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  1. Magic Tree House Book Night of the Ninjas and Magic Tree House Fact Tracker: Ninjas and Samurai- A Nonfiction Companion to Night of the Ninjas (I try to get books from the library whenever possible, but they don’t always have everything)
  2. Backpack Journals for Book 5 (Click on the book and download the Backpack Study-Books 5-8) Print 1 Story Mapping with Annie page, and 1 Jack’s Facts page).  You can fill in facts you want to write down on Jack’s Facts page as you come across them in the reading.
  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: Ninja Star Throwing Game (Day 9)- square origami paper (need 2 per star), printable target; Toilet Paper Roll Ninja (Day 14)- empty toilet paper cardboard roll, paint, straws and a black marker

[If using both Magic Tree House and Story of the World curricula, there may be overlapping activities. See SOTW2 Ch.9 for more activities about Ancient Japan]

Day 1

  • Read prologue and chapters 1-2 of Night of the Ninjas
  • After each chapter, use the story map to summarize the main event in the chapter
  • On story map, draw the setting of where they said they wanted to go (picture in book Jack and Annie were looking at) and the Mission Key

Day 2

  • Read chapters 3-4
  • Story map after each chapter
  • For the cover of the ninjas section of the notebook, we used the ninja on the cover of this Ninjas Mini Puzzle Unit (more activities come from this unit on other days) or you could do a ninja coloring page for a cover

Day 3

Day 4

  • Read chapters 7-8
  • Story map after each chapter
  • Try some simple Sudoku puzzles from In All You Do (Ninjas Mini Puzzle Unit)
  • Illustrate It!- Draw your own ninja (MTH Games & Puzzles pg. 22); Alternative: You could draw your own ninja on the next blank page in your notebook

Day 5

Day 6

Day 7

  • Read chapter 2: The Life of a Samurai (Fact Tracker: Ninjas and Samurai)
  • Complete Samurai mini-book
  • Follow nature- match each animal to the skill a ninja might use (MTH Games & Puzzles pg. 23)

Day 8

  • Read chapter 3: Weapons (Fact Tracker: Ninjas and Samurai)
  • Learn some ninja terminology. Practice the words and add to notebook (Ninjas Mini Puzzle Unit)
  • Complete word search (Ninjas Mini Puzzle Unit)– some words are a bit tough for younger kids to find and may need some help

Day 9

Day 10

Day 11

  • Read chapter 6: The Art of Being Sneaky (Fact Tracker: Ninjas and Samurai)
  • Practice ‘using, being, following nature.’ Go outside (if possible), find a quiet spot to listen and try to blend in. Focus on what you see, hear, and smell. When you come back in, write in your notebook what you observed with your senses.
  • Race to the Treehouse (MTH Games & Puzzles pg. 25); Alternative: Ninja maze

Day 12

Day 13

Day 14


(Updated 11/27/18)

For more ninja activities and ideas:
Living Loving Learning As We GoMagic Tree House #5 Night of the Ninjas/JapanFollow On

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