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Big Nate Flips Out



Last updated Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Author: Lincoln Peirce
Date of Publication: 2013
ISBN: 0061996637
Grade Level: 5th    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Jul. 2014

Synopsis: Everyone knows N-A-T-E does not equal N-E-A-T! And when Nate's sloppiness gets out of hand, his best friend, Francis, is in serious trouble. Can Nate clean up his act, or will he flip out first?

Note to readers:
•  There are "secret codes" on pages 22, 37, 61, 82, 96.
•  Deciphered codes on pages 13-14.
•  Page 13 - "OLD FOSSIL FACE GOT SO MAD!"
•  Page 14 - "I THOUGHT HIS HEAD WAS GOING TO EXPLODE!" - "HE ALMOST HAD A HEART ATTACK!" - "NO, HE HAS NO HEART!" - "I'LL HELP YOU REDO YOUR HOME-WORK!"

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Do you know what "flips out" means?
•  What do you think Big Nate "flips out" about?
•  Do you keep your desk at school clean? How about your bedroom?

Vocabulary:
•  bicker- argue about petty matters (Ch. 1)
•  epidemiologist- public health professionals who investigate patterns and causes of disease and injury in humans (Ch. 1)
•  obnoxious- extremely unpleasant (Ch. 1)
•  illegible- not clear enough to read (Ch. 1)
•  uncanny- strange or mysterious, in an unsettling way (Ch. 1)
•  feng shui- a Chinese philosophical system of harmonizing the human existence with the surrounding environment (Ch. 1)
•  smirk- smile in a smug, conceited, or silly way (Ch. 1)
•  quirk- a strange behavioral habit (Ch.2)
•  compromise- an agreement that is reached by each side (Ch.2)
•  candid- truthful and straightforward (Ch.3)
•  babbling- talk rapidly in a foolish or excited way (Ch.3)
•  preposterous- absurd or ridiculous (Ch.4)
•  pitiful- deserving pity (Ch.4)

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Do you have any friends whose personality is the opposite of yours? (Ch. 1)
•  What are some of the opposite traits you and your friend possess? (Ch.1)
•  Does your school publish an annual yearbook? (Ch.2)
•  Are there any clubs at your school? (Ch.2)
•  Are you a member in any of these clubs? (Ch.2)
•  At what age did Nate and Francis create their agreement? (Ch.3)
•  What is each one's embarrassing secret? (Ch.3)
•  Have you shared embarrassing secrets about yourself with others? (Ch.3)
•  If you have a friend who can be messy and irresponsible, would you help him or her borrow the school's expensive camera? (Ch.3)

Craft ideas:
•  Create your own comic strip.

Special activities:
•  Decoding the code sections in the book as you go along.
•  There are "secret codes" on pages 22, 37, 61, 82, 96.
•  Page 13 has the key for deciphering the codes.

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don’t have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!