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For the fanciest girl around, the outdoors are out of this world. Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, set out to explore the fascinating world of wildflowers, trees, leaves, birds, and, of course, butterflies in their exclusively glamorous Explorers’ Club.

With recipes for pinecone bird feeders and extra-fancy lemonade, an official club bird, and an exclusive map of the territory, this popular book shows Fancy Nancy as one explorer extraordinaire!

Take a look at Nancy’s very own enlightening discoveries and find out just how fancy the outdoors can be!

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When Fancy Nancy goes outdoors, the learning possibilities are endless. So grab your nature journal and download our Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire unit study and go enjoy the great outdoors.

Thanks to Heidi Dombrowski for creating and contributing this Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire unit study to Homeschool Share.

Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire Unit Study

Here are some sample lessons from the Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire unit study:


Marvel together at the things God has created!

Genesis 1:11 Then God said, “Let the land produce vegetation: seed-bearing plants and trees on the land that bear fruit with seed in it, according to their various kinds.” And it was so.

Genesis 1:24-25 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

Psalm 104:24 How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures.

Proverbs 30:25 Ants are creatures of little strength, yet they store up their food in the summer;


Life Cycles of Insects
Most insects go through a change in shape called metamorphosis. We often refer to this change as an insect’s life cycle. In the book, Nancy, her sister, Bree and Freddy find ants, ladybugs, flies and butterflies on their exploration. Each of those insects goes through four stages metamorphosis. They all start out as eggs that hatch into a wormlike larva, then into a pupa and finally the adult insect.

Social Studies

Making Maps
Nancy has a detailed map of the territory (that’s a fancy word for places) they will be exploring. Take some time to look at the map of the area Nancy and Bree will be exploring. Nancy’s map has a lot of detail of the area around her house. Talk about the map. Can you see the yard and the houses? Explain the various places on the map. After talking about the map, make a map together of the area you will be exploring. This can be as elaborate or as simple as you would like. If you have a student that enjoys cutting, they can cut out shapes for the houses and trees or cut pictures out of magazines. Help your student label their map. You can place the finished map in your student’s nature journal if there is room.

You can grab a copy of the entire Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire unit study in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

How to Get Started with the Fancy Nancy Unit Study

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire unit study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire, or grab one from your local library.
  2. Print the Fancy Nancy Explorer Extraordinaire unit study.
  3. Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
  4. Enjoy a week of book-based learning with your student.

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More Nature Based Resources

Are you looking for other resources to support your nature studies or learning outside? Try these:

Forest Friends Printables
The Salamander Room Printables & Activities
Leaves Unit Study & Printables