The Magic Tree House whisks Jack and Annie back to Colonial America. They arrive just as General george Washington is planning the crossing of the Delaware. Before they know it, Jack and Annie are in a boat with the Father of Our Country as history is made! --Inside cover of Book
Theme Locations to Meet:
An American History Museum
A park overlooking a river or pond
A historic Battlefield
A room set up to look like tree house, with "window" scenes of stormy snow and rivers.
Bread or biscuits with Apple Butter
Rock Candy or Old Fashioned stick candy
Pumpkin bread , Click Here for a Simple Recipe
1. Self Expression: What did you like most about the story? What did you like least about the story?
2. Memory: How do Jack and Annie travel to different places and times in the Magic Tree House? (Answer: They point to a picture in a book and wish to go there)
3. Memory: Why are Jack and Annie sneaking off to the treehouse on a Wednesday morning? (Answer: They are on a Quest to save Camelot from the witch Morgan)
4. Memory: Jack and Annie already found “Something to follow” in an earlier story. What are they looking for today? (Answer: Something to Send)
5. Memory: What changed when they went into the book? (Answer: Their clothes and backpack)
6. Fact Check: What were the British called in the Revolutionary War? Why were they called that? (Answer: Redcoats, because they wore red uniforms)
7. Trick Question: What color were the patriots uniforms? (They did not have uniforms. They were wearing regular clothes, coats and rags).
8. Reasoning and debate: George Washington read an essay from Thomas Paine. In it, it said “The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.” What do you think this means? Do you agree or disagree with the quote? Give one reason or example to back your decision.
9. Memory: What was Jack and Annie's “Something to send”? (Answer: A letter from the Captain to his family in Frog Creek).
10. Reasoning and Memory: Why are Jack and Annie mistaken for spies? (They know about the secret mission, Annie knew the Hessians would not expect the attack, and earlier in the story Jack was caught writing notes.)
11. Fact Checker: What were “Tories”? (Colonists that did not want to break away from England. They joined the patriots cause after Thomas Paine wrote “Common Sense”)
12. Self Expression: Jack and Annie followed George Washington on his boat across the Delaware because Annie wanted to spend more time with him. If you met someone famous right before they went someplace dangerous, would you follow them? Why or why not?
13. Self Expression/ Creative Thinking: If you could go into any one book to find 'something to send', which book would it be and what would you bring back? What important person in the book would you meet?
14. Debate: In the story Annie and Jack managed to keep George Washington from abandoning his mission by reminding him of his own advise. If someone managed to go back in time, do you think they would have the power to change history? Or do you think history is already set in stone?