George's Marvelous Medicine
George's grouchy grandmother needs a taste of her own medicine, and George knows just the right ingredients to put into it!
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Based upon what you have read in the text so far, what can you tell about Grandma?
Cabbage has a very strong and unpleasing odor as it is cooked. Although many people enjoy cooked cabbage, other people (especially kids) do not! This photo shows cabbage after it has been cooked. Can you understand why George would rather have chocolate? (This annotation contains an image)
Read this sentence from the text."Whenever I see a live slug on a piece of lettuce," Grandma said, "I gobble it up quick before it crawls away."Which of the following sentences uses slug in the same way it is used in the text?
Earwigs are insects that are commonly found in gardens. Although they look dangerous with impressive pincers, earwigs do not bite or sting people. No one is sure how they got their unusual name! (This annotation contains an image)
What does the old woman mean by "make your hair stand straight up on end"?
The Marvelous Plan
Please carefully look at the illustration on the following page as you will be asked to answer a question about it. (This annotation contains an image)
What does the illustration on the previous page represent?
George Begins to Make the Medicine
Before you read this chapter, watch this video on making inferences. Later on in the chapter, you will be asked to answer a question that requires you to make inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does George have "no doubts whatsoever about how he was going to make the medicine"?
Authors sometimes create scenes and situations to make their books funny, suspenseful, or even to make them seem real. In this book, George is making a mysterious medicine from household goods to "cure" Grandma. The results are most likely going to be very funny. However, you know that you should NEVER try something likes this! Even if you mean it as a trick or joke, it could make someone seriously ill. (This annotation contains an image)
If you are like George and aren't sure what paraffin is for, use the define feature! (This annotation contains an image)
Think about the video you watched on making inferences. What can you tell from the ingredients that George is selecting for Grandma's medicine?
Roald Dahl is the author of George's Marvelous Medicine. He is known for his quick wit and humorous stories. In this chapter, make sure that you read the descriptions of the animal medications, and you will get a glimpse of the clever humor the author includes in all of his stories! (This annotation contains an image)
What does George mean when he says that Grandma has "a sharp tongue"?
Watch this video on writing a summary. Pay careful attention to what the narrator says about how to select what events are important to a summary. Later, you will be asked to write a summary of George's Marvelous Medicine. (This annotation contains a video)
At the beginning of this chapter, you watched a video explaining summary. Think about the events of George's Marvelous Medicine that you have read so far, and write a summary of those events. Make sure that you use evidence from the text as you write and only include the details that are important to the summary.
Grandma Gets the Medicine
Why does George calmly ask if Grandma is "all right"?
You have probably noticed the great illustrations that accompany this story. Quentin Blake illustrates all of Roald Dahl's books. Here is a video in which Quentin Blake explains the many steps that are part of illustrating a book. (This annotation contains a video)
Could Grandma stop if she wanted, or is this a way of adding to the humor of the book? (This annotation contains an image)
Read this sentence from the text.When the top of her head actually touched the ceiling, George thought she was bound to stop. Which of the following sentences uses bound in the same way as it is used in the text?
How does this scene contribute to the humor of the book?
The Brown Hen
Based on what you have read in the text, what does it tell you that Grandma asks for a cup of tea?
Learning to make predictions as you read is an important skill. You can think about events that have already occurred to help you predict upcoming events. Based on what happened to Grandma when she took the medicine, what do you think will happen if the chicken takes it? (This annotation contains an image)
Why has George been "waiting" on the chicken to grow?
The Pig, the Bullocks, the Sheep, the Pony and the Nanny Goat
Read the title of this chapter and see if you can predict what might happen to these animals! (This annotation contains an image)
What is unexpected about Mr. Kranky's point of view?
Farmers try to raise the healthiest and largest livestock possible. This is because when the animals are sold, the farmer is paid per pound of animal. Typically, larger animals bring more money when sold. Mr. Kranky knows that he could make a lot of money from giving the animals George's medicine as the animals would be huge when taken to market! The picture shows a calf that has been tagged for sale at market. The tag does not hurt the calf's ear. (This annotation contains an image)
How do the illustrations contribute to this chapter?
A Crane for Grandma
Which of the following is a result of George's medicine?
This may be a simile that you are not familiar with. You can use the define feature to find the meanings of frisky and ferret if these are words you are not certain about. The photo shows a frisky ferret! (This annotation contains an image)
Mr. Kranky’s Great Idea
Why does George say there is "trouble" with Mr. Kranky's idea?
Roald Dahl was British so some of the terms and phrases he uses may not be common to you. An aerosol can is a spray can; these may hold hair spray, air freshener, or other similar products. (This annotation contains an image)
Marvelous Medicine Number Two
Based on what you have read in the text, why is the pot "not as full it had been the first time"?
This chicken is reacting differently than the animals (and Grandma) did when they took the first medicine. Are you expecting that the medicine is going to do something other than make the hen gigantic? (This annotation contains an image)
Marvelous Medicine Number Three
Watch this video on character traits. At the end of the chapter, you will be asked to create a response in which you describe Mr. Kranky's character. In this video, you will notice the narrator gives four sample words that can be used to describe character. This does not mean that those words must be used. Those words may not describe all characters you encounter in reading. (This annotation contains a video)
Think about the character of Mr. Kranky. Consider how the narrator describes him as well as the things he does and says. Create a response in which you describe Mr. Kranky's character. Make sure you use evidence from the text as you write.
Marvelous Medicine Number Four
Antifreeze is extremely dangerous to humans and animals. Only a small drop can kill. Because this book is a fantasy, the events are not realistic. (This annotation contains an image)
How has George's point of view changed since the beginning of the book?
What do you think about Mr. Kranky's response? Is he responsible for Grandma drinking the medicine? Has anyone been able to control what Grandma does? (This annotation contains an image)
What does the narrator mean by "still bore the same foul and furious expression"?
Are you satisfied with the ending of this book? Some readers of the book feel it ends too suddenly and not in the way they expected. What about you? (This annotation contains an image)