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Learning Animals with Magic Tree House Books

Animals are such a fun subject to study for science at almost any age.  They are especially great in the early elementary school years because children are often really interested in animals at that age and animal science is easily explained to younger children.

The topic of animals is also easily linked to literature studies.  Below is a list of 14 Magic Tree House books that go well with a science study of animals and biomes.  Many of them have non-fiction Fact Trackers that accompany them, which teach lots of facts about animals.  They are arranged in historic order and then by continent.  If a specific biome is a large part of the story, it is noted.  At the end are a FREE set of notebooking pages you can download and use with these books or with other books about animals.


Note: You will see the letters MTH or MM after each of the Magic Tree House books. The MTH stands for the Magic Tree House line, which are considered ‘beginning’ chapter books.  They are great for 6-9 year olds.  The stories are shorter at about 60-70 pages.  The MM stands for the Magic Tree House Merlin Missions books, which are longer (100-140 pages) and more detailed.  They are great for 7-10 year olds.

Learning Animals with Magic Tree House PIN

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Prehistoric Animals

Dinosaurs Before Dark (MTH 1): This is the book that started it all!  Jack, Annie and the Magic Tree House are introduced in this book and they travel to prehistoric times to learn about dinosaurs.
Fact Tracker: Dinosaurs: Learn about a variety of dinosaurs and which ones were herbivores and carnivores. The book discusses how dinosaur fossils are studied and theories about what happened to the dinosaurs.

Sunset of the Sabertooth (MTH 7): Annie and Jack go back to the Ice Age and learn about woolly mammoths, saber-toothed tigers and cave people.
Fact Tracker: Sabertooths and the Ice Age: Details of the Ice Age are shared including a variety of animals that lived then.  Check out the Ice Age FREE Unit Study that can be used with these books!

Asian Animals and Biomes

Desert: Season of the Sandstorms (MM: 6): Jack and Annie travel back in time to a desert in the Middle East and learn about Bedouins and sandstorms.
Fact Tracker: none at this time.

A Crazy Day with Cobras (MM: 17): Annie and Jack travel back to the early 1600s in India.  They learn a lot about the history of the Mogul Empire, but they also learn about cobras and other animals in that area.
Fact Tracker: Snakes and Other Reptiles: This book dives deep into all sorts of reptile facts.

Mountains: Sunlight on the Snow Leopard (MTH 36): Hike through the Himalayan Mountains and learn about the animals that live there.
Fact Tracker: Snow Leopards and Other Wildcats: Learn about tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars and more!

A Perfect Time for Pandas (MM 20): Not only do Jack and Annie travel to China and learn about pandas, but they also experience an earthquake while they are there.
Fact Tracker: Pandas and Other Endangered Species: Learn many details about pandas as well as other animals that are endangered.  Jane Goodall and George Schaller’s work to help endangered species is also highlighted.

Forest: Tigers at Twilight (MTH 19): Jack and Annie return to India help save rare tigers being trapped by poachers.
Fact Tracker: Snow Leopards and Other Wildcats: Learn about tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars and more!

Animals and Biomes in the Americas

Rain Forest: Afternoon on the Amazon (MTH 6): Jack and Annie try to find their way out of a rain forest while learning about some of the animals that live there.  We have a FREE Rainforest Unit Study that can be used with this book!
Fact Tracker: Rain Forests: This book details the layers of a rain forest as well as the plants, animals, and people that live there.  The book ends with a note about the dangers rain forests are facing.

Mountains: Late Lunch with Llamas (MTH 34): Travel to South America to learn about llamas and climb up to Machu Picchu with Jack and Annie.
Fact Tracker: Llamas and the Andes: Learn about llamas and other animals that live in the Andes and the Inca civilization.

