By the Shores of Silver Lake Adventure: Language Arts Lesson Plans

These are divided into weekly work as we like to use Loop Scheduling in our home. We simply work on a little bit and then move on to the next subject area. We have four days of ‘school’ and then the fifth day is used to finish up projects that we have been working, for independent study, or fun activities and field trips. Have fun on your Little House on the Prairie Academic Adventures!

Here are our Lesson Plans For Language Arts

These lessons were made to go along with ‘By the Shores of Silver Lake‘ 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!

You may find it easier to buy a Workbook for your children to work through as you go along with the rest of the study.

Answer Key Password: momsrock

Mornings:

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.

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

Don’t have a flag? Grab one HERE and 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.

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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 our Google.


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.


Week 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4

(Unexpected Visitor, Grown Up, Riding in the Cars, End of the Rails)

We plan to use this FREE Lapbook to go along with our study.

Reading:

Read Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4

Discussion Questions:

Chapter One (Unexpected Visitor):

  • What was wrong? What had happened to Mary?
  • Who was the new member of the family?
  • Where did Pa want to go? Why?
  • What was the plan for the move? Who would go first? Second?

Chapter Two (Grown Up):

  • How did the family prepare for Pa’s departure?
  • What was the plan for taking Jack along? How was this different from other moves?
  • How had Laura neglected Jack? Why? What did she do to fix it?
  • What happened to Jack? Where did Pa say he went?
  • How old was Laura?

Chapter Three (Riding in the Cars):

  • What did they do before leaving?
  • How was traveling by train different than traveling by wagon? How was it similar?
  • What made Carrie feel safer?
  • How did Laura help Mary see? Give three examples.
  • Where would they be eating dinner?

Chapter Four (End of the Rails):

  • How did the train turn around?
  • How did Laura feel that Pa compared to ‘railroad men’?
  • What was a roller towel? Click HERE for pictures.
  • How much did the dinner cost?
  • Where did they wait for Pa? Describe the room.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 1

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be making a journal to record some of our pioneer adventures in. The link to the journal is HERE.

Play this writing game HERE.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Pretend you are being Mary’s eyes and write two descriptive paragraphs about your day.

**Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch these videos on idioms:

  • Have you ever heard this expression before? What does it mean?
  • Have you ever heard any of these phrases? If so, which ones?

Other Activities:**

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 2: Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8

(Railroad Camp, The Black Ponies, The West Begins, Silver Lake)

Reading:

Read Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Five (Railroad Camp):

  • What did they have for lunch?
  • Who was waiting for them at camp?
  • What did Laura plan to do with Lena?
  • Where did Laura sleep? How did she feel about it?
  • What scary thing happened?

Chapter Six (The Black Ponies):

  • What did they have for breakfast?
  • How many dishes were there to wash? How does this compare to your dishes that need washed?
  • What does it mean to ‘hire out a job‘? Why did Aunt Docia do this with the washing?
  • Who was Lizzie? What had she done?
  • How did the girls spend the afternoon? Would you like to spend an afternoon like that?

Chapter Seven (The West Begins):

  • What was happening at the camp?
  • Where were they headed? Where did Ma say that they were located?
  • What was Pa’s new job going to be?
  • What scared Ma and Pa? Why?
  • Who did they see at Uncle Henry’s cabin? Do you remember what happened to Charlie before? Check out what happened HEREChapter 11

Chapter Eight (Silver Lake):

  • What took Laura so long to bring the water?
  • Why didn’t Ma unpack the china shepherdess? Why?
  • What did Pa warn the girls about?
  • What did they see at the lake?
  • What did Laura say wasn’t a homestead? Why?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print: By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 2

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:

Play this writing game HERE.

Copy by dictation:

  • Copy (by dictation) the first paragraph on page 77.
  • Check for and correct any mistakes.

Watch this video about idioms:

  • Do you remember reading about this phrase? Go back and read it again on page 51.
  • What does it mean?

