Bigger Than A Bread Box

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Curriculet Details
48 Questions
52 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the character traits and summarizing, as well as annotations explaining asking questions and making connections. Students will explore the themes of parental separation and loneliness. 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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Before

This novel begins with a flashback. The narrator is remembering an event that happened to her before the main part of this story begins. 

Chapter 1

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What could cause a power outage? 
Laurel Snyder, the author of this novel, is an American author and poet. She writes children's books and novels. If you want to learn more about her, be sure to check out the "About the Author" section at the end of this novel.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

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Sometimes authors do not include chapter titles. Why? 
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? 
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Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of ignition. The ignition is the part of the car ________. 
Rebecca is torn between her mother and her father. Her mother's plea, though, convinces her to walk away from her Dad. 
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Why do you think Dad gives Rebecca the locket? 
It takes about eleven hours to drive from Baltimore, Maryland to Atlanta, Georgia.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3

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Which line below shows that Rebecca is happy to see her Grandmother? 
Stories are told through a certain point of view. Watch this video and see if you can determine from which point of view this story is told.  (This annotation contains a video)
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From which point of view is this story told? 
Do you ever make-up scenes in your head like Rebecca? If you do, you can make a text-to-self connection. You are connecting actions the characters do in the story to actions you have done yourself. 
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Why does Gran call Rebecca a goose? 

Chapter 4

Think about a good title for this chapter as you read it. 
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Why is Rebecca so surprised that the red box "...looked totally new, shiny"? 
Rebecca has been so strong up until now. It is surprising she has waited this long before breaking down. 
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Where do the gulls come from? 
Did you make a list of wishes when you were younger? Has that list changed? 
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What is a good title for this chapter? Include reasons why you chose the title. 

Chapter 5

Rebecca is realizing her Mom did not decide in one day to move to Atlanta. In order to get Rebecca's school records she had to have planned a few weeks ahead of time. 
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Why does Rebecca choose to be "Becky" at school? 
Do you think Rebecca should tell her teacher she already has done this experiment? 
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Why is Rebecca pretending she does not like poetry? 

Chapter 6

Stories are written in different genres, or forms of writing. Watch this video and see if you can determine the genre of this story.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What is the genre of this novel? 
IPods can cost over $200! How do you think Rebecca will explain the sudden gifts to her mother? 
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Why does the author put the highlighted lines in italics, or slanted letters? 
Chicken noodle casserole is a good comfort meal for Rebecca. What meal do you like to eat when you are feeling unhappy? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7

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Why does Mom's birthday go unnoticed for a week? 
Earlier in the story Rebecca says her father does not talk about his family. Now she says her Gran does not talk about her husband either. Why do you think they do not discuss family? 

Chapter 8

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Who is Lew? 
Have you ever been allowed to explore a new place on your own? 
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Why is Rebecca in the store? 
Rebecca's Mom collects spoons. Do you collect anything?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which word below describes the reason behind Gran's gift to Mom? 
What do you think Mom would say if Rebecca tells her where she really got the spoon? 
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 9

"Times" is a multiple meaning word. This video will explain how to determine the meaning of multiple meaning words.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Calls is a multiple meaning word. Which definition below matches how calls is used on this page? 

Chapter 10

Rebecca has to come up with an answer quickly. How is she going to explain the food that can only come from Baltimore? 
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What are Kandy Kakes? 
Do you think Lew will keep the secret so he will get more Kandy Kakes? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 11

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Why does Lew blink? 
Margaret Mitchell wrote "Gone with the Wind," a popular book and movie. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the poem below, "Words Free as Confetti." Think about how it connects to Rebecca's thoughts. (This annotation contains a link)
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How is the poem "Words Free as Confetti" similar to Rebecca's thoughts in this section of the novel? 
Rebecca chooses to be honest with Hannah. Do you think this is the right response? 
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Megan's note says, "Everyone will forget about it. They always do. Chin up." Why does she write this? 

