Snakes and Other Reptiles: A Nonfiction Companion to a Crazy Day with Cobras

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Magic Tree House Research Guides are now Magic Tree House Fact Trackers! Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #45: A Crazy Day with Cobras, they had lots of questions. Can snakes really be charmed? What reptile has the deadliest venom? What do Komodo dragons eat? How do you tell alligators and crocodiles apart? 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. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Curriculet Details
11 Questions
14 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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Homework #2

The author of this book, Mary Pope Osborne, has been on many adventures in real life and through her writing. She is best known for her Magic Tree House series. You are reading a companion book to Jack and Annie adventure, "A Crazy Day with Cobras". To learn more about Ms. Osborne you can visit her website. (This annotation contains a link)

1. Snakes and Other Reptiles

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Before reading it is good to recall information that you already know about a topic. This chapter is titled "Snakes and Other Reptiles". Write three facts you already know about reptiles. 
The main idea of a section is what the section is mostly about. This song reviews main idea.  (This annotation contains a video)
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The main idea of this section is why birds are reptiles. Which detail supports this main idea? 

2. Snakes

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? 
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Use the Define feature to determine the meaning of vibration. Which word below is a synonym for vibration? 
This photograph shows how wide a snake's jaw gets in comparison to its body.  (This annotation contains an image)
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What information do you get from the illustration that is not included in the passage? 

3. Kinds of Snakes

The word "colorful" contains the suffix -ful. Identifying prefixes and suffixes and learning their meanings helps you determine the meaning of words. Watch this video to review prefixes and suffixes.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What additional information do you learn from the website that you do not know after reading this page? 
This website gives you some more information about vipers.  (This annotation contains a link)
The caption above Jack and Annie says the following snakes are very unusual. Which of the interesting facts in this paragraph make Jack and Annie think this snake is unusual? 
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How is the spitting cobra similar to a hognose snake? 
Quiz for Section One 

4. Lizards

Similar to the gliding lizard, the flying dragon in the video below can glide half the length of a football field. If you saw one gliding by, would you know it was a reptile?  (This annotation contains a video)
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Which of the following is the main idea of the highlighted paragraph? 
Why do you think smuggling reptiles is against the law? 

5. Crocodilians

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Why does the author include sentences under Jack and Annie's heads? 
The photograph on this page includes a label, which is a nonfiction text features. This video reviews other nonfiction text features.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What nonfiction text feature could be included on this page to help you comprehend the egg hatching process? 
Quiz for Section Two 

6. Turtles and Tortoises

This video shows the baby turtles heading to the ocean.  (This annotation contains a video)
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What do you notice about the sea turtles' journey to the sea in the video that the author of the book does not mention in the text?  

7. The Future of Reptiles

This photograph shows a gator hole.  (This annotation contains an image)
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Why do the leatherback sea turtles need humans' help? Include evidence from the article above and this chapter in your response. 
This article explains some of the dangers a leatherback sea turtle faces.  (This annotation contains a link)

Doing More Research

Mary Pope Osborne is making sure you know to use nonfiction books for research. They will give you accurate facts. 
Quiz for Section Three