School is a very important part of Ramona’s life. A lot of exciting things happen in her school. Some of them are great and others not so good. (Of course, this is based on Ramona’s perspective.) School is also an essential element to the play being very interesting. Ask your students to draw their favorite activity or place at school.
Materials needed: Colored pencils or markers and copies of page 13.
The Quimby family encountered financial hardship because Mr. Quimby lost his job. You may use the math quiz on page 14 to introduce your students the concept of budgeting.
Each of them could spend: $6
1 . 2.
Either Black Fries or Orangeburger
Yes, $0.06 or $1.28
“Hi, my name is Beatrice Quimby and my job is to help you. Usually, at a play like this, or at the movies, we see people really different from us: princesses, or detectives, or presidents or even mermaids. Or people who lived a long time ago, or even in the future.... So I thought, what about us? People like you see in the street every day— or even like your own family. It might be pretty neat if we took a good look close to home. So my idea for this play, Ramona Quimby, is to take us all to my house. Come on, I’ll show you around.”
The play was written as Beatrice, Ramona’s older sister who’s also called Beezus, telling us the story of her family, the Quimbys. You may use Page 15 to ask your students to write about their own families, schools or neighborhoods. After they are done, ask them to share what they wrote with the rest of the class.