Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #7: Titanic: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic

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Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #17: Tonight on the Titanic, they had lots of questions. How many people were aboard the Titanic? Why weren’t there enough lifeboats for all the passengers? How did this “unsinkable” ship sink? What lessons can we learn from the tragedy? 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
13 Questions
15 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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Homework #2

Mary Pope Osborne is a popular children's writer who lives in America. Have you read any of her Magic Tree House books? This is a non-fiction companion book to "Tonight on the Titanic." If you want to learn more about Ms. Osborne, visit her site below.  (This annotation contains a link)

1. The Biggest Ship in the World

Why does Mary Pope Osborne begin her novel with the highlighted line? 
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 voyage. Which word below is a synonym for voyage? 

2. Sailing Day

The highlighted sentence is the main idea of the paragraph. This video explains how to determine main idea.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which sentence is the main idea of the highlighted paragraph? 
The Titanic receives a lot of publicity, so there are many photographs of it.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is the author including photographs and descriptions of different passengers? 

3. Life on the Titanic

On this map you can see Southampton at the top and the route to Cherbourg.  (This annotation contains an image)
Compare and contrast first-class dining and second-class dining. Use details from the text in your response. 
Since this book is non fiction, there are some text features that are included to help you better understand the story. This video review some of these features.  (This annotation contains a video)

4. Iceberg!

Why does the author include this fast fact or sidebar under Annie's head? 
Many warnings about the icebergs have been sent up to this point, but this one important message was not received due to the volume of passenger requests. 
Here is an iceberg video taken from a small boat.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz for Section One 

5. All Hands on Deck

Because the Titanic hits the iceberg, the Titanic is sinking. Understanding the relationship between cause and effect events strengthens your comprehension. This video reviews cause and effect.  (This annotation contains a video)
What nonfiction text feature helps you understand where the other ships are located? 

6. Into the Lifeboats

Can you understand why the women would be afraid to get in the boat without their husbands? This photo shows how the lifeboats were lowered.  (This annotation contains an image)
"Nearly three-quarters of the third-class passengers die." What causes this tragedy? 

7. The Titanic Sinks

Mary Pope Osborne is describing the scene on the Titanic to help you visualize the action. Watch this video to learn why visualization is an important reading strategy.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which sentence from the text supports the painting above? 
Quiz for Section Two 

8. Rescue

Captain Rostron shows courage and determination to reach the lifeboats in the dark while navigating around icebergs.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why is the Titanic disaster worldwide news? 

9. Lessons from the Titanic

Readers ask questions as they read. Why? This video will explain.  (This annotation contains a video)
What question might you have after reading this page? 
With which statement below would the author probably agree? 

10. Finding the Titanic

Here is a photograph of the Argo.  (This annotation contains an image)
How do the survivors' version of the ship and the experts' version differ? 
Do you think the items on the Titanic should stay at the bottom of the ocean? Or should they be brought up to be examined and seen by the public? 

Doing More Research

Quiz for Section Three