." Do you think this was a good idea?
How do you think Jacob is feeling as he watches Baby tear Bruno apart?
What kind of a teacher is Mary? Think about examples from the text that show what kind of teacher she is.
Why do you think Abigail wants to change her name? How can you relate to her wanting a new name?
What does the highlighted sentence mean?
Which is probably not a reason behind Abigail's name change?
Why do you think that Miss Graceful made this mistake?
Which of the following is not a reason Abigail decides to return her name to Abigail?
Why do you think Jacob wants to change his name too? Have you ever had a similar experience of someone copying your actions?
What important things do you think the class learned from their field trip to the restaurant? Why are these skills important?
Why do you think Jacob had such bad dreams about his day as a waiter? Have you ever had a similar experience?
What is the best way to describe Jake's experience as a waiter?
Note how Jacob carried his eggs. Why do you think he carried them this way?
How is Abigail behaving at breakfast?
How does the illustration help you to visualize the different roles of students at the restaurant?
What do we learn about Fluzzy when we hear his perspective?
Does this help solve Fluzzy's problems?
End of Book Quiz