Unit Plan

The Backpack Travel Journals

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Strap on those backpacks, it's time to travel through history with this literature unit based on the first four books of The Magic Tree House series. While reading through these fun stories, children create story maps, record interesting facts, and learn how to summarize text as they produce a collection of work that they can proudly display at the end of the unit.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas
  • Use this unit to introduce young readers to the historical fiction genre of literature
  • If possible, align this literature unit with related topics in social studies and/or science
  • Perform this unit with any cluster of Magic Tree House books
Classroom Considerations
  • This literature unit requires class sets of the first four books from the Magic Tree House series and their accompanying Fact Tracker texts
  • Pictures of student work are provided that demonstrate how each worksheet and activity is to be completed
  • Includes procedures for performing the book, studying as a whole class, or in smaller reading groups
  • Provides a clear set of directions for each reading comprehension activity
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