Stowed Away

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Curriculet Details
19 Questions
21 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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Based on details in the text, a stowaway is ________________________. 
Did you know that the United States dropped thousands of poisoned mice over Guam in an effort to kill the brown tree snakes.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #7

Text features help you make sense of what you are reading and are the building blocks for comprehension. Watch the video to see the different types of text features included in nonfiction.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the information in the video, which type of text feature is the highlighted text? 

Chapter 2: Tubman Stows Away Slaves for Freedom

Harriet Tubman is probably the most well-known of all the Underground Railroad's "conductors." During a ten-year span, she made 19 trips into the South and escorted over 300 slaves to freedom. She once proudly pointed out to Frederick Douglass, in all of her journeys she "never lost a single passenger." (This annotation contains an image)
Create a sentence using the word rebellious correctly in context. Type your sentence below. 

Homework #9

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? 
Watch the video of Harriet Tubman's story and then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which detail in the section Free at Last! do you also see in the video? 

Chapter 3: Brown Tree Snakes Take Over Guam

Between the time the brown tree snake arrived in Guam until 1990, what apparently happens to the population of the snakes? 
Brown tree snakes are relatively harmless to humans. However, the snakes have devastated several of Guam's bird species.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #11

The brown tree snake population is difficult to control because ___________________. 
Make Connections: How would you feel if you found a brown tree snake in your house? 
Quiz 1 

Chapter 4: Guzman Stows Away on an Airplane—Twice!

Colombia is located in the northwest region of South America. It is surrounded by Panama, Venezuela, Brazil, Peru, and Ecuador. (This annotation contains an image)
Why is being a stowaway on an airplane a big risk? 

Homework #13

A heading is a text feature that lets the reader know what a section of text will be about. What do you expect to learn in this section?  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of illegal. Which of the following is the BEST definition for illegal? 

Chapter 5: Edson Rojas Stows Away on a Deadly Truck Trip

After reading about incidences where stowaways almost die, would you ever consider being a stowaway? Why or why not? 
Read the definition of conscious. Which of the following is an antonym (word with opposite meaning) for conscious? 

Homework #15

Using context clues, what does "agua" most likely mean? 
How do you know that Edson is alive? What evidence from the text supports your answer? 
What do you think about this information? Does the information surprise you? 
Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of aliens. Which definition BEST fits the context of the sentence? 

Homework #17

Why does Charles McKinley ship himself to Texas? 
Do you agree that Charles was probably uncomfortable? 
How is this story similar to Charles McKinley's story? How is it different? 
Why is the Cuban woman allowed to stay in the United States? 
Quiz 2 

Chapter 7: H1N1 Global Pandemic

Use the information in the graphic to answer the question below.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which state had the MOST reported cases of swine flu in 2009? 

Homework #19

Secondary infections are caused by _______________ rather than viruses.  
Captions are another type of text feature that are located beneath a photograph. Read the poster below to learn more about why captions are used in nonfiction texts.  (This annotation contains an image)

Homework #21

The Asian citrus psyllid is a sap-sucking bug. The adult psyllid is about four millimeters long with a fawn and brown mottled body and a light brown head. It is covered with a whitish, waxy secretion which makes it look dusty. These features distinguish it from the similar African citrus psyllid (Wikipedia).  (This annotation contains an image)
Describe the progression of how the Asian citrus psyllid destroys trees. 
'Staple' is a multiple meaning word. Multiple meaning words have more than one meaning. When multiple meaning words appear in a sentence, it is important to use context clues to figure out which meaning of the word the author is using. Watch the video to learn more about multiple meaning words. (This annotation contains a video)
Read the life cycle description of the Asian citrus psyllid.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 9: Hawaii's Endangered Honeycreepers

Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of auks. What are auks? 

Homework #23

What effect does the extinction of an animal species have on the balance of life? Use evidence from the text to support your answer. 
What are some things people do that affect our planet and animals in a negative way? 
There are still several species of honeycreepers in existence today. Below is a picture of several different species.  (This annotation contains an image)
The Amakihi honeycreeper has evolved over time. This means it has __________________. 
Quiz 3