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All summer, Jess pushed himself to be the fastest boy in the fifth grade, and when the year's first school-yard race was run, he was going to win.But his victory was stolen by a newcomer, by a girl, one who didn't even know enough to stay on the girls' side of the playground. Then, unexpectedly, Jess finds himself sticking up for Leslie, for the girl who breaks rules and wins races. The friendship between the two grows as Jess guides the city girl through the pitfalls of life in their small, rural town, and Leslie draws him into the world of imaginations world of magic and ceremony called Terabithia. Here, Leslie and Jess rule supreme among the oaks and evergreens, safe from the bullies and ridicule of the mundane world. Safe until an unforeseen tragedy forces Jess to reign in Terabithia alone, and both worlds are forever changed.

In this poignant, beautifully rendered novel, Katherine Paterson weaves a powerful story of friendship and courage.

Curriculet Details
63 Questions
43 Annotations
13 Quizzes

Designed for students in 4th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining figurative language, diction, and character development. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about metaphors and imagery. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of plot development, language usage, and central theme. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter One

The novel starts with the sounds of Jesse's dad's truck. Do you think this is a good way to describe the sound of a car engine? How else could you describe the sound? Onomotopoeia is the term we use when a word is formed that mimics the sound it would actually make. Watch the video below to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Jesse run every morning? 
How many siblings does Jesse have? 
Watch the video below to learn about imagery and how it is used in literature. (This annotation contains a video)
A runner gets into set position for a race.  (This annotation contains an image)
Many major races or sporting events, such as a marathon, are started at the sound of a gun. Earle Watson yells "bang" to stand in for a gun, starting the race by shouting since children aren't allowed to use guns. The word "bang" is an example of onomatopoeia.  
Which of the following is not a motivation for Jesse to run? 
Grits are made from ground corn. They are a common breakfast food in the south.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below to learn about how to use context clues to figure out the meaning of a word, like the word obediently here. (This annotation contains a video)
What does the author mean when she says Ellie's voice was sweeter than a candy bar? 
Why is it funny that Jesse's mom calls him lazy? 
Jesse reveals that the family moving in next door was probably the biggest thing in his life, so, as readers, we need to pay attention to what is going on over at the Perkins place. 
Chapter 1 Quiz 

Chapter Two

Last chapter, we learned that Jesse's mom doesn't want to give Ellie and Brenda more than $5 for school supplies. We also learned that Jesse and his sisters share a room. The family also milks their own cow and cans their own food, all measures that save money. Without directly stating it, the author is implying that Jesse's family doesn't have a lot of money.  
Using context clues, what does the word "seep" most nearly mean? 
Audience laughing  (This annotation contains a video)
Why does Jesse compare the compliment from  Miss Edmunds to treasure? 
The term hippie was first used to describe a person from the late 1960s who rejected war and embraced love. Watch the video below to learn more. (This annotation contains a video)
An autoharp is used to play chrods on a flat string instrument. (This annotation contains an image)
When faced with a tough situation, Jesse tends to  
Jesse would rather spend his money on 
Why does Jesse not run to greet his father like May Belle? 
Remember back to the opening off the first chapter of the book. Jesse started his day to the sounds of his dad leaving for work. What do we call when we form words out of sounds? 
According to the website Behind the Name, the name Leslie can be either feminine or masculine. It comes from Scotland and means garden of holly.  (This annotation contains a link)
Chapter 2 Quiz 

Chapter Three

Based on her first meeting with Jesse and her introduction to the class, the best way to describe Leslie is  
Saying the Jesse felt like he had swallowed grasshoppers is an example of 
The word "leetle" is italicized here. "Leetle" isn't a real word, and the fact that the author has used italics here show us that this is meant to be treated differently than other text around it. We can assume that the author is using the word little but spelling it out as if it was being pronounced in an interesting way. Say little and leetle and see how different they sound. Which one shows more of the way Jesse is pronouncing it too himself? 
Why is Jesse so excited to go to recess? 
Clabber is a food made from thickened sour milk, much like sour cream today. (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Jesse think Leslie should be in the upper field? 
Though we often think of a belt as something a person wears to hold up his or her pants, it can also mean punch. Jesse is worried that Gary Fulcher will punch him in the mouth. 
Using context clues to determine the meaning, the word "grudgingly" most nearly means 
Chapter 3 Quiz 

