Lazy Lions, Lucky Lambs

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The children in Ms. Rooney's room are supposed to be writing about real people, but writing is Beast's worst subject.
Curriculet Details
22 Questions
22 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 genre and figurative language. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of theme, characterization, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Similes and metaphors compare two objects. Similes make the comparison using "like" or "as." Metaphors make the comparison by saying one thing "is" another thing. Watch the video to learn more about simile and metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)
Matthew felt as heavy as a mountain. This sentence contains an example of __________________. 
Which word BEST describes how Richard and Matthew probably feel about going to the principal's office? 
Make Connections: Have you ever had to go to the principal's office? If so, how did you feel? If not, how do you think you might feel? 
What is a troublemaker? Do you know any troublemakers in your school? 
What do the details in this sentence suggest about Richard? 

Chapter 2

"March comes in like a lion and goes out like a lamb" is a saying that refers to the weather in March. The beginning of March is usually very windy. In some parts of the country, tornadoes and other storms develop. By the end of March, the winds are dying down, the weather seems calmer and signs of spring are able to be seen. 
What is one thing you think about when you think of Spring?  
Here are some fun facts about St. Patrick's Day. (This annotation contains an image)
What do the details in this sentence suggest about Richard? 
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 astronaut. Complete the following sentence.An astronaut is someone who __________. 

Chapter 3

"A million kids were in the coatroom" is an example of hyperbole. Hyperbole is a deliberate exaggeration of actions and ideas for the sake of emphasis. "Your bag weighs a ton!" and "I have got a million issues to look after!" are also examples of hyperbole.  
Why does Richard go back to his seat? 
Why does Ms. Rooney give her students black paper instead of white paper for catching snowflakes? 
Do you think Ms. Rooney is trying to teach the kids a lesson? 
Which part of speech is tamers in this sentence? 
Do you agree that Richard should choose a different topic for his story? Why or why not? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4

How does this picture relate to the words in the story? 
Point of view is the viewpoint that an author tells a story from. Point of view allows readers to “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view and then decide from which point of view this story is told.  (This annotation contains a video)
Can you guess which story Richard and his friends will be reading next? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of sweeten. Which sentence below uses sweeten correctly in context? 
Do you think Richard will be glad he had to do the real-people story after he does it? What lesson might he learn from doing the story? 

Chapter 5

Based on the words in the highlighted text, where is Richard now? 
Why does Richard NOT join the other kids in the snowball fight? 
Where does Emily get money for an ice cream? Do you ever get paid for the chores you do? 
Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Read the poster below to see more examples of dialogue.  (This annotation contains an image)
Create a sentence with a hyperbole using the word "zillion." Type it below.(Example: I ate a zillion cookies!) 

Chapter 6

Just like with people, characters sometimes experience conflict. Where does MOST of Richard's conflict come from? 
Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for thrilled? Choose the BEST answer. 
Realistic fiction is a type of genre in which the story is made up but there is an element of realism in the story. In realistic fiction, the characters do normal things. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does Richard feel at the end of this chapter? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7

What is meant by the "olden" days? Write your answer in a complete sentence. 
Do you think Richard's paper is ruined? What could he do to save it? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of slush. Which definition BEST fits the context of the sentence? 
Why is Richard so angry? 

Chapter 8

Sally Ride was the first American woman to go up in space. Sally Ride was born in 1951 and died of cancer in 2012. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the most likely reason that Matthew and Wayne stopped what they were doing? 
Make Connections: Have you ever felt like Richard feels right now? 
What step in making a kite comes right after crossing one stick over another? 
What is the purpose of making a kite? 
Make Predictions: Do you think Richard will make a good or bad grade on his real-person story? Why or why not? 

Chapter 9

Do you think Richard will write about Mr. Mancina? Why or why not? 
Why does Richard wish he had looked harder at Mr. Mancina? 
Quiz 3