Saturday, May 12, 2012

The Lemonade Crime

 Who committed the Lemonade Crime?

 The Lemonade War series written by Jacqueline Davies brings back the lovable siblings Evan and Jessie Treski in The Lemonade Crime. Remember when Evan stole Jessie's lemonade stand money only for it to then go missing? Well, Evan and Jessie as well as Evan's friends all think Scott Spencer stole the money. They are even more sure he stole the money when he comes to school saying he just bought an Xbox 20/20 with his own money. Evan and Jessie can't stand Scott and of course Jessie has to find a way to prove Scott is guilty. She becomes so obsessed with the trial that her own rules of fairness seem to be slipping away. She arranged a trial before a judge, witnesses, and a jury of his peers all from Class 4-O. The stakes are high, will Jessie be able to prove that Scott is guilty? Read to find out in The Lemonade Crime.

Reading Level: 630L
Interest Level: Ages 9 and up

Teachers: Here are some resources to help you teach this book...

Web Resources:
  • Teacher Guide: This teacher guide to The Lemonade Crime provides activities to use in the classroom along with the book such as Reader's Theater, character chart and more.
  • The Lemonade War: This website is the home page of the Lemonade War Series. It provides fun activities for students and resources for teachers.

Vocabulary: Many of these words' definitions can be found right at the start of each chapter: fraud, revenge, eyewitness, hearsay, accused, impartial, due diligence, sarcasm, defense, bona fide, jury, perjury, prosecution, plaintiff, defendant, contempt, forfeit, verdict, amends

Before Reading: Preteach the word accused and have a class or small group discussions about a time when you accused someone of something. Connect this idea to Social Studies, have you watched the news lately? Did you hear about anyone being accused of a crime?

During Reading: Write in your journal then discuss as a class, do you think Scott Spencer is guilty? Do you think Jessie is being fair? If she is not being fair, why does this go against her character?

After Reading: At the end of the story, Scott gives Evan his money back. Choose 1: Write a letter in the perspective of Scott where you explain to Evan why you stole the money; Write a letter in Evan's perspective telling Scott how you feel now that you know he took your money; Write a letter in Jessie's perspective to Scott explaining why she lied in court.

Across the Curriculum:
Social Studies: Choose a problem within the classroom (or make one up) and create a court in the way that Jessie did being sure to have people for each role in the court. Have the issue be resolved by the jury.

Davies, J. (2011). The Lemonade Crime. Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 
Happy Reading (& Running) =)

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