ABOUT THIS BOOK
Recommended for grades 3–7
The perfect book to bridge the gap between Magic Tree House and Harry Potter!
Jesse and his cousin, Daisy, can’t wait to start their summer of explorations and discoveries and, on the first day, they make a grand one: a thunder egg. But they realize this is no ordinary geode when a baby dragon hatches in Jesse’s sock drawer! Soon a mysterious car begins following them and they learn about Dr. St. George who wants to capture their new friend. Follow these young explorers as they learn how to care for a dragon.
CARING FOR YOUR DRAGON ACTIVITY GUIDE
Ask the class: Would you like to have a dragon for a pet? What would you do together? What would be difficult about having a dragon live with you?
Have students predict how the dragon gets in the sock drawer. What would you most like to find in your sock drawer when you get home from school? What is the most interesting discovery you’ve ever made on a hike?
Health/Science- A developing young dragon needs a lot of calcium. Lead a class discussion about what a young human needs to develop strong bones, muscles, and teeth. Have students create a collage of foods that are rich in all the minerals and vitamins needed to be healthy.
Art- Have students draw, paint, sketch, sculpt, or otherwise create a scene from the book. Encourage them to use any media that inspires them and to describe why they picked this scene in a brief artist’s statement.
DISCUSSION AND WRITING
QUESTIONS FOR GROUP DISCUSSION
Compare and contrast Jesse and Daisy. How are they similar? How are they different? How did they come to live in the same house?
What does Jesse find at High Peak? Why is it an unusual geode? What would you do with it? What do they try to do once they get it home?
How does Emmy appear? What is their first challenge with the baby dragon? What would you have tried to feed her?
Daisy invites Miss Alodie to their Museum of Magic. What would you include in that museum?
What research do the kids do to find out how to care for Emmy? What’s the best clue they find in the library? Where does it lead them?
Who is Professor L. B. Anderson? List the important things he teaches Jesse and Daisy
about the dragon.
Explain why dragons have been misunderstood because of their looting of castles. What vitamins and minerals are important for you?
Why does Uncle Joe insist they create a lost poster for Emmy? Who claims her? What are his plans for the dragon?
Describe Dr. St. George’s office in the zoology department. Why is it an important setting in the book? How do the kids hope to release Emmy?
Explain how Emmy goes undiscovered by Dr. St. George and Uncle Joe. In the end, what happens to Emerald? Do you think the children will have more adventures?
“The Dragon in the Sock Drawer is funny and wonderfully written–
a tall-tale adventure that will surely grab young readers.”
–MARY POPE OSBORNE, AUTHOR OF THE BESTSELLING MAGIC TREE HOUSE SERIES
“Kate Klimo makes magic and breath-stopping mystery out of a seemingly ordinary rock. I love this book.”
–ALAN ARMSTRONG, NEWBERY HONOR—WINNING AUTHOR OF WHITTINGTON
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