Ramona and Her Mother

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Ramona Quimby is seven and a half—"right now," as she likes to say. She's growing up every day and that brings many changes, including new pajamas so cozy that Ramona wears them under her clothes to school.

But even though Ramona's getting bigger, she sometimes feels left out of the more grown-up relationship between her older sister, Beezus, and their busy working mom. Mrs. Quimby tells friends she "couldn't get along without Beezus," but does this mean she doesn't need Ramona?

With affectionate humor, Beverly Cleary shows Ramona—and us—just how much her mother loves her. Jacqueline Rogers's spirited illustrations make this new edition of Ramona and Her Mother one that readers will cherish.

Curriculet Details
31 Questions
20 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This curriculet, geared toward 4th graders, explores what happens when both parents are working for the first time and everyone has to be a little more independent. Students will encounter themes of sibling rivalry, mother-daughter bonding, and growing up in this story starring the astutely observed Ramona Geraldine Quimby. This free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining characterization, main idea, and figurative language. It also contains interactive videos and images that support comprehension. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of growing up, dealing with change in the family, and mother-daughter relationships. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. A Present for Willa Jean

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Which of the following is NOT a reason why Ramona wants to give Willa Jean a present? 
Why does Ramona decide not to tell Mrs. Swink her real name? Do you agree with her reasons? (This annotation contains an image)
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From this context, balky probably means 
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The author probably put in this detail about Beezus to 
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"Conversation died, and the party died, too" is an example of personification, where you take something that isn't human, like a party, and let it do something human-like (in this case, die). What does this sentence mean? 
Personification is when you give non-human things human characteristics or qualities. Here's a video that explains more.  (This annotation contains a video)
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These lines, and the title of the book, start to show which theme? 

2. Slacks for Ella Funt

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Which of these sentences is an exaggeration (something described as larger or greater than it really is)? 
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In this sentence, the word confidences probably means 
A care package for a college student. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Ramona think she is at a "difficult age"? 
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Why did Ramona decide to squeeze out the whole tube of toothpaste? Support your answer with details from the story. 

3. Nobody Likes Ramona

The Ramona books are set in Portland, Oregon, which has rainy weather throughout much of the year.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Ramona is  
A dowel is a thin, smooth stick of wood used for building projects. (This annotation contains an image)
Bluing is a blue chemical used to make clothes and hair whiter. It works by counteracting the yellowish color in dingy white things.  (This annotation contains an image)
Pinking shears are zig-zag scissors used to cut fabric that will be sewn together.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Ramona "squash" the thought that she would like to have her mother stay home? 
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Why don't the Kemps ask Ramona to join them for supper? How does Ramona feel when she is left out? Use details from the story in your answer. 
Quiz #1 

4. The Quarrel

A Crock-Pot, an electric cooking pot that can safely be left on all day to cook a meal.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is an exaggeration (something described as larger or greater than it really is)? 
Bridge is a card game played in a group of four. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is probably NOT contributing to Ramona's parents' fight? 
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What is clear from this scene and Ramona's reaction? 
Watch this video, a commercial from 1976. Where does Ramona's confusion come from? (This annotation contains a video)
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Why is Beezus so angry? 
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What important lesson is shown in this chapter? 

5. The Great Hair Argument

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Why does Beezus call her mother "old-fashioned" when she says "How you look is not as important as how you behave?" 
Should Ramona's mother be able to do things that aren't sensible sometimes? Do you think parents should be able to let go and goof around on their own occasionally? (This annotation contains an image)
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Ramona's mother says sometimes she wants to do things that aren't sensible. Which theme does this show? 
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Beezus makes a very persuasive speech about her haircut here! List the reasons Beezus gives for why her mother should allow her to get a haircut at Robert's School of Hair Design. 
This statue of Ramona, in a park in Portland, Oregon, is also a fountain that bubbles up under her boots. Do you think this is a good image of Ramona to immortalize as a statue? (This annotation contains an image)
The inside of a beauty school salon. The women on the right are sitting under hair-drying machines. (This annotation contains an image)
A pixie haircut on a little girl.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz #2 
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What lesson did Beezus learn from the haircut? 

6. Ramona’s New Pajamas

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Wearing clothes her sister has outgrown is one thing Ramona has to deal with as a little sister. What else happens to Ramona because she is the younger sister? 
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In this sentence, dawdle means 
Why did Ramona wear her pajamas to school? What is happening now? Can you make a connection to this story and remember a time when you made a decision that backfired later? 
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Why is Ramona disappointed? 
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In this sentence, how are the words "melt into a puddle" used? 

7. The Telephone Call

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Why do you think the trip to the beauty school brought Beezus and Mrs. Quimby closer? Use details from the story in your answer. 
"Base camp," in mountain climbing, is the location at the bottom, or base, of the mountain, where climbers camp and prepare to climb to the top. Looking at this picture, why do you think Mr. Quimby says, "This is a home, not a base camp?" Mount Everest base camp. (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Ramona think the phone call was about? 
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The Richter scale, from 1-10, is used to measure the strength of earthquakes. When Mr. Quimby says, "This looks like nine on the Richter scale," what does he mean? 
The Richter Scale.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What does Ramona mean when she says she was pleased that "she didn't lose any of her audience?" What does this show about Ramona? 
Why is Mrs. Quimby acting so casual? What would you do if you were Mrs. Quimby? 
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Why is this moment so important to the story? 
Portland State University, in Portland, Oregon. (This annotation contains an image)
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Which of the following is NOT a reason why Mr. Quimby wants to go back to school? 
In "Ramona the Pest," a previous Ramona story, in kindergarten Ramona writes her name like the sign on her desk in the following picture. What hasn't changed about Ramona? What HAS changed?  (This annotation contains an image)
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