Gift of Time
Achieving multiple common core standards with each fiction and non-fiction book in the series.
Mary Pope Osborne's Classroom Adventures Program is designed to use kids' love of Magic Tree House adventures and their identification with Jack and Annie to spark interest in learning across the curriculum and accomplish classroom requirements in creative, meaningful and long-lasting ways.
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Welcome to Mary Pope Osborne's Classroom Adventures Program and Gift of Books!
New to the Site: Fact Tracker page with lesson plans for the non-fiction companion books!
Also check out the new lesson plan for MTH Book #38: Monday With a Mad Genius and new lesson plans for Fact Trackers High Time for Heroes and Soccer. More lesson plans for fiction and non-fiction MTH books coming soon!
Curriculum Key and Reading Levels Guide will be updated in April of 2015.
There are so many valuable lesson plan resources on your website that is hard to choose just one! We have been working diligently to transition to the Common Core standards and capitalize on their students’ love of reading. Utilizing your lesson plans is a great springboard for our various grade levels to decide what works best for their individual students in terms of furthering their love of reading, comprehension, and thinking skills.
-Ms. J., S. A. Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
CROSS-CURRICULUM: Not only will the MTH books be used in ELA to build fluency and comprehension, but also will they be used to connect to topics in our science and social studies lessons. In a math lesson, a graph could be used to show the amount of students who have completed reading of a particular Fact Tracker.
-Ms. P., Ladson Elementary School, Ladson, SC
SCIENCE AND SOCIAL STUDIES CONNECTION: The Magic Tree House books that I selected tie into the Science and Social Studies curriculum that I teach and I am always looking for ways to connect reading and content. I am very interested in using the lesson plans provided on this site in my classroom. Thank you for this gift!
-Elementary School Teacher, Bessemer City, NC
PRAISE FOR NON-FICTION: We would be thrilled to use the Fact Trackers in our classrooms in conjunction with the matching Magic Tree House books to actively engage our students in all kinds of genres of reading... Your [MTH] books lend themselves nicely to cross-curricular connections in science, social-studies, history lessons, as well as springboards for great classroom discussions about author's purpose, historical fiction, and various other literary components of reading and writing. There are so many valuable lesson plan resources on your website that is hard to choose just one! The teachers at [our school] have been working diligently to transition to the Common Core standards and capitalize on their students’ love of reading. Utilizing your lesson plans is a great springboard for our various grade levels to decide what works best for their individual students in terms of furthering their love of reading, comprehension, and thinking skills.
-Ms. J., Delevan Drive Elementary School, Los Angeles, CA
'ROUND THE WORLD THEME: The 3rd grade students will be participating in a Read Around The World with Magic Tree House program. He/she will be using printable passports to read at least 3 titles from each of the seven continents. Upon completion of 3 books from a continent,and collecting the passport stamp, student will receive a "Ticket" for that continent. At the culmination, students will use these "tickets" to visit booths at a world's fair! To kick off the program, each teacher will read Night Of The New Magicians and discuss what a world's fair is. In addition each of the 8 classes will choose 3 books to make a movie trailer for using photo booth and green screen, so students will be whisked away to setting described in the book without giving away the ending. Each student will be keeping a travel journal to record what he/she learns on this virtual trip. Our program will be linked to social studies and science standards and tied into a reading unit project where each student will research and report on a historical time period. Students love Magic Tree House books, and we as educators are hoping to get them hooked on a series that they can keep reading!
-Ms. Kelli, Woodland Elementary School, Zephyrhills, FL