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Ever since her family moved to Aunt Sally's farm, Tooter's known that farm life is definitely not for her. There's no pizzeria for miles, her nearest neighbor is a dumb boy, and even her own pet chicken hates her! So Tooter decides to show everyone what she's made of by winning the blue ribbon at the County Fair's goat show. Now all she has to do is keep her little brother--and his paint brush--away from her prize goat!
Curriculet Details
9 Questions
11 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the sequence of events and character traits, as well as annotations about asking questions and analyzing illustrations. Students will explore the themes of friendship and adapting. 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. 911

Jerry Spinelli is an award-winning author who lives in Pennsylvania. He says, "It usually takes nine to twelve months to write a book." How long do you think it would take you to write a book? (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Tooter "roll her eyes"? 

2. Mama Tooter

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 anthem. Which word below is a synonym for anthem? 

3. Part One

When reading it is important to notice the sequence in which events take place. Watch the video to review this strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
What event leads to Aunt Sally and Tooter being on Jack Hafer's farm? 
Quiz for Section One 

4. No Sprout

At times you will be asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. This video reviews summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Chapter Four, No Sprout. 

5. A Very Fine Goat

Why do you think Aunt Sally has not named the goat? 

6. Learning to Walk

Here is a picture of a goat with the body parts labeled. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the picture above, where are a goat's wattles? 
Tooter is being sarcastic. She knows she has not been nice. 
How does the illustrator show that the story is taking place on a farm? 
Quiz for Section Two 

7. Pepperoni Parts

At times you have to infer what a character is thinking or feeling. This video shows you how to make inferences.  (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer about Mom based on her reaction to Tooter's study technique? 

8. Haircut

The goat looks like he is enjoying the haircut. 
Why did so many things to turn blue? 

9. No!

Tooter and Chuckie's facial expressions are opposite. Chuckie is enjoying himself and Tooter is angry. 
Which line from the text matches the illustration? 

10. The Winner Is …

Character traits are words that describe a character's thoughts and feelings. This video explains how to determine a character's traits. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Three