Twisters and Other Terrible Storms: A Nonfiction Companion to Twister on Tuesday

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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 #23: Twister on Tueaday, they had lots of questions. How do tornadoes form? What kinds of tools can help predict bad storms? Where did the biggest snowfall on record happen? How fast are hurricane winds? 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
18 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

Designed for students in fourth grade, this free digital curriculum contains annotations explaining textual evidence, main idea and noting details. It also contains interactive videos that support comprehension, such as videos about multimedia analysis and textual connections . Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of author's claims, text structure, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. Weather

Make Connections: Have you ever experienced a terrible storm? How did you feel during the storm? 
Based on what you have read in the text, what connection can you make between storms and seasons? 
If you want to become a meteorologist, which school subject would LEAST benefit you? 
Look at the poster below of some weather tools. See if any of these are mentioned in the story.  (This annotation contains an image)

2. Wind

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 read the definition of wind. Which definition most closely fits the context of the story? 

3. Clouds

Don't forget to read the title of each chapter. The title tells you what the chapter will be about. What can you expect to learn in Chapter 3? 
Humidity is the amount of water vapor in the air. Which sentence below uses the word humidity correctly in context? 
Look at the poster below. Use information from this image to answer the following question.  (This annotation contains an image)
Use the image in the annotation above to answer the following question.Which cloud is NOT considered a low cloud? 
Quiz 1 

4. Rain and Storms

Click the link below the picture to watch this video about thunderstorms. Then answer the question below.  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the information in the video, lightning forms when  
Hailstones are large chunks of ice that fall from the sky. Some hailstones can be as large as golf balls and tennis balls. (This annotation contains an image)
Which happens FIRST in the formation of a hailstone? 
Why should you stay away from windows during a storm? 
Water carries electricity!Being in or near water during a thunderstorm increases your chances of  

5. Twisters!

Tornadoes are a result of  
Look at the infographic below. Use this information to answer the following question. (This annotation contains an image)
How is a tornado like a vacuum cleaner? 
Make Connections: What would you think if you saw frogs and fish falling from the sky? 
Why does the author include these tips in the book? 
Dust devils are sometimes referred to as land spouts. (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

6. Hurricanes

Watch this video and then answer the question below. (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the information in the video, what do scientists call the atmospheric disturbances in the jet stream that trigger hurricanes? 
Water from a hurricane can also cause terrible destruction.Which word is NOT a synonym (word with similar meaning) for destruction? 
Why is flooding dangerous? 
What is the relationship between the information in the Discovery News article and the information in the highlighted text? 
Read the short article in the link before answering the question below. (This annotation contains a link)
Look at the image below for a list of names for past and upcoming hurricanes. Is your name on the list? (This annotation contains an image)

7. Blizzards

Why do you think blizzards happen in the winter months? 
The information in the highlighted text is describing the formation of  
Use the information in this image to answer the following question. (This annotation contains an image)
Which color is used to indicate areas on the map that are expected to get 12-18" of snow? 

8. Storm Prediction

Watch the video to find out what tools a meteorologist uses and why the tools help them.  (This annotation contains a video)
According to the video, why does a meteorologist use a ruler? 
"These people call themselves "storm chasers."The phrase "storm chasers" suggests that people _______________________. Choose the BEST answer. 
Would you like to be a "storm chaser"? Why or why not? 
Quiz 3