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Alien in My Pocket #2: The Science UnFair

By Nate Ball, Illustrated by Macky Pamintuan

The must-read second book in the Alien in My Pocket series. Zack and Amp are back and up to even more trouble in this hilarious story, complete with a do-it-yourself science experiment!

Ever since Amp crash-landed his spaceship through Zack McGee's bedroom window, Zack's life has gotten crazier and his grades have gone from bad to worse. Who has time for homework when there's an alien invasion to stop? But now Zack's up against his greatest challenge yet—the school science fair. If Zack doesn't get an A on his project, he's going to flunk the class. Luckily, Zack has Amp around to help, but when Zack's experiment turns out to be too good, he winds up in a whole different kind of trouble.

Complete with many illustrations, a riveting plot, and fun scientific facts, this book is perfect for young readers!

Supports the Common Core State Standards

  • Grade level: 4
  • Interest Level: 2-5
  • Guided Reading Level: R

COMMON CORE OBJECTIVES AND QUESTIONS

Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers. Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, distinguishing literal from nonliteral language.

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of stories written by the same author about the same or similar characters (e.g., books in a series). Explain how specific aspects of a text's illustrations contribute to what is conveyed by the words in a story.

Compare and contrast the themes, settings, and plots of the Alien in My Pocket series. What aspects of the text are fiction/nonfiction? RL.3.9, RI.4.5

How does the illustrator use pictures and details to develop the characters, setting, and events in the story? How do the pictures contribute to the meaning of the text? RL.4.7, RI.4.7

How does the author use reasons and evidence to support claims in the text? RI.4.8
  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Imprint: HarperCollins
  • Format: Paperback
  • On Sale: 11/30/-0001
  • ISBN: 9780062216250
  • ISBN 10: 0062216252
  • ISBN 13: 9780062216250
  • Pages: 144
  • Trim Size: 5.13 x 7.63 in
  • Subcategory:
  • Juvenile Fiction / Science & Technology
  • Juvenile Fiction / School & Education
  • Juvenile Fiction / Boys & Men

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COMMON CORE STRANDS

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.4.1,2,3,4,6,7,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1,2,3,4,5,7,8,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.4.2,2a,2b,2d,2e,4,7,8,9,10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.4,4a,5,6
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