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Prudy's Problem and How She Solved It
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  • During Teaching
      1. Students read the entire main selection text independently.

      2. The teacher reads the main selection text aloud while students follow along. (Depending on how complex the text is and the amount of support needed by students, the teacher may choose to reverse the order of steps 1 and 2.)

      3. Students and teacher re-read the text while stopping to respond to and discuss the questions, continually returning to the text. A variety of methods can be used to structure the reading and discussion (i.e.: whole class discussion, think-pair-share, independent written response, group work, etc.)

  • Text Dependent Questions

    • Text-dependent Questions


      The author writes, “Prudy seemed like a normal little girl.” What makes Prudy seem normal?

      Prudy seems like a normal little girl based on outward appearances. She has a sister, a dog, two white mice, a mom and dad, and a room of her own.

      A collection is a group of things that belong together gathered from many places. What do Prudy’s friends Egbert, Belinda, and Harold collect? How do these friends’ collections compare to Prudy’s collection?

      Egbert collects butterflies, Belinda has a stamp collection, and Harold collects tin foil, which he has made into a big ball. Prudy has the same collections and then some. Prudy collects everything.

      What evidence does the author provide to show that Prudy’s collections are out of control?

      The author includes a long list of items found in her varied collections. He also writes that Prudy collects everything, and everything is put in italics for emphasis.

      How do the illustrations help you to further understand just how many things are in Prudy’s collection?

      The pictures show stuff everywhere! For example, there are mushrooms coming out of Prudy’s bottom dresser drawer and there are so many stuffed animals on her bed, you can’t even see the sheets. This helps to show just how out of control her collection is. There is too much stuff.

      The author writes, “It drove her dad to distraction.” What is the “it” in this sentence?

      Prudy’s messiness.

      What evidence does the author provide to explain why Prudy’s dad has a problem with her collections?

      He is a tidy person who doesn’t like clutter.

      The author writes, “It even got to be too much for her mom, who did not mind clutter.” What happens that makes it too much for her mom?

      Her mom can’t navigate the living room. 

      When Prudy’s little sister Evie starts a collection of her own, how does her friend Egbert respond? 

      Egbert says, “Uh-oh,” when he sees Evie’s piles of pine twigs and used toothbrushes. He suggests that Prudy pack everything up, stuff it in a rocket, and send her collections to Neptune.

      When Prudy runs home and tries to squeeze into her room, what details from the text tell the reader that something is about to happen?

      1. Prudy can’t get out of her room without setting off an avalanche of one thing or another.
      2. The walls start to bulge.
      3. The door starts to strain on its hinges. 

      How does the reader know that this story is make believe?

      In the story, Prudy’s room literally explodes because it has too much stuff in it. People, animals, and collections go flying around the room. 

      Prudy says, “Holy smokes, I guess maybe I do have a little problem.“ Where does Prudy look for inspiration to solve her problem?

      1. An art collection
      2. A fish collection
      3. A rock collection
      4. Goes to the library to find ideas
      5. Looks at stacks of books


      How does Prudy decide to solve her problem?

      She opens the Prudy Museum of Indescribable Wonderment, where her different collections can be neatly displayed for all to enjoy.

      How does the illustration on the last page help you to understand the final line in the story: “But she could never really stop collecting!”

      The picture shows Prudy and her dog trying to push an elephant into a room with a sign that says “Museum Storage Employee Storage” over the door. We can tell from this picture and from the text that Prudy will continue to collect, but at least with her new museum, she will have somewhere to put her collections.

      Indescribable means that there are no words to describe something and wonderment means a state of awe or amazement. Why was the Prudy Museum of Indescribable Wonderment “an amazing sight to behold”?

      1. The town wanted to come visit.
      2. Within a year, it was the biggest tourist attraction in town.
      3. The collections were neat and organized.


  • Academic Vocabulary





      Words addressed with a question or task


      General teaching suggestions are provided in the Introduction


      Not enough contextual clues provided in the text


      indescribable, wonderment

      tuft, breed, souvenir

      unpleasant, haul, distraction

      thrift store


      bulge, strain, hinges, avalanche, pressure

      scattered, inspiration, scrutinizing, brilliant




      Sufficient contextual clues are provided in the text








      tidy, clutter





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