Fabulous Fridays: How to Train Your Dragon Program

How to Train Your Dragon Program

Fabulous Fridays: How to Train Your Dragon

The Program
After receiving frequent requests for How to Train Your Dragon materials, Pamela and I decided it was high time we had a program! If you have never listened to this amazing series, YOU NEED TO! In my very first post on this blog, I shared some reasons why this and other fantastic audiobooks are worth a listen! For the program, I asked my amazing former history teacher to come and present evidence on why dragons may have been real. As always, she did a phenomenal job and kept the kids engaged for a full 30-45 minutes. At the end, this was my reaction:

Excited Brad Stevens - Conclusion: Dragons ARE Real!

But some of the kids were still incredulous...

In addition, we had a plethora of printouts and other passive activities for the tweens to enjoy. In a perfect programming world, every book would have a website with as many wonderful activities as Cressida Cowell has provided on www.howtotrainyourdragonbooks.com. I had to do next to nothing for this portion of the program. The only activity I added myself was a blank book made out of plain white and construction paper for the tweens to create their own version of "A Hero's Guide to Deadly Dragons."


Video of the author teaching Dragonese

Quiz about the author and the books:

Create Your Own Viking Shield:

Page 31

Family Tree

Inspired by the activity on page 23, printables on pages 29-30:

Translate your name into Viking runes

Pages 32-33

Viking History Quiz

Pages 25-26:

Differences between the book and movie:

Story Maps, Draw Your Own Map, and Write Your Own Story:

How to Speak Dragonese

Dragon Coloring Sheets, Dragon Trading Cards, and Create Your Own Dragon:

Pinterest board I put together of various ideas and printables:

There are various printables such as word searches and mazes from the movie here:


Create your own “Hero’s Guide to Deadly Dragons”
Create books by folding a piece of construction paper in half. Then fold a 2-3 pieces of printer paper in half and place them between the two halves of the construction paper. Staple.


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