Dolphins and Sharks: Dolphins at Daybreak

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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 #9: Dolphins at Daybreak, they had lots of questions. Did dolphins ever live on land? How do dolphins communicate? How do sharks hunt for food? Which sharks are the most dangerous? 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.
Curriculet Details
9 Questions
9 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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1. Oceans

Before you begin reading, think about all of the things that you already know about dolphins and sharks. Have you seen dolphins and sharks in real life?  
What does the word "marine" mean?  
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? 

2. Dolphins

What evidence leads scientists to believe that millions of years ago dolphins had hands and legs and lived on the land? 
When you read an informational text, it is important to determine the main idea of the sections or chapters. The following video will explain how to find the main idea.  (This annotation contains a video)
Which of the following is not a difference between dolphins and porpoises?  
Have you ever seen a live dolphin show or dolphins leaping out of the ocean? The following video will show spinner dolphins performing their amazing acrobatics.  (This annotation contains a video)

3. Dolphin Life

Which is the main idea of the Baby Dolphins section of Chapter Three?  
When you read an informational text, pay attention to the way each section and chapter is structured. The graphic organizer in the image below will help you identify the different types of non-fiction text structure.  (This annotation contains an image)
Read the highlighted passage. How is the information structured?  
Quiz 1 

4. Sharks

Study the diagram of the shark. When you read an informational text, it's important to pay attention to diagrams, charts, graphs, etc. because they help you understand the information in the text. For example, think about all of the information you have learned from the diagram of a shark's body parts.  
Which of the following is not a way in which sharks and dolphins are different?  

5. Sharks as Predators

Summarizing the information in a non-fiction book is an important skill. The following video will explain how to write a summary.  (This annotation contains a video)
Quiz 2 
Study the diagram on the following page. According to the diagram, _________ have been found in the stomachs of sharks.  

6. Shark Attack!

Do you like to swim in the ocean? Pay attention to the list of ways to stay safe in the ocean.  
Which of the following information should not be included in a summary about the different types of dangerous sharks?  

7. Saving Dolphins and Sharks

A midget submarine (also called a mini submarine) is any submarine under 150 tons typically operated by a crew of one or two, with little or no on-board living space. The image below shows what a min-sub looks like. Do you think it would be fun to ride in a mini-sub?  (This annotation contains an image)
What do conservationists do?   

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Quiz 3