Day One—Monday, February 27th
Read: Chapter 1
-What was different about the new second grader at Watertower Elementary?
-Mrs. Pidgeon taught her class that every story needs three important parts. What are they?
-Who did the class choose as the main character for the story they would create together? Why do you think they made this choice?
Day Two—Tuesday, February 28th
Read: Chapter 2
-What was Gooney Bird wearing to school? Describe her outfit.
-How did Gooney Bird expect the class to behave while she was telling her story?
-Do you think Mrs. Pidgeon and her classmates believed Gooney Bird’s story? How can you tell?
-Why did Mr. and Mrs. Greene decide on Gooney Bird for her name?
Vocabulary Chapters 1 and 2: mysterious, origami, suggestion, suspense, cormorant, waltz
Day Three—Wednesday, March 1st
Day Four—Thursday, March 2nd
Read: Chapter 3
-On Friday, Gooney Bird told her second story. What were the three things Gooney Bird tells the class her story will include?
-Why did the Greene family leave China to move to Watertower? What did the class learn about China?
-Where was Catman hiding on the way to Watertower? What happened when Gooney tried to rescue him?
Day Five—Friday, March 3rd
Read: Chapter 4
-Describe Gooney Bird’s earrings.
-Who did Mrs. Pidgeon think Napoleon was in Gooney’s story? Who did he turn out to be?
-Why does Gooney like to include the word “suddenly” in her stories?
-How many pennies did Gooney have to use to get her glittery earrings? From where did she get them?
Vocabulary Chapters 3 and 4: sternly, intermission, consumed, pinafore, rugged, secondary, lopsided
Day Six—Monday, March 6th
Read: Chapter 5
-Why were the second graders sad at the beginning of the day on Tuesday?
-What reason did Gooney give the class for why she was late to school?
-The bus driver of the red and white bus had a problem. What was it? How did Gooney help?
-Who was riding the bus and where did they need to be? How did they thank Gooney for helping them?
Day Seven—Tuesday, March 7th
Read: Chapter 6
-How did the second graders look different on Wednesday?
-What did Gooney Bird tell the class cats do when they are frightened?
-Why did Catman like the cow? Give 3 reasons.
-What happened when the farmer and his wife tried to take Catman into the house?
-When the farmer told Gooney Bird that Catman was consumed by his cow, what did he really mean?
Day Eight—Wednesday, March 8th
Day Nine—Thursday, March 9th
Read: Chapter 7
-How did Gooney Bird look different when she took off her orange fur jacket?
-What did Gooney Bird mean by “invisible stories”?
-Who was going to continue telling stories in the class?
-Do you think Gooney Bird Greene was a good storyteller? Why or why not?
Vocabulary Chapters 5 through 7: distressed, symphony, fascination, kimono, beloved
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