The Candy Corn Contest
For use in schools and libraries only. The second-grade's contest to see who can guess how many pieces of candy corn are in Ms. Rooney's jar becomes more complicated after Richard Best eats some of the treats.
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"I always start each day with writing. It's like breathing to me," says the author of this novel Patricia Reilly Giff. Patricia is an American writer who has won a Newbery medal. (This annotation contains an image)
What is the setting of the story?
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?
Below is a link to another Patricia Reilly Giff book, "Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room." Read the sample and think about how it compares to this novel. (This annotation contains a link)
Explain how this story and Beast in Ms. Rooney's Room are the same and different.
Every story is written in a certain way. This is called genre. Listen to this song that reviews various genres found in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
What genre is this novel?
Richard claims to be listening, but he is planning his party. Would you be preoccupied by your party like Richard or trying to concentrate on school?
How does the illustration above help you better understand this part of the story?
Richard is conflicted. What do you think he should do?
Quiz for Section One
The characters in this story are all unique. Their character traits, or words to describe the type of person they are, determine how they will respond to different situations. Watch the video below on character traits to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
Which word below best describes Richard?
A fife is a musical instrument. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of auditorium. Which sentence below uses auditorium the same way it is used on this page?
If you were Richard, how would you handle the sleepover problem?
Why is everyone in the class worried?
Do you ever doodle when you have things on your mind? (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz for Section Two
At times you will be asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. Watch this video to review how to write a good summary. (This annotation contains a video)
What is wrong with Richard?
Asking an adult for help is a good way to solve problems.
Write a summary of Chapter 8.
Would seeing a little girl waving make you smile? (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Richard feeling better?
The chapters in this novel are not titled. As you read this chapter, think about what a good title would be.
Why is Richard in the classroom?
When answering questions you may be asked to prove your answer. You do this by providing text-based evidence. This video will explain how to use this strategy. (This annotation contains a video)
What would be a good title for Chapter 10? Use text-based evidence to support your answer.
Do you think Richard is going to tell the correct number and win the candy corn?
Why does Richard tell Ms. Rooney the truth?
All novels have a theme, or underlying message. As you watch this video see if you can determine this story's theme. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Three