Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #13: Pilgrims: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday

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Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #27: Thanksgiving on Thursday, they had lots of questions. What was it like to sail on the Mayflower? Why did the Pilgrims choose Plymouth? How did they survive in their new home? What did they really eat at the first Thanksgiving? 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. And teachers can use Fact Trackers alongside their Magic Tree House fiction companions to meet common core text pairing needs. Have more fun with Jack and Annie on the Magic Tree House website at MagicTreeHouse.com! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
12 Questions
14 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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Homework #2

Mary Pope Osborne writes the Magic Tree House series. She is now writing Fact Trackers to pair with the adventures of Jack and Annie. Ms. Osborne's husband and sister help her research the fact tracker books. 

1. Pilgrims Set Sail

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Every year people in America celebrate Thanksgiving. You have probably learned some facts about the first Thanksgiving in school. Write three facts that you know about the First Thanksgiving. As you read, check to see if your facts are accurate. 
Comparing the ship's movement to being tossed like a toy is an example of a simile. Similes are a type of figurative language where something is compared using the words "like" or "as." Look for other similes as you read. 
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What are the main points in the Mayflower Compact? 

2. The New World

Did you ever walk in the woods or forest and only see trees? If you have you can make a text-to-self connection with the Pilgrims. Watch this video to learn about different connections you can make with a text.  (This annotation contains a video)
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If you have been in the water in Cape Cod, what type of connection can you make in this section of the text? 
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? 

3. The Wampanoag

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Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of coast. Which definition matches how coast is used on this page? 
Below you see a photograph showing a wetus. Photographs are examples of non-fiction text features. Listen to this song to review the different features.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What non-fiction text feature do you see before this title? 
Do you think it is fair for the Pilgrims to live on the same land as the Native People? 
Quiz for Section One 

4. Hard Times

Here is an artist's drawing of William Bradford.  (This annotation contains an image)
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How are Samoset and Squanto similar? 
The illustration above shows that Squanto explained fishing by demonstrating. 
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Which word in the two highlighted sentences show that the people mainly respect and admire Myles Standish? 
Here is a picture of John Alden's house.  (This annotation contains an image)

5. A Big Old Feast

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Compare the food eaten at the First Thanksgiving to the food you eat at Thanksgiving. 
Because there was so much to eat, the feast lasted several days. This cause and effect relationship between events happens throughout this novel. The video below explains cause and effect.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section Two 

6. Plymouth Grows

What does Jack's fact mean when he says the cloth is oiled? You have to use context clues to determine how oil is used in this sentence. Watch the video below to review the skill of using context clues.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What non-fiction text feature is shown in the photograph above? 
Do you think you would enjoy wearing the clothes of the Pilgrims?  
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If you were a Pilgrim child, what chore could be you asked to do? 
If you visit a working plantation, like the one below, you can try on Pilgrim clothes. You can also try some chores and see first hand how the Pilgrims lived.  (This annotation contains a link)
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Based on what you saw on the website and what you read in this chapter, which person below would like to visit Plimouth Plantation? 

7. The Future

Below is a montage video of Plimouth Plantation in Massachusetts.  (This annotation contains a video)
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How does the video above add to your understanding of Plimouth Plantation? 

Doing More Research

Quiz for Section Three