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There's an Owl in the Shower - question sheet
Due Date: 4/15/2015
Subject: Third Grade

Respond to these questions in your reading journal. You do not need to start a new page for each chapter! However, be sure to write the date, chapter number and title for each new chapter you are responding to. All responses should be written in complete sentences. Keep this question guide with your reading journal.

There’s an Owl in the Shower, by Jean Craighead George

Chapter 1: A Good Owl (pages 1 – 9)

Before Reading:

1.    Make a Prediction: Look at the front and back cover of the book and the pictures inside. Make a prediction telling what you think the story is going to be about and explain why you think this way.

After Reading Chapter 1:

2.    Describe the main character, Borden Watson.

3.    Describe the setting of the story. (Explain where the place is, what it is like and the time period.)

4.    What is the problem of the story? (What is the problem and how does it affect the characters in the story?)

Vocabulary: Reread and use context clues to explain the meaning of the following phrases or words. If you cannot figure out the meaning using context clues, use a dictionary.  Write the word and explain what each word or phrase means. Tell if and how you used context clues to figure out the meaning. If you used the dictionary, tell if it had multiple meanings and how you figured out which meaning fit the story.

5.    abundant rain and temperate climate (page 1 & 2, last paragraph):

6.    twilight(page 2, 5th paragraph):

7.    brink of extinction (page 3, paragraph, 1st paragraph):

8.    impeccably dressed (page 6, 2nd paragraph):

9.    Mountain sides are eroding (page 6, last paragraph):

 

Chapter 2: Enrique(pages 10 – 18)

Before Reading:

1.    Recall and Predict: Reread the last paragraphs on page 8 & 9 What do you think Borden meant by “Now, there’s a good owl”   and what do you think Borden is planning

After Reading Chapter 2: Write a paragraph

2.    Describe the character Enrique and the problem that Enrique faces. What does Enrique do to solve his problem?

 

Chapter 3: Problems(pages 19 – 26)

1.    Describe the characters Leon Watson and Paul James.

2.    Describe the problem that occurs in this chapter. Include the cause of the problem and the effect it will have on Borden’s family.

3.    Who do you sympathize with most, Borden’s family or Enrique’s family? Explain your choice.

 

Chapter 4: The Owlets(pages 27 – 33)

After Reading Chapter 4:

1.    What, why and where does Enrique’s mate go?

2.    What other obstacle is causing a problem for Enrique, his mate, and the owlets?

3.    Describe what happens to the owlets at the end of the chapter and predict what might happen next? Explain why you made the prediction you did?

Vocabulary: Reread and use context clues to explain the meaning of the following phrases or words. If you cannot figure out the meaning using context clues, use a dictionary.   (See directions for vocabulary in first chapter.)

4.    aroused her instincts (page 28, end of previous pages paragraph):

5.    alighted (page 28, paragraph 2, line 1)

6.    mature (page 28, paragraph 2, line 5)

7.    pine siskins and kinglets (page 30, paragraph 2, lines 6 & 7)

 

Chapter 5, Kidnapped(pages 34-38)

Before Reading:

1.    Tell why you think this chapter is titled Kidnapped?

After Reading Chapter 5:

2.    Explain what Borden meant when he said, “You haven’t got any spots. That’s good. If you did, I would have to shoot you?” (page 36, 5th paragraph)

3.    What does Borden name the owl? Why?

4.    Predict what you think will happen when Borden gets home with the owl.

Chapter 6, Bardy (pages 39 – 47)

After Reading Chapter 6:

1.    How does Leon really feel about Bardy? Give events from the chapter that supports your reasoning?

 

 

A Mouse-Tail Message, Chapter 7 (pages 48 – 55)

1.    What problems occur when trying to feed Bardy?

2.    What does Leon do to solve the problem?

3.    What important information does Sally share with Leon about owls and how does Leon react?

 

Two Night Owls, Chapter 8 (pages 56 – 65)

1.    How are Leon’s feelings changing toward Bardy? Give evidence from the chapter to explain your answer.

2.    What do Leon and Borden think the “fur balls” are that Bardy coughs up? How do they plan to find out what they are?

3.    What does Leon decide to do at the end of the chapter? Why?

4.    Why do you think this chapter’s title is “two” night owls?

 

Imprinting: Chapter 9 (pages 66 – 73)

1.    What changes are happening to Bardy?

2.    What did Leon discover when he drove to the redwood forest?

3.    Why is it important for Bardy to make owl pellets?

4.    What does “imprinting” mean and how might this affect Leon’s feelings toward Bardy?

5.    Why does Cindy, Sally’s mother, tell Sally that her father will not like her belonging to The Ecology Club?

 

Bonded: Chapter 10 (pages 74 – 79)

1.    What happens when Leon and Borden take Bardy with them to the field?

2.    What two news items does Sally share with Leon? How does he react?

3.    Do you think Leon still intends on wringing Bardy’s neck after the court hearing? Why or Why not?

4.    Why is this chapter titled “Bonded.” Explain your reasoning.

 

 

The Shower Stall: Chapter 11 (pages 80 – 87)

1.    In the last paragraph on page 81, the author writes “If he could have flown, he would have nailed one.” What does this mean?

2.    What does Bardy taking a shower mean?

Vocabulary: Reread and use context clues to explain the meaning of the following phrases or words. If you cannot figure out the meaning using context clues, use a dictionary.   (See directions for vocabulary in first chapter.)

3.    tirade (page 82, 1st paragraph):

4.    jests (pages 86 - 87):

5.    preened (page 84, 5th paragraph):

 

Flying Lessons: Chapter 12 (pages 88-93)

1.    How are Leon’s feelings changing toward Bardy? Give examples from the chapter to explain your reasoning?

2.    Why does Jimmy Olsen’s father lose his job?

 

 

Broken Feathers: Chapter 13 (pages 88 – 101)

 

1.    What problem occurs in this chapter? How do Borden and Sally decide to solve the problem?

 

 

Borden Sees Spots: Chapter 14 (pages 102 - 108)

1.    What problems to Borden, Sally and Leon have when the try to “imp” Bardy’s feathers?

2.    What secret to Borden and Sally discover while they are working on the owls feathers?

3.    Why do they keep the secret from Leon?

4.    Explain what the message on insert in the newspaper means?

 

Paul James: Chapter 15 (pages 109 – 116)

1.    What do Borden and Sally decide to do at the end of the chapter? Explain why you think they make this decision?

Vocabulary: Reread and use context clues to explain the meaning of the following phrases or words. If you cannot figure out the meaning using context clues, use a dictionary.   (See directions for vocabulary in first chapter.)

1.    confiscated: (page 110, 10th paragraph)

2.    deceitful: (page 112, 4th paragraph)

The Old Growth: Chapter 16 (pages 117 – 124)

1.    Why do Sally and Borden discover about their father, Leon?

2.    What happens to Bardy?

The Nobleman: Chapter 17 (pages 125 – 134)

1.    What or who is “the Nobleman” in this chapter?

2.    Leon makes the statement that the process of clear-cutting a forest is the beginning of a “domino effect.” What did he mean? (Reread page 130 - 131). Make a list to demonstrate the “domino effect” of clear cutting trees.

3.    What lessons do Sally and Borden learn from their father?

4.    What is the theme or the lesson the author of this story wants the reader to learn?

5.    What connections did you make while reading this story?

6.    What did you like the best about this book? What did you like the least?

7.    If there were one thing you could change about the story, what would it be?

8.    Would you recommend this book for others to read? Why or why not?