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Mrs Frisby and the Rats of Nimh Unit Study PDF


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Hi friends, I have a new middle-school level literature units for you! Today’s release is the new literature unit for Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh, a classic story written by Robert C. O’Brien. The literature unit comes with chapter by chapter comprehension questions as well as a teacher answer key for each chapter too.

NOTE: Personal Use Download. This is a digital download item. This item is for personal use only. You may use it for your own children as needed. If you are using the curriculum in a multiple-family co-op group or a school class, you will need to purchase the Classroom version of the curriculum.

Story Summary:
Mrs. Frisby is a widowed mouse doing her best to take care of her four children. When her youngest son, Timothy, is struck with a sudden illness Mrs. Frisby is faced with a terrible problem. In desperation she seeks out the help from some nearby animals all while trying to steer clear of the farmer’s cat! Racing to beat the clock, she takes on a dangerous adventure where she shows her own bravery and perseverance. She also makes some unlikely friends with a group of intelligent rats, an owl, and a crow who come up with a brilliant and creative solution to her dilemma.

This unit study is meant to be used along side of the original version Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh.

This book is recommended for ages 8-12.

Note: I have had several questions on using my units with different versions of the books. The link above will send you to the exact version used to create this unit study. My chapters and questions correlate directly with the original version of this book. If you use a different version the questions may not correlate directly. But with a little finagling I think you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.


Supplies Needed:
There is a supply list in the teacher’s manual for each of my literature units. This unit was written to accompany the original Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of Nimh by Robert C. O’Brien so you will need to get a copy of this book online or from the local library.

Since this unit is for older kids, it’s written using notebooking pages instead of lapbooking pages like my elementary level literature units. So the only thing you really need is either a 1” 3-ring binder to hold the pages, or a folder with prong fasteners in the middle to hold your pages. If you plan to do several literature units, you may want to get a larger 3-ring binder and separate the units with divider tabs.

What’s included in the Unit Study?
Since this book is for older children, I created notebooking pages to go with it. The download includes everything you need to complete the notebooking pages with the exception of the book itself.

As you read through the book, each chapter has a notebooking worksheet with comprehension questions for your student to complete. Once completed your student can add that page to their notebook.

If you have younger readers participating in the study, you may wish to read the story to them and then do the questions verbally.


The download includes a teacher’s manual with the daily reading assignments, along with the comprehension questions and answers for each chapter. This makes it much easier for you to help your students even if you haven’t read the book yourself!

This particular book has 27 Chapters plus an Epilogue with accompanying notebooking pages and reading comprehension questions.

There is also a vocabulary worksheet full of terms to learn throughout the story. It also includes a fun mapping diagram where students can draw Mr. Fitzgibbon’s farm based on Mrs. Frisby’s description throughout her travels.

What age is this unit recommended for?
I recommend this unit for readers ages 8-12. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the notebooking worksheet for each chapter. There are writing assignments for each chapter as your students answer comprehension questions from the reading. So you’ll just want to make sure they’re comfortable writing.

Or you can read it together as a group if you have younger readers, then have them complete the notebooking assignments when you’re done with each chapter.

How long does the literature unit take?
That really depends on your child’s reading speed, how many chapters there are in the book, and how fast your child reads through the chapters as well. I typically assign one chapter per day.

Since one varies in length, you can easily modify these units to fit your schedule. So for example, you can assign one chapter per day plus the associated notebooking assignments, or you can have them do 2-3 per week. It’s totally up to you, your schedule, and your student.

For older students:
This unit includes several reports that your students can complete. If you have older readers, have them do these reports to make the unit a bit more challenging. If you have younger readers, you might prefer to ask the questions verbally so they aren’t having to write a report, or skip them all together. It’s totally up to you!

The reports include:
  • Prediction Sheet
  • Book Report
  • Blank Notebooking page
  • Book vs. Movie Report
  • Storyboard timeline

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