Chapter Four

Jesse's forehead is red because he is blushing. Why is he blushing talking to his music teacher? Remember back to Chapter Two where we learn that Jesse has a crush on his music teacher.  
We might not know what the word "melodic" means, but we might be able to figure it out using context clues. "Melodic" looks like it has the word "melody" in there, and we already know this sentence is about Miss Edmunds's voice. The rest of the sentence seems to be praising her voice, so it's safe to say that "melodic" has to do with a pleasing sound, kind of like a melody. 
Which word in this sentence is an example of onomatopoeia?  
"Free to Be You and Me" was the title song to a children's album made in 1972. It was turned into a TV special in 1974. (This annotation contains a video)
The yellow-bellied sapsucker is a type of woodpecker, but Jesse isn't trying to say he is a bird. Jesse is implying he is "yellow," which is slang for coward.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why is Jesse so surprised that the Burkes bought the Perkins' farm for fun? 
This is what it's like to scuba dive.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Leslie embarrassed? 
How many grades ahead of Jesse and Leslie is Janice Avery? 
Why is Leslie offering dolls to May Belle? 
Narnia is the name of a made-up land in a series of books named The Chronicles of Narnia written by C.S. Lewis. (This annotation contains a link)
Using context clues, the word "siege" most nearly means 
Why is it hard to imagine Mrs. Myers climbing a flag pole? 
How does Leslie's father compare to Jesse's father in the book so far? 
Here, the author is using figurative language to describe 
Chapter 4 Quiz 

Chapter Five

Why is Janice Avery "after" Jesse and Leslie? 
May Belle isn't saying Jesse yells a lot: she is calling him yellow, or scared. Jesse made a reference to being yellow in Chapter 4 before smiling at Leslie in music class for the first time. The story seems to keep going back to what it means to be scared or not, so it is a good possibility for one of the story's themes. 
Leslie and Jesse's meeting to plan a way to combat Janice's bullying is called a council of war. Saying that one thing is the same as another is an example of  
P.S. is short for postscript, an extra note added at the end of a letter after a signature.  (This annotation contains a link)
Hamlet is a famous play written by William Shakespeare.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why is Leslie yelling? 
Why might Jesse suddenly feel bad about his behavior toward Janice? 
Chapter 5 Quiz 

Chapter Six

Why does it bother Jesse that Brenda is his sister 
If Leslie doesn't expect a gift, why does Jesse feel the need to get her a gift? 
When an author wants to introduce a topic that will be important later, that is called foreshadowing. Is the author foreshadowing something with these puppies? Why does Jesse jump off the bus for puppies? Read on to find out.  (This annotation contains an image)
Do you think the box of paints was a good gift for Jesse? Why or why not? 
Jesse doesn't get to spend much time with his father. It seems that Jesse's father also feels as if he wants to bond with his son better, so that may be why he spent more money on Jesse's gift and is disappointed when it doesn't work properly. 
Chapter 6 Quiz 

Chapter Seven

Jesse says he doesn't like to go to Terabithia without Leslie. Leslie has the more active imagination, and apart from his sketches, Jesse doesn't seem to feel comfortable using his imagination. 
Through much of literature, the changing of the seasons signifies changes of mood. This story appears to be no exception. Watch the video below to watch a timelapse video of winter transitioning to spring.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does this paragraph reveal the Jesse and Leslie have in common? 
What does it mean when Jesse thinks "the work itself was praise enough"? 
Walter Cronkite was the evening news anchor for CBS for nearly 20 years.  
The Mona Lisa is a famous painting finished in the early 1500s by Leonardo da Vinci.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why were Jesse and Leslie away from Terabithia for so long? 
What is Leslie's first reaction to news that Janice is crying in the bathroom? 
Using context clues or other methods to determine word meaning, the word "unfortunate" most nearly means 
Dear Abby is the name of a popular advice column. The column was begun by Pauline Phillips in 1956 and continues to be published online today. (This annotation contains an image)
Chapter 7 Quiz 

