The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

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The Book: The Adventures of Johnny Chuck

The Adventures of Johnny Chuck written by Thornton W. Burgess was first published in 1913. In this story, Spring has arrived and after spending all winter hibernating, Johnny Chuck decides that he is dissatisfied with his home and sets out to find a new place to live. His search leads him to a run-in with another woodchuck on the Green Meadows, a snake, and a female chuck that gives him a new purpose for finding the perfect place to settle down.


Things to Talk About

  • What is a woodchuck?
  • What is a hyla (now called a Spring Peeper)?
  • How were the Green Meadow and Green Forest changing from winter to spring?
  • Have you ever heard a “laughing brook“?

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The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse Teaching Guide

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The Book: The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse

The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse was written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915.  Danny Meadow Mouse isn’t happy with how short his tail is, but soon realizes the benefits as he narrowly escapes encounters with Reddy and Granny Fox, Hooty the Owl, and Redtail the Hawk.  Peter Rabbit and Danny have a lot in common and find ways to lend each other a hand when they each have troubles of their own in the Green Meadows and Farmer Brown’s Orchard.

We are in the process of putting together an ebook which will include a question guide to help reading comprehension and prompt discussions.  Once the ebook is available for purchase, we highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

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A meadow mouse is also known as a field mouse or meadow vole.  Read more about this rodent here.

Paper plate mouse craft
Mouse coloring pages
► Make a mouse bookmark
► Read Mouse Count and follow up with this activity or sensory bin idea
Predator and prey animal game
M&M predator and prey game
Animal survival adaptation lesson and activities
Paper plate owl craft (for Hooty the Owl)
Handprint owl craft
Letter M mouse craft for preschool
Chocolate kiss mouse craft
Fox and mouse group game
Games to encourage attentiveness to others’ needs
Camouflage activities for kids

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The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits

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The Book: The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel

The Adventures of Chatterer the Red Squirrel was written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915.  Chatterer is a curious red squirrel who becomes careless and finds himself in a trap set by Farmer Brown’s Boy.  He finds that over time, nothing (not even food) can take the place of his freedom.  Trust and friendship evolve as Chatterer dreams of running free along the old stone wall again.

We are in the process of putting together an ebook which will include a question guide to help reading comprehension and prompt discussions.  Once the ebook is available for purchase, we highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

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Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

Visit our character traits page to learn more.

ActivitiesResources

Creative squirrel crafts
Squirrel coloring pages, crafts and printables
Squirrel sensory bin (based of off of the book Acorns Everywhere!)
Make squirrel sugar cookies
Free squirrel lapbook
Homemade squirrel feeders
Squirrel FAQ’s
Craft based off the book Scaredy Squirrel
Squirrel number matching game
► Make a squirrel puppet
Scripture lesson on “minding your own business” (Chapter 6)
Corn crafts and activities
Corn husk doll
Learning corn parts
Ways to prevent and help homesick kids
► Teach about freedom: Henry’s Freedom Box: A True Story from the Underground Railroad
Tips for teaching kids to be kind to animals
Teaching kids to care for animals

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The Adventures of Prickly Porky

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Prickly Porky by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits

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The Book: The Adventures of Prickly Porky

The Adventures of Prickly Porky was written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1916. In this story we are introduced to Prickly Porky who is new to the Green Forest. His arrival in the forest also brings a mystery, when Peter Cottontail is frightened by a headless, tailless, legless creature that comes rolling down the hill. We learn about friendship and standing by others as the animals try to discover who this new arrival really is.

We are in the process of putting together an ebook which will include a question guide and vocabulary list to help reading comprehension and prompt discussions.  Once the ebook is available for purchase, we highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

Visit us on Pinterest for more ideas and crafts!

CharacterTraitsHeader

Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

Visit our character traits page to learn more.

ActivitiesResourcesPopsicle stick porcupine craft
Coping with being the “new kid.”
What is the difference between being a bully and being mean?
Teaching children not to bully
Anti-bullying activities and lesson plans
Make a prickly porcupine
Quills and Thrills free porcupine activity worksheets
Porcupine song
Free folktale genre poster set
Teaching tall tales
Tall tales: Paul Bunyan
Hyperbole lesson plans
Porcupine word game puzzle
Nocturnal animal crafts
Powerpoint guidance lesson on how to deal with fear
Fear in a Hat group exercise

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The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Peter Cottontail by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Peter Cottontail

The Adventures of Peter Cottontail, written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1914, tells the stories about Peter Rabbit and his desire to change his name, as well as his many run-ins with Reddy Fox. His endless curiosity has him tracking down friends in an attempt to understand where they are going for the winter. Even though he is quite a trickster, we can’t help ourselves from loving him!

