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The New York Timesbestselling Magic Tree House series is back! But with the magic tree house comes terrible news: Merlin's beloved penguin, Penny, has been put under a spell! Jack and Annie must find four things to break the spell. The first is a rare and precious emerald. When the magic tree house whisks them back to India over four hundred years ago to search for the jewel, they discover an amazing and exotic world filled with great danger. Will Jack and Annie find what they're looking for? Will they avoid the wrath of the all-powerful Great Mogul, survive a crazy ride on a wild elephant, escape an attack by king cobras-and make it back to the magic tree house alive? Mary Pope Osborne brings together just the right combination of history, magic, and fast-paced adventure to satisfy kids, parents, teachers, and librarians. Magic Tree House books are known around the world as books that inspire reading. Visit the Magic Tree House website! MagicTreeHouse.com From the Hardcover edition.
Curriculet Details
20 Questions
16 Annotations
3 Quizzes

This free digital curriculum for elementary school students contains interactive videos exploring setting and character traits, as well as annotations describing Indian culture and history. 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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Prologue

The Magic Tree House series is written by Mary Pope Osborne, with help from Natalie Pope Boyce and Will Osborne. Over 70 million copies of the Magic Tree House books have already been printed, and new books are still being added. To find out more about the series, click on the link below. (This annotation contains a link)

1 - A Terrible Mistake

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? 
Morgan le Fay is a powerful enchantress in the legend of King Arthur. She is shown in the painting by Frederick Sandys below. (This annotation contains an image)
Merlin was an enchantor and prophet in the legend of King Arthur. In many versions of the story, he prepared the young Arthur to become king. There are many different illustrations of Merlin, including the one below by Arthur Pyle. (This annotation contains an image)
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Practice using the Define tool. Click on the highlighted word and hold down until the Define box pops up. Then click on Define. The word banish means to 
An emerald is a green gemstone, like the one in this picture. (This annotation contains an image)
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What do you think Teddy means when he says "if you have knowledge, you will seem older"? Do you agree with him? 

2 - The Red Fort

Watch this video and think about the setting of this story as you continue to read. (This annotation contains a video)
King cobras are very easy to recognize because of the large hoods on their heads. (This annotation contains an image)
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Read the highlighted text. Why does Jack shiver? 
The Red Fort is located in Delhi, India. (This annotation contains an image)
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Why does Jack think 'forget it' in the highlighted line? 

3 - Complete Respect

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Think about the video you watched about the setting of a story. How is this ancient setting helping Jack and Annie already? 
During the summer, temperatures in India can reach 116 degrees Fahrenheit! 
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Look at the illustration. What does the Great Mogul's throne tell you about him? 

4 - The Great Mogul

Shah Jahan, one of the Great Moguls of India, is seen here in this royal painting. (This annotation contains an image)
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Jack can't focus because he is so 
Chapters 1-4 

5 - Not Funny

Watch this video about character traits. Think about the characters as you read. (This annotation contains a video)
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Think about the video you watched on character traits, and think about Jack. Which of these traits does he show? 
An Arabian horse (This annotation contains an image)
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Use the Define tool to read the definition of fierce. Which of the definitions below is correct? 

6 - Morning Breeze

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Why does the guard look startled when he hears the Great Mogul's order? 
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Think back to Chapter 3 when Jack was reading about meeting the Great Mogul. Which rule has Annie broken that makes it a miracle that they are still alive? 

7 - Something Very Weird

The picture below shows a street bazaar, a market where people can buy things. (This annotation contains an image)
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Read the highlighted text. Why does Jack feel like they are "riding a big gray ship on waves of tall yellow grass"? 

8 - SHHHHHH-WISSSSSST!

A king cobra's nest with eggs. (This annotation contains an image)
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Annie uses a "small voice" because she is feeling 
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In your point of view, what would be the scariest thing about being very small in a forest? Why? 
Chapters 5-8 

9 - Camouflage

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Think back to the video you watched about character traits. Which of these traits does Annie show? 
Camouflage is what animals use to blend in with their surroundings. 
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Look at the illustration of the king cobra. How does it help you to better understand the story? 

10 - Caught in the Wild

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Morning Breeze's actions show which of the following lessons? 
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Read the highlighted text. This shows again that Jack _______ a lot. 

11 - Heart to Heart

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Read the highlighted text. Does this change your opinion of the Great Mogul? How? 
The Taj Mahal was built by Shah Jahan to house the tomb of his third wife, Mumtaz Mahal. (This annotation contains an image)

12 - The Meaning of the Emerald

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Use the define tool to read the definition of splendid. Which of these words means the same as splendid? 
Chapters 9-12