Magic Tree House #39: Dark Day in the Deep Sea

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Jack and Annie continue their quest for the secrets of happiness–secrets they need if they’re going to save Merlin. But when the magic tree house leads them to a tiny deserted island in the middle of the ocean, they’re not sure who needs help more–Merlin or themselves! The brother and sister team are soon rescued by a ship of explorers and scientists. But the crew isn’t looking for the secrets of happiness. The crew is looking for . . . a sea monster! From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
25 Questions
28 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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Chapter 1 - Back to the Sea

"Tallest" is a superlative adjective. Superlative adjectives compare three or more nouns. Using the superlative form of an adjective takes the comparison to the highest degree possible. Watch the video to learn more about superlative adjectives.  (This annotation contains a video)
What can you infer is the reason Jack and Annie are excited? 
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?  
Who is going to join Jack and Annie on this mission? 

Chapter 2 - Pirates Again?

Dialogue is the conversation between two or more characters in a story. Watch the video to learn more about why authors use dialogue in their writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does Annie understand the concept of "six miles"? 
Identify and name three details about what is going on in the picture. 
Do you think the ship Jack and Annie see is a pirate ship? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
Based on the details in the text, who do you think the men are? 
Is it safe for Jack and Annie to go to the beach and find out who the men are? 

Chapter 3 - A Creature Named Henry

What does the information in the text reveal about Henry's personality?  
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of scowling. Based on the definition and the context of the sentence, how do Joe and Tommy look at Annie? 
How does Henry differ from Tommy and Joe? Use evidence from the picture to support your answer. 
Do you think Henry will allow Jack and Annie to visit the ship? Why or why not? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4 - Off the Ship!

What element makes it difficult for Joe and Tommy to row the boat? 
Breakers are set up as a separation in a body of water. (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of seasickness. Which of the following is the BEST definition of seasickness? 
"Team" is a collective noun. Collective nouns name a group of people, animals, or things. Look at the poster below for more examples of collective nouns. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 5 - Ooze

What is your perception of the captain? 
Based on Henry's reaction to Jack and Annie, what can you infer about his character? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of converted. Which of the following definitions most closely relates to the context of the sentence? 
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human characteristics. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. "Shadows danced across the room" is an example of personification because the shadows are given the human characteristic of being able to dance. Watch the video to learn more about personification.  (This annotation contains a video)
Look at the picture. How does Annie seem to feel about touching the ooze? What evidence from the picture supports your answer? 
Below is an image of a nautilus shell. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 6 - Pea Soup

Scurvy is a disease that occurs when you have a severe lack of vitamin C in your diet. Scurvy causes weakness, anemia, gum disease, and skin hemorrhages. Scurvy was common among sailors because of the lack of fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C on boats at sea.  
Why are the sailors unable to have fruits and vegetables on the ship? 
Similes and metaphors compare two distinct objects and draw similarity between them. Similes use “like” or “as” to make the comparison while metaphors do not. Watch the video to learn more about simile and metaphor.  (This annotation contains a video)
The waves are compared to dark mountains using a simile. Remember, similes compare two objects using "like" or "as." 
Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
A cliffhanger, or cliffhanger ending, is a plot device in a story where a main character is placed in a difficult dilemma usually at the end of a chapter. The cliffhanger here leaves us wondering if Jack will drown in the sea. Cliffhangers ensure that the reader will continue reading to find out what happens in the situation. 

Chapter 7 - Help!

Why is Jack not able to use the wand to help himself and Annie get out of this situation? 
Make a prediction: what might happen if Jack loses his life vest in the waves? 
Why does Annie tell Jack NOT to fight the giant octopus? 
How does Jack realize the octopus is not trying to hurt him and Annie? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 8 - Monster of the Deep

How might things have been different if Jack and Annie had not been on the deck of the ship during the storm? 
How does the professor's view of the octopus differ from Jack and Annie's view? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
How do Jack and Annie feel about everyone saying the monster was trying to hurt them? 
Which literary device is used in this sentence? 
What do you think Jack and Annie will do now that they have tried everything? 

Chapter 9 - Think! Think!

Why does Jack want his backpack? 
Do you think Jack will keep his word and explain the wand to Henry later? 
Why is Jack being cautious with the wand and the words he uses to help the octopus? 
Do you think the sailors will hear the truth from Jack and Annie? Why or why not? 

Chapter 10 - The Heart of the Ocean

Crowd is a ____________________. 
What is the reaction of the sailors and scientists to the octopus's remark to let him go home? 
What does the giant octopus say to the men on the deck of the ship? 
Point of view is the mode of narration an author uses to help the reader "see" and "hear" what is going on in the story. It is the viewpoint from which the story is told. Watch the video. Can you guess from which point of view this story is told?  (This annotation contains a video)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of vanished. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for vanished? 

Chapter 11 - Good-bye, Mates

Why does Henry want Jack and Annie to have his nautilus shell? 
What lesson does Henry learn from Jack and Annie? 
What "secret" will the shell remind Jack and Annie of? 
Where are Jack and Annie now? 
Continue reading the next several pages to learn more about the author. 
Quiz 3