DOG DAYS by Karen English CHAPTER 1

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Chapter 1 PART 1: It Was An Accident!!

In our first chapter, our main character Gavin is struggling with being at a new school and trying to make a new friend. We will be splitting the chapter into two parts. Today is PART 1.

Chapter 1: Vocabulary Terms

  • spite (pg 2) - desire to harm another person
  • looming (pg 2) - appearing to be huge
  • populate (pg 4) - to inhabit, live in
  • stifles (pg 5) - to hold back
  • cowering (pg 6) - crouching as in fear or shame
  • nougats (pg 8) - a type of chewy candy
  • souvenir (pg 9) - a small token to remember a triP

Chapter 1: Trivia Questions

What is the name of the boy Gavin has made friends with at his new school?

What sport does Gavin feel he is pretty good at?

What is Gavin doing while he waits for Richard to get to his house?

What is Gavin's annoying sister's name?

What is the name of the video game Gavin and Richard were playing?

Discussion Question:

What are some things you and your classmates do to welcome news students to your class or school?

Family Activity: Sensational Snow Globes

This might not have water in it, but it's still fun!!

You'll need:


  • paper plates
  • blue construction paper
  • another color construction paper
  • drawing paper
  • plastic wrap
  • white crayons
  • tape
  • glue



Cut out the flat inner portion of the paper plate and use it to trace a circle on the drawing paper. Draw a snow globe design inside the circle of drawing paper.

Use the white crayon to color snowflakes all over the blue paper.

Cut out your snow globe design elements and glue them on top of your snowy blue background.

Tape a sheet of plastic wrap to cover the whole in your paper plate frame from the inside.

Flip the frame over and glue it to your blue construction paper.

Trim away any blue paper that extends beyond the plate frame.

Once the glue dries, show off your finished snow globe!

All About My Pet

Use this worksheet as a discussion or activity.

"I don't BELIEVE it! (pg 13) Danielle when she discovers her snow globe is broken.