The Number One Kid
The author of the beloved Kids of the Polk Street School series introduces a new generation of readers to a multicultural group of kids who enjoy all the activities of an after-school center. I'M #1! That's what Mitchell McCabe's favorite T-shirt says. He'd like to be Number One at the Zigzag Afternoon Center, where there are lots of fun activities to choose from: swimming, nature walks, field trips, art, even homework help. And YAY-there's snack time! But Mitchell is worried. What if he's the only kid who doesn't get a prize on Prize Day? Luckily, Mitchell realizes he's a winner at something terrific. In this delightful new series, award-winning author Patricia Reilly Giff introduces readers to a quirky, lovable group of kids, capturing all the excitement and surprises of new friends and after-school fun. From the Trade Paperback edition.
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Chapter 1 - Friday
Did you know that you can look up any word in the book or in the questions and answers? Just click on the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you let go, another box will pop up. Click on define. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this a lot. Is there a word on this page you need to look up?
How is Mitchell feeling about going to the Center?
Poison ivy is a plant that causes an allergic skin rash when it is touched. You cannot breathe it in, as Mitchell thinks. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 2 - Monday
Hyperbole is an exaggeration that helps describe a character or make a point. Which of these sentences from the story is hyperbole?
Read the highlighted sentences. Why do you think Sumiko knows those seven Japanese words?
Japan is an island nation in the Pacific Ocean. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 3 - Still Monday
Remember that hyperbole is an exaggeration that helps make a point. Which of these sentences is an example of hyperbole?
A baboon is a type of primate that can scream loudly when it is upset. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 4 - Tuesday
Think about Chapter Three. In that chapter, who wore the mask that Trevor has lost?
Watch this video to help you answer the next question. (This annotation contains a video)
Peeled is a word that has multiple meanings, like in the video you watched. One meaning of peeled is to remove the peel from a piece of fruit. In the highlighted sentence, peeled means
Chapter 5 - Wednesday
Look at the picture that comes after this sentence. Mr. Oakley looks
A coyote is a member of the canine family that is smaller than a wolf. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted sentence. If Mr. Oakley sounds as if he just opened a treasure chest, he sounds
Once an apple has fallen off a tree and onto the ground, worms and other insects can tunnel inside it.
Chapter 6 - Thursday
There is another hyperbole on this page. Which of these sentences is the hyperbole?
The word that Habib and Mitchell are trying to think of is "tornado". (This annotation contains an image)
What is the terrible feeling that Mitchell has when he thinks about Trevor's mask?
Chapter 7 - Friday
When two unlike things are compared to each other using like or as, it is called a simile. Which of these sentences is a simile?
Those tan dots are the specks of sand coming out of Mitchell's bathing suit.
Why do you think Angel is sitting by herself behind the post?
Chapter 8 - Saturday
Read the highlighted sentences. Mitchell thinks Ramon and Habib are working on numbers because Ramon hasn't learned them yet. Why are they actually working on numbers?
Gold nuggets are pieces of gold that come from the earth. Do you see how gold paint over a crumb would look like this nugget? (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 9 - Still Saturday
Mitchell uses Peter Petway's full name while he is scared of him. When he learns that he doesn't have to be afraid, he starts thinking of him as just Peter.
Look at the picture of Trevor, Mitchell and Angel. Trevor looks _______ to have his mask back.
Do you think Angel knows that Mitchell thinks she is good at everything? Think about whether Mitchell might know that other people think he is good at things too.
Mitchell thought that both Peter and Yolanda didn't like him, but he found out he was wrong about both of them. Which lesson did he learn?
Chapter 10 - Monday-Prize Day
Why is the lunch lady's face red?
Think about how Mitchell's attitude about his new school has changed since the beginning of the book to now.
Mitchell gets a medal for being a good writer. In your point of view, are there other things that he does well? Use examples from the story in your answer.