A Perfect Time for Pandas

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Curriculet Details
22 Questions
22 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining text structure, character traits, and summarization. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about conflict, and genre. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of plot, figurative language, and point of view. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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A prologue is the opening of a story that adds background information about the characters. This book is part of a series of stories about the adventures of Jack and Annie. As you read the prologue to this story, pay attention to what you learn about the main characters and their main task.  

1. The Fourth Thing

Which object is NOT one Jack and Annie find to help Teddy and Kathleen? 
Where do Jack and Annie find the clue to the location of the fourth object? 
Every story fits into a category, or genre. As you view this video about the genre fantasy, think about how this book fits the genre.  (This annotation contains a video)

2. Silly Food

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. Try it right now to look up the word majestically.  
Use the Define function to look up the meaning of the word vendor. Which answer choice below is an example of a vendor? 
Every story is organized in a plot, a series of events that make up the story. Think of the plot as a roller coaster. Strapping yourself into the seat is the first part of the plot, the exposition. Find out what elements of the story are included in the exposition in the following video.  (This annotation contains a video)
What can you tell about the waiter from his "fierce look" and the way he slaps the check on the table? 

3. The Sleeping Dragon

Adjectives are used to describe a character’s personality. As you read think about what a character does, says, and what other characters say about him or her to find the appropriate adjective. Learn more about character traits in the video below. What adjective would you use to describe Annie?  (This annotation contains a video)
The bicycle vendor warned Jack and Annie to be careful on their ride to the reserve. What dangers are they facing in the picture? 
As a ride on a roller coaster begins, the tension builds as you are slowly taken up to the highest point. In a story, this part of the plot is called the rising action. This is usually the longest part of the story when minor conflicts happen and suspense is built. As you continue reading, notice events that move the story along and build suspense.  (This annotation contains an image)
How does the reserve work to increase the number of pandas? 

4. Get Suited Up!

Authors use imagery to appeal to the five senses: sight, sound, taste, touch, and smell. Good readers notice the imagery to picture in their mind the scene the author is describing. Can you see the image of the panda center with small buildings and tree-covered mountains? 
The author uses a simile to compare the baby panda to a  
Below is a picture of bamboo. It grows very fast and is as strong as wood, brick or steel.  (This annotation contains an image)
Read the riddle below:A healthy food, grainy and good, baked with love, tough as wood, round in shape, the color of sand, given to those who have lost their land. Which clue in the riddle does the bamboo match? 
Quiz Chapters 1-4 

5. Bing-Bing

Authors use similes, metaphors, and personification to help the reader understand emotions or actions in the text. Watch the following video and notice how each of these three types of figurative language are different. Notice the author uses a simile to compare the panda to a giant stuffed animal in the selected sentence.  (This annotation contains a video)
What do Jack and Annie do that real scientists would do? 
Watch the following video of pandas playing in their playground. Notice their actions because the next question will ask you to compare the video with the book's description of pandas playing.  (This annotation contains a video)
List four similarities and one difference between the pandas' actions in the video and the description of Panda Kindergarten in the text.  

6. The Dragon Wakes

Conflict is an important part of every story. It is what moves the story along as events continue to happen. In this scene, the kids have a conflict with nature. Think about the two main types of conflict described below as you read the rest of the book.  (This annotation contains an image)
The choice to go back to the panda center or return to town is an example of which type of conflict? 

7. Jack the Giant

Good readers use details in the story in order to fully understand the meaning. This is called making an inference. Watch the video below to learn more about making inferences. What can you infer about the distant sound of Annie's voice? (This annotation contains a video)
The author uses several ____________ to describe the scene of mud, trees, and boulders.  
A good reader can summarize main points in a story. View the following video to learn which details are important in a summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement would be important to include in a summary of this chapter? 

8. One Panda at a Time

What can you infer about Master Lee from his response to the damage from the earthquake? 
The point of view in a book refers to who is telling the story. The three types of point of view are described in the poster below. Which point of view do you think this story is told? (This annotation contains an image)
You can tell from the selected textual evidence that the panda is scared by the earthquake. Learn about text based evidence from the video below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement from the text is evidence that the panda is happy to see Master Lee? 
Quiz Chapters 5-8 

9. Totally All Right

Explain why Dr. Ling might look surprised that the kids have been in a helicopter. 
The top of the roller coaster is the point where you can’t go up any higher. In a plot, this is the climax. Jack has solved the riddle and now must get back to Penny. The events moving forward are the falling action where the major conflict, saving Penny, will be resolved.  
There are organizations that help people when disasters happen. The American Red Cross responds to about 70,000 disasters each year by setting up shelters and providing supplies such as soap, blankets, meals, shovels, and first aid items. Most of their workers are volunteers ready to respond within hours of a disaster.  (This annotation contains an image)

10. Panda Bread

Which statement from the text proves the following inference?China has a plan for helping people during natural disasters.  
Jack and Annie lie to the workers about their grandmother. Using complete sentences, explain whether you think this lie is okay to tell. What are some other situations where it might be okay to tell a lie? 
A symbol is something that represents, or stand for, something else. Diamonds are a symbol of wealth. The American flag is a symbol of freedom. Annie feels the panda bread is a symbol of protection for the pandas.  

11. Breaking the Spell

The setting of the story has changed from China to Camelot. Camelot is a fictional setting in the Middle Ages, the time period of knights, castles, kings, and wars fought over religion. As you continue to read the story, pay attention to how the setting affects the actions of the characters.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which statement most accurately describes the impact of the setting on the characters?  
The quill pen is a symbol for  
The selected sentence shows a change in the action. Why do you think Annie stops talking? 

12. One Penguin at a Time

Once the roller coaster ride is over, the cart pulls back into the station. In a plot, this is the resolution. The main character may have changed over the course of the story, any conflicts are completely solved, and the story ends. As you read the last chapter pay attention to what Jack and Annie have learned from their experience.  
The word billowed is not clearly defined in the dictionary. Use context clues in the sentence to write a definition for billowed.  
In previous books in this series, Jack and Annie's missions involved the elephant, dog, and president. Has reading this book made you want to read others in the Magic Tree House series? 
In a complete sentence, explain what Jack and Annie learn from their adventure in China. 
Quiz Chapters 9-12