Earthquake in the Early Morning

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Jack and Annie are ready for their next fantasy adventure in the bestselling middle-grade series-the Magic Tree House! An adventure that will shake you up! That's what Jack and Annie get when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to California in 1906. As soon as they arrive, the famous San Francisco earthquake hits the city. Can Jack and Annie find the final writing that they need to help Morgan save Camelot? Or will San Francisco be destroyed first? 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 making inferences and figurative language, as well as annotations explaining text elements and characters' feelings. Students will explore the themes of adventure and hope. 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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Dear Readers

The author of this novel, Mary Pope Osborne, has written over a hundred books. Her most popular are the Magic Tree House series. If you want to learn more about Ms. Osborne, you can visit her website.  (This annotation contains a link)


Why does the author include a prologue? 

Chapter 1 - Tweet-tweet

"Tweet-tweet" is a type of figurative language called onomatopoeia. The video below gives examples of different types of figurative language. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 2 - Thunder Under the Ground

"Gong, gong" is an example of what type of figurative language? 
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 meaning of quaked. Which other word on the page has the same meaning as quaked? 

Chapter 3 - The Great Shake

At times an author does not directly tell you things. You have to make inferences about the characters and their actions. This video explains making inferences. (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

Chapter 4 - What's the Story?

All stories are told through a certain point of view. The video explains the different points of view. (This annotation contains a video)
From which point of view is this story written? 
Jack is very afraid of the approaching fire, but his love for books overtakes that fear. 

Chapter 5 - Stop! Stop!

Why does the man not believe Jack? 

Chapter 6 - Something to Lend

The illustration helps you visualize the scene Jack and Annie are witnessing. 
Quiz for Section Two 

Chapter 7 - Dynamite!

The photograph below is taken after the dynamite explodes in San Francisco.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which line from the text supports the illustration? 

Chapter 8 - Good Luck, San Francisco!

Sometimes you are asked to write a summary of a chapter or novel. This video reviews summary writing.  (This annotation contains a video)
Write a summary of Jack and Annie's adventure in San Francisco. 

Chapter 9 - The Wonderful Room

Remember, Morgan le Fay is the owner of the magical tree house. She is also the person who sends Jack and Annie on missions.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which words from the page help you understand the man's attitude? 
Theme is the underlying message in a story. This video will teach you how to find the theme in a novel. (This annotation contains a video)

Chapter 10 - The Mystery of Morgan's Library

How do Jack and Annie give hope in this story? 

More Facts

Even though the story you just read is fiction, Mary Pope Osborne wants to include some factual information in this section. That way you can learn more about all earthquakes, and the San Francisco one specifically. 
Quiz for Section Three