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Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants (2003)

by Barbara Park

Other authors: Denise Brunkus (Illustrator)

Series: Junie B. Jones (21)

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In the book Junie B. Jones: Cheater Pants, Junie B. Jones forgets to complete her homework assignment. She doesn’t want her teacher to know she forgot, so she quickly copies a classmate’s homework. The moral of this story is to be honest and never cheat. The teacher asks Junie B. and her class to share their homework assignments, and the teacher realizes that her and another classmate have very similar work. Junie B. realizes that dishonesty and cheating can only hurt you and get you in trouble. ( )
  arianacassiere | Mar 30, 2017 |
Junie B. Jones comes into school on Monday forgetting to complete a homework assignment from over the weekend. Junie B. panics and copies off of one of the student sitting next to her. Not thinking she would get caught, the teacher asked all the students to come up and share their homework assignment about what they did over the weekend. The teacher noticed that Junie B. and another classmate had very similar weekends. They were both confronted and Junie B. confessed that she cheated. Junie B. gets punished but still continues to cheat when she is peer pressured into it. Getting caught once again, Junie B. decides that cheating is wrong and that it is always better just to do your own work. ( )
  katrinavenezio | Mar 14, 2017 |
In this story, Junie B. Jones is gives into the temptation to copy one of her classmates' assignments, and is subsequently caught by her teacher. After getting in trouble, it appears Junie B. has learned her lesson until her friend Herb lets her cheat off his spelling test and they both realize cheating doesn't feel very good.
This early chapter book is a great example of realistic fiction because Junie B. Jones's struggle is something that is relatable for students around the same age. Additionally, it follows all of the "rules" of this world and could actually take place in an elementary school.
1. One way to utilize this book would be to read it aloud, maybe a chapter or two a day, if there are any issues with cheating in the class or if students are having a difficult time understanding what cheating is.
2. This would also be a good book to read a loud to a first-grade class for fun because Junie B. would be the same age as the students in the classroom. As a result of this, the book could also be used as an early example of what it means to be able to connect to characters within a story.
Age Appropriateness: primary, early intermediate ( )
  rstewart15 | Feb 17, 2017 |
I liked this book because I think it teaches its audience a good lesson about honesty. In this book, Junie B. forgot to do her homework so when her friend, Lucille, is taking the attendance to the office she copies her paper. She gets caught cheating because the homework assignment was to write what you did over the weekend. Junie B.'s teacher knew that Junie B. and Lucille both didn't attend pottery class and dance class. Junie B.'s teacher is very disappointed in her and explains to her how copying someone's paper is bad. He also sends a note home to her parents explaining what happened. Later in the week, Junie B. is doing much better; she even lead her group in writing a cinquain poem. Then, it is time for her spelling test and she forgets how to spell the word 'would.' Her friend, Herbert, could tell that she didn't remember how to spell the word so he shifted in his chair so she could see his paper. That night Junie B. didn't sleep very well because her favorite stuffed animal called her a "cheater pants." She tried to make herself feel better by remembering that Herbert let her see his paper, but she still didn't feel quite right. The next day in school, she and Herbert discussed the situation and agreed they were going to tell their teacher what they did. Their teacher thanked them for being honest and telling the truth, but explained to them that they both have to receive a grade of a zero on their quiz for cheating. Junie B. and Herbert understood and felt a lot better after telling the truth. The main idea of this story is to not cheat and to always be honest. I don't think the characters in this particular Junie B. Jones book are very believable because I don't think two first graders would actually go and tell their teacher that one of them cheated off of the other's paper. In reality, Herbert would most likely tattle on Junie B. The book does push its readers to think about honesty. A child around Junie B.'s age would probably read this and think about what they would do if they were in her situation. ( )
  ejones35 | Nov 21, 2016 |
Summary: Junie B. is now in first grade. She finds that her homework is tough, and likes to copy from her friends. She does not know that this will get her into some trouble, but she says she does not cheat because it is not the test that she is taking.
Personal reaction: I personally love the Junie B. Jones books. They are full of laughs and lessons for children. This book is good and I recommend for an older audience of first or second grade.
Classroom extension idea:
1.) Children can learn about not cheating on their homework by learning the consequences of it.
2.) Children can make rules up when the consequences of cheating on their homework should be applied. ( )
  GiselleNieto | Oct 27, 2016 |
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To the creative teachers and librarians whose sense of fun allows them to welcome June B into their rooms each day.
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Junie B. Jones has all the answers when it comes to cheating. It’s just plain wrong!But what about copying someone else’s homework? That’s not cheating, right? ’Cause homework isn’t even a test! And speaking of
tests . . . what if a friend shares an answer that you didn’t even ask for? Sharing definitely isn’t cheating . . . is it? Uh-oh. Maybe this cheating business is more complicated than Junie B. thought. Could she be a cheater pants and not even know it?

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When her father will not let her stay up late to do her homework, first grader Junie B. copies a classmate's paper.

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