Big Whopper

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Curriculet Details
13 Questions
14 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the figurative language and character traits, as well as annotations about asking questions and analyzing illustrations. Students will explore the themes of friendship and honesty. 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 - Monday

Patricia Reilly Giff is the American author of this book. She lives in New York and has won many awards. You are reading book 2 in her ZigZag Kids series of books. To learn more about Ms. Giff watch this video.  (This annotation contains a video)
What do the children think of Mrs. Farelli? 
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? 

Chapter 2 - Still Monday

Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of wrestle. Which word below is a synonym for wrestle? 
There are many different characters in this story, but each one thinks and acts differently. This video discusses character traits, or words that describe a character.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 3 - Tuesday

What word would describe Destiny in this section of the novel? 
You can see in the picture that Trevor wants to draw and write on the top of the paper. Mr. Oakley is helping him. 
What information do you see in the illustration that is not in the story? 
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - Still Tuesday

Comparing Gina's strength to a coyote's strength is a type of figurative language called a simile. This song reviews different types of figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)
"Cut and Curl" salon is an example of which type of figurative language? 
Gina and Destiny both react differently when they see each other's art work. Destiny is complimentary and Gina is critical. 

Chapter 5 - Wednesday

You are reading book two in the Zigzag Kids series. Listen to the first chapter in book one, "Number One Kid." (Click Play Audio Sample on the website.)  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare and contrast Number One Kid with Big Whopper. Use information from both texts in your response. 
Here is a picture of George Washington.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does "Destiny's mouth go dry"? 

Chapter 6 - Still Wednesday

Genre is the format in which a story is written. This song reviews various genres in literature. What genre do you think this novel is?  (This annotation contains a video)
Which genre is this novel? 
Turnips are a type of vegetable.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - Still Wednesday

Which word is a synonym for irritable? 
Do you ever go outside at school to draw? If you do than you can make a text-to-self connection with Destiny. 
What do you think Gina's discovery will be? 

Chapter 8 - Thursday

"Koun" means good luck in Japanese. This video will teach you some more Japanese words. Try saying them aloud like Sumiko does. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the expression "stick to your partners like glue" mean? 
How do you think Gina will react when Destiny tells her the truth? 

Chapter 9 - Still Thursday

If your stomach is "tied up in knots" you would feel 

Chapter 10 - Friday

Theme is the underlying message in a story. Watch this video to review how to determine the theme of a novel.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is a theme of this novel? 
Quiz for Section Three