In the Dinosaur's Paw

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It's the first day back to school after winter vacation, and Richard Best is off to a bad start. Who ever heard of a January without any snow? And as usual, he has already forgotten something--the ruler Ms. Rooney had told him to bring for dinosaur day. Luckily Richard finds a ruler in his desk--with a dinosaur's initials--and he's sure the ruler is special. And then he finds out it has magic powers. All his wishes begin to come true: Snow stars falling, he remembers to do his homework, and the bully Drake Evans gets sick. But now with Drake sick in bed, Richard begins to worry. His only hope is the magic ruler--but it's gone. What will help him?
Curriculet Details
23 Questions
23 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in third grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, inference and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about characterization and genre. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, text structure, and grammar. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

It's the first day back to school after winter vacation, and Richard Best is off to a bad start. Have you ever had a morning like Richard is having? 
How do you think Holly feels about Richard right now? 
List one detail about Richard, Emily or Jill based on their conversation in the highlighted text. (Example: Richard does not like cheese.) 
Character traits are ways characters act that reveal their personality. Watch the video and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does not having a ruler effect Richard's morning? Do you think he would be more excited about being at school if he had a ruler? Why or why not? 

Chapter 2

If Richard had his lunch at his desk, he would most likely _______________. 
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 remember. Which of the following definitions matches the context of the 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. "Crunch" is an example of onomatopoeia. Can you think of any other examples? (This annotation contains an image)
What subject does Ms. Rooney use to introduce the dinosaur lesson? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Vroom is an example of _______________. 
Why do Richard and Matthew feel like it's their lucky day? 
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about dialogue. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3

Do you think Ms. Rooney suspects that Richard is the one being disruptive? Why or why not? 
Why does Richard wish the snowball would melt faster? 
Do you think Drake Evans will bother Richard and Emily on the field trip? Why or why not? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4

Which word BEST describes Holly? 
This story is written from ______________ point of view. 
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn about point of view. (Note: You do NOT have to create a flipbook as the video instructs.)  (This annotation contains a video)
Protagonist vs. Antagonist: The protagonist in a story is the main character. The antagonist in a story is the character who has conflict with the main character. Is Drake Evans the protagonist or the antagonist? 
Who is the main character (protagonist) of the story? 

Chapter 5

Make Predictions: Do you think Richard's wish for Drake to get sick will come true? Why or why not? 
List one fact about dinosaurs that you know. 
Why does Richard think the ruler may be magic? 
Why does Holly call Richard a "slowpoke"? 

Chapter 6

Do you know what National Handwriting Day is? What are some things you might do on this day? 
What will Richard most likely tell Matthew about his D.T. ruler? 
Comparative and Superlative Adjectives: Comparative adjectives compare two nouns. Superlative adjectives compare three or more nouns. Watch the short video to learn more about comparative and superlative adjectives. (This annotation contains a video)
Neatest is a ________________ adjective. 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7

Why do you think Mrs. Paris does NOT want to tell the kids her first name? 
Why does Emily think Dawn must have a terrible middle name? 
Look at the picture. Which sentence below relates to the picture? 
How do the kids choose what pictures to draw from the book? Do you think they draw their most favorite part of the story? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of greedy. Which of the following is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for greedy? 
Do you think Richard will get his wish for Drake Evans to go away? 

Chapter 8

Which word in the sentence describes something that no one expects Drake to do? 
Which of the following is NOT something that Richard wished for Drake? 
What do you think Matthew means? 
Do you think Richard wishes he had not wished for something bad to happen to Drake? Explain your answer. 

Chapter 9

Why does Richard want to make a good wish for Drake Evans? 
What do you think happened to Richard's ruler? Could it belong to Dawn since her first and middle initials are D and T? 
What does this detail reveal about Richard's wish? 
Why does Richard believe his "power is gone"? What does he believe gives him power? 

Chapter 10

Realistic fiction is a type of genre in which the stories are made up but they contain some element of realism. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction. (This annotation contains a video)
Choose the element below that makes this story realistic fiction. 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of dillydally. Choose the sentence below that uses dillydally correctly in context. 
Quiz 3