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Peter Cottontail ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

Visit us on Pinterest for more ideas and crafts!

 

CharacterTraitsHeader

Thornton W. Burgess not only filled his stories with scientific knowledge about animals, he also gave his characters attributes and situations that help us teach about moral character.  Each book contains a variety of traits that can be turned into discussions about proper behavior and attitudes.

Visit our character traits page to learn more.

ActivitiesResources

Rabbit facts for kids
Rabbit paper dolls
Popsicle stick bunny craft
Bunny mask
25 rabbit crafts
Diversity lesson and art ideas
Find out the meaning of a name
Rabbit hole game
Teaching with carrots
The Carrot Seed 60th Anniversary Edition book and lesson plan activities
Fingerprint carrot and bunny craft
► About the clover plant
Shamrock (clover) crafts
Peter Rabbit sensory bin (this is for Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit, but it still works here!  Just substitute a fox for the farmer.)
Hidden animal photos
Preparedness drills for kids
Games to teach survival skills for kids
Animals in winter printable
Hibernation cupcakes
Hibernation craft

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The Adventures of Reddy Fox

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Reddy Fox by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Reddy Fox

The Adventures of Reddy Fox, written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1913, takes us along with Reddy Fox as he learns valuable lessons from Granny Fox about escaping Bowser the Hound and what happens when you show off. Reddy finds himself in a few sticky situations that also include humorous interactions with other woodland creatures like Johnny Chuck, Peter Rabbit, and Unc’ Billy Possum.

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Reddy Fox ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

Visit us on Pinterest for more ideas and crafts!

 

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Things to Talk About

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Building Character

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Old Mother West Wind Unit Study

Free Old Mother West Wind Unit Study and Teaching Guide: Lists of Activities and Resources*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: Old Mother West Wind

Old Mother West Wind was first published in 1910.  This wonderful collection of stories written by Thornton W. Burgess has been a favorite over generations. Old Mother West Wind introduces many animal characters that later became books of their own. This is just the beginning of tales about Peter Cottontail, Reddy Fox, Jerry Muskrat, Johnny Chuck, and many more!  In this book, Burgess tells us why Grandfather Frog has no tail, why Jimmy Skunk’s family was given stripes, how Spotty the Turtle wins a race, and so many more endearing stories about woodland creatures.

Dover Children’s Thrift Classics have a wonderful version for sale on Amazon.com.  I love adding these little books to my library.

This book is also in the public domain and available for free download HERE.

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The Adventures of Grandfather Frog

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess / Moral Lessons for Kids / Children Stories with Morals / Character Traits*This post contains affiliate links.  We receive a small commission when you purchase items through our site.  This helps support the website and enables us to continue providing you quality information and product recommendations.  Please read our disclosure policy for more information.

The Book: The Adventures of Grandfather Frog

The Adventures of Grandfather Frog is a classic story written by Thornton W. Burgess in 1915. This story tells the tales of Grandfather Frog and his careless, greedy, stubborn nature.  He has plenty of troubles in his travels to the Great World and finds out that home is really the best place to be.  Enjoy his bantering with Old Mister Toad, Danny Meadow Mouse, Jerry Muskrat and many more woodland creatures.

We have created an annotated version of The Adventures of Grandfather Frog ebook, that is available for purchase.  Along with the original text, we included end-of-chapter question guides to help prompt discussion and gauge reading comprehension.

We highly recommend using the guide side by side with the website.  Below you will find some other resources available to help you teach the moral lessons from this story, as well as online activities and book suggestions.

Visit us on Pinterest for more ideas and crafts!

ActivitiesResources

Things to Talk About

  • Look up the characters in the book your child may not already be familiar with, like Billy Mink and Jerry Muskrat. Let the kids see pictures so they can use their imaginations while listening to the story.  Refer to our Character Page for more info.
  • Discuss where Grandfather Frog lives (or read this book about pond life)
  • Talk about the difference between tattling and concern (Chapter 3).
  • What is a pollywog?
  • In several chapters, we see that Grandfather Frog is continually making bad choices due to his stubbornness.  Talk about what being stubborn means and how it can lead to trouble.
  • What is the meaning of “Look before you leap”?

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