About the Book
Alexander Bopp has just moved to Stermont but immediately notices that things are a little strange in his new hometown. Can he survive his new school and classmates, as well as the balloon goons that are stalking him?
- Show students the cover of The Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons. Ask if they have ever seen a large, inflatable balloon. What do they think a “balloon goon” might be?
- Share the notebook pages depicted on pages 24-25. Read aloud the entry about the “Playing Mantis” which includes habitat, diet, behavior, and a warning. Ask, “Is this a real insect?”
- As students independently read The Notebook of Doom, have them make predictions. Provide students with sticky notes to write down predictions and questions that might occur to them as they read.
- Have students pay attention to the plays on words, such as “The Morgue the Merrier” (p. 34), that are found throughout the book. Mark those pages with a sticky note as well to discuss later.
- Have students choose five events from the book that are fantasy or could not happen and write them down. Next have them share their list with another student. Which ones were the same and which were different?
- Discuss the beginning, middle, and end of the book. What were the characters’ problems and what were the solutions? (RL 2.3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.)
Reader Profile Poster: The notebook pages about the different creatures, as well as the author page, all provide information using a structure. Have students create their own reader profile poster by using the same format, including description, behavior, habitat, diet, evidence, and a warning. Make sure that they include a self-portrait! Then hang these in the reading corner. (RL 2.7: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting, or plot.)