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Ida B. Applewood believes there is never enough time for fun.

That's why she's so happy to be homeschooled and to spend every free second outside with the trees and the brook.

Then some not-so-great things happen in her world. Ida B has to go back to that Place of Slow but Sure Body-Cramping, Mind-Numbing, Fun-Killing Torture—school. She feels her heart getting smaller and smaller and hardening into a sharp, black stone.

How can things go from righter than right to a million miles beyond wrong? Can Ida B put together a plan to get things back to just-about perfect again?

Curriculet Details
53 Questions
50 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining theme, figurative language, and conflict. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about irony and mood vs. tone. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of figurative language, characterization, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

In this sentences, the author says that the brook is calling to Ida B through the back door screen. What type of figurative language is this?  
This story is told from the first person point of view, which means one of our characters is the narrator. In this case, our narrator is Ida B. The first person point of view is helpful because we get to know our character better because we can hear her thoughts. Watch the video below for more information on point of view.  (This annotation contains a video)
Ida B makes an exaggeration about the amount of drool her dog makes when he sleeps. What type of figurative language is this?  

Chapter 2

Apple trees often blossom in the summer, so this story is currently taking place in the warmer months.  (This annotation contains an image)
What does "utmost revulsion" mean?  
King Henry VIII (the eighth) was the King of England for almost 40 years in the early 1500's. He was the father of Queen Elizabeth the 1st.  (This annotation contains an image)
"Don't pay him any mind," means to ignore him, or don't pay attention to him.  
The trees are warning Ida B about a storm coming. They are hinting to an upcoming event, which is known as foreshadowing.  
Describe how the story being told from Ida B's point of view influences how these events are described. Meaning, if Ida B wasn't telling the story, would we hear what the trees are saying? Explain your answer.  
In the beginning of the day, Ida B thinks the day will be perfect, but after speaking with the trees, her thoughts change dramatically, and she goes home fearful that a storm will come through.  

Chapter 3

"Eyedabee" is not an actual word. The author chooses to write Ida B's name this way so we understand how to pronounce it the way her Mama and Daddy do.  
This sentence compares the way Ida B's parents say her name to hammering something by using the word "like." This is an example of 
Which word best describes Ida B? Hint: Look up the words if you don't know them. 
Scarlet fever is a disease where you get red, splotchy rashes on your body. With the way Ida B describes how her skin looks after using the dish soap, it probably looked similar to the photo below.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 4

What two examples of figurative language are in this passage?  
When an older and wiser person gives advice in a novel, the reader should take note. The idea of taking care of the Earth seems to be an important lesson Ida B's father wants her to learn. Watch the video below for more information on theme, as the idea of taking care of the Earth might be a theme in the story. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 5

There are different varieties of apples. McIntosh is one variety, seen below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do you think the author spells please like this?  
What was Ida B's mom trying to do when asking her about going to the store to buy flour? How do you know?  
Most stories follow a plot diagram, seen below. The beginning of a story is called the exposition, where the characters and setting are introduced. After the story has been set up in the exposition, the readers and characters are usually introduced to a problem that starts the action of the rest of the story. Based on the tone of the ending of this chapter, it sounds as though our problem may be introduced shortly.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6

A flashback is a literary device where the speaker goes back in time to give the reader information about an event that happened before the time of the story. Here, we are getting a flashback of when Ida B was five years old and went to school.  
How can a smile be sad and happy? Explain what Ida B means here.  
This story might play out a completely different way if it wasn't Ida B telling it. We sympathize with Ida B because we know what she's thinking, but if an outsider was telling this story, we might think that Ida B was being disrespectful on purpose. But we know she's not because we have her point of view.  
Using context clues, which do you think is the closest word to ornery?  
How does the real Ida B compare and contrast to the Ms. Myers's Ida? Use quotes from the text to support your answer.  

Chapter 7

Although we are in a new chapter, we are still in our flashback. It's important to make sure we understand our timeline.  
Ida B finds comfort in the trees, and they ask her questions about her day. How does this relate to our themes that we need to take care of the earth and the earth takes care of us?  
Ida B is comparing her realization that going to school at home must be too good to be true with the realization that at Christmas time some of the presents are necessities and not just toys. A comparison of two things without using the words "like" or "as" is called a metaphor.  
What do you think the purpose of these two chapters (the flashback) was?  

