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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! It's a treasure trove of trouble! Jack and Annie are in for a high-seas adventure when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of deserted islands, secret maps-and ruthless pirates! Will they discover a buried treasure? Or will they be forced to walk the plank? Visit the Magic Tree House website! MagicTreeHouse.com
Curriculet Details
9 Questions
12 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring author’s purpose and synonyms, as well as annotations explaining visualizing and asking questions. Students will explore the themes of adventure and teamwork. 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 - Too Late!

The author of this book, Mary Pope Osborne, is a famous American writer. Mary says, "Writing is a miracle. You can travel anywhere in the world, to any time and any place--and still be home in time to have dinner." To learn more about Mary and her books, check out her website.  (This annotation contains a link)
Why are Jack and Annie heading outside when it is rainy and windy? 
Good readers use many strategies as they comprehend a novel. This video reviews one of those strategies, questioning.  (This annotation contains a video)
What question might you have after reading this chapter? 

Chapter 2 - The Bright Blue Sea

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 crossbones. What do crossbones traditionally represent? 

Chapter 3 - Three Men in a Boat

Synonyms are words that have the same or almost the same meaning. This video reviews synonyms.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - Vile Booty

What do "loudly" and "laughed" have in common? They both contain suffixes. This video explains prefixes and suffixes.  (This annotation contains a video)
The word gleeful has a suffix. Using what you learned about suffixes in the previous video, what does gleeful mean? 

Chapter 5 - The Kid's Treasure

Pirates have been known to attack boats for treasure or they steal treasure maps. Looks like Cap'n Bones stole a map and is hoping to find the treasure.  
How does the illustration of the map help you understand the story? 

Chapter 6 - The Whale's Eye

Why did Mary Pope Osborne write this book? What was her purpose? The video below explains different reasons authors write stories.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - Gale's a-Blowin'

Rope and shovels are part of a pirates treasure hunting kit. All pirates would have them on their ships.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 8 - Dig, Dogs, Dig

The title of this chapter is Dig, Dogs, Dig. Who are the dogs? 
Mary Pope Osborne uses short lines on this page. This is so you can read it quickly and get the same sense of urgency the characters are feeling. 
What does the expression, "Rain fell in buckets," mean? 
Sometimes you are asked to write a summary of a book or chapter. This video explains summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Chapter Eight, Dig, Dogs, Dig. 

Chapter 9 - The Mysterious M

Are you surprised that the parrot is really a person? Her name is Morgan le Fay. Do you think that has any significance? 

Chapter 10 - Treasure Again

Why does Morgan prefer to be called an enchantress? 
Based on what Morgan is revealing, Jack and Annie would not have seen that tree house had they been out wandering the woods alone. 
Quiz for Section Three