By the Shores of Silver Lake: Geography And History Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For Geography and History

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!

On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interests you the most to work on. You may have a chance, later on, to go back and look at anything you missed or do a more in-depth look at a topic that interests you.

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

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

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, & 4

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 South Dakota.

Railroad History:

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • Would you like to visit here? Why or why not?

Bonus

Tour of De Smet:

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned?
  • Would you like to visit here? Why or why not?

Extra:


Week 2: Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8

State Study

This week we will study North Dakota.

Railroad History:

Famous People:

Bonus

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?

Extra:


Week 3: Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12

State Study

Railroad History:

Famous People:

Bonus

Extra:


Week 4: Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16

State Study

  • This week we will study Maine.

Railroad History:

Famous People:

Bonus

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?

Extra:


Week 5: Chapters  17, 18, 19 & 20

State Study

Railroad History:

Famous People:

  • Report Due: Fanny Crosby!

Bonus

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?

Extra:


Week 6: Chapters 21, 22, 23 & 24

State Study

Development of the Plains

Westward Expansion: The Homestead Act of 1862 & The Frontier Thesis

Famous People:

Bonus

Yesteryear Gazette

Get a copy of the Yesteryear Gazette or another newspaper for this lesson.

Iowa College For The Blind

Reverend Alden mentioned the college to Ma. We will learn more about this in later books but you can learn more about Mary’s time there by reading the articles below:

Extra:


Week 7: Chapters 25, 26, 27 & 28

State Study

  • This week we will study Montana.

Development of the Plains

Homestead Act

Pa Filed The Claim!

Famous People:

Bonus

  • Read about why false fronts were used HERE.
  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?

Extra:


Week 8: Chapters 29, 30, 31 & 32

State Study

  • This week we will study Ohio.

Development of the Plains

Timber Culture Act of 1873

Famous People:

Bonus

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?

Extra:


Week 9: Finishing Up

State Study

  • Review the states we learned about and choose a state to research more.
  • Write a report about your favorite state or add some new facts to your previous report.

Development of the Plains

Test

Development of the Plains TEST

Famous People:

  • Report Due: Louis Braille!

Bonus

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?

Extra:


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