Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #3: Mummies and Pyramids: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning

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Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #3: Mummies in the Morning, they had lots of questions. Why did people make mummies? What was the mysterious writing on mummy cases? How did most ancient Egyptians spend their days? How were the pyramids built? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts. Filled with up-to-date information, photos, illustrations, and fun tidbits from Jack and Annie, the Magic Tree House Fact Trackers are the perfect way for kids to find out more about the topics they discovered in their favorite Magic Tree House adventures. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs. Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House® website at! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
12 Questions
13 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in third grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining prefixes and nonfiction text features. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about main idea and text-based evidence. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of mummies and pyramids. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #2

Mary Pope Osborne is a famous American author. She has written many fiction and non-fiction books, including the award winning Magic Tree House series. She has written this companion book with her husband Will. To learn more about Mary visit the website below.  (This annotation contains a link)

1. Ancient Egypt

What is the author's purpose for writing this book? 
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 definition of ancient. Which word below is an antonym of ancient? 

2. Everyday Life

Determining how a text is laid-out or structured will help you understand non-fiction stories. This catchy tune explains some common non-fiction text structures.  (This annotation contains a video)
What text structure do the highlighted sentences show? 
Ordinary Egyptians greatly admired, and sometimes feared, their pharoah.  (This annotation contains an image)

3. Egyptian Religion

Why does Mary Pope Osborne end this sentence with an exclamation point? 
As you read about the following gods and goddesses, pay attention to the main idea and details. This video reviews main idea. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

4. Mummies

The facts under Jack and Annie's heads are to give you additional information or explain a word found in the main paragraph. 
What information can you get from the photograph of the mummy case that you did NOT get from the passage? 
Many of the photographs in this book are from the British Museum. You can tell this from the label citation under the pictures. If you want to see the actual pieces instead of a picture you can visit the museum.  (This annotation contains an image)

5. Egyptian Funerals

After reading this paragraph, the author probably believes 

6. The Age of Pyramids

When you are reading non-fiction or fiction, you are asked to find facts or events to prove an answer. This video explains how to locate and use text-based evidence.  (This annotation contains a video)
How was the first pyramid created? Use text-based evidence to support your answer. 
Which invention helps the Egyptians build the pyramids? 
The video below will show you the pyramids and the Great Sphinx.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

7. Tomb Treasures and Tomb Robbers

The word "dishonest" contains the prefix 'dis-' which means "not." Prefixes are word parts at the beginning of a base or root word. Look for other prefixes as you continue to read. 
Which word below contains a prefix? 

8. The Most Famous Mummy of All

Sequence of events is the order in which things happen. The video below reviews this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
In the history of pyramid building, which of these events happened first? 
If you want to see King Tutankhamun's artificats in real life, you may not have to go to Egypt. A traveling exhibit has been visiting many museums, so you can check to see if one is coming near you. (This annotation contains an image)

9. Gifts of the Pyramids and Mummies

Why is the decision made to remove the mummies and treasure from the pyramids? 

Doing More Research

Mary Pope Osborne includes this chapter in case you want to learn even more about pyramids and mummies. 
If you visit a museum, why is it a good idea to ask questions? 
Quiz for Section Three