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One fine morning Mr. Gumpy decides it’s a perfect day for an outing in his little boat. Apparently, plenty of others think so, too. First some children ask to join him, then a rabbit, a cat, a dog, a pig, a sheep. Soon, Mr. Gumpy’s boat is precariously full, and there’s nowhere for anyone else to go–but overboard! This mild mariner takes everything in stride, though, and his guests are soon bellying up to a nice tea.

Thanks to Helen Royston for writing the lessons for this Mr. Gumpy’s Outing unit study.

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Unit Study Lessons

This unit study includes lessons and printables based on the book Mr. Gumpy’s Outing by John Burningham.

Here are some sample lessons from the Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Unit Study.

England: Find England on a map or globe. Point out London, the capital city.

What does your student know about England? Does he know any of the famous places he’d find there? Spend some time researching various places in England including any of these: Big Ben, Tower Bridge, Stonehenge, Shambles (in York), Buckingham Palace, Statue of Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens, Blackpool Tower, Brighton Pier, Norfolk Broads, the Great Oak in Sherwood Forest, etc.

River Thames: Mr. Gumpy is in a boat called a punt. People go punting on the Thames. Find the Thames on a map.

The Thames is the longest river wholly in England being 215 miles (346 km) in length. (The River Severn is longer at 220miles (354km) but it passes through Wales as well.) The Thames passes through Oxford which is famous for punting. It also passes through London, the capital city. 

Rivers: Discuss rivers with your student. Discuss various river terms such as tributaries, source, meander and mouth.

Tributary- a stream flowing into a larger stream or a lake
Source- the beginning of a stream of water
Meander- a turn or winding steam of water
Mouth- the place where a stream enters a larger body of water (like an ocean)

Talk about the different stages of a river – a young river, mature river and an old river. Use clay or Play-doh to make a hill with a blue river containing the various features you’ve discussed.

Look at your local river. Would Mr. Gumpy be able to punt on it? What features does a river need to have so a person can punt there? It needs to be shallow with a gentle current.

You can grab a copy of the entire Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Unit Study and Lapbook in an easy-to-print file at the end of this post.

Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Lapbook Printables

In addition to the unit study lessons, the file also includes a Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Lapbook with these mini-books:

  • Sites to See in England Mini-book
  • Map of England Shutterfold
  • River Thames Matchbook
  • Kinds of Boats Hotdog Book (see assembly directions here)
  • River Terms Flap Book
  • A Pocketful of Questions Cards & Pocket
  • Matching Nouns and Verbs
  • What Is a Dozen? Simple Fold
  • How Many Legs? Flap Book
  • Mammals Fan Book
  • Mammals Flap Book
  • Animals for Popsicle Stick Puppets (retell the story, sequence the story, etc.)

How to Get Started with Your Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Unit Study & Lapbook

Follow these simple instructions to get started with the Mr. Gumpy’s Outing Unit Study:

  1. Buy a copy of the book, Mr. Gumpy’s Outing, or borrow one from your local library. Your student may also enjoy Mr. Gumpy’s Motorcar.
  2. Print the Mr. Gumpy’s Outing 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 learning along with Mr. Gumpy!

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