You’re in for a treat today because I have some great Ferdinand the Bull lesson plans for both the book and the movie!
BUT, before we get started I have an admission:
OK, I’m just going to say it . . .
(Don’t judge. . .)
(Pause for reaction . . .)
I don’t know why, but we never read the book to the older girls.
So, I bought it for the youngest and we both really loved it.
Now, after reading the Ferdinand the Bull book by Munro Leaf, we’re super excited to see the Ferdinand the Bull movie and then do some Ferdinand the Bull lesson plans and activities!
Ferdinand the Bull Summary and Story Meaning
The story of Ferdinand is about a bull (if you couldn’t guess).
And, if you don’t know, Ferdinand is a big bull.
(I’m not sure what breed of bull is Ferdinand except . . BIG. That’s my extent of bull knowledge.)
(Anyway . . .)
Although Ferdinand looks fierce and intimidating, he is really just a big, kind, calm bull.
He doesn’t want to fight.
Instead, Ferdinand the Bull just wants to sit under a cork tree, hang out, and smell the flowers.
One day, some bullfighters come to pick a bull and, after a confusing situation, they end up picking Ferdinand.
However, Ferdinand the Bull’s aversion to violence makes him (thankfully) one of the worst fighting bulls in bullfighting history.
(You’ll have to read the book to find out how it ends.)
What is the meaning of Ferdinand the Bull?
The morale of Ferdinand is to be authentic and true to yourself, but there are many other lessons and learning opportunities that you can pair up with both the Ferdinand book and movie!
Ferdinand the Bull Movie Trailer
Ferdinand the Bull Disney Cartoon
There was also a Ferdinand Disney movie from 1938 that you can watch on YouTube for free!
(It’s less than 10 minutes.)
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The Story of Ferdinand | 29 Printables, Activities, Crafts, and Lessons for Ferdinand the Bull (Book and Movie)
We’ve put together a list of Ferdinand worksheets, lesson plans, printables, crafts AND MORE.
Check them out:
Print Spanish word flashcards of words used in book/movie
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Do a lesson plan on character (to incorporate the morale of the Ferdinand book/movie)
Learn about The Art of Ferdinand (affiliate)
Put on a Ferdinand Puppet Show
Watch a video on how cork is harvested (so interesting!)
Learn about the music of Ferdinand (affiliate)
Complete a Ferdinand comprehension worksheet