Curriculum, Homeschooling

Magic Tree House Curriculum: Vacation Under the Volcano (Book 13)

Supplies:

  1. Magic Tree House Book Vacation Under the Volcano and the MTH Fact Tracker: Ancient Rome and Pompeii [I try to get books from the library whenever possible, but they don’t always have everything.
  2. Choose Vacation Under the Volcano and then click on the book; Download the Cross-curriculum unit. We will be using the Reading Guide pages for comprehension for this book instead of a story map.
  3. Optional: Magic Tree House Games and Puzzles from the Treehouse book [This gets used a lot, but I will try to find alternatives online when possible. I make copies of the pages for easy gluing into the notebook]
  4. The spiral or composition notebook started with book 1
  5. Free account at Magic Tree House
  6. The usual: paper, printer, ink, pencils, crayons or colored pencils
  7. Other supplies will depend on what additional projects you choose to do

[If using both Magic Tree House and Story of the World curricula, there may be overlapping activities. SOTW focuses more on history, this unit will be more science-focused. We did this book after finishing all the Ancient Rome chapters of SOTW and used it as part of science, making it a unit on volcanoes. See SOTW Ch.39 for more history-related activities about Pompeii.]

Day 1

  • Before starting reading, fill in the K and W sections of a KWL Chart about volcanoes (What do you already know and what do you want to know or wonder?)
  • Download the Volcanoes workbook; print page 1 or 9 for the Volcano cover page and add to notebook  (Print at 80% if using composition book and don’t print all of it, we only use some of the pages); or print a volcano coloring page (at 80%) for the the cover of the section
  • Read chapter 1-2 of Vacation Under the Volcano
  • Answer chapter questions from cross-curriculum unit (page 16)
  • Watch Crash Course Kids- Landforms, Hey!**

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

We have this Children’s Map of the World on our wall

Day 6

  • Read chapter 1-2 Fact Tracker: Ancient Rome/The Eternal City
  • Watch Finding Stuff Out: Volcanoes** (22 min.)
  • Read What is a Volcano? lesson and quick check questions (Print all pages; the other lessons will be used on different days)
  • Complete A Volcano Story page (from Volcanoes workbook– pg.11)
  • Optional: For more history about the Rise of Rome and Roman architecture see SOTW Ch.27-28

Day 7

  • Read chapter 3-4 Fact Tracker: The Roman Military/Uniting the Empire
  • Read/listen to Get My Drift (Stop when the background changes from green to brown)
  • Watch Plate Tectonics for Kids**
  • Add Plates lapbook piece to notebook (from Homeschool Share)
  • Optional: For more history about the Roman army in Rome see SOTW Ch.29

Day 8

Day 9

Day 10

 

Day 11

Day 12

  • Volcano Profile (from workbook; pages 28-29, 34 & 36; print at 80% for composition notebook)
  • Work on your volcano project

Day 13

  • Fill in the L section of the KWL chart; what are your favorite or most interesting things you learned about volcanoes?
  • Match up the Eruptions from History and add to notebook
  • Finish your volcano project and present what you’ve learned to family

Extras:

  • Check out books from the library! (On days we finish quick, I usually add reading one of the library books on the topic. I try to have them set out, easy to get to as well. Cap’n C will just randomly pick one up and start reading when he’s interested in the topic.)
  • Volcano coloring pages
  • Play Mission Games with Jack and Annie!

(We are still working our way through this unit, so I may add more pictures when we complete activities.)

(Last Updated 5/4/17)



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