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Thanks to Helena Gosline for writing the lessons for this Beatrix Potter unit study.
Beatrix Potter Unit Study Lessons
This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the life and works of Beatrix Potter. You may want to purchase A Beatrix Potter Treasury in order to have a variety of her tales to read.
Here are some sample lessons from the Beatrix Potter Unit Study:
Beatrix Potter did not begin writing her stories to publish them. Her stories were first letters. She would write stories for the Moore children when they were sick or for their birthdays. Annie Moore, the mother of Noel, was Beatrix’s last governess. Annie had taught her German. The letter that Beatrix wrote Noel while he was sick would later become The Tale of Peter Rabbit. In 1901 when Miss Potter first tried to get The Tale of Peter Rabbit published she was turned down so she published it herself. Later, in 1902 Frederick Warne & Company, Inc. did publish it. The Tale of Peter Rabbit was the first of Beatrix Potter’s stories to be published.
Who Was Beatrix Potter?
Read a biography of Potter and explain what a biography is. A biography is a true book written about someone’s life. What is an autobiography? An autobiography is a story written by the author about himself. The story may relate facts about the person himself, or it may relate an event in the person’s past or present. Which type of biography do you think is more accurate: one written by someone else, or one written by the person themselves?
In addition to lessons about Beatrix Potter’s life, this unit study includes lessons based on her books and animal characters. You will find lessons on making a comic strip, gardening, farms, rabbits, pigs, and more!
You can grab a copy of the entire Beatrix Potter Unit Study and Notebook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.
Beatrix Potter Notebook Printables
You can choose to use the unit study lessons alone or you can enhance those lessons with the notebook printables.
Alternatively, you could skip the unit study lessons and simply use the notebook printables to record story summaries and learn about the animals.
The story summary pages include three options: primary lines, HWOT style lines, and regular ruled lines.
These notebook pages are provided for you:
- Beatrix Potter Notebook Page
- All About Rabbits Notebook Page
- All About Mice Notebook Page
- All About Cats Notebook Page
- All About Frogs Notebook Page
- All About Ducks Notebook Page
- All About Pigs Notebook Page
- All About Foxes Notebook Page
- All About Hedgehogs Notebook Page
- All About Badgers Notebook Page
- All About Squirrels Notebook Page
- Story Starters (use as a creative writing activity)
- The Tale of Peter Rabbit Summary Page
- The Tale of Benjamin Bunny Summary Page
- The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies Summary Page
- The Tailor of Gloucester Summary Page
- The Tale of Two Bad Mice Summary Page
- The Tale of Mrs. Tittlemouse Summary Page
- The Tale of Tom Kitten Summary Page
- The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck Summary Page
- The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher Summary Page
- The Tale of Pigling Bland Summary Page
- The Tale of Little Pig Robinson Summary Page
- The Tale of Mr. Tod Summary Page
- Blank Summary Page to use with any Beatrix Potter story
How to Get Started with Your Beatrix Potter Unit Study & Notebook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Beatrix Potter Unit Study:
- Buy a copy of the book, A Beatrix Potter Treasury, or borrow one from your local library.
- Print the Beatrix Potter unit study.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the notebook pages you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy reading the animal tales of Beatrix Potter!
Get Your Free Beatrix Potter Unit Study & Notebook
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The Tale of Peter Rabbit Unit Study and Lapbook
Don’t miss this related resource, The Tale of Peter Rabbit unit study and lapbook.
More Animal Studies
If your student wants to learn more about the animals found in Beatrix Potter’s tales, try one of our related animal lapbook studies.