Other Activities:**

Group:

Older kids:

  • Continue reading your book.
  • Play Scrabble
  • Play this grammar game HERE.
  • Bonus Points: Read to a younger sibling

Younger kids:


Week 3: Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12

(Horse Thieves, The Wonderful Afternoon, Payday, Wings Over Silver Lake)

Reading:

Read Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Nine (Horse Thieves):

  • Why was Pa upset? Who did the men suspect?
  • What did Ma say was as ‘bad as drink’?
  • Who was Old Johnny? What did Ma do to help him?
  • What did Ma say about Laura’s hair? What should she do before bed?
  • What did Pa say would never happen at Silver Lake?

Chapter Ten (The Wonderful Afternoon):

  • What chores did Laura have? How did these compare to earlier years?
  • What did Aunt Docia bring? Who was responsible for them?
  • What were Lena’s chores? How do they compare to your chores?
  • What did Ma say she wanted her girls to do?
  • What did Pa take Laura to see? How long did they stay?

Chapter Eleven (Payday):

  • What interesting thing did Laura see? Who was it?
  • What did Pa bring to Ma for safekeeping? Where did she hide it? Was this a good place? Why or why not?
  • What did Laura see in Pa’s pocket?
  • How often did the men get paid?
  • What scary thing happened that night?

Chapter Twelve (Wings Over Silver Lake):

  • What was Laura going to be when she grew up? What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • What did Pa bring home? Why hadn’t he wanted to kill it?
  • How big was the swan? Click HERE for a picture.
  • What plans did they have for the feathers?
  • What bird was not fit to eat? Why?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print: By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 3

Older Kids:

  • Day One: Write your words three times each.
  • Day Two: Write your words in ABC order.
  • Day Three: Look up definitions and use five of your words in a sentence.
  • Day Four: Test (optional) or Worksheet:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

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

  • Write a story about what you want to be when you grow up.

*Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch these videos on idioms:

  • Learn what the phrase ‘Rome wasn’t built in a day’ means and write out 2 or 3 long-range goals. (p. 105)
  • What does ‘discretion is the better part of valor’ mean? (p.121)

Other Activities:

Group:

Signing Time Volume 6: My Favorite Things DVD

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Week 4: Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16

(Breaking Camp, The Surveyors’ House, The Last Man Out, Winter Days)

Reading:

Read Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirteen (Breaking Camp):

  • What were they getting ready to do? How did Lena feel about it? And Laura?
  • Where did Pa say they should go for the winter? Why?
  • Where did they stay for the winter?
  • What did Mr. Boast need help with?
  • Where was Mr. Boast headed? Why?

Chapter Fourteen (The Surveyors’ House):

  • What was behind each of the three doors?
  • What was in the ‘store’? What was this room?
  • How did everyone help out? What was Mary’s job?
  • Where was everyone going to sleep? Where would Grace sleep?
  • What were they celebrating? What was the special treat?

Chapter Fifteen (The Last Man Out):

  • Who helped with breakfast?
  • What tracks did Pa see? What did Pa say about Buffalo wolves?
  • What song did Mary want Pa to play? And Laura?
  • What did Pa show the girls?
  • Describe the girls’ room.

Chapter Sixteen (Winter Days):

  • What did Pa trap?
  • Why did Mary say she could sew when Laura couldn’t?
  • What were the household routines?
  • What did Pa make? How did he make it?
  • Why did Pa say checkers was a selfish game?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 4

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

Watch this video on semicolons:

Copy by dictation:

  • Copy (by dictation) the first paragraph about Mr. Boast’s laughter on page 137.
  • Check for and correct any mistakes.

Watch this video about idioms:

  • What does ‘curiosity killed the cat’ mean?  (p.160)

Other Activities:**

Group:

Signing Time Volume 6: My Favorite Things DVD

Older kids:

  • Finish reading your book.
  • Write a book report. Use one of these forms HERE.
  • Play Grammar Gorillas
  • Play this grammar game HERE.
  • Bonus Points: Read to a younger sibling

Younger kids:

 


Week 5: Chapters  17, 18, 19 & 20

(Wolves on Silver Lake, Pa Finds The Homestead, Christmas Eve, The Night Before Christmas)

Reading:

Read Chapters 17, 18, 19 & 20

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Seventeen (Wolves on Silver Lake):

  • Where did the girls go? What did they do?
  • How did the girls dress?
  • Where did Laura say they must not go?
  • What did the girls see? How did they react?
  • What did Pa say he was going to do? When?

