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Fritz, a pony excluded from the group of beautiful horses within the walled city, becomes a hero when he rescues the children of the city.
This story has lessons for all of us. It causes us to ponder: What is a hero? What is beauty? Why do we make excuses? Discuss these big ideas with your student as you work your way through our Fritz and the Beautiful Horses unit study and lapbook.
Thanks to Wende for writing the lessons for this Fritz and the Beautiful Horses unit study.
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Unit Study Lessons
This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett.
Here are some sample lessons from the Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Unit Study:
Social Studies: Law Making
The citizens in the story passed a law that only allowed the most beautiful horses into the city. Do you think this was a good law? Talk about what makes a good law. Have child make up a set of laws for home. Are they good laws? Are they able to be followed by all family members? Have a family vote to see if the laws should be passed.
Human Relationships: Teasing
The townspeople are mean to Fritz; they laugh at him and say he looks silly. Discuss with your student when it is (and is not) appropriate to laugh at someone. Discuss teasing and why your student should not take part in it. You may also want to discuss how one should handle teasing.
Science: Horse Gaits
This book mentions different words describing how horses move: stride, buck, prance, gallop, etc. There are four terms to describe the basic ways a horse can move (gaits):
1. walk- just a regular old walk
2. trot- a jog
3. canter- to run slow
4. gallop- to run fast
After you have discussed the terms, you can play an easy “game” with your student(s). Call out one of the words (walk, trot, canter, or gallop) and let your student walk/run around the room like a horse. Continue with different words. Let your student take a turn calling out the words, too.
You can grab a copy of the entire Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.
Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Lapbook Printables
In addition to the lessons for Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, the following mini-books are provided for your student’s lapbook:
- My Royal Decrees Matchbook
- Where in the World Is Europe? Map
- What Is Beauty? Simple Fold
- Excuses! Simple Fold
- Horse Anatomy Diagram
- Horse Gaits T-book
- Horse Vocabulary Flap Book
- Horse Diet Fan
- Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Vocabulary Mini-book
- Adjectives to Describe Fritz
- Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Story Sequencing Cards & Pocket
- Horse Coloring Page
How to Get Started with Your Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Unit Study & Lapbook
Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Fritz and the Beautiful Horses Unit Study:
- Buy a copy of the book, Fritz and the Beautiful Horses, or borrow one from your local library.
- Print the Fritz and the Beautiful Horses 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 about heroes and horses.
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