The Lemonade War Discussion Questions

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

'The Lemonade War' by Jacqueline Davies is a fun early elementary novel that contains some thought-provoking concepts. Invite your students to consider this book more carefully using these discussion questions.

The Lemonade War

The novel The Lemonade War by Jacqueline Davies is a story about two siblings who express their anger with each other by engaging in a heated business battle. As they race to earn profits with their lemonade stand, their frustration mounts until they finally talk out their differences. The story lends itself to discussions about relationships, conflict resolution, communication, confidence, and business. With this rich variety of topics at hand, it would be worth your time to read and discuss The Lemonade War either with your whole class or with a smaller reading group.

Comprehension Questions

  • As the story opens, Evan is in the basement hiding from Jessie. What was Evan's motivation for hiding in the basement?
  • Evan and Jessie are going to be in the same class when school begins. Why didn't Evan want Jessie in his class? Why is Jessie excited about being in the same class as Evan?
  • Why did Jessie start a lemonade stand with Megan?
  • Why was Jessie worried about fourth grade?

Questions About Learning

  • Have you ever tried to have your own business? How was your experience different from or similar to Jessie and Evan's lemonade stands?
  • What did you learn about business strategies from reading The Lemonade War?
  • Have you ever used any of Jessie's business strategies? How?
  • Jessie and Evan each struggle with school, but in very different ways. What is the hardest part of school for you? What is the easiest?
  • How do you feel when you need to ask for help? Who do you prefer to ask when you need help? What happens if you choose not to ask for help?
  • Evan helped Jessie to understand social situations that confused her. Has anyone ever helped you in similar fashion?

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