April is invention month. "We're going to make our own inventions," says Ms. Rooney, "and work together in groups." Though Emily Arrow knows it's important for each group to think, listen, and share, she still wishes she were the leader of her invention group. Linda Lorca, the bossy leader, can't get anyone to cooperate. "Snaggle doodles," Emily says. If the group doesn't come up with an idea soon, they'll be the worst group in the class. Meanwhile, Emily is also busy thinking of a wedding present for Ms. Vincent, the student teacher. The wedding is only a few days away. Emily has a lot to do. Can she and her group learn to work together in time? From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Chapter - 1
Why does Ms. Rooney tell Emily where the box is located and what it looks like?
What does this detail reveal about Ms. Rooney's trust for Emily, Jill and Linda? Can your teacher trust you to run errands for her too?
What do you think INV stands for? Any ideas?
For which event would YOU send invitations to your friends?
Which detail from the text relates to the picture?
If INV does not mean "invitations," what else could be in the box?
Why does Emily NOT want Jill or Linda to help her?
Chapter - 2
What do you know about inventions? Have you ever invented anything?
Why does Emily think that bathing suits or jump ropes would be invented in the spring?
"CLUNK" is an example of onomatopoeia. 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. Watch the video to see more examples of onomatopoeia. (This annotation contains a video)
Why are Emily and Richard laughing in class?
Chapter - 3
Make Connections: Have you ever gotten mad because someone else was chosen for something and you weren't? How did it make you feel?
Why do Emily and Linda move away from Matthew?
Read the highlighted sentence. How does Linda feel about the way her group is acting?
Do you think Emily and Linda will be able to get along and create a good invention? Why or why not?
Chapter - 4
What is Emily pretending to do?
What do you think Emily means by saying "snaggle doodles"? When does she usually say it?
Dialogue is conversation between two or more characters in a story. Why do authors use dialogue in their writing? Watch the video to find out. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the most likely reason Emily says "snaggle doodles"?
Emily could see Linda marching down the aisle.Which definition of aisle BEST fits the context of the sentence?
Why is Emily always trying to be better than Linda? Do you know someone who wants to be better than other people?
Chapter - 5
Why do you think Emily is unable to think of an invention?
Why does Emily shake her head?
How does Emily's thoughts on why they are the worst group differ from Linda's?
Chapter - 6
Why do you suppose Emily wants to know what Dawn's group is making? Does she want to copy them or just make something better?
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of project. Which sentence below uses project in the same context as it is used in the story?
What could Emily's "wonderful idea" be? Do you think it is better than anyone else's?
What is Emily going to do with her place mat?
Chapter - 7
Why is Emily glad that Ms. Vincent is absent from school?
Emily thinks the place mat is excellent. Can you find anything wrong with Emily's place mat?
Realistic fiction is a type of genre in which the story is made up but the characters do normal, real-life things. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Emily want to yell snaggle doodles at her classmates?
Do you think Linda's team will be able to build the robot? Why or why not?
Which word BEST describes how Emily feels about the place mat?
Chapter - 8
Adjectives are words that describe nouns. Adjectives make sentences more interesting. As you read, notice how the author uses adjectives to describe. (This annotation contains an image)
Look at the highlighted text. Which of the following words from the highlighted text is NOT an adjective?
What do you think Ms. Vincent is going to announce to the class?
What do the details in the highlighted text suggest about Emily?
Chapter - 9
What do you suppose Linda and Emily made for Ms. Vincent? More importantly, what have they learned about working together?
How has Emily's attitude toward Linda changed?
Emily turns around to see ____________.