Chapter 12

"The next morning" is a sequencing phrase to tell you some time has passed. Look for other sequencing words as you read. 
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Why is Maddie snickering? 
Megan is turning out to be a good person who is trying to be helpful to Rebecca. 
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Which word below would best describe Hannah's words and actions on this page? 
At times you will be asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. Watch this video to review summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is Rebecca recalling all of the things she receives from her bread box? 
In a dialogue, when an author puts words in italics it means the person speaking put more emphasis on the slanted words to make them stand out. 
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Write a summary of Chapter 12. 

Chapter 13

When Rebecca first came to Atlanta she decides to become a new person, Becky. Now she is speaking as if Becky and Rebecca are two different people because Rebecca feels completely different from the girl she was in Baltimore. 
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How does Rebecca explain being home early from school? 
Do you think Rebecca is wrong for continuing to use the bread box? 
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Why does Rebecca say, "It was how Saturday mornings are supposed to be"? 

Chapter 14

Can you picture, or visualize, Lew and Rebecca drinking their hot chocolate in the shop?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why is Rebecca feeling less worried? 
Did you think Mom or Gran would visit Rebecca? 
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What wishes does the bread box grant? 
Did the bread box grant Rebecca's wish? 

Chapter 15

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Since this story is told in first person, how do you know about Mrs. Cahalen's conversation with Mom if Rebecca was asleep? 
When answering questions, you may be asked to prove your answer. This can be done using text-based evidence. Watch this video to learn more.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How has Rebecca's relationship with her mother changed? Use text-based evidence to support your answer. 
Dad ends the conversation abruptly. When Rebecca really needs to talk to him he is not available. 

Chapter 16

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What is a misdemeanor as it is used on this page? 
Mom must have been crying for awhile if her eyes are red-rimmed. 
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Why does Mom not know how to take Rebecca to school? 
Do you think Mrs. Hamill left on purpose? 
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What happens right after Hannah taunts Rebecca by saying she is not normal? 
Even though Rebecca's Dad is several states away in Maryland, she still thinks about earning his approval. 
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 17

Rebecca is really twelve. Do you agree thirteen sounds older? 
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Where is Rebecca going? 
Do you think Rebecca is making the right decision in returning the spoon by herself? 

Chapter 18

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Why is the author including the highlighted paragraph? 
Miss Adda's appearance is being described, but how would you describe her character? This video will explain character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which character trait below best describes Miss Adda? 

Chapter 19

Would you like a green kitchen?  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why was Miss Adda not going to answer the door? 
When Rebecca shows Adda the spoon her mouth opens. She is stunned and she falls. Why is she having such a overwhelming reaction? 
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How has Miss Adda changed from when Rebecca first meets her to now? Use text-based evidence to support your answer. 

Chapter 20

Rebecca is stuck in a darkened basement of a lady she does not know. No one knows she is at this house. She is in a very difficult, dangerous situation. 
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If Miss Adda buried the spoon, how does Rebecca end up with it? 
Do you think Miss Adda will believe Rebecca? Would you believe her? 
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Why is no one rescuing Rebecca? 
Miss Adda must have called the police at some point, which is a good thing for Rebecca. Otherwise she may have been locked in the basement for a long time. 
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Which line below best expresses Rebecca's thoughts about Miss Adda? 

Chapter 21

Theme is the central idea of a text. Watch the video below to learn more about theme. (This annotation contains a video)
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What word or phrase below best describes a theme from this novel? 
The officer repeats "fell" to make sure he hears Rebecca correctly. If Miss Adda pushed her, she is in a lot of trouble. If Rebecca fell, Miss Adda may not be in as much trouble. 

Chapter 22

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What two words below have similar meanings? 
The officer agrees with Rebecca. They both think she has learned her lesson and will not go off by herself to a stranger's house in the future. 
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Which statement below summarizes Rebecca's speech to her parents? 
The three passengers are staring out three different windows, having three different opinions and thoughts about the song and their life as a family. 
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What is the most important event in this novel? Why? 

Chapter 23

Here is the song that Rebecca and her father talk about throughout the novel. It is called "Hungry Heart" by Bruce Springsteen. Why do you think the author chose this song? (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Three