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.

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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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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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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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