The Indian in the Cupboard

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It all starts with a birthday present Omri doesn't even want -- a small plastic Indian of no use to him at all. But when an old wooden cupboard and a special key bring the unusual toy to life, Omri's Indian becomes his most important secret: precious, dangerous, wonderful, and above all, magical.
Curriculet Details
51 Questions
55 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the point of view and drawing conclusions, as well as annotations explaining character’s feelings and answering questions. Students will explore the themes of loyalty and 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 - Birthday Presents

Lynne Reid Banks, the author of this novel, is a British author of books for children and adults. She is best known for the book you are about to read, which has been made into a film.  (This annotation contains an image)
If the items found in the alley are "treasures," why do the rich people throw them away? 
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 determine the meaning of fierce. Which definition below best describes how fierce is used in this section? 
If the Indian and Omri do not speak the same language, they will have to come up with another way to communicate. 
Omri knows the Indian cannot hurt him much with the knife. Why do you think he chooses not to take away the weapon? 

Chapter 2 - The Door Is Shut

Stories are written in a certain point of view. This video will explain the different points of view in which a novel can be told.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story told? 
The author includes the highlighted sentence to help you visualize how small the knife is. 
Which line from the text explains what happened to the Indian? 
Corn is a crop Indians have been known to grow. Below is one cooked kernel of corn, which Omri has offered the Indian.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does the Indian want Omri to stop eating? 
Tepees and longhouses are two kinds of Indian homes. This chart shows many different homes Indians have lived in. The tepee is the top home in the middle column. The longhouse is the last home in the bottom right hand corner. (This annotation contains an image)
How is Omri compromising with Little Bear? 
Omri's theory is that the cupboard makes Little Bear turn to plastic. Do you think sleeping outside the cupboard will keep the Indian real? 

Chapter 3 - Thirty Scalps

Explain the magic of Omri's cupboard. Use details from this chapter to support your answer. 
Little Bear is not from the same time period as Omri. He relates things he sees, such as long distance to the floor, to things that he knows. 
How is Omri's point of view in regards to Indians changing? 
Do you agree with Omri's opinion of grown-ups? 
How are Iroquois Indians different from the Indians Omri is familiar with? 
The illustration shows the size of Little Bear and the horse in comparison to the cupboard. 
Why is Omri hesitant about taking Little Bear outside? 

Chapter 4 - The Great Outdoors

Be sure to read the titles at the beginning of the chapters. They will give you some idea of what the chapter is about. 
Why is Little Bear reluctant to return to the house? 
Omri panics when he sees the Indian injured. You can infer that Omri has not seen many leg injuries like Little Bear has. The video below will explain how you can make inferences when reading.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 5 - Tommy

Based on the illustration, how is the medical soldier feeling when he sees Omri? 
Below is a drawing of the soldier helping Little Bear. (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Omri turn Tommy back to plastic? 
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 6 - The Chief Is Dead, Long Live the Chief

Comparing and contrasting are two reading skills that help you strengthen your comprehension. The video below reviews how to compare and contrast.  (This annotation contains a video)
The website below gives you more information about the Iroquois. Pay attention to new information about these Native American for your next question.  (This annotation contains a link)
What additional information do you learn from the website? Write an informational paragraph about the Iroquois including information for the website and the book Omri reads. 
"Mum" is a British word for Mom. The author of this novel is from England, so she will include some British terms in this book. 
How is a longhouse similar to a tepee? 
Omri is feeling confident that he can handle two Indians, but he wants to respect Little Bear's wishes. 
How does the chief die? 
Bark is important for a tree. This image shows a tree that has had some bark removed.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7 - Uninvited Brothers

What inference can you make about why Patrick bought Omri a cowboy? 
Do you agree with Omri's decision to show Patrick Little Bear? 
Why are the brothers still in Omri's room? 
Omri only told Patrick about the Indian. He did not mention the horse. 
If this story is told in third person all-knowing, what additional information might you learn in this section? 
Patrick and Omri do not think the cupboard is fun. Do you agree? 
Which word below is a synonym for anxious? 
Firelighters are small bricks made of wood material. They make starting a fire very easy.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 8 - Cowboy!

Whose fault is the ruined meat? 
Based on Omri's actions, and what just happened between Omri and Patrick in the bedroom you can draw the conclusion that Patrick is turning something from plastic to human. This video explains how to draw conclusions while you read.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following conclusions can you draw based on the actions in the bedroom? 
Even though it is small, the bullet could not stay in Patrick's cheek. It may have caused an infection. 
"I very soon die, if not eat," is what Little Bear says to Omri. Little Bear's statement is an example of  
Omri looks at the Indian and Cowboy as real people. Patrick still sees them as toys. 

