Story Written by:
Marcia Thornton Jones & Debbie Dadey
Activities Written by:
Reta Broadway & Terri Darr Mclean
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Chapter 6 - Surprise
- The events of Chapter 6 lead up to the climax, or turning point in
the action, of the story. After you’ve read this chapter and before
you go on to Chapter 7, make a prediction about what you think will
happen as the story reaches its climax. Describe your thoughts in writing,
and then come back to them to see how close or far off you were after
you’ve finished reading the story.
- Practice making predictions using your newspaper’s comics. Ask
a partner to cut out all but the last panel in a comic strip. Read the
beginning panels and make a prediction about how the strip ends. Describe
or draw your predicted ending and then compare your ending to the cartoonist’s
- When a writer creates a story, the writer uses descriptive words to
set a tone for the story. The tone might be serious or it might be funny.
It might be sad or it might be angry.
- What is the overall tone of "Noodles?" Compile a list of
words from this and previous chapters that you think help set the tone.
- Talk about the feelings you get as you read the story. Does it make
you feel happy? Sad? Angry?
- Find newspaper stories that make you want to laugh or cry or that
make you sad or angry. Is there a difference in the way non-fiction
and fiction writers set the tone of a story? Talk it over in small groups.
- Sounds as if Boo-Boo and Noodles might cause one problem too many!
What’s a twin brother to do?
- Pretend you are a newspaper advice columnist like Dear Abby. Danny
has written you a letter asking how he and his sister can get out of
the mess Boo-Boo is causing in their lives. Write a letter offering
your advice. Take turns reading your letters of advice to the class.
Taking good notes is always a good idea, especially when you
are conducting a scientific experiment. A logbook containing everything
from project ideas to experimental data can save you time and energy.
Plus, if you ever have to back up or start over (like Noodles), you’ll
have your notes as a guide.
- Who is Mr. Falkner? How does he feel about surprises at science fairs?
What does he mean when he says, "A science fair is not a birthday
- Why does Noodles call her robot "the new and improved Boo-Boo?"
(Read this sentence aloud. Does it sound funny to talk about an improved
Boo-Boo?) Why does Danny have his doubts?
- How does Danny prepare for the science fair? What are some of the
things he does that scientists must do when they conduct an experiment?
If someone wanted to repeat Danny’s experiment to see if the same
results happened again, how would Danny’s reports help?
- Why do you think Bailey whines when Noodles suggests letting Boo-Boo
dry him? How do you think Bailey feels about the robot?
- Poor Bailey ends up with hundreds of ponytails tied with polka-dotted
ribbon. Why does Boo-Boo do this to her?
For the Advanced Reader
- Look at the title for this chapter. How many surprises have the twins
had so far in preparing for the science fair? Sometimes, as a reader,
you have clues that make you expect something is going to happen. Did
you think something dramatic was going to happen when Danny agrees to
let Boo-Boo dry Bailey? How do the writers build up the feeling that
another disaster is about to occur?
- "Our dog looked like an exploding dandelion puff." Does
this sentence cause you to have a mental picture of how Bailey looks?
Using like or as to compare two things is called a simile. Try your
hand at writing similes by comparing Noodles and Danny to different
- This is a certain genre or type of story called fiction. What is
the difference between fiction and non-fiction? Think about the chapters
you have read so far. How do we know this story is fiction? What are
some of the things that happen in this story that would not happen in
real life? For example, in this chapter, Boo-Boo tries to make Bailey
look pretty and puts her hair in ponytails. Would a real-life robot
be likely to understand the concept of making a dog look pretty? Do
you think a robot would equate ponytails tied with polka-dotted ribbons
with being pretty?
- There is one more chapter to this story. How do you think it will
end? Will Noodles win the blue ribbon at the science fair with her robot?
Will there be one more disaster? Will Danny and Bailey get in trouble
over the robot’s actions again? Make your predictions before you
read the final chapter.
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