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A Listening Library Study Guide

I. PRE-TEACHING

A. Have the class define and discuss these terms:

splendid, ecstatic, glumly, scowled, coax, engulfed, astonishment, suppressed, lobe, winced, distract, ominous, anxious, agony, sulky, wafted, anguish, wallflower, indignant, confiscated, potential, escalate, scanning, accosted, modest, inhaled, betrayed, glee, advantage, engrossed, semester, unencumbered, taint, muster, associate, brisk, investigate, disagreeably, balefully, scoundrel, frantic, naughty, perky, snickered, contradicted, dilemma, corduroy, sternly, engrossed, obliged

Ramona's World

by Beverly Cleary

As school starts, Ramona Quimby is convinced fourth grade will be her best year ever because she can show off her calluses, tell everyone about her baby sister, Roberta, and her teacher, Mrs. Meacham, praises her first composition. But then when Mrs. Meacham chooses her words as examples of bad spelling, Beezus goes to her first boy and girl party, and Ramona babysits both a cat and her baby sister, she wonders if this year isn't turning out to be her worst ever.

witch" shut the "princess"? What happens? What does Mrs. Quimby remember about her first dance? What happens at the party Beezus goes to? What flaws does Mrs. Meecham seem to have? Why do Ramona and Daisy decide to write to the tax people? What happens? Why does Ramona get all dressed up the next day? What spoils her school picture? 3. Complete the story with Chapters 9 - 11: What happens when Ramona is put in charge of both Roberta and Clawed? How does Ramona's family react to her school picture? What does Ramona give Yard Ape for a Valentine? What does Yard Ape give her? Why won't Susan eat the birthday cake? What do Ramona and her mother do with the left-over cake?

B. Before beginning the story, discuss the following questions with the class:

1. How do you feel when it's time to start a new school year? What are some of the things you worry about? How does it turn out? 2. Have you ever made a new friend? How did you make this friend? What's the difference between new friends and friends you've had a long time? 3. What are some things at school you like? What are some things you don't like?

B. For Discussion:

1. Ramona believes in writing fast without worrying about spelling. How does this get her in trouble? Is she right to do it that way? Why or why not? Is spelling important? Why or why not? 2. How does Ramona's mother get her to talk about her problems at school? Do you feel her mother handles the discussion well? How might she do better? 3. Why doesn't Ramona like Susan? Why does Susan act the way she does? 4. Compare what happens at Daisy's with what Ramona tells her family. Why does she exaggerate the events as she describes them? 5. When Roberta's head gets stuck in the cat condo, what steps does Ramona take to solve the problem?

II. PRESENTATION

A. Understanding the Story:

1. Begin with Chapters 1 - 4: Why is Ramona early for school? Why is Danny called "Yard Ape"? Why are Ramona's calluses hard and yellow? Why doesn't she like Susan? Why doesn't Susan like her? What hopeful signs does Ramona notice in her new classroom? What does Ramona tell her mother when she gets home? What is her feeling about Mrs. Meecham after she puts the spelling words on the board? What makes Ramona feel better? What exciting news does she bring home the next day? What does she tell her mother about Susan? What does she like about Daisy's house? Why doesn't she see Howie much anymore? What concerns Mother about Beezus going to a party? Why does Beezus get her ears pierced? 2. Advance to Chapters 5 - 8: How do Ramona and Daisy feel as they play dress-up? Where does the "wicked

THEMES

school, problem-solving, family, friendship

III. EXTENDING THE LESSON

Give students the opportunity to work with partners, groups, the whole class, or alone.

INTERDISCIPLINARY CONNECTIONS:

A. Language Arts:

1. Have students write about the first day they saw someone who later became a good friend. What attracted them to this friend? Why are they glad they made this friend? 2. Have students come up with some clever ways to learn to spell.

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3. When Ramona writes coach instead of couch, Yard Ape teases her. Have students think of other words that could be made into jokes if misspelled. They could write funny sentences with these words. 4. Ramona turns the story of her accident at Daisy's into a tall tale. Have students read some tall tales, such as those about Paul Bunyan. Working in groups, students might try writing some tall tales of their own. 5. Have students look for misspellings and punctuation errors in signs and things they read. Hold a contest to see how many they can find.

dogs and cats come to be there. They could then launch a campaign to educate people about caring for animals and keeping down the population. 4. When Beezus comes home with her ears pierced, Mr. Quimby says at least she didn't have her nose pierced. Have students learn more about piercing. Why has this practice become so popular? Is it healthy? Why or why not?

Theme Related Reading and Listening:

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D. Science and Math:

1. Ramona is introduced as having "no cavities." Have students find out what causes cavities. How has fluoride in the drinking water helped prevent cavities in children? Why is it important to go to the dentist regularly? What does the dentist do when a cavity appears? 2. Ramona is proud of her calluses. Have students find out what causes calluses. How should we treat them? What can be done to prevent them? 3. Ramona's new friend Daisy wears braces on her teeth. Have students find out how braces help our teeth to be straighter. 4. Ramona's shoes are fastened with Velcro. Have students find out how Velcro was invented. How does it hold things together?

B. Art and Music:

1. Have students select background music that is appropriate to some of the scenes. They might uses the song, "Pretty Baby" for scenes with Roberta, "School Days" for when Ramona is in class or on the playground. When Ramona's troubles seem to vanish, they might use "The Sun Will Come Out Tomorrow" from Annie. 2. Have students make a bulletin board about the story. They could draw the classroom, the playground, Ramona's home, and the park where she has her birthday party. They could add doll clothes for when she and Daisy play dress up, show Ramona's composition with the spelling words marked, the letter they write to the CPA, a jar of baby food, Valentines, a picture of a cat, and other things mentioned in the story. 3. Have students put together a scrapbook of clothes to wear to school. They could discuss why it is important to wear the "right" clothes to school, especially on the first day.

USING AUDIOBOOKS IN THE CLASSROOM

When it comes to teaching today's students, sometimes books are just not enough. In an increasingly technological and information-savvy world, the ability to read will be critical to every child's success. The value of audiobooks as a learning tool in the education of children is widely recognized by experts. Audiobooks bring written text to life, adding an interactive quality that can ignite a child's imagination. They encourage reading by broadening vocabularies, stretching attention spans, and fostering critical-thinking skills. Listening to audiobooks in the classroom can effectively enrich the reading experience and aid your students in understanding and appreciating literature, history, theatre arts, and more!

C. Social Studies:

1. Have students discuss being friends with someone of the opposite sex. How is a friendship between a girl and boy different from all-boy or all-girl friendships? Why? 2. Have students find out more about Valentine's Day. Why do we celebrate this on February 14th? Who was St. Valentine? Why do we exchange Valentines on this day? 3. Both the Kidd's pets were rescued after being abandoned. Have students visit a shelter and learn how

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