Dinosaurs Before Dark

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! Where did the tree house come from? Before Jack and Annie can find out, the mysterious tree house whisks them to the prehistoric past. Now they have to figure out how to get home. Can they do it before dark . . . or will they become a dinosaur's dinner? Visit the Magic Tree House website! MagicTreeHouse.com
Curriculet Details
10 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring theme and character traits, as well as annotations explaining inferring and asking questions. Students will explore the themes of adventure and working together. 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 - Into the Woods

Mary Pope Osborne is an American author of children's books. She is most famous for the Magic Tree House Series. You are about to read book one. If you want to learn more about Mary and her books, visit her website.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why does Jack not want to go into the treehouse? 

Chapter 2 - The Monster

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 determine the meaning of ancient. Which phrase below is a definition for ancient? 

Chapter 3 - Where Is Here?

An author describes what a character looks like and how the character acts. The behavior and attitude of the character helps make up the character's traits. The video below will explain.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - Henry

Sometimes you are asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. This video explains summarizing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Chapter Four - Henry. 

Chapter 5 - Gold in the Grass

Below is an image of a Triceratops.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is Jack taking notes? 
Good readers ask themselves questions as they read. Do you think Annie knew the Triceratops is nice and calm? Or do you think she was hoping it is nice and calm? 
How does the illustration of Jack and the medallion help you understand this section of the story? 

Chapter 6 - Dinosaur Valley

Genre is the type of story. What genre is this novel? Watch this video and see if you can figure it out.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which type of genre is this book? 
Below is an image of magnolia flowers. Would you be feeding them to a dinosaur?  (This annotation contains an image)
This website will give you some facts about the Tyrannosaurus rex.  (This annotation contains a link)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - Ready, Set, Go!

Theme is the underlying message in a story. This video explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
What is a theme of this novel? 

Chapter 8 - A Giant Shadow

Jack may think Annie is nuts, but you can infer that she has a plan. 

Chapter 9 - The Amazing Ride

The title of this chapter is "The Amazing Ride." What do you think will happen in this chapter? Use information that you have learned in the previous chapters in your prediction. 
Jack says he feels "as light as a feather." This is an example of a simile. This video explains what a simile is.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement below contains a simile? 

Chapter 10 - Home Before Dark

"Dinosaurs Before Dark" has been turned into a musical. This video shows one song from the musical.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does the action in the video above differ from the action in this book? Include details from the video and this novel in your response. 
Quiz for Section Three