Chapter Eight

Mrs. Aarons is most concerned about what for Easter? 
Using context clues and other ways to determine word meaning, as it is used in this sentence, the word "complacent" most nearly means 
Plink is the sound the milk makes when it is hitting the bucket. What do we call it when we make a word out of a sound? 
Despite the fact that the Aarons don't have a lot of money, Mrs. Aarons is exhibiting pride. She is not the only character to show signs of pride. Think of other characters in the book who show symptoms of pride. (This annotation contains a link)
How is Leslie's church look different from her everyday school look? 
Aslan is one of the main characters, a lion-god, in the Chronicles of Narnia. Below is a picture of Aslan from the 2005 film version of the The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe. (This annotation contains an image)
What is Leslie calling crazy? 
Chapter 8 Quiz 

Chapter Nine

Jesse and Leslie's week of freedom is their spring break from school, but the break is being ruined by bad weather. 
What does it mean when Leslie said her mother is unstuck? 
Jesse is probably referring the the move "The Ten Commandments" released in 1956 staring Charlton Heston as Moses. In one of the most famous scenes from the movie, Moses parts the Red Sea. Watch the clip below to see the scene.  (This annotation contains a video)
What does Jesse fear? 
Using context clues, the word "beseech" most nearly means 
Why does Jesse feel like hugging Leslie here? 
Chapter 9 Quiz 

Chapter Ten

Jesse often wakes up to the sound of his dad leaving in his truck. 
Why is Jesse convinced he needs more guts? 
The Smithsonian and the National Gallery are both popular national museums in Washington D.C. Miss Edmunds is asking Jesse to take a field trip, in a way.  (This annotation contains a link)
Based on the way Jesse describes his actions, do you think he is being dishonest with his mother? 
The National Gallery is an art museum in Washington D.C. Watch the video below to learn about some of the art currently being housed at the museum.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the art gallery like the sacred pine grove to Jesse? 
Why does Jesse say he feels like he is floating? 
Chapter 10 Quiz 

Chapter Eleven

Why doesn't Jesse notice the car? 
Thud is another example of onomatopoeia.  
Using context clues from the sentence, the word "uncertainty" most nearly means 
Why does Jesse think he can talk to Leslie tomorrow? 
When a person dies, friends and family will go to comfort the family of the dead. This is called paying respects. Jesse's dad wants him to go offer comfort to Judy and Bill. 
Chapter 11 Quiz 

Chapter Twelve

Polident is the name of a brand of denture adhesive. Most commericals for Polident feature older women and men, which is why he felt Leslie's grey haired grandmother looked as if she belonged in those types of commercials. See below for an example.  (This annotation contains a video)
As it is used in this sentence, the word "snicker" most nearly means 
What service is Mr. Aarons referring to? 
To cremate a body means to burn it to ashes. Many people cremate bodies for different reasons rather than burying their dead in a grave or plot of land. See the definition below for more details. (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Jesse think he is the fastest runner in the fifth grade? 
Why do you think Jesse said he hated Leslie? 
Chapter 12 Quiz 

Chapter Thirteen

Why might Jesse want to get his paints back? 
Bank is a word with multiple meanings. It can mean a building where you store money, or it could mean the shore of a river or stream.  (This annotation contains a link)
In 2007, Disney made a movie out of the book Bridge to Terabithia. Watch the opening scene below, and pay attention to the characters Disney cast as Leslie and Jesse.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does May Belle know about Terabithia? 
May Belle admits that she feels fear, much like Jesse. One of the themes in this story could be stated as  
Mrs. Myers is to blame for removing Leslie's desk. 
Why might the Burkes want to keep P.T. after all? 
Chapter 13 Quiz