Ancient Rome and Pompeii: A Nonfiction Companion to Vacation under the Volcano

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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #13: Vacation Under the Volcano, they had lots of questions. How did ancient Rome become an emipre? Where did ancient Romans go for fun? What happened to the Roman town of Pompeii? What have we learned from it? 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
14 Questions
16 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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Homework #2

Mary Pope Osborne is an American author best known for her children's series, Magic Tree House. The book you are about to read is a nonfiction companion to "Vacation Under the Volcano." (This annotation contains an image)

1. Ancient Rome

Why is Mary Pope Osborne beginning this novel with a legend? 
The heads of Jack and Annie are found throughout this novel. The facts under their heads will give you additional information to help you better comprehend the page. 
Why is this statement included under Annie's head? 
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? 

2. The Eternal City

Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of glory. Which definition best fits the meaning of glory as it is used on this page? 
Here is a video that further explains Rome's aqueducts.  (This annotation contains a video)
What information did you learn in the video that is not included in this section of the book? 
What is your opinion of Annie's fact? Would you want to use urine to dye your clothes? 
The illustration on this page and the previous page shows two gladiators wearing very different outfits. Why are they so different? 

3. The Roman Military

The non-fiction text feature on this page is a diagram. It explains what the different parts of the picture represent. 
Which sentence below explains how the soldiers develop strength? 
"When the battle began, trumpets rang out." This is an example of cause and effect. The video below explains this reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
Why do Romans need heavy weapons for a siege? 
Quiz for Section One 

4. Uniting the Empire

Good readers ask themselves questions as they read. The video below explains why this strategy is important.  (This annotation contains a video)
After reading this paragraph, what question might you have? 
Here is a portrait of Julius Caesar.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which statement below best summarizes the Cleopatra section? 
Several of the famous people in this chapter, Nero included, seem to want power very badly. They are even willing to kill for it. 

5. Death in Pompeii

Why does Mary Pope Osborne include information about shoppers and children playing games in this section of the chapter? 
Watch this video "Pompeii Deconstructed."  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on what you read in the chapter and what you saw on the video, why is the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in August 79 A.D. a famous event? 

6. Daily Life in a Roman Town

"Valuable" contains the suffix -able. This video explains how prefixes and suffixes help determine the meaning of a word.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which word below contains a suffix? 
Here is a painting of a room in a Pompeiian home. (This annotation contains an image)
How are Pompeiian fathers different from typical fathers in the modern world? 
The sculpture below shows the clothes Roman children wore.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz for Section Two 

7. End of the Empire

When reading non-fiction, you are frequently asked to find the main idea of a paragraph or chapter. This song reviews main idea.  (This annotation contains a video)

Doing More Research

What is the main idea of the highlighted section? 
Visiting a museum, such as the University of Pennsylvania's Museum of Archaeology, allows you to see artifacts in person. Museums' websites will also give you information.  (This annotation contains a link)
Quiz for Section Three