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Lemons by Melissa Savage Discussion Questions

Instructor: Shanna Fox

Shanna has been an educator for 20 years and earned her Master of Education degree in 2017. She enjoys using her experience to provide engaging resources for other teachers.

Melissa Savage's book 'Lemons' can capture the minds and hearts of your elementary school students with its tales of Bigfoot and friendship. Use these discussion questions to help them delve more deeply into the novel's themes.

Lemons by Melissa Savage

Melissa Savage's novel Lemons follows the main character Lemonade as she travels to a new place to live with family she's never met. Her mother has recently passed away, and she is grieving. When she makes friends with a boy named Tobin, she joins him in his search to find Bigfoot.

Use these discussion questions after reading to help your elementary students engage in meaningful conversations about the novel's themes of healing, friendship, and perseverance. You may want to conduct this discussion as a whole group activity or select questions for student teams.

Questions about Healing

  • Lemonade is grieving the loss of her mother.
    • How does she show her sadness?
    • How does she heal from this sadness throughout the novel?
    • What helps her process her grief over the loss of her mother?
  • Lemonade moves in with her grandpa, who she has never met.
    • Does Lemonade's relationship with her grandpa help her cope with the loss of her mother? If so, how?
    • Do you think this is the right place for her to live after such a loss?
    • Would staying in San Francisco have helped her process her grief? Why or why not?
  • Lemonade's mother always encouraged her by saying that ''when life gives you lemons, make lemonade''. She's even named after this word of wisdom.
    • How does Lemonade follow this advice as she heals from her mother's passing?
    • Have you ever ''made lemonade out of lemons?'' If so, how?
    • Do you think this advice applies to grieving the loss of a loved one? Why or why not?

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