The Valentine Star

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February is fun. It's time for everyone in Ms. Rooney's room to make cards for the Valentine box. Emily Arrow couldn't be happier when Dawn Bosco gives her some colored stars to decorate her cards. She plans to make a special one for Ms. Vincent, the new student teacher. But things take a turn for the worse when Ms. Rooney asks Emily to be class monitor. Emily feels important sitting at the teacher's desk, until Sherri Dent leaves her seat without Emily's permission. Emily reports her. That's when Sherri tells Emily, "You'll be sorry." Emily is really worried. What will Sherri do to get even?
Curriculet Details
23 Questions
24 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 point of view. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of characterization, theme, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

Why does Emily NOT want to play with Sherri Dent? 
Based on the details in the highlighted sentence, what season of the year does the story take place? 
Similes and metaphors compare two objects. Similes make the comparison using "like" or "as." Watch the video to learn more about similes and how to tell the difference between a simile and a metaphor. (This annotation contains a video)
What do children like to do on Valentine's Day? 

Chapter 2

What is the most likely reason Ms. Rooney is showing her students a picture of Abraham Lincoln? 
Abraham Lincoln was the 16th president of the United States of America.  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think Emily will get the Abraham Lincoln book before Sherri? Why or why not? 
Emily sat down at Ms. Rooney's desk. It was a wonderful feeling to be sitting there.How do the words from the story relate to the picture? 

Chapter 3

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 disappointed. Which of the following sentences uses disappointed correctly in context? 
Why do Emily and Dawn want to wear specific clothes on the day the student teacher is coming to their class? 
Why does Emily think Dawn is the "luckiest girl in the world"? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4

Why do you think Emily wants to look "perfect" for the new student teacher? 
Why does Emily want to talk to Ms. Vincent first? 
Make Predictions: How do you think Sherri will make Emily sorry? 
Why does Emily NOT know the answer to how many glasses of water someone should drink a day? 
Do you think Emily's answer is correct? Why or why not? 
Why does Emily write a note to Sherri? 
Which word BEST describes how Emily feels? 

Chapter 5

Realistic Fiction is a type of genre in which the story is made up but it contains elements that could really happen. Watch the video to learn more about realistic fiction.  (This annotation contains a video)
How do you know this story is realistic fiction? Choose the BEST answer. 
How does Sherri know about Abraham Lincoln? 
How does Emily feel about what Sherri did? Have you ever felt like this about a know-it-all person? 

Chapter 6

Do you think Emily will pick Sherri Dent? Why or why not? 
Why does Emily pick Richard instead of Jill Simon? 
How does the highlighted sentence relate to the picture on the previous page? 
Point of view is the perspective from which an author tells a story. Watch the video to learn more about point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7

Why does Emily watch Sherri to see if she raises her hand? 
Why is Emily making a Valentine for Jill? Do you think Jill will be glad to get a Valentine from Emily? 
Do you think Emily and Sherri will be able to become friends again? 
Why should Emily NOT think bad of Sherri for writing a valentine to herself? 
Why is Ms. Vincent wearing an engagement ring? 
Why does Emily tell Ms. Vincent that Sherri is writing Valentine to herself? 

Chapter 8

Do you suppose someone told on Emily and Richard yesterday? Could that be the serious news Mrs. Miller has for the class? 
What does this sentence reveal about the serious news? 
Why does Mrs. Miller NOT believe Sherri that it was Emily who was outside of the school? 
Look at the picture. Sherri is the one with her hand raised. Emily has a frown on her face. How does Sherri's facial expression differ from Emily's facial expression? 

Chapter 9

Do you think Sherri's note will ruin Emily's Valentine's Day? Why or why not? 
Why does Emily NOT want to get in trouble? 
Why do you suppose Ms. Vincent asked Emily and Sherri to work on the card? Do you think working together will help their relationship? 
Which of the following means the same as rhyme? 
Make Connections: Why is it good that Emily and Sherri are talking about their issues with one another? Have you ever had to talk to a friend and try to work out some kind of problem? 
Why does Ms. Vincent have Emily and Sherri work together on Ms. Rooney's card? 

Chapter 10

Have you ever found out that someone wasn't so bad once you got to know them? How does it change the way you feel about the person? 
Why does Beast NOT want to tell Ms. Rooney about being outside with Emily? 
Do you think Emily will convince Richard to tell Ms. Rooney what they did? Why or why not? 
Why has Emily not already made a Valentine card for Sherri Dent? 
Quiz 3