The Magic Tree House books and their Fact Trackers are a great way for children to learn about a variety of subjects. First, children have an engaging story that they will remember. Then, the Fact Trackers allow you to dig in deeper and learn real facts about the subject matter.
We have organized them to learn history from Ancient Times through the 1900s as well as to learn about animals. This current list is organized around weather and other natural disasters, which many kids LOVE to learn about! Grab one of the books, print the FREE weather notebooking pages at the end of the post and you will have a fun, memorable lesson ready to go!
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Note: The books labeled ‘MTH’ are from the original series and are perfect for 1st and 2nd grade or as read alouds for younger children. The books labeled ‘MM’ are a little longer and meant more for 2nd and 3rd grade.
Fact Tracker: Twisters and Other Terrible Storms: This book teaches about weather in general: wind, clouds, rain, and storms and predicting the weather. Then it covers specific weather including tornadoes, hurricanes, and blizzards.
Twister on Tuesday (MTH 23): Annie and Jack travel to a one room school house on the prairie in the late 1800s just in time to save the class from a tornado. Check out our Tornadoes FREE Unit Study that is a companion to this book!
Hurricane Heroes in Texas (MTH 30): Jack and Annie arrive in Galveston in and experience the Great Storm of 1900.
Carnival at Candlelight (MM 5): Annie and Jack travel to Venice in the 1700s and have to save the city from a flood.
Winter of the Ice Wizard (MM 4): While this book does not really teach about winter weather it does provide a wintry backdrop to the story and can be used to round out a unit on weather. Jack and Annie have to travel to a kingdom of ice and snow to save Merlin the magician and Morgan le Fay.
Fact Tracker: Tsunamis and Other Natural Disasters: This book teaches children about earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanoes, landslides and avalanches. Learn about what causes them, where they occur, how to stay safe during them, and historic natural disasters.
Earthquake in the Early Morning (MTH 24): Jack and Annie travel back to San Francisco to 1906 and experience the famous earthquake that destroyed much of the city.
High Tide In Hawaii (MTH 28): Jack and Annie learn about tidal waves and tsunamis on a trip back in time to Hawaii.
Vacation Under the Volcano (MTH 13): Jack and Annie travel to Pompeii right before Mount Vesuvius erupts.
Dogs in the Dead of Night (MM 18): Annie and Jack travel to the Swiss Alps where they learn about St. Bernard dogs and avalanches!
Download FREE Notebooking Pages
These pages encourage your children to take notes about the what, where, when, how and why of natural disasters. Pages are also included for sequencing the events in a natural disaster and for comparing two different types of natural disasters.
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