Pacific Islands:  Time of the Turtle King (MTH 38): This is the newest Magic Tree house book and you will travel to the Galapagos Islands off the western coast of South America.  There you will learn about giant turtles!
Fact Tracker: none at this time

The Ocean Biome and Animals

Ocean: Shadow of the Shark (MM 25): Annie and Jack meet a shark off the coast of Mexico.  We have a FREE Shark Attacks Unit Study you can use with this book!
Fact Tracker: Sharks and Other Predators: Learn about sharks and predators in the cat and dog family.  There is also a chapter about apex predators or those at the top of a food chain.

Ocean: Dark Day in the Deep Sea (MM 11):  Annie and Jack travel to a small island in the middle of the ocean and are rescued by the research vessel, the HMS Challenger.  The setting is the late 1800s and the researchers are looking for a sea monster!
Fact Tracker: Sea Monsters: Shares information about exploring oceans and the variety of animals that live there.  Includes chapters about the deep sea, the prehistoric ocean, and tales about sea monsters.

Ocean: Dolphins at Daybreak (MTH 9): Annie and Jack visit a coral reef, drive a mini-sub and meet an octopus, shark, and some dolphins!
Fact Tracker: Dolphins and Sharks: This book includes many facts about oceans in general as well as details about dolphins and sharks.

Arctic and Antarctic Biome and Animals

Tundra: Polar Bears at Bedtime (MTH 12): Jack and Annie visit the Arctic and learn all about polar bears.
Fact Tracker: Polar Bears and the Arctic: Contains plenty of facts about life in the Arctic, polar bears, and other animals that live there.


Tundra: Narwhals on a Sunny Night (MTH 33): Visit the Arctic again with Jack and Annie and learn about Narwhals, a sea mammal with a large tusk.
Fact Tracker: Narwhals and Other Whales: Learn more about Narwhals and a variety of whales that live in the Artic.

Tundra: Eve of the Emperor Penguin (MM 12): Annie and Jack visit Antarctica for the first time in a search for happiness and meet some emperor penguins.
Fact Tracker: Penguins and Antarctica: Learn about penguins and other animals that live on Antarctica as well as the explorers who have been there.

Tundra: Balto of the Blue Dawn (MM 26): Learn about the Siberian husky hero, Balto, and how he helped save children during a diphtheria epidemic.
Fact Tracker: Dogsledding and Extreme Sports: Learn more about sled dogs, the Iditarod race and other extreme sports.

African Biomes and Animals

Mountains: Good Morning, Gorilla (MTH 26): Jack and Annie travel to the mountains of Africa and meet a group of gorillas.  They are frightened and amazed!
Fact Tracker: none at this time

Plains: Lions at Lunchtime (MTH 11): Annie and Jack travel to the savannas of Africa and meet wildebeests and lions.
Fact Tracker: Snow Leopards and Other Wildcats: Learn about tigers, lions, leopards, jaguars and more!

Plains: Rhinos at Recess (MTH 37): Join Jack and Annie back in Africa where they learn all about rhinos and the dangers of poaching.

Fact Tracker: none at this time

Australian Biomes and Animals

Dingoes at Dinnertime (MTH 20): Jack and Annie arrive in Australia just in time to save a kangaroo and a koala from a wildfire.
Fact Tracker: none at this time


Other Biome and Animal Resources

Cover of Animal Sorting Mats
FREE Classification Mats
Cover of Biomes Bundle
Notebooking pages, sorting mats, and vocabulary cards for each biome.
Cover of Mega Set of Animal Sorting Mats
Sort animals by diet, sleep habits, and winter survival.

Cover for An Easy Way to Learn Earth's Biomes showing photos of the desert and a rainforest.

Download the FREE Animal Notebooking Pages

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Katie

    The download to the free animal notebook pages is not working.

    1. Randi Smith

      Hi Katie, I am sorry you are having trouble. Several people downloaded it yesterday and I just tested it myself and it worked. You do need to confirm your subscription in an email to receive it and it is possible that email ended up in a spam folder. Where are you running into problems?

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