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Cheater Pants by Barbara Park

Cheater Pants (2003)

by Barbara Park

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Summary: Junie B. Jones forgets to complete one of her homework assignments where she has to come to the front of the class and read what she did over the weekend. Instead of confessing to forgetting to do her homework, Junie copies the work of another classmate which was on a desk near hers. When both girl read their essay, which is the same, and the teacher confronts the two. Junie feels guilty and ends up confessing. After this, Junie swears she will never cheat again until one of her friends offers her a answer during a test. Since the answer was offered to her, Junie believes it is not wrong. However, the two girls feel guilty and confess to the teacher, which the teacher appreciates, they still receive a punishment.

Review: The central message of this story is cheating is not worth it because Junie ends up feeling guilty every time and receiving a punishment for it. I like how the story had a ending lesson of cheating is not worth it. In addition, I like how this chapter book included pictures which I think is a good thing for younger children to practice connecting the text and illustrations in order to visualize the story. ( )
  rjones34 | Nov 12, 2014 |
Summary - When Junie B. Jones' dad won't let her stay up late to finish her homework she cheats on two different occasions.

Personal Reflection - This book relates to many kids I know. I have two boys that are in school and they want to stay up late or even wait last minute to do their homework however, I haven't heard of them cheating off of any one.

Classroom Extension Ideas -
1. Ask children if they have ever cheated off of someone.
2. Explain what can happen to cheaters. ( )
  JennaJ | Nov 3, 2014 |
Cheater Pants tells the story of Junie B. Jones cheating on two accounts, once off of May's homework and again off her friend's spelling test. Junie B. Jones learns what it means to cheat and how others lose trust in her because of it. She also begins to understand that it is wrong to cheat and is honest to her teacher and her parents when she cheats off a friend's test. The theme of this book is honesty, and the content includes teamwork, the difference between right and wrong, and accepting the consequences for your actions. I think this book is a clever read that young children would enjoy, and the length is perfect for a child beginning to read chapter books.
  AlyssaScruggs | Oct 8, 2013 |
When her father will not let her stay up late to do her homework, first grader Junie B. copies a classmate's paper. I enjoy the Junie B. Jones series and how her character is realistic and could be anyone of my students in the classroom.
  tfink | Dec 12, 2012 |
Junie B., First Grader: Cheater Pants is an entry in Barbara Park’s popular series of early chapter books starring the titular Junie B., and it does a fine job of portraying well-drawn characters in believable situations. Junie B. doesn’t do her homework over the weekend, so on Monday she copies off the paper of May, her smug know-it-all classmate. When she gets caught, Junie B. has to face discipline at school and at home, but she doesn’t learn her lesson; she “borrows” a word from her friend Herb’s spelling test the next day. Both children turn themselves in out of guilt, and a lesson is learned.
Junie B.’s classroom is populated by children with distinct personalities, and parents will enjoy the descriptions of their long-suffering teacher Mr. Scary. The illustrations are charming and the short chapters and generally easy vocabulary will make this accessible to children just transitioning to chapter books. One caveat: Junie B.’s first person voice is authentic, but as a result her grammar is often incorrect. Cute? Yes. But parents and teachers will have to decide if children who are still learning language arts will be negatively influenced by Junie B.’s writing style. Grades K-3. ( )
  alexanan | Oct 23, 2011 |
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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.
She so loves being there!
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Dear First Grade Journal,
Yesterday was the weekend.
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This book is an ok book to help teach students about cheating. Junie B. never got any true punishment for her cheating, so this book may give students mixed signals about cheating. They need to always feel that cheating is bad and their is punishment if it is done. There are many first graders that have to keep a first grade journal, and because this is about a girl that copies and cheats off of other student's tests, this would be something that would not be far off from what can happen in real life. The setting of the school is realistic, and even though the actual story and plot did not happen in real life, this whole scenario of writing poems, copying, talking about it with friends, and making up for mistakes actually happen in real life.

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 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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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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