Chapter 9 - Shooting Match

Why does Omri put the cowboy and horse in the sock drawer? 
At times you will be asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. Watch this video to review how to write a summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is Omri's relationship with Little Bear different from his relationship with the Cowboy? 
In the illustration above you can see that the horse and cowboy are smaller than Omri's shoe! 
How is the cowboy laying if he is prostrate? 
Little Bear wants Omri to take him to the store so he can choose his own wife. 
Write a summary of Chapter Nine, "Shooting Match". 

Chapter 10 - Breakfast Truce

Omri is getting a little bossy, but he does not have much time before his family wakes up. 
Why does Omri insist the men eat together? 
This story is a fantasy. Watch the video below about the elements of fantasy. Which elements does this story have?  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 11 - School

Omri is sounding just like a mother! 
Which two words from this page have a similar meaning? 
While Boone still thinks he is in a dream, Little Bear is starting to make sense of the "strange magic." 
Which of the following events happens first? 
Is it Little Bear's fault? Or could Omri have been a little more descriptive when explaining what Little Bear would have to do if he went to school? 
What do you predict will happen in the next chapter? Write three predictions below. 

Chapter 12 - Trouble with Authority

As you read, you use various reading strategies. This song reviews many strategies you have learned.  (This annotation contains a video)
Your friend, Megan, tells you she has to reread the highlighted paragraph. The lady talks with different language and it makes it hard for Megan to understand what she is saying. What reading strategy is Megan using? 
Are you making a prediction about what will happen when Patrick and Omri get to the headmaster? 
Why does the author include the highlighted lines? 
Even though Patrick is scared of the headmaster, he is more afraid of his father. 
Name two reading strategies you used in this chapter. Explain the specific part of the chapter where you used the strategy and how it helped your comprehension. 

Chapter 13 - Art and Accusation

You can draw the conclusion that Patrick showed Mr. Johnson Little Bear.  
Comparing Mr. Johnson's face to a ghost is an example of a  
If you were Omri, would you have taken the two men out? 
Which sentence supports the illustration above? 
If the art teacher could have thought of more synonyms for small, she would have used them. 
Which word from the text tells you Boone is uncomfortable with the box of figures? 
Why do you think the store owner is looking at Omri in a strange way? 
Why does Mr. Yapp want to call the police? 
Toffo is a kind of candy.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 14 - The Missing Key

What is Omri missing? 
You are getting to know Omri very well. What traits describe his character? Watch the video below to review character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which word below describes Omri? 
Little Bear must have been telling Boone he is not in a dream because Boone realizes Omri can send him back to his home. 
Why is Adiel agreeing to help Omri? 
The highlighted lines explain Boone and Little Bear's point of view. 
Why does Little Bear have to remove the arrow? 
Omri is feeling many things at once. He is ashamed that he let things get to the point where Little Bear shoots Boone. He is afraid Boone will die. He also feels bad he put Boone in this situation. 

Chapter 15 - Underfloor Adventure

"Semidarkness" contains the prefix "semi-" which means 
The rat would love to investigate, and possibly eat Little Bear, Boone, and the horses. 
Omri describes his sudden thought as a "landscape lit up by lightning."  (This annotation contains an image)
How does the photograph above compare to Omri's sudden thought? 
Little Bear's size may be an advantage. 
Why is Omri calling Little Bear back? 
The rat is larger than Little Bear, so if it pounced him it would be difficult for Little Bear to recover. 
Where is Tommy caring for the wounded before Omri brings him to his room? 
The soldier is in World War I, which lasts from 1914 to 1918. Penicillin is not discovered until 1928. 
Which word below describes how Omri is feeling on this page when he is talking to Little Bear? 

Chapter 16 - Brothers

Omri is thinking through of all the scenarios that could happen when the woman becomes real. He has learned his lesson, to think before you act. 
Which line from the text explains why Little Bear hands Omri his belt of white beads? 
A drop from a nosedropper is not much whiskey, but it is enough for Boone.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Omri keeping the key? 
"The Indian in the Cupboard" has been made into a movie. Watch this movie trailer and think about how it compares to the book you are reading.  (This annotation contains a video)
Compare the book trailer you watched with the story you are reading. What similarities and differences do you see? 
Theme is the underlying message in a story. The video below explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Three