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JACK AND ANNIE continue their quest for the secrets of happinesssecrets they need to save Merlin. This time, the Magic Tree House takes them to the one continent they haven't visited before: Antarctica! What can they hope to learn about happiness in such a barren place? Only the penguins know for sure . . . Jack and Annie are about to find out!
Curriculet Details
27 Questions
29 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 3rd grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining author's purpose, figurative language and grammar. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about literary devices and textual connections. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of citing textual evidence, inference, and summarization. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1 - Smile

Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about dialogue.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does Annie try to persuade Jack to come to the woods with her? 
Antarctica is the Earth's southernmost continent, located at the South Pole. It is considered to be a desert. Antarctica is the coldest, driest, and windiest continent. Look at the image below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Using context clues, which of the following is the BEST definition of rhyme as it is used in the sentence? 
Did you know that you can look up any word in the text of the book or the text of the questions and answers? Just click (or press on mobile devices) the word you want to define and hold until the blue text selector pops up. When you release, a define option will appear. Since it's so easy to look up words, make sure you use this feature frequently... Is there a word on this page you need to look up?  

Chapter 2 - Lots of Ice

Why do Jack and Annie have on so much clothing? 
What does this detail suggest about Antarctica? 
Watch the video about penguins. (This annotation contains a video)
'Committee' is a collective noun. Collective nouns name a group of people, animals, or things. Look at the poster for more examples of collective nouns.  (This annotation contains an image)
Identify the collective noun in this sentence and type it below. 
Go back and look closely at the picture. Does the picture accurately show what is happening in the story? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Onomatopoeia are words that imitate the natural sound of a thing. It creates a sound effect that mimics the thing being described, making the description more expressive and interesting. Look for more examples on the image below. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3 - Short Grown-ups

McMurdo Station is a U.S. Antarctic research center located on the southern tip of Ross Island.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why does Jack use his "deepest voice" to answer the woman driving the bus? 
What does this detail suggest about what Jack will say is the reason he is in Antarctica? Any ideas? 
How are you able to identify Jack and Annie in the picture? 
Do you think everyone will go along with Jack and Annie? Or will someone realize they are kids and question why they are in Antarctica? 
How is the Antarctica mission different from their last mission on the ship? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4 - Happy Campers

How does the rhyme relate to the events that are happening with Jack and Annie? 
Why must the tourists wait for a signal from the pilot before approaching the helicopter? 
What does this part of the rhyme mean? Is the chopper going to crash or will Jack and Annie have to jump out of the helicopter? Keep reading to find out. 
How does Jack feel as the helicopter hovers over the lava lake? 

Chapter 5 - Lava Bombs

'Hardest' is a superlative adjective. Superlative adjectives compare three or more nouns. Using the superlative form takes the comparison to the highest degree possible. Watch the video to learn more about superlative adjectives.  (This annotation contains a video)
What could happen if Jack and Annie take their masks off to drink water? 
Point of view is the mode of narration that an author uses to let the readers “hear” and “see” what takes place in a story. Watch the video and then answer the question below?  (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written? 

Chapter 6 - All Fall Down

Why does Jack feel like a preschooler? 
Do you think Jack and Annie have completely messed up their mission? Could there still be hope for finding the fourth secret of happiness? 
Imagery is the use of figurative language to represent objects, actions and ideas in such a way that it appeals to our physical senses. Which of the five senses does the author appeal to in the highlighted text? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of ravine. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for ravine? 
Adjectives are words that are used to describe nouns. Here, "gleaming" and "silver" describe the Wand of Dianthus. Adjectives make sentences more interesting and fun. Watch the video to learn more about adjectives.  (This annotation contains a video)
"Crack!" is an example of ______________. 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7 - The Emperor

Identify and name three adjectives in this sentence. Type them below. 
How do you suppose Jack and Annie will get the glittering crown?  
What do the penguins' reaction to Jack and Annie suggest about the way they feel about them? 
How do Jack and Annie become honored members of the penguin tribe? 
How do you think Penny feels about Jack and Annie? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
'Crowd' is an example of a ___________. 

Chapter 8 - A Good Story

Why is Annie worried about Penny? 
Using context clues, what is the BEST definition of squall? 
Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
What secret do Jack and Annie know about different worlds? 
Look at the picture. How would you describe the way Penny feels? 
Why does Jack yell at Annie? 
Based on Nancy's reaction, we can infer that _______________________. 

Chapter 9 - Penny and Merlin

Why are Jack and Annie no longer wearing cold-weather gear? 
Why does Jack think they forgot the fourth secret of happiness? 
Do you think it is important to pay attention to the small things in life in order to be happy? Why or why not? 
How did curiosity make Leonardo da Vinci happy? 
What causes Morgan to cry? Is she happy or sad? 
Based on the details in the text, what time of the day is it? 

Chapter 10 - The Secret

Theme is the main idea or underlying meaning of a story. Watch the video and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Use the information in the highlighted text to write a theme sentence for the fourth secret of happiness. 
'Team' is a ___________________. 
Why is Annie upset? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
After you finish Quiz 3, continue reading the next several pages to find out more about the wonderful world of Antarctica. There is also fun facts about penguins and information about the author. 
Quiz 3