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Billy was a little boy who loved horses more than anything else in the world. Imagine how happy he was when he got his very own pony for his birthday! From that day on, Billy was seldom seen without his new friend, Blaze.

Riding through fields and woods, Billy and Blaze learned to trust and understand one another—and to jump over fences and fallen trees with ease. They were a great team, but were they good enough to win the gleaming silver cup at the Mason Horse Show?

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This classic tale will delight horse loving kids. This is the first in a series of stories about Billy and Blaze. Read the story and use our free Billy and Blaze unit study to enhance your readings of the story.

Thanks to Heidi Jasper for writing the lessons for this Billy and Blaze unit study.

Billy and Blaze Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Billy and Blaze by C. W. Anderson.

Here are some sample lessons from the Billy and Blaze Unit Study.

Language Arts: Classic Story
A classic is a book that has survived the test of time.  You may want to explain this to your student by making (or using what you already have) a time line.  Let your student place your date of birth, his date of birth, and the “birth” of this book on the line.   The visual representation will help him understand what a classic is.  Mention other classics you have read/rowed; you may even want to place them on the time line as well. 

History: Time Period
Use clues to determine the time period of the story

  • clothing
  • hairstyles
  • camera
  • furniture
  • use of a plow horse

Was it 100 years ago? 50 years ago? Find a book on that time period in the library to learn more about life 50 years ago.

Ponies and Horses
A pony is not a baby horse. It is entirely fully grown. Ponies are equine breeds that are less than 14.2 hands high (57 inches).

Pony Care
1. Ponies need a field with plenty of short juicy grass to eat (or plenty of hay in a stable)
2. Ponies are tough, but they need some sort of accessible shelter (shade from the sun and bad weather); they also need shelter on cold winter nights
3. Ponies need a trough of fresh, clean water every day
4. A pony needs company; it’s best to keep it with a donkey or another pony
5. If a pony is kept in a stable, the stable needs cleaned twice daily. The pony will need taken out of the stable each day for at least two hours of exercise.

You can grab a copy of the entire Billy and Blaze Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

Billy and Blaze Lapbook Printables

In addition to the unit study lessons, this Billy and Blaze unit study also includes the following mini-books and printables for your lapbook or notebook:

  • Vocabulary Cards
  • Mounting a Horse Folder and Sequence Cards
  • Philippians 3:13-14 Matchbook
  • Kentucky Shapes
  • Pet Name Graph
  • Horse Breeds Flag Book
  • Facial Markings Hot Dog Book
  • Pony Care Notebook Page

How to Get Started with Your Billy and Blaze Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Billy and Blaze Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Billy and Blaze, or borrow one from your local library.
  2. Print the Billy and Blaze unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
  5. Enjoy a week of literature-based learning.

Get Your Free Billy and Blaze Unit Study & Lapbook

Simply click on the image below to access your free Billy and Blaze Unit Study and Lapbook.

Billy and Blaze Unit Study & Lapbook

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