Recommended Reading: Deep in the Woods

Grades K-2
Written by: Christopher Corr
Published by: Francis Lincoln Children’s Books
ISBN-13: 978-1847807274

 

Recommended Reading

Spend time in the woods and meet many new animal friends! This modern retelling of the traditional Russian folktale “Teremok” is a joy for adults and children alike. In Russian, the word teremok means “little hideaway.” In this story, a little wooden house – or teremok – is the main setting, as it sits alone and empty, deep in the woods.

One day, the little wooden house is found by a mouse. The mouse decides to move in and make the teremok into a proper home. But the mouse is not alone for long. He is soon visited by a frog and a rabbit who also think the little wooden house looks like the perfect place to live. The mouse kindly invites them both to live in the wooden house altogether.

Unique neon illustrations showcase forest biodiversity with playful colors and organic shapes. Use this book and the traditional tale of “Teremok” to:

Colorful illustration of a traditional Russian house made of wood

 

Practice Shapes and Colors

Deep in the Wood’s bold and bright illustrations showcase circles, triangles, rectangles, squares, diamonds, and more. Pick a specific page spread and play I-Spy for shapes and colors. Or use the whole book and see how many you can find of each!

 

Decipher a Moral

Folk tales are treasured, in part, because they are known to have deeper meaning. Challenge children to find a moral for Deep in the Woods. What lesson can be derived from this story? Keep in mind there can be more than one answer! 

chalkboard with lessons learned written in chalk

 

Compare and Contrast

Deep in the Woods can be compared to another traditional story, “The Mitten”, a treasured Ukrainian folktale. Read the two stories and help children use a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the details of each.

 

two teachers standing in front of a venn diagram, two circles overlapping with space in the center, one side labeled "deep in the woods", the right side labeled "the mitten"


Get Artistic

Drawing encourages creativity, coordination, and fine motor development in young children. Encourage fun and process-oriented drawing practice by showing students the steps that can be combined to create a secret woodland scene to host their very own teremok.

 

watercolor illustration of a teremok

 

Consider using this story with the following PLT activities to deepen your child’s understanding of woodland habitats:

Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood

#2 Sounds Around
#4 We All Need Trees
#10 Trees as Habitats

PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide

#7 Habitat Pen Pals
#8 The Forest of S.T. Shrew
#22 Trees as Habitats
#23 The Fallen Log
#49 Tropical Treehouse

 

 

 

 

Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Director of Curriculum for Project Learning Tree. Jackie oversees the next generation of PLT’s PreK-12 environmental education materials, as well as other instructional materials and resources. She also directs strategic alliances that advance curriculum implementation with other environmental education and sustainability resource providers.

Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Director of Curriculum for Project Learning Tree. Jackie oversees the next generation of PLT’s PreK-12 environmental education materials, as well as other instructional materials and resources. She also directs strategic alliances that advance curriculum implementation with other environmental education and sustainability resource providers.
Jackie Stallard

Jackie Stallard

Jackie is Director of Curriculum for Project Learning Tree. Jackie oversees the next generation of PLT’s PreK-12 environmental education materials, as well as other instructional materials and resources. She also directs strategic alliances that advance curriculum implementation with other environmental education and sustainability resource providers.

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