Riley is the smallest kid at Camp Olympia. How can he compete against the bigger kids?
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Chapter One - Facing the Wall
Identify and name the onomatopoeic word in this sentence.
Onomatopoeia is a word that imitates the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Why is "screeched" an example of onomatopoeia? Watch the video to learn more about onomatopoeic words. (This annotation contains a video)
How do you know that Riley is at a sports camp?
Why do you suppose the author chose to describe the "arena" and the "stadium"?
What does unfair mean?
How do you suppose Riley feels? Have you ever felt like this?
Chapter Two - Off the Path
Imagery is the use of figurative language to create visual representations of actions, objects and ideas in our mind in such a way that they appeal to our physical senses. How does the author's use of imagery appeal to your sense of smell?
Why should Riley NOT be at the lake at night?
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters. Follow the link to watch the video to learn more about dialogue. (This annotation contains a video)
What event happened while Riley was gone for a walk?
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?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of utilized. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for utilized?
Chapter Three - Below the Surface
Is there anyone in Riley's cabin who would want to be his swimming buddy?
Rigorous means ________________.
Why does Riley say he needs help?
'Shorter' is a comparative adjective. Comparative adjectives compare two nouns. Watch the video to learn more about comparative adjectives. (This annotation contains a video)
Do you predict that Riley's team (Cabin 3) will win the game? Why or why not?
Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for victory?
Chapter Four - Bad Blood
A hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration of actions and ideas for the sake of emphasis. In this example, Rile does not actually "freeze." The hyperbole is used to exaggerate the fact that he was so afraid that he could not move. Watch the video to learn more about hyperbole. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on details in the text, which team is Cabin 3's biggest rival?
Do you think Riley and Eldon will become good friends? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Based on details in the text, what do you think has happened to the boys' cabin?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of flabbergasted. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for flabbergasted?
What does this win reveal about Barry Monahan?
Chapter Five - Big Joe's First Victim
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the reader “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view. From what point of view is this story written? (This annotation contains a video)
Riley is __________ that Patrick still has the chicken from last Saturday.
Similes compare two objects using "like" or "as." Based on the comparison, Maynard's sense of smell must be excellent because hunting dogs have a great sense of smell.
What is the author's purpose for including the CAMP OLYMPIA BULLETIN at the end of each chapter?
Conceding means _________________.
Chapter Six - Orange and Brown
Do you predict that Riley's sickness will cause him to swim poorly today? Why or why not?
Why does Barry NOT want the guys to say anything to Cabin 4 about their cabin being messed up?
Which literary device does the author use in the highlighted text?
What does this detail reveal about Riley? Do you think he is an experienced swimmer?
Why does Riley want to beat his teammate, Eldon?
A compound word is a word that is made up of two words. Watch the video for examples of compound words. (This annotation contains a video)
What does this detail reveal about Duncan Alvarez?
Why is this important to the overall race? Do you think Cabin 3 will win the Big Joe Trophy?
Chapter Seven - The Double Dunk
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of unprecedented. Unprecedented means ___________________.
Do you think Riley is happy with how he placed or upset that he did not do better?
How might Barry's whining hurt his teammates? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
If Kelvin gets the penalty shot, Cabin 4 will most likely _______________.
Why is Johnny Rios called the "surprise winner" in the free-throw contest?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of norm. Which definition fits the context of the sentence?
Chapter Eight - Perfect Aim
Do you think Barry's plan of revenge is a good one? Why or why not?
Using context clues, agitated most likely means _______________.
"Darkest" is a superlative adjective. Remember how we learned about comparative adjectives comparing two nouns. Superlative adjectives compare three or more nouns.
Summarize Barry's plan for the revenge attack on Cabin 4.
The "thing" that ran past the boys felt _________________.
Do you think what the boys felt is the ghost of Maynard? Why or why not?
Chapter Nine - Sprinting the Hill
Team is a collective noun. Collective nouns name a group of people, animals or things. Look at the poster for more examples of collective nouns. (This annotation contains an image)
Invisible means ___________________.
Which word BEST describes Riley?
Why is it important to NOT get behind in a relay race? What effect does that have on the rest of the runners?
Why will Vinnie get all of the credit for winning the race?
What is a true Olympian? What does it mean to you?
Chapter Ten - Like the Loch Ness Monster
How does Riley feel about being asked to do things with the guys in his cabin? How does it feel to be included?
Which of the following is good fishing weather?
Below is an image of a large alligator snapping turtle. (This annotation contains an image)
What does this detail suggest?
Do you suppose this counselor does not like the Cabin 3 team? Why or why not?
What will happen if the counselor bans the boys from the water for the rest of the week?
Chapter Eleven - Air Ball!
Cabin 3 is doing well in the sports events. Do you think the author is foreshadowing (giving an advance hint of what is to come) their win of the Big Joe Trophy?
Endurance is the measure of a person's stamina or persistence. Why is endurance important in a relay race?
How might Riley's teammates feel if he causes them to lose the game?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of errant. Which of the following definitions most closely fits the context of the sentence?
What kind of basketball player is Rios? What evidence from the text supports your answer?
Which word BEST describes the way Riley feels at the end of the basketball game?
Chapter Twelve - Shooting Stars
What is Riley looking forward to as the sports camp draws to a close?
Theme is the main idea or underlying meaning of a literary work. It may be stated directly or indirectly. Watch the video to learn how to identify theme. As you continue to read, think about what Riley is learning about himself and others at camp. (This annotation contains a video)
Read the poster to learn more about the Perseids meteor shower. (This annotation contains an image)
How does this trip around the lake differ from the trip Riley took the first night he was at camp?
Do you agree with Shawn that this season has been very exciting?
Chapter Thirteen - A Quick-Rising Storm
Read the highlighted sentence. Using context clues, what does deftly most likely mean?
What is the most likely reason Barry calls a team meeting for later that night?
Do you think it is possible for Cabin 3 to win? Who are you hoping will win the Big Joe Trophy?
Deepest is a __________________.
Why do you think Barry is telling the guys this story? Do you think Barry is afraid?
Which of the following athletes was NOT selected as an all-star player?
Do you think Cabin 4 is going to win the Big Joe Trophy?
Chapter Fourteen - Truly Olympian
What is the consequence for having physical contact with another player?
Why does Riley think to himself? Will this help him do better in the race?
What is a contender? Write your answer in a complete sentence.
Do you think Vinnie, Tony and Riley are in a good position to win?
Why can Riley not let up on his swimming pace?
Is it possible for Riley to get closer to first place? Why or why not?
How does Riley feel at the end of the race?
Did you predict Cabin 3 to win the Big Joe Trophy? Why or why not?