Tooter Pepperday

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The Pepperday family is moving to Aunt Sally's farm. Mr. Pepperday, Mrs. Pepperday, and Chuckie Pepperday are happy as hogs in slop. But Tooter Pepperday is not. There's no cable TV, no playground, and she's gone three days without pizza! What does a girl have to do to show her family she'll never get used to life on the farm? "Tooter is a real-life, plucky, resourceful heroine . . . in a good sound story that has a lot to say about the choices we make and the impact they have."Booklist "Tooter Pepperday . . . is sure to bring on the chuckles and the giggles." School Library Journal Jerry Spinelli is the author of the Newbery AwardwinningManiac Magee, as well as many other titles, includingStargirland his autobiography,Knots in My Yo-Yo String. The author lives in Pennsylvania.
Curriculet Details
13 Questions
16 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the theme and character traits, as well as annotations about figurative language and summarizing. Students will explore the themes of family and change. 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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1. Never!

Jerry Spinelli is the author of more than a dozen books for young readers. He has won many awards including the Newberry Medal for "Maniac Magee." To learn more about Mr. Spinelli visit his website.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Chuckie "stone still, staring"? 

2. The Silent Treatment

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 sly. Which definition below matches how sly is used on this page? 
All stories are written in a certain format called genre. Watch this video and think about what genre this novel is.  (This annotation contains a video)

3. Kicked Out

Which line from the text supports the illustration? 
A "Big Mac" can only be bought at McDonald's fast food restaurants.  (This annotation contains an image)

4. Do I Believe This?

Saying they "walked for a hundred miles" is an example hyperbole, or extreme exaggeration. This video explains hyperbole.  (This annotation contains a video)
What events lead to Aunt Sally putting the egg in a shoebox?  
Quiz for Section One 

5. You're Nothing Without Me

This video explains point of view. Watch the video and determine from which point of view this story is written.  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story told? 

6. Woe Is Me!

Mr. Pepperday ignores everybody when he is writing, not just Tooter. 
When "Mrs. Pepperday rolls her eyes to the sky," she is feeling 
Comparing Harvey's tail thumping to a drummer is an example of a simile. Look for other similes, or comparisons using "like" or "as," as you read. 

7. Right Where You Want to Be

Which type of figurative language is used in the highlighted sentence? 

8. Punishment

How do bees make honey? Watch this video to learn.  (This annotation contains a video)
Here is a picture of a goat being milked.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Tooter say, "I drink milk every day"?  
Quiz for Section Two 

9. Poop

You can learn a lot about a character through her actions and thoughts. This video explains how to use those observations to determine a character's traits.  (This annotation contains a video)
The fact the Aunt Sally learns interesting details about Queen Anne's lace and sassafras shows that she is 
Can you imagine driving by the farm and seeing a girl with a clothespin on her nose and spraying air freshener? What would you think she is doing? 

10. Countdown to Hatch

Even though Tooter does not want her family to know, she is acting ________ by turning the egg. 

11. Better Be Careful

This page summarizes all of Tooter's mischievous deeds. How much more do you think her parents will tolerate? 
This image shows the purple flower in the middle of Queen Anne's lace. (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think Aunt Sally wants Tooter to discover the purple flower in the Queen Anne's lace? 
This is the first time since Tooter found out about the compost that she eats vegetables from the garden. 

12. Two Tooters

How does the illustrator depict a "bully chicken"? 

13. The Longest Night

The theme of a novel is the underlying message. This video shows you how to determine the theme is a story.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which line from the text tells you it is morning? 
Quiz for Section Three