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This literature based unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Flossie and the Fox by Patricia McKissak.
A wily fox, notorious for stealing eggs, meets his match when he encounters a bold little girl in the woods who insists upon proof that he is a fox before she will be frightened.
Thanks to Christa Stepien for writing the lessons for this Flossie and the Fox unit study.
Flossie and the Fox Unit Study Lessons
Here are some sample lessons from the Flossie and the Fox Unit Study.
This story takes place in Tennessee. Have your student find it on a map.
Tennessee became a state on June 1, 1796. It was the 16th state. The capital of city is Nashville, and the largest city is Memphis. The major industries in Tennessee are: mining (coal), farming (tobacco, soybeans, cotton), tourism, music, and electrical power.
If desired, research these topics and learn more about Tennessee: moon pies, Davy Crockett, Ruby Falls, Elvis Presley, the Volunteer State, Great Smokey Mountains, and country music.
Social Studies: Responsibility
Big Mama gave Flossie the eggs to take to the McCutchin place. Flossie’s grandmother needed to get those eggs somewhere and she could not take them herself. That is a lot of responsibility for a little girl! This was a big job for a little girl, but Big Mama knew that Flossie could do it, and Flossie took her job seriously. If Flossie did not take her responsibility seriously, would she have been able to be clever and outwit the fox? If she did not take her responsibility seriously, she probably would have left the eggs to the fox, or ran back home. Instead, she was able to take the eggs where they needed to go. Does your child have any responsibilities? Have they ever shown that they are capable of doing something difficult to help someone out? It is an honor when someone gives you responsibility; it means that they have confidence that you can do whatever you are asking them.
Language Arts: Storytelling
Read the author’s note at the beginning of the book with your student. The author says that she heard this story from her Grandfather when he used to tell them stories. Stories have been passed down by oral tradition for most of human history. These stories were told for entertainment, but also to pass down lessons from generation to generation. Does your student know the lesson that this book teaches?
Language Arts: Compare and Contrast
This story is a variation of Little Red Riding Hood. If your student is not familiar with this story, read it together. Have your student compare and contrast the stories. Which does your student like better? What is the lesson that Little Red Riding Hood teaches? (Not to talk to strangers.) Flossie and the Fox teaches a different lesson about being smart enough to get out of a bad situation when one arises. How does Little Red Riding Hood (the character) make your student feel? How does Flossie make your child feel?
You can grab a copy of the entire Flossie and the Fox Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.
Flossie and the Fox Lapbook Printables
This literature based unit study also includes these printables for your student’s lapbook:
- Pride Matchbook
- United States of America Map
- Memories with Grandma and Grandpa Bound Book
- Moral of the Story Mini-book
- Examples of Dialect Mini-book
- Comparing Flossie and the Fox with Little Red Riding Hood Activity Page
- Animal Riddles Flap Book
- Wolf vs. Fox Venn Diagram
How to Get Started with Your Flossie and the Fox Unit Study & Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Flossie and the Fox Unit Study:
- Buy a copy of the book, Flossie and the Fox, or borrow one from your local library.
- Print the Flossie and the Fox unit study.
- Choose the lessons you want to use with your student (a highlighter works great for this).
- Choose and prepare the lapbook printables you want to use with your student.
- Enjoy a week of learning through literature.
This lapbook sample was made with one file folder.
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