Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Resource Set

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Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

Upon entering a tree house in the woods close to their home, siblings Jack and Annie discover that it is filled with books and magic! Before they realize what is happening, the pair are whisked off to prehistoric times where dinosaurs roamed freely. Jack and Annie must face their fears and work together to find a way to return to Frog Creek. The story’s simple cast of characters and interesting events makes it perfect for a Book Club focused on retelling and summarizing.

Teach with Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne

This resource set includes everything you need to deliver meaningful reading instruction

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 5 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Retelling and Summarizing
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.2.6 RF.2.3 RF.2.4 RL.2.1 RL.2.10 RL.2.2 RL.2.3 RL.2.5 RL.2.6 RL.2.7 SL.2.1b SL.2.1c SL.2.2 SL.2.3 SL2.6 W.2.8
  • Vocabulary: L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6
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    Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Resource Set

    Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes an instructional background for retelling and summarizing, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to host the Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Retelling and Summarizing

    As students begin reading longer texts like Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark, it is important for them to be able to remember important characters and events from the story. One way to do this is by retelling and summarizing the text.

    Meeting #2: Identify Major and Minor Characters

    Differentiating between major and minor characters will help students to know which characters and events are most important to the story. This Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Book Club meeting will teach students to attend to major characters and the events they are involved in while reading.

    Meeting #3: Identify Major and Minor Events

    Like major characters, major events are most important when retelling and summarizing Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. Through an interactive activity, students will gain experience identifying major and minor events from their reading.

    Meeting #4: Sequence Major Events and Describe Character Response to Events

    Key concepts to successfully retelling and summarizing a story are being able to sequence the major events and tell how the major characters responded to those events. This Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Book Club meeting encourages students to build these skills in a fun, interactive way.

    Meeting #5: Analyze the Effect of a Different Response to Final Event on the Outcome of the Story

    This final Book Club meeting for Mary Pope Osborne's Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark enables students to test their learning related to retelling and summarizing by looking at how a character's different response to a major event would effect the outcome of the story.

    Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with retelling and summarizing.

    Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Pope Osborne. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Vocabulary Connections

    Your students will enhance their enjoyment and understanding of Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark if they’re prepared for new vocabulary introduced in this text. This classroom-ready Vocabulary Builder has everything you need. Download the individual Vocabulary Builder or the Super Pack for fun, productive activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.2.4a L.2.5a L.2.6

    Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by the Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Book Club Resource Set.

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    Complete TEKS alignment for all of the mini lessons, resources, and activities in the Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark Resource Set.

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