Vacation under the Volcano

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! Who wants to vacation next to a volcano? Jack and Annie are about to find out when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to the days of the Roman Empire. They arrive in Pompeii and soon discover that it is the very day the city will be destroyed. Now Jack and Annie must race against time to find an ancient library before it is buried in ash! Visit the Magic Tree House website!
Curriculet Details
9 Questions
12 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring the genre of fantasy and character traits, as well as annotations explaining dialogue and analyzing illustrations. Students will explore the themes of overcoming obstacles 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 - A Secret Code

The author of this story, Mary Pope Osborne, is a famous American writer. She is most famous for her Magic Tree House Series, which you are reading book # 13. You can learn more about her by visiting her website below.  (This annotation contains a link)
How is Annie feeling when she sees the tree house? 
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? 

Chapter 2 - The End Is Near

Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of ancient. Which definition below most closely explains ancient as it is used on this page? 
On the following website, click "Play Sample" to hear the first chapter of book #1 in the Magic Tree House Series. Think about how Jack and Annie differ from that chapter to this current one.  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare Jack and Annie actions and attitudes in this chapter to Jack and Annie in the audio version of the book #1, Dinosaurs Before Dark. 
Here is the plan of the forum in Pompeii.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 3 - Gladiators!

Why does Jack keep referring to the book when he has questions? 
Jack and Annie act a certain way, and these actions can clue you into their character traits. This video explains character traits.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 4 - Scary Things

Based on the actions and words of the characters on this page, which character could be described as curious? 
The illustration shows that the soothsayer is not as scary looking as Jack and Annie first thought. Also, notice the man in the background. Do you think he is listening to their conversation? 
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 5 - Books? Books?

This story is a fantasy. Watch this video to learn why.  (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 6 - The End Is Here

What event is causing the children to look through the scrolls frantically? 
This page has a lot of dialogue, or characters talking. Sometimes that can get confusing. Reread the section if you feel you are not understanding what is going on. 
How does the illustration help you better understand the story? 

Chapter 7 - The Sky Is Falling

"Crack" is a multiple meaning word. This video explains how to choose the correct meaning when reading multiple meaning words.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 8 - Nightmare at Noon

The image below shows Mount Vesuvius erupting in 1944.  (This annotation contains an image)

Chapter 9 - Save Us!

Explain how the illustration helps you better understand this section of the story. 

Chapter 10 - A Simple Explanation

The theme of a story is it's underlying message. This video explains theme.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which word below best describes the theme for this novel? 
Hercules has become the star of a children's movie.  (This annotation contains an image)

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Quiz for Section Three