Zigzag Zoom

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The Zigzag Zebras have been challenged by the Timpanzi School Tigers to a race. They'll have to practice hard. Too bad Gina is a better opera singer than a runner. Ramon has them running all over—in the schoolyard, down Stone Street, back into the gym, down the stairs. They have to win!
Curriculet Details
13 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring character traits and literal versus figurative language, as well as annotations describing text to self connections, vocabulary and identifying themes. Students will explore the theme of friendship. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: Monday

Zigzag Zoom, by Patricia Reilly Giff, is the eighth book in the "Zigzag Kids" series. In this book, the kids at the Zigzag Afternoon Center have been challenged to a running race by the kids at Timpanzi School. Have you read any of the other books in the series?  
What does Gina want to be when she grows up?  

Chapter 2: Still Monday

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? 
Read the highlighted passage. How do the kids feel about the race?  
As you read the story, pay attention to the pictures. Illustrations are important because they reveal important details about the story, such as how the characters are feeling or what the setting looks like. For example, what does the illustration above reveal about Gina?  
Describe some of the fundraising ideas the Zigzag Zebras have come up with to raise money for bus fare to the race.  

Chapter 3: Tuesday

Read the definition for the word "limbering." Why is it important for the kids to limber up before they practice for the race? What exercises do you like to do to limber up?  
Read the highlighted passage. How does Gina feel about the race?  
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4: Wednesday

There are 12 "Zigzag Kids" characters in the story. You can see what each kid looks like in the illustrations at the beginning of the story. As you read, think about the traits of each of the characters such as their personalities, strengths and weaknesses, likes and dislikes. The following video will explain how to identify character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
The kids are making pretzels because  
Although the other kids think Gina is a fast runner, she feels that she is too slow. She is feeling very nervous about the race and she is afraid to let her friends down. Can you recall a time when you felt that you had let your friends down? What do you think Gina should do to prepare for the race?  

Chapter 5: Thursday

Explain how Peter injures his ankle and why this injury is a problem for the Zigzag kids.  

Chapter 6: Still Thursday

Why are Gina and Clifton hiding in the Sweet Beat music store?  
In the highlighted passage, Gina and Clifton refer to themselves as turtles. This is an example of non-literal or figurative language because they are not really turtles, but they feel that they move slowly like turtles. As you read, look for examples of literal and non-literal language. The following video will explain the difference between the two.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following statements is true about Mr. Sarsaparilla?  
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7: Friday

Have you noticed how each chapter of the story builds on the earlier chapters ? As you read, pay attention to how the chapters are ordered. For example, why is "Friday" the title of this chapter? 
When Gina says "they'd be running all over the world again today," what does she mean?   
In Chapter 7, Gina is being a thoughtful friend when she invites Clifton to help bake cookies since she knows that he doesn't like running practice. What other examples of friendship have you noticed in the story?  

Chapter 8: Still Friday

Describe the bad things that have happened to Gina and the Zigzag Zebras before race day.  
Read the highlighted sentence. Gina has been trying to recall something important that can help solve the problems that she and her team are facing. Do you have any ideas about what the important thing might be? Make a prediction.  

Chapter 9: Saturday Morning

Gina is in a ________ mood on race day.  
Read the highlighted passage and think about the lesson that Gina learned from Mr. Sarsaparilla. Have you identified a central message or themes in the story? The following video will explain how to identify a theme in literature.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 10: Saturday

Use details from the text and illustrations to describe the setting and the mood at Timpanzi School on race day.  
Can you recall a time when you ran a race? How do you feel about running? Do you enjoy it or dislike it? Are you fast like Sumiko or slow like Gina and Clifton?  
What helps Gina pep up and run faster?  
Quiz 3  
Now that you have finished reading Zigzag Zoom, how does it compare to any other books in the "Zigzag Kids" series that you have read? Are you excited to read the next book in the series?