On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 6 Lesson Plans


We start every morning off with our prayers and the Pledge of Allegiance. Below is a picture of the prayers that we say and a video of the Pledge of Allegiance.


Not the prettiest example but that’s what we’ve been using for the past few years.

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HEREand print it out to put up somewhere… you could even let the kids make a flag to proudly display. Amazon also has some little ones like this one HERE and HERE.

After this we have our calendar time also where we go over such things as the Days of the Week, the months, and some basic math.


This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

The younger kids will also be watching some of these videos while I work with the older ones:

We may also use some of the songs found HERE.

And we will be trying out some relaxing background music with Google.

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

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or topic 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.

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

Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock

Week 6: Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

(The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn, Going to Town, Surprise, Grasshoppers Walking, Wheels of Fire, and Marks on the Slate)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:

Language Arts


Read Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-Nine (The Darkest Hour Is Just Before Dawn):

  • How was the weather changing?
  • What disappeared as the weather got cooler?
  • What did Anna do with the paper dolls? Charlotte?
  • What did Laura find in a puddle? What did she do?
  • How did Pa let them know he was home?
  • What did the girls need? How did Pa handle it?

Chapter Thirty (Going to Town):

  • What did Pa do in town?
  • What did Mary get? And Laura?
  • What did Ma not get? And Pa? Why?

Chapter Thirty-One (Surprise):

  • What did the girls do every day?
  • What did Nellie do that made Laura mad?
  • What new sound did they hear?
  • What new sight did Laura see? What was on it?
  • What gifts did everyone get? What special gift did Laura get?

Chapter Thirty-Two (Grasshoppers Walking):

  • What did Pa make?
  • How was the weather changing?
  • What was hatching? What did they do?
  • What strange thing happened? How long did it last?
  • What did Pa want to know?

Chapter Thirty-Three (Wheels of Fire):

  • What did they plant? When did the old-timers say they should be planted?
  • Where did Pa go? Why?
  • What happened while Pa was gone? Who came to help?
  • What did Ma say about good neighbors?

Chapter Thirty-Four (Marks on the Slate):

  • What did they need to harvest before they froze?
  • How did they harvest them?
  • What did they do with the turnips?
  • How did they keep track of how long Pa would be gone?
  • Did Pa come home when they expected? Why or why not?
  • What sad story did Pa tell them?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger Children:

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.

We are also working through All About Reading Level Pre-reading with William as he needed something a little different from what we had been doing.


Print:  On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Six List

Older Kids:

Parents click HERE for the answer key.**see instructions at the top of the page.

Younger Kids:


Older Kids:


Younger Kids:


We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive story about a day in the life of your favorite toy.
  • Write a descriptive poem about the weather today.

Other Activity:


Older kids:

Younger kids:


You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

** For fun you may try ‘ciphering’ on a slate with a slate pencil.


Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy
  • Special Tasks:
    • Use information from p. 208 to calculate how many potential grasshoppers were in each square foot of ground.

Younger Kids:

Geography and History

Memorize the Continents and Oceans using the videos below to help:

1. State Study

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

2. Landforms & Mapping



  • Buttes and Mesas

  • Volcanoes

3. Bonus


We will also be using this People Long Ago Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning to go with our lessons.

People Long Ago Resource Box&nbsp;- Gr.&nbsp;<span style="white-space: nowrap;">1-3</span>

There are also some other resources available here:


1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Birds

  • Grasshopper Migration

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Fall

  • Lightning

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

Life Skills

We will be discussing some of the character qualities that are displayed in the book but if you would like to do a separate character study lesson you can download one HERE.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 12: Restore unto me the joy of thy salvation; and uphold me with thy free spirit.
    • Verse 13: Then will I teach transgressors thy ways; and sinners shall be converted unto thee.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What commandment did Laura break?

  • God is good and he takes care of us.
  • How did God give Laura what she had wanted?

– Read Joel 2:25-26

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the Lord your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed.

  • How does this apply to the story?

Read Proverbs 27:10

Thine own friend, and thy father’s friend, forsake not; neither go into thy brother’s house in the day of thy calamity: for better is a neighbour that is near than a brother far off.

  • Who does this apply to in the story?
  • Who was a good neighbor?

3. Manners

– Read pages 69 through 84 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners used in each situation below:

  • Where are some places that you must eat quickly?
  • What are some line manners?
  • What are some tips for eating at a cafeteria?
  • What are some tips for eating at a sit-down restaurant?
  • What are some picnic tips?
  • What is a buffet? A potluck?
  • What can make a meal special?
  • Practice these manners when you eat.

4. Fun Activities

5. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to new skills.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 390-391 (pest deterrents)
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.


We will also be using:

PE, Health & Safety

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Did you know that Square Dancing is a good exercise for helping you to have strong bones?

If you haven’t already signed up for classes have your parents check for a local club near you.

Music, Arts & Crafts




You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


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