Chapter Eighteen (Pa Finds The Homestead):

  • What did Pa do when he came home?
  • How far did Pa go when he tracked the wolves?
  • What did he find on the high bank?
  • Why did Pa think the wolves had returned?
  • What else did Pa find?

Chapter Nineteen (Christmas Eve):

  • Why did Pa say it was a white Christmas?
  • What did they have for Pa? Who made it?
  • What did the girls make for Ma? And for Carrie?
  • What did Ma make for Grace? Describe it.
  • Why did Ma cry? What were some things that they were thankful for?

Chapter Twenty (The Night Before Christmas):

  • Who came to visit?
  • How far did they come on horseback? Why?
  • What did Mrs. Boast say was contagious?
  • What did they have for dinner?
  • Where did everyone sleep?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:**

Print: By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 5

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:

Play this writing game HERE.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about 4 or 5 things that you are thankful for.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph about your favorite Christmas morning.

**Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch this video about idioms:

  • Which of these have you heard before?
  • Tell someone about three of these and what they mean.

Other Activities:

Group:

Signing Time Volume 6: My Favorite Things DVD

Older kids:

Younger kids:

  • Reading: Moonlight Animals
  • Tell someone about the book. (Oral Book Report)
  • Do this jigsaw puzzle HERE.
  • ABC Mouse
  • Listening Center (Choose one book to read/listen to together)

Moonlight Animals (Lightbeam Books)


Week 6: Chapters 21, 22, 23 & 24

(Merry Christmas, Happy Winter Days, On The Pilgrim Way, The Spring Rush)

Reading:

Read Chapters 21, 22, 23 & 24

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-One (Merry Christmas):

  • What was different about the table?
  • What presents did Mr. & Mrs. Boast get?
  • How did Ma make biscuits without sour milk?
  • What did they have for Christmas dinner? How was this different from previous Christmases?
  • What did Mrs. Boast surprise Mr. Boast with?

Chapter Twenty-Two  (Happy Winter Days):

  • Who cooked New Year’s dinner? What did they have?
  • Where was Pa planning to go? Why?
  • What did Mrs. Boast offer to share with Ma?
  • What else did Mrs. Boast bring from Iowa? What did Laura do with them?
  • What project did the ladies work on? Click HERE to see a picture.

Chapter Twenty-Three (On The Pilgrim Way):

  • Who were the visitors? Why were they there?
  • What did Reverend Alden tell Ma about?
  • What did the men use in place of covers?
  • What did Reverend Stuart ask Ma for? Did she give it to him?
  • What was the name of the new town?

Chapter Twenty-Four (The Spring Rush):

  • Why did Pa say there would be no music tonight?
  • Who came to the house? What did Ma and Pa do?
  • Why didn’t Pa leave in the morning?
  • How much did they charge for food and shelter?
  • How did the feed so many people? What problems did they run into?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print: By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 6

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

Play this writing game HERE.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Write a letter to a friend.
  • Write out a menu for Christmas dinner or New Year’s dinner.

**Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch the video on idioms below:

  • Have you heard this expression before? Go back and read it again on page 221.
  • What does it ‘take a stab at it‘ mean?
  • What do you think Pa meant when he said ‘I’ll have it before I’m a week older‘?

Other Activities:

Group:

Older kids:

  • Continue reading your book.
  • Play Grammar Gorillas
  • Play this reading game HERE.
  • Bonus Points: Read to a younger sibling

Younger kids:


Week 7: Chapters 25, 26, 27 & 28

(Pa’s Bet, The Building Boom, Living In Town, Moving Day)

Reading:

Read Chapters 25, 26, 27 & 28

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-Five (Pa’s Bet):

  • Why didn’t Ma let strangers sleep in the house anymore?
  • How long was Pa gone?
  • What happened in town?
  • Who did Pa see in town? How did he help Pa?
  • What did Pa say was a gamble? What did he say was certain?

