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The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton



Book Summary Novel Activities Vocabulary Words Writing Activities Discussion Topics Online Test




Book Summary


The Little House was built out in the country for a nice family to live in. Over the years, roads and buildings were built around it and, eventually, it became a city house. The Little House did not like being in the city. Eventually, the great-great granddaughter of the man who built the Little House decided to move it to a nice little spot back out in the country where it was happy again.


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Novel Activities


1. Build your own "Little House" out of popsicle sticks. Paint it a color of your choice.

2. A lot of communities have historical homes. If possible, find information on the Internet about historic homes in your neighborhood.

3. Every community has a story similar to the community in the story. As a class, make a timeline of changes and historical events that have occurred in your community over the years.

4. Visit with a grandparent and listen to stories they may have to tell about the changes they have seen in their communities over the years of their life.


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Vocabulary Words


curious blossom ripen harvest
surveyors tenement shabby cellar


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Writing Activities


Sensory/Descriptive: On one side of a piece of paper, write the word "Country". On the other side, write the word "City". Think about some of the differences between city life and country life. Think of some descriptive adjectives to describe each and write them in the appropriate category on the paper.


Imaginative/Narrative: Write a story about a change your own house has seen through the years. Write the story from the perspective of the house.


Analytical/Persuasive: Write about whether you would rather live in the city or the country and explain why. Be persuasive in your argument about which is better.


Practical/Informative: Make a list of questions to ask an elderly person about the changes they have seen in their community over their lifetime.


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Discussion/Journal Topics


Discuss how the Little House felt when she lived in the country versus when she lived in the city.

Ask the children to name some old things in the community such as buildings, roads, trees, etc. What changes do you think those objects have seen over the years?

Invite someone from an historical preservation society in the area to come in and talk to the children about why it is important to try and preserve older homes instead of tearing them down and building new ones.


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Online Test


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