Hello! Today I’m releasing The Secret Garden Literature Unit and Lapbook! This is a great book for young readers as not only is it an all time classic, but it includes a lot of adventure and excitement!

Hope you enjoy!



Story Summary:

The Secret Garden follows the life of a  young orphan named Mary who comes to live with her uncle in his big house on the Yorkshire Moors. She’s lonely and a bit spoiled, but finds a friend in a robin who shows her the key to a secret garden long forgotten. With the help of some new friends, Mary transforms the garden into a place of beauty and finds her own happiness along the way.

This accompanying unit study is meant to be used with the Classic Starts version of The Secret Garden as retold from the Frances Hodgson Burnett original. The Classic Start versions are find them a little easier for younger readers, but you could certainly use this unit study with the original version if you have an older student. The lapbook chapters will correlate with the Classic Starts edition, but the concepts are the same, so you should be able to complete the units using any version you choose.

Watch my The Secret Garden Lapbook Video to see more information:


What ages are these units for?

I normally recommend my literature units for elementary level readers grades 1-5. You can assign them out individually to your student so they read on their own, then complete the mini-book assignment 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 mini-book assignments when you’re done with each chapter.


How long does the literature unit take?

That really depends on your child’s reading speed, and how many chapters there are in the book! And how fast your child reads through the chapters as well. Each one varies in length, and you can easily modify these units to fit your schedule. So for example, you can assign one chapter per day plus the associated mini-book assignments, or you can have them do 2-3/week. It’s totally up to you, your schedule, and your student.


What’s included in the Unit Study?

Each unit includes everything you need to complete the unit study and lapbook with the exception of the book itself and the file folders. 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! There is also one mini-book for each chapter in the book. Inside your student will answer a comprehension question that relates directly to the chapter they’ve just read. Some assignments include vocabulary words, mapping the voyage, and completing the mini-reports.


For older students:

This unit includes 5 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.


The reports include:

  • Story Facts (Setting, Main Plot, Main Characters)
  • Protagonist vs. Antagonist
  • Prediction Sheet
  • My Book Report
  • Book vs. Movie
  • Storyboard timeline

As you read through the book, each chapter has a mini-book with comprehension questions for your student to complete.



This unit has 24 mini-books plus a vocabulary mini-book full of terms to learn throughout the story.



Then on the backside of the lapbook, I added a pocket to the backside where you can store the reports and story timeline.



Get your copy today and start learning with classic literature! 



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  1. Thanks so much for the opportunity to win! I LOVE the idea of your lapbooks!! (and thank you for the YouTube tutorials on how to make them! My children are currently in PS but after this school year we are going to be homeschooling them and I cannot wait. Your site is lovely and full of wonderfully inspirational ideas!!

    Thanks so much!

    Meredith Winston

  2. So glad I found this post! We’re reading the Secret Garden together right now. My girls are younger 4 and 6, but they are following along and loving it. Speaking of, I think we need to get some snuggle time in the bed pretty soon to read!

  3. Thank You! At 9:00PM my almost 9 year old read the first chapter of The Secret Garden and declared she would like to do a lapbook along with this book starting tomorrow. Thank you for saving the day. This lapbook unit is just perfect.


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