Fire Disasters

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Disasters are inherently frightening, riveting, and involving. Grabbed straight from the headlines, these disasters leave tragedy, destruction, and years of anguish: London Bridge, The Morro Castle, Chicago, The Iroquois Theater, Australia’s Bush Fires, The Station Nightclub, The West Burns, and more.
Curriculet Details
17 Questions
17 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, inference and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about textual connections and author's purpose. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of multimedia analysis, noting details, and domain-specific vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

Watch the video to see how smokejumpers train for their job.  (This annotation contains a video)
How can fire be useful to humans? 
Which piece of textual evidence supports information provided by the climatic map above? 
Look at the climatic map of the United States and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2: London Bridge Fire, 1212

Take a walk through the houses built on London Bridge. This video is a simulation of what life was like on the bridge before the fire.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which factor most likely caused the fire to spread faster than normal? 

Chapter 3: The Morro Castle, 1934

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? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of mysterious. Based on the definition, what can you infer about the fire on the cruise ship? 
Watch the video of the burning ship. (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following adds suspense to the mystery of the Morro Castle fire? 
How might this scenario be different if the captain would have been more interested in putting out the fire in the library instead of getting back to New York? 

Chapter 4: Chicago, 1871

Read the definition of historian. Then, write a sentence using the word correctly in context. 
What effect will the rain have on the fire? 
What do you think? Did Daniel Sullivan start the fire in the barn or was he the hero who saved the calf? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 5: Iroquois Theater, 1903

What do these two historical events have in common? 
Panama is located in Central America between Columbia and Cuba.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the video below of the Iroquois Theatre fire. Then, answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
According to the video and the text, why were people unable to escape from the theatre? 

Chapter 6: Australia Bushfires, 2001

Australia is one of the seven continents. Look at the image below to see the territories and animals in Australia.  (This annotation contains an image)
Rage is a multiple-meaning word. Multiple-meaning words have more than one meaning. Which of the following definitions most closely relates to the context of fires? 

Chapter 7: Warwick, 2003

Do you think all buildings should have a sprinkler system regardless of when it was built? Why or why not? 
What causes the fire at the night club? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 8: California Burning

What do these two events have in common? 
San Diego Naval Base  (This annotation contains an image)
Cedar fire: Use the image in this annotation to answer the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
What evidence in the text is supported by the image in the annotation above? 
Personification is a figure of speech in which a thing, an idea or an animal is given human attributes. The non-human objects are portrayed in such a way that we feel they have the ability to act like human beings. Why do you think the author uses personification in this sentence? 
What factor plays a major role in where a fire travels? 

Chapter 9: Drought-Baked Texas

Drought map  (This annotation contains an image)
Who plays a vital role in times of emergency such as the wildfires in Texas? 
Watch the video of photos from the Texas wildfires. Did you see any pictures that relate to what you read in the text? (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 10: Black Saturday, Victoria, Australia

Why do people "rush" to a location when they hear gold has been discovered in the area? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of visibility. Write a sentence using the word correctly. 
This image depicts "zero visibility" in the air. Do you see why planes and helicopters had to be grounded?  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 3