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#M25, Shadow of the Shark

Book 25 of the Merlin Mission

Subjects

Language Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts

Concept; Vocabulary; Cause & Effect; Writing: Text types and purposes; Presentation skills; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and collaboration; Compare/contrast; Note taking skills; Text features; Making inferences; Questioning; Context clues; Captions; Persuasive writing; Genre focus: Travel Guide

Social Studies

Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Communication technology: texting; notes; Tourism; Mayan civilization past and present; Cultural ceremonies; Yohl Ik'nal; Women's leaders

Math

Core Curriculum Standards for Math

Mayan calendar; Conversion ratios

Science

Core Curriculum Standards for Science

Animal habitats; Coral Reefs; Earth features: peninsula; ocean; cave; Materials that float; Winds; waves; and currents

Geography

Core Curriculum Standards for Geography

Cozumel Mexico; Yucatán Peninsula; The Ocean Beach

Nature and Conservation

Core Curriculum Standards for Nature and Conservation

Corral Reefs

Animals and Wildlife

Core Curriculum Standards for Animals and Wildlife

Jaguars; Sharks; Coral; Whale Sharks

Character Building Lessons

Core Curriculum Standards for Character Building Lessons

A great leader is just and fair.; A great leader has courage and wisdom.; A great leader can be male or female.

Visual Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Visual Arts

Mayan masks; headresses; and attire

Music

Core Curriculum Standards for Music

Read Read; Read Song

Theatre Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Theatre Arts

Passport to Adventure; Respectful audience behavior

When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #53: Shadow of the Shark, they had lots of questions. How many teeth do sharks have? What is their favorite food? What are some other top predators? How do they keep life in balance? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about sharks and other predators.

Book Summary

It’s a dream vacation for Jack and Annie—or is it? When Teddy, a young sorcerer, offers to send Jack and Annie on a dream vacation, they can’t wait to go. The brother-and-sister pair wish for a trip to a beach paradise, and the magic tree house whisks them off to the coast of Mexico. Everything starts out perfectly as they raft around a coral reef. But then a hungry shark attacks! And their dream vacation turns into a nightmare!

Book Cluster: Book 25 of the Merlin Mission

Fact Tracker Summary

When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #53: Shadow of the Shark, they had lots of questions. How many teeth do sharks have? What is their favorite food? What are some other top predators? How do they keep life in balance? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about sharks and other predators.

Subjects addressed in these books:

Language Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts

Concept; Vocabulary; Cause & Effect; Writing: Text types and purposes; Presentation skills; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and collaboration; Compare/contrast; Note taking skills; Text features; Making inferences; Questioning; Context clues; Captions; Persuasive writing; Genre focus: Travel Guide

Social Studies

Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Communication technology: texting; notes; Tourism; Mayan civilization past and present; Cultural ceremonies; Yohl Ik'nal; Women's leaders

Math

Core Curriculum Standards for Math

Mayan calendar; Conversion ratios

Science

Core Curriculum Standards for Science

Animal habitats; Coral Reefs; Earth features: peninsula; ocean; cave; Materials that float; Winds; waves; and currents

Geography

Core Curriculum Standards for Geography

Cozumel Mexico; Yucatán Peninsula; The Ocean Beach

Nature and Conservation

Core Curriculum Standards for Nature and Conservation

Corral Reefs

Animals and Wildlife

Core Curriculum Standards for Animals and Wildlife

Jaguars; Sharks; Coral; Whale Sharks

Character Building Lessons

Core Curriculum Standards for Character Building Lessons

A great leader is just and fair.; A great leader has courage and wisdom.; A great leader can be male or female.

Visual Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Visual Arts

Mayan masks; headresses; and attire

Music

Core Curriculum Standards for Music

Read Read; Read Song

Theatre Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Theatre Arts

Passport to Adventure; Respectful audience behavior

#M26, Balto of the Blue Dawn

Book 26 of the Merlin Mission

Subjects

Language Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts

Concept; Vocabulary; Cause & Effect; Writing: Text types and purposes; Presentation skills; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and collaboration; Note taking skills; Genre focus: Biographies

Social Studies

Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Alaska 1925

Science

Core Curriculum Standards for Science

Diphtheria Epidemic

Geography

Core Curriculum Standards for Geography

Alaska

Nature and Conservation

Core Curriculum Standards for Nature and Conservation

Winter

Animals and Wildlife

Core Curriculum Standards for Animals and Wildlife

Sled Dogs; Dogs (Siberian Huskies)

Character Building Lessons

Core Curriculum Standards for Character Building Lessons

One should help others for the sake of doing good rather than to gain fame or reward.

