Air 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: 1977 Tenerife, 1972 Chile, 1982 The Potomac River, Shot Down, Terrorism, Captain Sully Sullenberger, and more.
Curriculet Details
17 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in 5th grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining inference, key details and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about author's purpose and digital connections. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of determining central idea, cause and effect, and academic vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1: Introduction

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 extraordinary. Which of the following is a synonym (word with similar meaning) for extraordinary? 
In the 1940s, there were no _____________, therefore ordinary people could not buy an airline ticket. 
How do you think people will feel about flying after hearing that people died in the BOAC plane crash? 
Make Predictions: What do you predict will happen if the pilot takes the plane too close to the volcano? 
What is the cause of the fire that breaks out in the mobile home park and kills two people? 

Chapter 2: Tenerife, 1977

What do you notice about the dates of these two incidences? 
Using details from the text, what can you infer about the explosion of the two planes in Tenerife? 
Multiple meaning words are words that have more than one meaning. Use the DEFINE feature to read the definitions of 'taxi.' Did you know that 'taxi' could be used in context with airplanes and not just yellow cars we see carrying people through large cities? 
The Canary Islands  (This annotation contains an image)
How could the pilot of this plane have prevented this disaster? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
What should have the pilot done differently in order to keep the passengers from dying? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 3: Chile, 1972

How long are the survivors in the mountains before they are rescued? How do you think they survived? 
What does this detail reveal about plane crashes? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of remote. Which of the following definitions most closely relates to the context of the sentence? 
A superstition is a supernatural belief that one event causes another without any natural process linking the two events. One common superstition is that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Are you superstitious? Do you think it is a good idea for people to fly on Friday 13th? 
Based on the details in the text, how do the survivors stay alive? 
What is cannibalism? 

Chapter 4: Washington, DC, 1982

What kind of weather might the pilot encounter? Rain? Snow? 
The details in the text reveal that people are flying from Washington, DC to Florida ___________________. 

Chapter 5: Shot Down

After reading the highlighted text, what do you predict the central idea of this chapter is going to be? 
The Persian Gulf (This annotation contains an image)
How are these two incidences similar? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
What is the main reason airplanes are shot down? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 6: Terrorism in the Air

How are these two events related to each other? 
What are terrorist attacks?  
What effect did the acts of terrorism in the air have on jet travel? 

Chapter 7: US Airways Flight 1549

What do these events have in common? 
Chelsey B. "Sully" Sullenberger (This annotation contains an image)
According to the text, which of the following must a flight attendant do during a time of terror? 
Watch the video of the news broadcast from Captain Sullenberger's heroic landing on the Hudson River. Then, answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on what you have read and the information from the video, which of the following is true of Captain Sullenberger? 

Chapter 8: Air France Flight 447

Which claim supports the highlighted statement? 
St. Elmo's Fire is a phenomenon thought to be related to lightning. Watch the video from The Discovery Channel. It shows a simulation of St. Elmo's Fire and will give you a better idea of what happens during this occurrence.  (This annotation contains a video)
Watch the video about author's purpose. Then, answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
What is the most likely reason the author wrote this book? 
Quiz 3