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Curriculet Details
26 Questions
29 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fifth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining allusions, figurative language and unfamiliar concepts. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about foreshadowing and hyperbole. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of character analysis, author's craft, and theme. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Whenever you come upon a word you don't understand, click on it and choose the "Define" option to see a definition. 
From the last page of text, the reader can infer that the narrator might be  
This is an example of foreshadowing; the narrator is giving the reader a clue about future events. Watch the video below to learn more about this literary device, then consider what is being foreshadowed in the highlighted text. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 1 - The Scientific Mind Knows That Science Is the Search for Truth in the Natural World

The narrator is                      around Tina. 
The Surgeon General of the United States is nominated by the President and serves as a spokesperson on matters of public health. The narrator is using this phrase as a way to poke fun at his friend's extremely healthy eating habits. 
How does the text help the reader distinguish between Connie and Katie's contrasting views of Kevin, the narrator?  

Chapter 2 - The Scientific Mind Believes that Observing the Behavior of Test Subjects Is Essential

Casanova was an Italian adventurer and author who lived in the 1700's. His name has come to mean one who is considered a ladies' man. 
Copernicus was a mathematician and astronomer during the Renaissance. He originated the idea that the Sun, rather than the Earth, is the center of the universe. 
The narrator is approaching the idea of a relationship through 
Sous-chef is a French word for an assistant chef. How might Markie be of help in the kitchen? 
How does Kevin view himself and what impact does this have on his telling of the story? Be sure to provide evidence from the text to support your ideas. 
Notice how often Kevin congratulates himself on his actions and choices. Consider what this says about him and continue to look for more examples of this behavior as you read. 
Kevin's dinner for his parents is turning out to be 
The highlighted text is an example of alliteration, where an author puts two or more words together that have the same beginning sound. This is meant to draw the reader's attention to the words and add a sense of rhythm or feeling to the text. Consider how alliteration affects the text in this instance and look for more examples of it as you read.  
Kevin's parents' willingness to answer his questions show that they are 

Chapter 3 - The Scientific Mind Appreciates Historical Data and the Contemporary Scene

A Pomeranian is a small dog, and Kevin uses this extreme description to let the reader know that Buzz is drinking from a very large cup. This type of language is called hyperbole. Watch the video to learn more about this literary device and be on the lookout for more examples of hyperbole as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
The author created an entire paragraph out of questions to show that 
Notice how the author uses syllables broken up with dashes in the highlighted text. This shows that Kevin is nervous and stuttering, which makes the dialogue realistic and interesting for the reader. 
What do Kevin and Buzz seem to have in common? Use evidence from the text to support your ideas. 
The addition of "um" in this sentence shows that Kevin is being sarcastic and hasn't really appreciated Buzz's advice. This text includes many examples of sarcasm, where a character doesn't really mean what he or she is saying. Look for more examples of sarcasm as you read.  

Chapter 4 - The Scientific Mind Embraces Experimental Difficulties

Use the Define feature to look up the definition of accumulate. Which of the following is a synonym for this word? 
Kevin's sister is being very honest and "real" with him about what girls like. Based on what you have read so far, which of Kevin's sources seems the most reliable? 
The highlighted text is an example of which literary device? 
This is an example of a simile, a literary device where two seemingly unrelated things are compared using the words "like" or "as". In this case, Kevin is being compared to raw clay using the word "like".  
Quiz 1 

Chapter 5 - The Scientific Mind Comprehends Variation in Romantic Behavior

The Taj Mahal was built by an emperor in memory of his wife and is considered a symbol of love and devotion. See the picture below of this famous architectural wonder. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted text is an example of which literary device? 

Chapter 6 - The Scientific Mind Relishes the Mixing of Two Elements

The highlighted text is an idiom meaning "in the same situation". Watch the video about figurative language to learn more about this type of non-literal language and be sure to look for other examples as you read the text. (This annotation contains a video)
The highlighted run-on sentence shows that 
A Zamboni is a machine that cleans and freshens the ice on a rink. See the picture below of a Zamboni in action. (This annotation contains an image)
Reread the highlighted section. Consider what the reader can learn about Kevin's dad from this piece of the text. 
Use the Define feature to check the meaning of gleaning. Which definition matches the way the word is used in this text? 

Chapter 7 - The Scientific Mind Studies Truth vs. Theories

Extrasensory perception (ESP) is the unproven idea that some people can gain information from others by using their mind rather than the physical senses. Someone claiming to have ESP might call themselves a psychic or mind reader. 
Use details from the text to compare and contrast Kevin and Goober. What do they have in common? How are they different? 
There is a saying that "love is blind" which means two people in love can often overlook each other's faults. There is also the concept of "blind justice". Below is a picture of a statue of Lady Justice wearing a blindfold. She is a symbol of fair decision making. (This annotation contains an image)
The highlighted phrase means that  
Kevin is patting himself on the back for being such a good matchmaker. Do you agree with his assessment of his skills? 

Chapter 8 - The Scientific Mind Compares Science and Society

This sentence might lead one to believe that Kevin is 
Notice that the author uses realistic language to portray the text messages in this section of the story. This makes it more authentic and believable. 
Who seems to be hitting it off on this date? 
Kevin realizes that he didn't pay any attention to Connie during the "date" and feels guilty about it. What might happen next? 

Chapter 9 - The Scientific Mind Never Misses the Obvious

In your own words, explain what Kevin means by this statement. 
Notice how the author uses language that shows how nervous Kevin is rather than just telling the reader. Reread the highlighted text and look for some of the techniques used to create this anxious feeling. 
Katie almost drops the cake because 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 10 - The Scientific Mind Is Sometimes Clueless

Kevin may still be "unlucky" in love, but it seems those around him are doing quite well. Why might this be? 
What makes Kevin think Katie's text sounds bossy? 
Note the short, choppy dialogue in this section of text. Why might the author have made this choice? 
Why does this keep happening to Kevin? Use details from the text to support your thinking. 

Chapter 11 - The Scientific Mind Could Learn a Lot from Markie

A flip book is a series of pictures that are stacked on top of each other. When you flip quickly through them, it looks like a short movie. Watch the flip book video below to see an example. (This annotation contains a video)
This thought is an example of 
What was Markie's plan? How might this apply to Kevin's situation? 

Chapter 12 - The Scientific Mind Strives to Make Concluding Observations

What really caused people around Kevin to fall for each other? 

Chapter 13 - The Scientific Mind Is No Match for Action

Saying he's "not the sharpest tack on the board" is a way of saying he's not very smart. Yet Kevin adds that his dad surprises him frequently with his thoughtful observations. 
Which of the following might be considered a theme of this text? 

Chapter 14 - The Scientific Mind Is Self-Correcting

Despite the mistakes that Kevin has made and is admitting to, he thinks of himself as a good friend. Do you agree? 
Has Kevin changed? Use evidence from the text to support your opinion. 
Quiz 3