Music

Core Curriculum Standards for Music

Read Read; Read Song

Theatre Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Theatre Arts

Passport to Adventure; Respectful audience behavior

Track the facts about the famous sled dog race and other incredible feats—with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #54, they had lots of questions. How do sled dogs race for so long? When was the first Iditarod? What are some other extreme sports? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about the Iditarod, open water swimming, the Ironman triathlon, free climbing, the X Games, and other ways people test their limits.

Book Summary

Pack your snowshoes! The magic tree house is taking Jack and Annie to Alaska in this NEW adventure in the New York Times bestselling Magic Tree House series! The magic tree house has returned and it’s taking Jack and Annie back in time to Alaska, 1925. There they meet Balto, a jet-black Siberian husky destined to save victims of the diphtheria epidemic. But the trail isn’t easy, and Balto is going to need Jack and Annie’s help!

Book Cluster: Book 26 of the Merlin Mission

Fact Tracker Summary

Track the facts about the famous sled dog race and other incredible feats—with Jack and Annie! When Jack and Annie came back from their adventure in Magic Tree House #54, they had lots of questions. How do sled dogs race for so long? When was the first Iditarod? What are some other extreme sports? Find out the answers to these questions and more as Jack and Annie track the facts about the Iditarod, open water swimming, the Ironman triathlon, free climbing, the X Games, and other ways people test their limits.

Subjects addressed in these books:

Language Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts

Concept; Vocabulary; Cause & Effect; Writing: Text types and purposes; Presentation skills; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and collaboration; Note taking skills; Genre focus: Biographies

Social Studies

Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

Alaska 1925

Science

Core Curriculum Standards for Science

Diphtheria Epidemic

Geography

Core Curriculum Standards for Geography

Alaska

Nature and Conservation

Core Curriculum Standards for Nature and Conservation

Winter

Animals and Wildlife

Core Curriculum Standards for Animals and Wildlife

Sled Dogs; Dogs (Siberian Huskies)

Character Building Lessons

Core Curriculum Standards for Character Building Lessons

One should help others for the sake of doing good rather than to gain fame or reward.

Music

Core Curriculum Standards for Music

Read Read; Read Song

Theatre Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Theatre Arts

Passport to Adventure; Respectful audience behavior

#M27, Night of the Ninth Dragon

Book 27 of the Merlin Mission

Subjects

Language Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts

Concept; Vocabulary; Cause & Effect; Writing: Text types and purposes; Presentation skills; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and collaboration; Note taking skills; Genre focus: Biographies

Social Studies

Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

5th century British Isles

Geography

Core Curriculum Standards for Geography

Britain; Wales

Mythology and Legends

Core Curriculum Standards for Mythology and Legends

Invasions of British Isles in 5th century; stories of King Arthur and the Isle of Avalon; Welsh dragons; Geography of Wales

Character Building Lessons

Core Curriculum Standards for Character Building Lessons

When things look their worst pick yourself up brush yourself off and keep going.

Visual Arts
Music

Core Curriculum Standards for Music

Read Read; Read Song

Theatre Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Theatre Arts

Passport to Adventure; Respectful audience behavior

Book Summary

Book Cluster: Book 27 of the Merlin Mission

Fact Tracker Summary

Subjects addressed in these books:

Language Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Language Arts

Concept; Vocabulary; Cause & Effect; Writing: Text types and purposes; Presentation skills; Speaking & Listening: Comprehension and collaboration; Note taking skills; Genre focus: Biographies

Social Studies

Core Curriculum Standards for Social Studies

5th century British Isles

Geography

Core Curriculum Standards for Geography

Britain; Wales

Mythology and Legends

Core Curriculum Standards for Mythology and Legends

Invasions of British Isles in 5th century; stories of King Arthur and the Isle of Avalon; Welsh dragons; Geography of Wales

Character Building Lessons

Core Curriculum Standards for Character Building Lessons

When things look their worst pick yourself up brush yourself off and keep going.

Visual Arts
Music

Core Curriculum Standards for Music

Read Read; Read Song

Theatre Arts

Core Curriculum Standards for Theatre Arts

Passport to Adventure; Respectful audience behavior

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