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Skinnybones by Barbara Park

 Summary:  Alex "Skinnybones" Frankovitch is the smallest kid on the baseball team.  For being so small, he sure has a talent for some major league wisecracking.  Even Alex knows he's gone too far when he brags his way into a battle of skills with T.J. Stoner, the Little League legend with a perfect pitching record. 

Genre: Realistic Fiction

Realistic fiction is a fictional story in which the setting, plot, dialogue, and characters seem real.

Story Skills: Main Idea (Chapters 1-6) and Summary (Chapters 7-12)

The main idea is the most important idea of a paragraph or work.  It is the main point the author wishes to make.  Sometimes you'll find the main idea in the first or last sentence. Other times you need to find the main idea for yourself.  The author may not come right out and tell you so you have to make inferences to find the implied main idea. The rest of the paragraph gives details about the main idea that explain why. To tell the difference between a main idea and a detail ask yourself: Is this what the whole paragraph is about?  In longer text, a paragraph does not stand by itself. Every paragraph is related to the other paragraphs around it, to the other chapters, or the whole book. In a longer text the main idea can usually be found in the first or last paragraph.

Main Idea

When you summarize you tell the main events or ideas of a story in your own words.  You leave out all of the smaller details and focus on the main points.  When summarizing a fictional story you include important events from the beginning, middle, and end of the story.  A summary should be much shorter than the text itself.

Vocabulary Words:

While reading we will focus on several words in each chapter of Skinnybones.  To see the vocabulary list for the chapter book go to Skinnybones Vocabulary at the bottom of the page.

Spelling Lists

There will be 2 spelling lists for this story.

Skinnybones Spelling List #1 – Baseball Terms

baseball

sportsmanship

homerun

strike

umpire

spectators

outfielder

grounder

player

bleachers

base

championship

league

catcher

infielder

throw

glove

pitcher

bunting

slide

Skinnybones Spelling List #2 –  Consonant Clusters “thr”, “spr”,  “shr”, and “str”

thread

spruce

shrubs

strange

thrill

sprain

shriek

stress

throat

sprawl

shrink

struggle

through

sprout

shrimp

strength

throughout

spread

shred

stream

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Negro Leagues Hall of Fame

Women in Baseball Webquest

Take Me Out to the Ballgame Webquest

A Tribute to Jackie Robinson Webquest

National Womens Baseball Hall of Fame

History of Baseball Webquest

Take Me Out to the Black Ball Park Webquest

 

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