Chapter 8

The fact that Ida B's parents are not acting like themselves three days after Paulie T. mentioned that something bad was going to happen, gives us a hint to what might happen. This is called 
Ida B uses hyperboles, extreme exaggerations, to emphasize how different things feel this morning. Hyperboles are an example of figurative language. Watch the video below for more information on figurative language.  (This annotation contains a video)
Onomatopoeia is any word that sounds like the word it describes. A cow "moos." Moo is an example of onomatopoeia. The car going "split, splat," is an example of onomatopoeia. The pronunciation can be heard below.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 9

Where on our plot diagram are we at this point of the novel?  
The "drastic" thing Ida B's mother will have to go through is chemotherapy. Chemotherapy is a treatment that tries to get rid of all the cancer in the body.  
Losing your hair is an effect of chemotherapy.  
How has Ida B changed as a character since her mother has been going through chemotherapy treatments? Use quotes from the novel to support your answer.  

Chapter 10

Ida B is very comforted by hope. This is one of the reasons she goes out to the woods to talk to the brook and the trees. When the tree tells her "it will be all right," and her mother telling her that she may not be as sick, Ida B is happy because she has hope that things will be okay.  
This is a hint to what will happen in the future. This is an example of 

Chapter 11

Based on the information we have gotten from foreshadowing and flashbacks, which is the following is probably what Ida B's father will tell her?  
Hannigan, the author, uses imagery to describe how Ida B is feeling. Imagery is when the author is describing something so vividly we can see and feel it. Watch the video below for more on imagery.  (This annotation contains a video)
What do Daddy's motions tell us about how he feels after he yelled at Ida B?  
Section 1 Quiz 

Chapter 12

Have you ever been so upset about something that you've felt this way? Hannigan's description of how upset Ida B is is very vivid and the reader can feel what Ida B is feeling.  
How has Ida B changed?  

Chapter 13

What type of figurative language is this?  
A foe is an enemy.  
We cannot hear Mama's thoughts because the story is being told from Ida B's point of view. Which of the following is the best example of what Mama is thinking?  

Chapter 14

Ida B is going through an internal struggle. This is when a character has to make a tough decision, and wrestles with the choice in his/her head. Here, Ida B's old-self is wanting to talk about how much she misses home, but her new, cold heart stopped her from doing so. Watch the video below for more information about internal vs. external conflict.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 15

What does Ida B mean when she thinks this?  
Ida B has a much better relationship with Ms. Washington than she did with Ms. Myers. Think about how this might affect Ida B's thoughts on school.  
Which of the following is an example of Ida B's internal struggle during this chapter?  

Chapter 16

Why does Ida B want her parents to stay out of her room?  
The repetition of consonant sounds, in this case the D sound, is a type of figurative language called alliteration. The best examples of alliteration are tongue twisters.  
Since the story is being told from Ida B's perspective, we know she's acting this way because she doesn't want to see her parents get upset because of her words. But based on how she interacts with her parents, why do you think her father gets upset with her responses?  

Chapter 17

Indignant means showing anger or annoyance when feeling mistreated.  
What does decimated mean? Hint: Look the word up if you need to.  
Tarantulas are very large spiders.  (This annotation contains an image)
If you were one of the neighbors moving in, what would you think if you saw these posters and "presents" in your new home?  

Chapter 18

Hannigan is comparing Ms. Washington's voice to ten different musical instruments using the word like. This is an example of 
It seems as though Ms. Washington has broken through Ida B's hard heart. This may foreshadow that the old, kind Ida B is slowly coming back because she feels loved again.  

Chapter 19

Ida B has a hard time being cold towards Ronnie, which tells us what about Ida B?  
Ida B is able to build up Ronnie's confidence by comparing the game to something he's already good at.  
Pick a quote from this chapter that shows evidence that Ronnie likes the game and is learning his multiplication tables.  

Chapter 20

What do you predict might happen?  
When Ida B is describing how she feels, the author is using imagery. Imagery is when the author describes what is happening so well that we can see and feel what is happening.  
Ida B is using verbal irony in this sentence, which is also expressed as sarcasm. Verbal irony is when the author or character says the opposite of what he/she means. Here, Ida B is saying that Calvin is volunteering to read out of the kindness of his heart, but she is also insulting him by calling him a big-head. So she really does not think he is volunteering out of the kindness of his heart.  
Pick an example of figurative language in this section that supports that Ida B is nervous to read in front of her peers.   

