Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #6: Space: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon

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Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #8: Midnight on the Moon, they had lots of questions. How did the universe begin? How long does it take to get to the moon? How hot is the sun? What does it feel like to be in space? 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! From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
14 Questions
16 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in third grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining main idea and text features. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about asking questions and prefixes. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subject of the space. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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Homework #2

Do you like learning new information? So does the author of this book, Mary Pope Osborne. Ms. Osborne is an accomplished author who is best known for her Magic Tree House series. This book is a nonfiction companion to the fictional "Midnight on the Moon." 

1. Astronomy

What do you learn about space on this page? 
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 peered. Which word below is a synonym for peered as it is used on this page? 
Headings, such as The Big Mistake, and subheadings, like Early Astronomers, help readers understand what they are reading. They give the main idea of the section. 

2. The Universe

Based on the title, Birth of the Universe, what do you think this section will be about? 
"Clearest" contains the suffix -est. Watch this video to learn more about prefixes and suffixes.  (This annotation contains a video)

3. The Sun

Diameter contains a prefix meaning "through point to point." What is the prefix in the word? 
This diagram shows you the parts of the sun.  (This annotation contains an image)
How is a red giant different from the white dwarf? 
Quiz for Section One 

4. Our Solar System

Readers use different strategies to help them comprehend a text. This song reviews some to the common comprehension strategies.  (This annotation contains a video)
After reading this section, your friend tells you he saw a comet in the sky last evening. What strategy is your friend using? 
The next section will give you information about each planet. Think about how the planets are similar and different.  (This annotation contains an image)
Compare and contrast Earth and Venus. Include two ways they are similar and two ways they are different. 
Jupiter is the first of the gas planets.  (This annotation contains an image)
How is Saturn similar to Jupiter? 
Even though Pluto is no longer officially a planet, it is still frequently discussed when the major planets are explained.  (This annotation contains an image)

5. Space Travel

How are rockets different from cars and jets? 
President Kennedy was a well-liked, influential president. People worked hard to make his hopes for America become a reality. 
How does the photograph above help you understand this section of the novel? 

6. From Earth to the Moon

You can make the conclusion that the American scientists were very intelligent and probably the top in their field. This video explains how to draw conclusions.  (This annotation contains a video)
What conclusion can you draw about the spacecraft based on what you read and see in the diagram? 
Quiz for Section Two 

7. Space Travel Today

Sequence of events is just as important in nonfiction stories as it is in fiction stories. This video explains sequencing in nonfiction books.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following events happens first? 
Space probes are programmed to do certain missions.  (This annotation contains an image)

8. Living and Working in Space

The website below contains several videos which help you see what life is like living in space. Choose one or two videos to watch.  (This annotation contains a link)
Compare the videos you watched above to what you learned on this page about weightlessness. Include information from both this book and the videos in your response. 
Do you believe UFOs exist?  (This annotation contains an image)

9. The Future

Why would putting people on Mars be a major achievement? 

Doing More Research

This section, Doing More Research, is included so you can learn more about where to go to find out even more information about space. 
Quiz for Section Three