Little House On The Prairie: Week By Week Geography And History Lessons

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Here are our Lesson Plans For Geography and History

These lessons were made to go along with ‘The Little House On The Prairie‘ written by Laura Ingalls Wilder. We are planning to go through the whole series and I am keeping track of the different topics we are learning about here on my blog. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have!

On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.

We will also be using this Native Americans Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter simply push the ‘ctrl’ and the ‘F’ button down together and a small bar will pop up. Type in the week number or chapter number you want and it will take you to it.


We also like to use this song during our ‘Morning Time’ to help the kids learn the 50 States. 


Week 1: Chapters 1, 2 & 3

We plan to use parts of this FREE UNIT STUDY AND LAPBOOK as we learn about the Plains Indians.

1. State Study

  • Print out this map HERE or this one HERE. You can color in the states as you learn them and track Laura’s journeys.
  • This week we will study Missouri.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Learn about the Great Plains and the Indian Territory

  • Watch the videos below to learn more about Indian Territory and how it changed through the years.

  • Compare your map to the ones shown in the beginning of the video. How are they the same? Different?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE.

3.Research the Mississippi River.

  • Discuss what you learned.

They talk about taking the ferry across the river. Watch this video to see an example:

  • What would be the scariest thing about crossing a river? Why?
  • What would be the most fun? Why?

4. Research the Louisiana Purchase.

Everyone can watch this quick video. Older kids can do a little more research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

5. Research Native American Indian Tribes. You will have a report due at the end of the book.

  • Start reading a book about Native American Indians.
  • Click HERE for a link about the Indians of the Great Plains.
  • We will be studying about Indians throughout this book.
  • Take plenty of notes!

  • Discuss what you have learned and start taking notes.
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE about the tribes.
  • Explore the Native Americans Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning

We will be using the following books with our studies:

Extra:


Week 2: Chapters 4, 5 & 6

1. State Study

  • This week we will study New Jersey.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Learn about the Prairie

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • How do you think life will be different on the prairie?

3. Research the Pony Express

  • Watch this video:

Or this one:

  • Discuss what you have learned.

4. Research Pioneer Cabins

  • Watch these videos about pioneer cabins:

Here is one close to our home here:

5. Research Native American Indian Tribes

  • Learn about Teepees HERE.
  • Read more about this HERE and then watch this video:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Is this something you would be interested in? Write about why or why not you would be interested.

Here is a video about setting up a teepee:


Week 3: Chapters 7, 8 & 9

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Rhode Island.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Research the Osage Indians

  • Watch this video:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Write down 5 interesting facts.

Here is a video about some of the most famous Native Americans:

3. Continue to research Native American Indian Tribes

  • Do some independent research.
  • Here is an interesting video to watch also:

  • Take notes about what you learned.

Extra:


Week 4: Chapters 10, 11 & 12

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Georgia.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Research Native American Indian Tribes

  • Check out the links below for information about Plains Indians clothing. Older kids can do more independent research.
  • Watch this video:

Check out this link HERE for information about Indian names.

  • What do you think your Indian name should be?

3. Watch this scene from Little House on the Prairie:

Extra:


Week 5: Chapters 13, 14 & 15

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Kansas.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Continue to Research Native American Indian Tribes

  • Click HERE to learn more about Indian Family life.

What did the Indians eat?

  • You can read about Indian diets HERE and then watch the video below.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE on foods that the Indians may have eaten.

3. Research Cowboys

  • Watch this video about a cattle drive.

Extra:


Week 6: Chapters 16, 17 & 18

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Oregon.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Continue to Research Native American Indian Tribes

  • Learn about tools that the Indians used.

  • Learn about Buffalo hunts and how the Indians used the buffalo.

 

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Click HERE to learn about more crafts and tools.
  • Check out this link HERE for a picture showing how each part of the buffalo was used.
  • Complete this Lapbook part HERE.

3. Learn about the Minnesota Massacre

  • Discuss what you learned.

Extra:


Week 7: Chapters 19, 20 & 21

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Nebraska.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Continue to Research Native American Indian Tribes

  • Do some independent research.
  • Be sure to take notes for your report.
  • Watch this video about some interesting facts:

3. Take a tour of a Prairie homestead


Week 8: Chapters 22, 23 & 24

1. State Study

  • This week we will study North Carolina.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Continue to Research Native Indian Tribes

  • Learn about ways that the Native Indians communicated.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE on pictogaphs.
  • Learn about war dances.

  • Go outside and give it a try after you watch this video:

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • How would this have made you feel if you had heard it in the middle of the night?
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE.
  • Explore the Native Americans Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning

3. Read about settler children who were adbucted by Native Americans.

  • Watch this video about children who were kidnapped.

  • Why do you think this happened?
  • Why do you think that some of the children didn’t want to go home?

Extra:


Week 9: Chapters 25 & 26

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Alabama.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

 

2. Research about the Osage Diminished Reserve.

  • Click HERE to learn about the differences between the Great Plains then and now.

  • How did this affect the Indians?
  • How did this affect the settlers?
  • Do you think this may have had an impact on why Pa decided to move?

Extra:


Week 10: Finishing Up

1. State Study

  • Write a report about the state and include at least 3 interesting facts about the state.
  • This week we will study Utah.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Finish up your report and your Lapbook on Native American Indians.

3. Plan an Indian Party.

Fun things to do:

 

**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

 

 

 

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