About the Book
Ed has to sell chocolate bars if he wants to join the soccer team. However, the silver coin continues to cause strange events and Ed must find a way to not only sell the melted chocolate but to deal with the chaos.
Share a variety of sayings with students such as, “A fool and his money are soon parted” or “Don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.” Discuss what they mean.
- Encourage students to reread any portions of the book that may seem confusing.
- Have students record the various sayings in a notebook as they read. Write down the meanings if the students can determine what the sayings mean using context clues.
Organize students into small groups for literature circles. Assign students roles such as summarizer (the student who summarizes the story), the discussion leader (the student who facilitates the discussion), the real-life connector (the student who shares connections between story events and those from real life), and word wizard (the student who writes down words that s/he found confusing or interesting).
Have them refer back to the story to assist them as they discuss the book. (RL 3.1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text for the answers.)
Critical Reading: Reading independently provides students with an opportunity to engage in critical reading. As they read Looniverse: Meltdown Madness, have students take notes on the following questions after reading each chapter:
- What was the most important thing that the character did in the chapter?
- How would you describe Ed’s feelings in the chapter?
- Did anything about Ed or one of the other characters change in the chapter?
- Select a sentence or two from the chapter that is significant for the character. Why was it important?
- What do you think the character is going to learn from his/her experience?
(RL 3.3: Describe characters in a story and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.)