Pickle Puss

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It's August, and Emily has big plans at the library. She's going to read lots of books and tack a paper fish next to her name for each one. Then Dawn Bosco says she can read more books than Emily. Not only that, both Emily and Dawn want to keep Pickle Puss, a stray cat thay found. They decide that whoever reads the most books can keep cat. When Emily adds a fish for a book she read along time ago, she has one more fish than Dawn. She knows she's cheating, but she wants to keep the cat. What a pickle she's in.
Curriculet Details
20 Questions
19 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

Why is Stacy having a difficult time keeping up with Emily? 
Why is Emily going to the library? 
A hyperbole is a figure of speech that involves an exaggeration of ideas for the sake of emphasis. Look at the poster below. Read the examples.  (This annotation contains an image)
"It would take forever to read."This sentence is a hyperbole. What is meant by this sentence? 

Chapter 2

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 streaked. Which sentence below uses streaked in the same context as it is used in the story? 
Realistic fiction is a genre in which the stories and characters are made up, but the story contains elements that could happen in real life. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Emily get mad at Dawn? 

Chapter 3

Which sentence from the story relates to this picture? 
Which sentence from the story relates to this picture? 
Where is Dawn going? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
A compound word is made when two words are joined to form a new word. Read the poster below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Can you identify and name the compound word in this sentence? Type your answer below. 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4

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)
Which sentence is an example of dialogue? 
Make Predictions: Do you think Emily will forget about the cat and go to the library? Why or why not? 

Chapter 5

Which word in the highlighted text helps you understand the meaning of filthy? 
Why is Emily concerned that Dawn is home reading as fast as she can? 
What kind of books does Emily look for at the library? 

Chapter 6

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. Look at the poster below for more examples of onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains an image)
Which word from the highlighted sentence is an example of onomatopoeia? 
Point of view is the mode of narration the author uses to tell a story. Point of view helps the reader "see" and "hear" what takes place in the story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view. As you read, think about which point of view the author uses in this story. (This annotation contains a video)
"I am so a hot reader," said Emily.What is meant by the word hot as it is used in the context of this sentence? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7

Do you think Emily will read the book since she already knows how to tie knots? Why or why not? 
Why does Emily need to return the tree book to the library? 
Why is Emily hesitant to choose another fish? 
Do you think Emily would have chosen a fish for the tree book if Freddie had not insisted on it? Explain your answer. 

Chapter 8

Why does Emily dream that the blue fish is after her? 
What does the blue fish remind Emily of? 
Make Connections: Have you ever helped someone younger than you learn how to do something? How did it make you feel to help them?  
Why will Emily and Stacy be sitting in the floor a long time? 

Chapter 9

Do you think Emily will choose another fish even though she feels bad about having four fish instead of three? 
Which sentence from the story relates to the next picture? Choose the BEST answer. 
Do you suppose Dawn has more fish than Emily knows about? If so, Emily may be in for a big surprise when she goes back to the library. 
How does Emily feel about Dawn having the cat? 

Chapter 10

How does Emily feel about the blue fish? Why does she feel this way about it? 
How does Emily feel about winning? 
Why does Dawn tell Emily that she saved her life? 
List two things Emily does that reveals she is a "neat kid." 
Quiz 3