Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #12: Sabertooths and the Ice Age: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth

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Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #7: Sunset of the Sabertooth, they had lots of questions. What was it like to live in the Ice Age? How did early humans stay warm enough to survive? Who made the first cave paintings? What happened to saber-toothed cats and woolly mammoths? 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
15 Questions
18 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 media analysis and print connections. Over the course of the book, students will answer Common Core questions and quizzes related to the subjects of structure, author's reasoning, and vocabulary. This free online unit will increase student engagement while building reading comprehension.

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1. The Ice Age

How does the information in the annotation relate to the highlighted text? 
Use the information in this image to answer the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the information in this poster before answering the question below. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the poster (annotation above), what information is included on the poster that is NOT mentioned in the book? 

2. Early People of the Ice Age

Because we have found tools, we know they were skillful toolmakers.Which word below is a synonym for skillful? 
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? 
Fire is the main idea of this section. This song review main idea. Why do you think fire is one of the most important discoveries?  (This annotation contains a video)
Based on the details in the text, fire allows people to all of the following EXCEPT __________________. 
Quiz 1 

3. Life in the Ice Age

In what ways were the Cro-Magnon like modern day humans? To answer this question you have to compare and contrast. Watch this video to review how to use these strategies.  (This annotation contains a video)
Then they heated water by dropping hot stones into pots.Why did the Cro-Magnon people heat water this way? 
Why do you suppose the women and children did the gathering instead of hunting? 

4. Cave Art

Don't forget to read the title of each chapter. The title lets you know what the chapter will be about. What do you expect to learn in Chapter 4? 
Ice Age people most likely created art because they wanted to ___________________. 
What do you suppose the boys saw in the cave? 
Read the highlighted sentence. What can the reader conclude from this sentence? 
They also found tools and hearths for fire.Which context clue BEST helps the reader understand the meaning of hearths? 
Why do you think Ice Age people created art? 

5. Saber-Toothed Cats in the Pits

According to the information in the timeline, what did William Denton receive from the Hancock family? 
Use the link below to access the timeline of the La Brea Tar Pits & Museum. Use the arrows to advance through the images in the timeline.  (This annotation contains a link)
Below is an image of the saber-toothed cat. (This annotation contains an image)
Based on the details in the highlighted text, what can the reader conclude from this information? 
Why is the work of archaeologists important? 
In this image, archaeologists discover a dinosaur tail in Mexico.  (This annotation contains an image)
Quiz 2 

6. Mammoths in the Ice

Sometimes you have to use context clues to determine the meaning of a word. This video explains how to use this reading skill.  (This annotation contains a video)
The weather there was frigid.Which word(s) below could accurately replace frigid without changing the context of the sentence? 
What is the most likely reason that female mammoths had to stick together? 
Why might the female mammoths have been the bosses of the herd? 
How did woolly rhinos differ from woolly mammoths? 
Why is it good that the giant ground sloth did not eat people? 
What is a vegetarian? 
Based on the details in the text and the picture on the previous page, which modern day animal may be a relative of the glyptodont? 
How are modern day camels similar to camels of the Ice Age? 

7. After the Ice Age

Based on the details in the highlighted text, how did peoples' lives change as a result of the climate change and the end of the Ice Age? 
Quiz 3