Rain Forests: A Nonfiction Companion to Afternoon on the Amazon

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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 #5: Afternoon on the Amazon, they had lots of questions. How much rain falls in a rain forest? What is the world's heaviest insect? What the heck is a sausage tree? Why is it important to preserve the world's rain forests? 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
12 Questions
14 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining vocabulary, text to self connections and interpreting visual information. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about main idea and structure. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of rain forest animals, rain forest plants and people of the rain forest. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. What is a Rain Forest?

Before you begin reading, think about the things that you already know about rain forests. Have you ever visited a rain forest?  
Analyze the diagram above. Notice how much more rain the Amazon Rain Forest gets per year than the rainy city of Seattle.  
Which of the following describes a seasonal rain forest?  

2. Layers of a Tropical Rain Forest

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? 
Describe the ways in which most rain forests are alike.  
When you read an informational text, it's important to determine the main idea of each chapter or section. The following video will explain how to find the main idea.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the top layer of the rain forest different from the bottom layer?  
The image below shows what polllen grains look like.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 1 

3. Rain Forest Plants

Why is a liana sometimes called a "monkey ladder?"  
When you read an informational text, look for examples of the ways in which the author uses reasons and evidence to support the information in the text.  
What is the main idea of Chapter Three?  

4. Rain Forest Creatures

As you read, pay attention to the ways in which the information in the story is structured. The following video will explain the different types of structure in an informational text.  (This annotation contains a video)
How is the information in the Predators and Protection section of Chapter Four structured?  
Read the highlighted passage. The image below shows what a click beetle looks like when it glows at night.  (This annotation contains an image)
Why do many nocturnal animals have large eyes?  
The following video shows how slowly sloths move.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following animals is not one of the largest animals of their kind?  
Quiz 2 

5. People of the Rain Forest

When you read an informational text, pay attention to the illustrations, diagrams charts, etc., because they can help you understand the information in the text.  
Explain the differences and similarities between hunter-gatherers and hunter-gardeners.  
Read the highlighted passage. The image below shows illegal gold miners occupying Yanomani land.  (This annotation contains an image)
Which of the following is an example of evidence the author lists in the text to support the idea that children learn a lot growing up in the rain forest.  

6. Gifts of the Rain Forest

Think all of the foods and useful materials that come from the rain forest. What foods have you eaten today that came from the rain forest? What items have you used today that were made from materials that came from the rain forest?  
What is the main idea of Chapter Six?  
Pay attention to the diagram on the following page titled, "A Rain Forest in Your Kitchen" and think about how it contributes to your understanding of the information you learned in the chapter. Which of the things described in the diagram do you have in your kitchen?  

7. Saving the Rain Forests

Explain why rain forests are in danger.  
Think about the highlighted passage. What are you going to do to help save the rain forest?  

Doing More Research

Quiz 3