Magic Tree House Fact Tracker #16: Polar Bears and the Arctic: A Nonfiction Companion to Magic Tree House #12: Polar Bears Past Bedtime

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Track the facts with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie got back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #16: Polar Bears Past Bedtime, they had lots of questions. Why is the Arctic so cold? What did the first people of the Artic eat? How do polar bears cross thin ice? What other animals live in the Arctic? 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
17 Questions
19 Annotations
3 Quizzes

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

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1. Polar Bears and the Arctic

Look at the map of the world's oceans. Use the information in this map to answer the question below.  (This annotation contains an image)
According to the map above, the Arctic Ocean is closest to  

2. The Arctic

At times you are asked to prove an answer with evidence from the text. This video explains how to do this.  (This annotation contains a video)
"Many animals live in the Low Arctic."Which sentence supports the reason that many animals are able to live in the Low Arctic? 
The equator is an imaginary line running around the widest part of the Earth, halfway between the North Pole and the South Pole.  (This annotation contains an image)
What is the author's purpose for including the information under Why the Arctic is Freezing? 
This image shows the northern lights, or aurora borealis. (This annotation contains an image)
This image shows the continent of Antarctic located at the South Pole. (This annotation contains an image)
Which sentence BEST supports the reason that no one lives in Antarctica? 
Quiz 1 

3. First People of the Arctic

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? 
"Carry several harpoons with you."Use the DEFINE feature to read the definition of harpoons. Based on the way harpoons is used in this sentence, which part of speech is it? 
Have you ever seen a kayak? Maybe you have floated in a creek or river in one. What was that experience like? Readers make connections as they are reading, even when you read non-fiction! This video reviews the different types of connections.  (This annotation contains a video)
How does a kayak differ from a umiak? 
Based on the details in the highlighted text, would you like to be an Eskimo child? Why or why not? 
Which of the following is NOT an old native way of life? 
Click on the link below and read the article about the Iditarod dog race. You will use this article to answer a question. (This annotation contains a link)
According to the article you read, mushers have been running the Iditarod race annually since  

4. Arctic Animals

Use the information in this image to answer the next question. (This annotation contains an image)
According to the image in the annotation, Arctic terns breed in  
Based on the details in the highlighted text and the image below, which season is this lemming experiencing in the Arctic? (This annotation contains an image)
"People have been amazed to see thousands rushing through meadows and woods at breakneck speed."Which word from the sentence BEST helps the reader understand the meaning of the phrase "breakneck speed"? 
Click on the link below to watch the video of the mysterious narwhal. (This annotation contains a video)
Which feature of the narwhal MOST LIKELY led to the myth of unicorns? 

5. Polar Bears

Which of the following is NOT TRUE of a polar bear? 
This image shows a polar bear and her cub. (This annotation contains an image)
Read the article in the link below and then answer the next question. (This annotation contains a link)
"When they are filmed with an infrared (IN-fruh-red) camera, the picture shows no heat escaping at all. It's all stored in the bears' bodies."Which sentence from the article relates to the highlighted sentences in the book? 
Did You Know? The polar bear's digestive system absorbs approximately 84% of the protein and 97% of the fat it consumes. Now that's an efficient system!  (This annotation contains an image)
Polar bears use their forty-two sharp teeth to  
Quiz 2 

6. Polar Bear Life

"But except for mothers and cubs, polar bears live alone most of their lives."Which word(s) from the sentence above means the SAME or ABOUT THE SAME as solitary? 
Polar bears tend to live solitary lives except when mating, when a female is raising her cubs forming a family group, or when many bears are attracted to a food source like a beached whale. (This annotation contains an image)
Subtitles are a feature of nonfiction text. Subtitles help to organize information in an article or book. What can you expect to learn under the subtitle "Just Playing"? 
Which statement BEST summarizes the main idea of the highlighted text? 

7. The Arctic Is Melting!

Click on the link below to watch the National Geographic video about polar bears. Be prepared to answer questions related to the information in the video. (This annotation contains a link)
According to the information in the video, why are polar bears not well-suited for life on land? 
After you complete Quiz 3, continue reading on the next several pages. The author provides additional resources for finding out more information about polar bears. 
Quiz 3