The Mystery of the Snake Egg
Jeremy suspects something is amiss in his uncle’s pet store when Zimmerman, an African grey parrot, starts acting odd. With the help of his friend Molly, Jeremy uncovers an illegal pet-smuggling operation.
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This lesson will help your students identify the conflicting motivations of Jeremy and the animal smugglers.
Other Key Skills: vocabulary, close reading, text evidence, key details, author’s craft, foreshadowing, inference, connecting texts, research, expository writing
Quizzes and Activity Sheets
This activity will help your students make connections between “The Mystery of the Snake Egg” and this month’s nonfiction article “Saving the Great White Monster.”
Students explore various characters’ motivations throughout the story.
Constructed-response questions that touch on a range of skills. These also appear in your printed Teacher’s Guide and can be used for discussion. Click here for the questions only, without lines for writing.
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Students write two well-organized paragraphs about what motivates Anthony to commit a crime and what motivates Jeremy to help solve it. To learn more about our contests, click here.
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Levels of Meaning/Purpose
This story is about two children who uncover an animal-smuggling ring. It includes details to inform readers about the real-life problem of animal smuggling. Like most mysteries, the story invites readers to make inferences while reading.
The story’s structure is mainly chronological but includes a brief flashback.
“The Mystery of the Snake Egg” includes some academic vocabulary, such as nocturnal, potent, and glowering.
Some knowledge of exotic animals will aid comprehension.
Guided Reading Level: S
DRA Level: 40
Skills and Standards
CCR Anchor Standards: R1, R3, R9, W2, W4, W7, SL1, L4, L6
Learn more about the author of this story, Storyworks’ very own Lauren Tarshis.