Chapter Twenty-Six (The Building Boom):

  • What surprise did they have for Pa?
  • What was Pa doing? Why?
  • How did the new hotel affect the Ingalls’? Was it good or bad?
  • How much money did they make? What did Laura think it could be used for?
  • What did Pa want to get for dinner? Did he get it? Why or why not?

Chapter Twenty-Seven (Living In Town):

  • Where did they live in town?
  • What unusual thing happened while they were sleeping?
  • What happened to the birds? Why?
  • What did Laura begin doing? How did she feel about it?
  • What awful thing happened? How did it affect the family?

Chapter Twenty-Eight (Moving Day):

  • Why was everyone so glad?
  • How many trips did they have to make?
  • Who did they see on the way to their new home?
  • Why did Ma laugh at the new house? What did she say it looked like?
  • What did Ma say she would do when the roof was finished?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print:  By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 7

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

Watch this video on homographs:

  • Think of some words that you know that may not have been in the video.
  • Choose a worksheet from HERE to review what you have learned.

Write this video about parts of a story:

  • Print out the worksheets Here to go along with this video.

Other Activity:

Group:

Signing Time Volume 6: My Favorite Things DVD

Older kids:

  • Continue reading your book.
  • Play Scrabble
  • Play this reading game HERE.
  • Bonus Points: Read to a younger sibling

Younger kids:


Week 8: Chapters 29, 30, 31 & 32

(The Shanty On The Claim, Where Violets Grow, Mosquitoes, Evening Shadows Fall)

Reading:

Read Chapters 29, 30, 31 & 32

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Twenty-Nine (The Shanty On The Claim):

  • What problem were they having? Who helped to solve the problem?
  • What did Pa get finished on the house?
  • What did everyone miss?
  • What did Pa bring home for everyone?
  • What happened to Grace?

Chapter Thirty (Where Violets Grow):

  • Who found Grace? Where was she?
  • What did Pa say had made the fairy ring?
  • What did the girls do to the trees after they were planted?
  • What did Pa put up?
  • What plans did Pa have?

Chapter Thirty-One (Mosquitoes):

  • What did Pa plan to build?
  • What began to pester them? Do you remember when they had a mosquito problem before? Click HERE to read it again.
  • What did Ma wish?
  • How did Pa solve the problem?
  • Where did Pa say no one would homestead?

Chapter Thirty-Two (Evening Shadows Fall):

  • What kept the animals comfortable?
  • Why were there no mosquitoes in the house?
  • What did Laura think about while watching Pa?
  • Who shared the tiny bedroom with Laura?
  • How did the song fit in with where they were?

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:

Print: By the Shores of Silver Lake Vocabulary Word List Week 8

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:**

Play this writing game HERE.

  • Write a descriptive book report about the story we’ve read. Click HERE for book report forms.

Watch this video about idioms:

  • How many of these have you heard?
  • Write down 4 or 5 of your favorite ones and try to use them correctly this week.

Other Activity:

Group:

Signing Time Volume 6: My Favorite Things DVD

Older kids:

  • Continue reading your book. Finish it up this week as you will have a Book Report due next week!
  • Play Hangman
  • Play this reading game HERE.
  • Bonus Points: Read to a younger sibling

Younger kids:

 


Week 9: Finishing Up

Reading:

Finish up any reading. 

Optional: Read Chapter 4 from Laura Ingalls Wilder Country ‘Kansas Prairie Country’.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child will 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.

Vocabulary/Spelling:**

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

-or-

Younger Kids:

Writing:

Play this writing game HERE.

  • Write a one-page speech about Fanny Crosby or Louis Braille.
  • Present your speech to a parent and/or your family.
  • Bonus points if you correctly use an idiom in your speech.

Watch this video on idioms:

  • How many of these have you heard?
  • Write down 4 or 5 of your favorite ones and try to use them correctly this week.

Other Activities:

Group:

Signing Time Volume 6: My Favorite Things DVD

Older kids:

  • Finish your book. Click HERE for book report forms.
  • Play this reading game HERE.
  • Bonus Points: Read to a younger sibling

Younger kids:

Bonus Activity:

Watch this video on idioms:

  • How well did you do?

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