Sun & Spoon

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It had been only two months since Spoon Gilmore's grandmother died, but already he was worried that he would forget her. That's why he needed something of Gram's - something special that had belonged to her, something to remember her by.

Spoon wasn't quite sure what the something was, though he knew he would know it when he saw it. But Spoon's little sister, Joanie, did not leave him much time to look. She was always following him, demanding attention. Spoon didn't have the time he needed to think, or perhaps he wouldn't have done what he did.

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Curriculet Details
15 Questions
15 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring making connections and figurative language, as well as annotations describing characters and the importance of asking questions while reading. Students will explore the themes of family and overcoming grief. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Homework #6

Kevin Henkes is an award-winning author. You may recognize his name from his popular picture books "Owen," "Chrysanthemum," and "Wemberly Worried." Here is his website where you can learn more about his life and his writing style.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Spoon want privacy today? 
With Charlie away for the summer, Spoon is stuck with Joanie as his only sibling. Do you have any younger brothers or sisters? Do they annoy you the way Joanie annoys Spoon? If so, you are able to make a text-to-self connection. Here is a video explaining how to make connections to the text.  (This annotation contains a video)

Homework #7

Why did Spoon's parents get tatoos? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up? 

Homework #8

Use the Define feature and read the definition for clinked. What form of figurative language is clinked? 
"Spoon blushed" when Joanie announces his project. He must not want his grandfather to know what he is up to. This shows you that Spoon is a character who enjoys being secretive.  

Homework #9

How has Pa changed since Gram died? 
Kevin Henkes writes that "Spoon feels empty in every way." He does not mean that Spoon is just hungry. Spoon is missing his grandmother so much that he feels like a part of him is gone. His Pa has noticeably changed as well, so Spoon is missing the Pa that he used to know, too. This emptiness is a theme, or underlying message, in 'Sun and Spoon.' 

Homework #10

Why does Kevin Henkes repeat the word thinking several times on this page? 
Quiz for Chapters 1-5 

Homework #11

Comparing the packs of cards to three birds in a nest is an example of a simile. This video will explain similes and metaphors.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Spoon choose to take Gram's playing cards? 

Homework #13

Spoon says the sun is on his neck " a fiery spotlight." This is an example of a _______________________. 

Homework #14

Who is telling this story? Determining what point of view the story is told from is important in understanding what you are reading. This video will explain the different points of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
From what point of view is this novel being told? 

Homework #15

Here is a poem titled "My Brother and Friend." Think about how it relates to Joanie and Spoon.  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare the poem "My Brother and Friend" to Joanie and Spoon's relationship. Include details from both pieces in your answer. 

Homework #17

Brunch is a meal served between breakfast and lunch. Earlier in the story you learned that weekly brunch is a family tradition in Spoon's family, but they changed the day they have brunch at Pa's request. 
Why is Spoon under the table? 
Quiz for Chapters 6-10 

Homework #18

Sometimes you will be asked to write a summary of a chapter or book. This video will explain how to write a good summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
Summarize the events of the day beginning with brunch (Chapter 10) and ending with Joanie crying. 

Homework #19

Spoon has the playing cards in his backpack and feels very guilty. Do you think he will tell the truth to Pa and give him the cards or do you think he will try to sneak them back in the drawer? Good readers ask themselves questions as they read. This helps you make sure you understand what is happening now and what may happen next. 
Why does Spoon return the playing cards? 

Homework #21

Pa mentions that he found the cards at the same time Spoon was thinking about them. This is why he thinks Pa is clairvoyant. 
Pa was so happy that Gram sent him a 'sign.' Why does Spoon decide to tell him he took the cards? 

Homework #22

Finding the theme of a novel is important so you can fully understand the story. Below is a video explaining theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Spoon want to see a sign from his Gram? 
The 'M' that Spoon sees in his hand and Joanie's is made from the lines in the palm. Can you find any letters in the lines on your palm?  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #23

This line from the story lets you know that Pa has forgiven Spoon and they are back to having a solid, friendly relationship. 
How is the relationship changing between Spoon and Pa? 
Quiz for Chapters 11-15