From each chapter, choose a word and provide an activity to go with it so that your students develop their vocabulary skills. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Page 1. "quivery." Invite students to write a sentence. " My stomach felt ________ with excitement." Fill in the blank with as many words as they can think of that mean the same as quivery (e.g., shaky, trembly, jiggy, quaky)
Page 35. "crocheting." Ask students to write a description of what they think this is. Is it an English word? (French word from croche meaning hook)
Page 62. "cursive." Ask students to choose four letters of the alphabet and print the capital letters and then write them in cursive.
Page 70 "dagger." Ask students to draw a picture of a fork using a pencil. Then using a black marker change the fork into a dagger.
Page 81 "complimented." Ask students to write a compliment for their best friend, a compliment for their mother, a compliment for the principal (At this time you may like to point out the spelling of "principal" as explained on Page 54)
Page 100 "scant." Ask students to look up the meaning of this word and then print what would be the opposite meaning.
Page 123. "arthritic." Ask students to describe how they think they would feel if they had an arthritic pain somewhere on their body. What would be their limitations?
Page 145. "blurted." Invite volunteers to demonstrate how to blurt out an excuse, e.g., "My homework isn't done!"
Page 159 "cognitive." Ask students to tell how Ramona's father explained the word. Use the word in a sentence. Can they give another explanation?