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My Father's Dragon: A Unit Study

Updated: Mar 11, 2022

This unit study contains a list of resources and activities for you to use in your studies. Choose those that will best suit your students, time, and learning environment. My hope is that you will enjoy the process of learning and not feel constricted by the timeline or activities. I do recommend that you read at least one book aloud together from each unit as it is something you can experience and enjoy together. Make changes as they suit your needs and enjoy your time learning together!


  • Books

  • Games

  • Videos

  • Writing

  • Activities


My Father's Dragon Unit for Grades K-3


My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett available on SCRIBD

When Elmer Elevator tells a stray cat about his dream of being able to fly, he learns of a captive dragon on Wild Island. The dragon has been forced by the jungle residents to serve as their shuttle across a wide river — and anyone who rescues the dragon from its cruel captors might be entitled to a free ride. Elmer needs no further encouragement to stow away aboard a ship to the island, where he matches wits with hungry tigers, an irate gorilla, cranky crocodiles, and other moody creatures.

Reader's Choice

Let your kids choose their own second book to read with this unit. Encourage them to choose a non-fiction book. Some topics that compliment the fiction book well are:

  • animals

  • boats

  • islands


Animal Upon Animal

Crocodiles, frilled lizards, sheep, toucans and monkeys, hedgehogs and snakes... you'll never find such a motley mix of animals in any other game. Who is the most skillful at stacking and will be the first left without any animals?

Or try:

  • Jungle Party

  • Mastermind for Kids

  • Jungle Runners

Learn more about using games for learning here.



  • Write (or discuss) a book review summarizing the story and answering these questions: Who are the characters in the story? What is your favorite part of the book? Did you like the book? Why or Why not?


  • Make a 3-dimensional map of Wild Island with recycled materials, Legos, or on Minecraft.

  • Allow your child to choose a favorite animal from the book or the Galapagos Islands to do an animal report on. Help them with research and presentation if needed, but allow them to be creative in how they want to present what they have learned.

  • Find the Galapagos islands on a map. Discuss how to use a map if this is a new skill.


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