# Ideas for Reports and Papers

Last Updated on July 29, 2019, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 468

1. As you read Chasing Redbird, pretend to be Zinny and keep a journal.

2. Draw a picture to illustrate Zinny's and Uncle Nate's houses.

3. Squirt gardens are described early in the book. Design your own squirt garden.

4. Chapter seven tells how Zinny discovered the trail and...

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1. As you read Chasing Redbird, pretend to be Zinny and keep a journal.

2. Draw a picture to illustrate Zinny's and Uncle Nate's houses.

3. Squirt gardens are described early in the book. Design your own squirt garden.

4. Chapter seven tells how Zinny discovered the trail and started clearing it. Investigate the area where you live. Are there any trails there that you might learn about? Do some research on a trail and plan to hike a portion of the trail. Keep a journal of your experience on the trail.

5. Zinny talks a little about her collections in chapter eight. Do you collect? What do you collect? Why? Set a date when those who collect can bring a collection to school to share.

6. In chapter ten, the doctor said diabetes killed Aunt Jessie. How could that be? Find out about diabetes. What is it? How does it affect the body? How is it treated? How does a person get it?

7. Jake gave a cricket as a present to Zinny so she could tell the temperature. Can we really use a mathematical formula and a cricket to determine the outside temperature? Find out and share with your peers.

8. Zinny has to have a fire for cooking. Write instructions for starting a fire.

9. Make a list of the essentials you would need for a ten-day camping trip.

10. In chapter twenty-eight Creech describes a beautiful morning following a night of fitful dreams for Zinny. Choose an art medium and artistic style to illustrate that description. If you feel you do not have the artistic ability, find pictures in old magazines to cut and paste into a collage. Display your work for others to enjoy.

11. In chapters twenty-seven and twenty-eight Zinny's dreams get confused with reality. Why does she experience confusion? Why do we dream? Do dreams have meaning? Do some research on dreams. Choose a medium for sharing your information with your peers.

12. Write a letter to Zinny and give her some advice about safety issues with strangers and what she should do to keep herself safe.

13. She meets up with the bear and her cub. What should you do if you meet a bear? Find out how to protect yourself. Create a safety poster to illustrate your findings and share it with your peers.

14. Create a VENN diagram comparing Zinny and her older sister, May.

15. Create a VENN diagram comparing Zinny and Jake.

16. Create a VENN diagram comparing Zinny at the beginning of the story to herself at the end of the story.

17. Buy a packet of zinnia seeds at a garden shop. Till a sunny spot and plant them. Read about zinnias. Is there something special about them that would prompt Zinny's mother to name her Zinnia?

18. Zinny's name, Zinnia, is an unusual one. How did your parents choose your name?