Escape from Fire Mountain

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Thirteen-year-old Nikki Roberts hears a cry for help over her CB radio and sets out to rescue two children trapped in a forest fire. Poachers are also on Nikki's trail and they're determined to keep her from getting back to her family's hunting lodge alive. The strong female protagonist in this story will attract girls to this popular new action-adventure series.
Curriculet Details
12 Questions
17 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring character traits and text-based evidence, as well as annotations describing inferences, types of figurative language, and pictures to help readers to visualize what they are reading. Students will explore the themes of courage and determination. The Common Core aligned questions, answers and quizzes in this free online unit will increase student engagement in the book while supporting reading comprehension.

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Chapter 1

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?  
Nikki's father makes his living as a guide for elk hunters. Below you will see a picture of an elk.  (This annotation contains an image)
How old is Nikki? 
A CB radio allows for short range communication. Because Nikki's family must rely on this form of communication, we can infer that her family's lodge is very isolated. How might the location play a key role in this story? (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 2

Below is a picture of a bighorn sheep to help you visualize the type of animals that Nikki is watching.  (This annotation contains an image)
Watch the short video on similes and metaphors. The highlighted text is an example of a simile because it uses the word "like" when comparing rams to royalty. This simile helps us to picture the majestic, proud way that the rams marched. (This annotation contains a video)
What does Nikki "witness" that makes her scared? 

Chapter 3

Watch the video on character traits below. In the highlighted text we can infer that Nikki is determined to help the children on the radio. However, do you think it is wise that she decides to wait to let an adult know about the poachers? (This annotation contains a video)
Which means of transportation does Nikki decide to use? 

Chapter 4

Below is a picture of a forest fire. How would you describe the smoke? Does this picture match the picture in your mind created by the highlighted text? (This annotation contains an image)
From Nikki's actions and words, readers can infer she is ____________________. 

Chapter 5

The highlighted description is meant to make readers feel which of the following emotions? 
Read the definition of personification below. The highlighted text is also an example of this when the author describes the flames as licking. This is an action that humans can perform not fire. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz One 

Chapter 6

Watch the short video on text-based evidence. Reread the description of the helicopter flying over the kids. Which detail from the text would best support the idea that Nikki feels desperate to attract the pilot's attention? (This annotation contains a video)
Which word would best describe how the three kids are feeling based on the highlighted text? 
Below is a picture of a set of toy walkie-talkies to help you visualize how James called for help. (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 7

Below is a picture of a mountain lion. Its "high-pitched scream," the dark night, and the nearby forest fire all make for frightening conditions to sleep in! (This annotation contains an image)
In this chapter, James reveals that he is worried that _________ will be mad at him.  

Chapter 8

Explain what is meant by a "hideously charred scar" in the highlighted text. 
Below is a picture of a camouflage-colored four-wheeler like in the story.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 9

What does Nikki hope to accomplish based on her actions in the highlighted text? In your opinion, will this work? 
Locate the North Star in the Little Dipper. This constellation is located close to the Big Dipper in the night sky.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz Two 

Chapter 10

Watch the short video on foreshadowing. In the highlighted text, there is a hint to readers that Nikki will need to continue to solve problems on her own. The tension is increased because she cannot reach anyone on the CB, the phone is dead, and there is no one to help her and the children for miles.  (This annotation contains a video)
Approximately how many miles away is James' grandfather from Nikki's house? 

Chapter 11

Ask yourself why Nikki is willing to take this risk?  
At this point in the story, Nikki, James, and Molly are once again on the run from the poachers. Explain why it is significant that Molly told the poachers that they were going to Nikki's house when the three children wandered into the poachers' camp in an earlier chapter.  

Chapter 12

Below is a picture of a horse's hoof. The yellow "V" shows you where the "frog" is on the hoof. This area is very sensitive.  (This annotation contains an image)
In one sentence, explain in general why Frank's gun malfunctions and injures him?Your answer should be based on an event from an earlier chapter.  

Chapter 13

The definition of persistent is "lasting or enduring tenaciously or stubbornly holding fast." What examples from the text would support that Nikki is persistent? 
Quiz Three