Chapter 21

Kalamity is not a word. Calamity is the word she is using but she changed the spelling to fit with O.K. Calamity means disaster or catastrophe.  
Why would Ida B's heart be horrified if she felt happy?  
Ida B has come to an important part of the story. The fact that she had a good day in school is important because it is starting to change Ida B.'s thoughts about school. The fact that Ida B. is subtly changing could mean that we are almost approaching the climax of the story.  

Chapter 22

Read this entire paragraph. Who are the intruders?  
What might this passage be foreshadowing?  
Ferocious means angry and violent.  
What type of struggle is Ida B going through?  
A doe is a female deer.  (This annotation contains an image)
Section 2 Quiz 

Chapter 23

What type of figurative language is used in this passage?  
This is how the situation would play out according to Ida B; however, think about how her parents would feel having this conversation. Would they feel upset that they can't give their child what she wants? Would they feel angry that Ida B is only thinking of herself?  
Why might Ida B not like the situation that is about to happen?  
What Daddy says here is important. "If we stayed angry or sad all of the time, things would still be hard, but we'd be miserable on top of it." The only way things are going to get better for Ida B, is if she changes her attitude towards what it happening. This can be connected back to personal experiences. Think about a time when you were upset. Did things/would things get better if you changed your attitude about it?  
What do you think will cause Ida B to soften her hardened heart? Do you think she will ever go back to the way she was before finding out she had to go back to school?  

Chapter 24

Ida B is comparing her interaction with Claire to a battle. This is a metaphor because she is not using the words "like" or "as" to compare the two.  
What type of conflict is Ida B experiencing when she is trying to prepare herself for battle?  
Do you think Claire is planning to get back at Ida B? What do we know about Claire that could help us decide?  
How is Ida B feeling right now? Why does she want Claire to retaliate? Connect her emotions to your own life.  

Chapter 25

Ida B has personified this thought. She has given this "idea" or "thought" a lot of characteristics. It started off small but continued to get bigger, it is clever, etc.  
What is Ida B realizing?  
Think about how Ida B's realization has affected her. Do you think this will change how Ida B acts? Or will she stay the same?  

Chapter 26

Ida B has just opened up to Ms. Washington about how she feels. Reflect on your own life and connect how Ida is feeling to a time when you might have kept something in and finally shared. How did you feel? How must Ida B feel?  
Ida B has reached a pivotal moment in the story. She has finally opened up to Ms. Washington, and it seems as though her cold, hard heart has been relieved. What point of the story have we most likely reached?  

Chapter 27

How do you think Claire will react? Use evidence from the text to support your answer.  
Keep in mind that Ida B has not actually apologized to Claire. She has only planned out how she will execute her apology. Knowing that one of our themes revolves around how plans don't always work out, do you think Ida B's plan to apologize to Claire in the bathroom is going to work?  

Chapter 28

Throughout this story, we have gotten the story for Ida B's perspective. Since she has a distinct personality, she sets a certain mood for the story. Watch the video below for an explanation between the tone and mood of a story, and think about what the mood of this story is.  (This annotation contains a video)
The author creates tension and suspense in this chapter. We are all waiting to see when or how Ida B will apologize to Claire, but her plans keep getting ruined.  
The author paints a clear picture in our head about how Ida B walks to the restroom. What type of literary device is this?  

Chapter 29

What type of figurative language is this?  
Ida B does this all without a plan to do so. What does this say about Ida B's character?  

Chapter 30

Ida B is using a simile to compare apologizing and spring-cleaning. Compare these two objects using a metaphor instead. (Hint: You can write more than just a sentence if needed.) 
Atonement means repairing a relationship, or making things right.  
What do you think the old tree meant by saying, "Always"? 

Chapter 31

Ronnie continues to ask Ida B to play with them even though she continues to say no. If you were Ronnie, would you have given up after she said, "no"? Why was it a good idea for Ronnie to continue to ask Ida B to play? How can you take this situation and apply it to your life?  
Characters in stories are categorized by how well-developed they are, as well as if they make a change. Round characters are well-developed.Flat characters are not well-developed.Dynamic characters are those who go through a change.Static characters are those who do not change and they stay the same. What type of character would you consider Ida B?  

Chapter 32

What lesson has Ida B learned in her experiences that is shown in this passage? 
Do you think Daddy is only asking Ida B whether she's all right because she tripped? Or does he mean something else when he asks Ida B is she is all right?  
What do Daddy and the old tree have in common?  
Section 3 Quiz