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.

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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

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!

 

CharacterTraitsHeaderThornton 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

► What is a Red Fox?
Helping kids manage fear
Attentiveness craft (animal ear hats)
Fox Classroom Decor
Being a good friend
Fox Lapbook
Letter F Fox Art (Kindergarten)
Fox Activity Pack
10 Fox Crafts for Kids
Animal Mini Reports
Group Game: Fox and Rabbit
Animal Finger Puppets
Woodland Creature Masks
Helping kids cope with moving
Printable Fox Craft
Fox Study Guide
Animals! Math and Literacy Activities
Fox activities, printables, videos

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Old Mother West Wind

Homeschool and Classroom Activity and Lesson Ideas for Old Mother West Wind 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: 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.

 

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 We want you to fall in love with these adorable animals and their captivating stories.

That’s why we are offering our reading comprehension questions and vocabulary list for Old Mother West Wind for free.

And, in case you don’t already own this book, we have also made the entire text available for free.  This version also includes the discussion questions and vocabulary.

 

 CharacterTraitsHeaderThornton 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.

Below we’ve compiled a short list of some of the character traits found in Old Mother West Wind.  For a more in depth look, click on the traits for additional activities and book suggestions associated with that trait. (Words will become clickable once we have dedicated pages to each trait, so please be patient as we continue building our site!)

Vanity – Chapter 2: Frogs cared so much for their tails’ beauty that Mother Nature took them away
Neighborliness – Chapter 4: Peter Rabbit helps Mrs. Grouse when her eggs were empty and broken
Determination – Chapter 7: Jimmy Skunk doesn’t give up looking for beetles
Thoughtfulness – Chapter 11: Jerry Muskrat finds a way to include all his friends at his party
Contentment – Chapter 13: Several creatures go in search of “the Best Thing in the World”
Resourcefulness – Chapter 16: Spotty the Turtle figures how to win a race

ActivitiesResources

Animal crafts for kids
25 animal books for kids
Forest animal memory game printable
Learning About Habitats
Make your own speckled eggs
Lily Pad Game
► Pond coloring page to add your own animals or stickers
► Create a clover sensory tub. Look for clovers in the yard.
Groundhog/Woodchuck activity worksheet
How to prepare a child on how to get help if they get lost
Video to help discuss vanity/flattery (Aesop’s fable The Fox and the Crow)
► Make your own animal footprint game
Magic School House Nature Bundle
Animal track art project (see Teaching Resources below for plastic animal figures)
► Make sensory tub with plastic animals and sand
► Use play dough for making animal footprints.
Learn about beetles
Kid Activities: Insects and Bugs
Build a Habitat Diorama Project
Water activities for kids
Indoor water play ideas
Fun things to do with friends
Mama’s & Babies Science Matching Game
Elementary Zoology Package

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