By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 2 Lesson Plans

These weekly 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!

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 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.


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.


Answers can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Here are our lesson plans for the week:


Language Arts

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 to be 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:


Math

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

Group:

ROTATE THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES:

Older Kids:

  • Let’s work on budgeting some more
    • Read through and complete pages 12-16 of this pdf workbook
  • Let’s practice reading a menu.
    • Print and complete page 17 of this PDF
  • Work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbooks.
  • Work on Khan Academy

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

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:


Science

Pick one or two topics to learn about:

WHAT DOES A LAND SURVEYOR DO?

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Is this a career you might like? Why or why not?

HOW DO STEAM LOCOMOTIVES WORK?

WHAT DOES A PRAIRIE LOOK LIKE?

BUFFALO

Extra Activities:

Other:

Fun Express Animal Bingo Game For Kids, Animal Recognition, Educational Games For Classroom


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.

Memory Verse:

We will be memorizing Romans 8:31-39 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing one verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 32: He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?

  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

Character

  • What miracles did Jesus do?
  • Why do you think he didn’t heal Mary?

Manners

Continue reading about hospitality. Choose one of the books below to read from:

READ:

  • A Life That Says Welcome p. 185-198
  • Practicing Hospitality p. 159-194

DISCUSSION:

  • What are some things you learned?
  • What are some areas you need to work on?

TRY ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES:

Fun Activities

VIRTUAL TOUR OF A RAILROAD MUSEUM:

WATCH A SURVEYOR AT WORK:

OTHER:

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.

SUSIE’S CHEM FREE ZONE

Laura and her family made sure to clean up after their picnic so they could leave the place tidy. It is important to clean up after ourselves and make sure that we are protecting our planet.

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  • Watch this Norwex video about protecting our planet.
  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What are some ways that you and your family can help protect our planet?

KIDS COOK REAL FOOD 

SKILL TREK

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

HERB STUDY

Trim Healthy You

  • Read through your lesson.
  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Complete any bookwork.
  • Try out a recipe using your new information.

PE, Health & Safety

Health & Safety

WHAT IS OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?

HOW CAN WE BOOST OUR IMMUNE SYSTEM?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?
  • Go to Kids Health and find a related topic to learn more about. Play a game with permission.
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

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Games/Outdoor Play

Bonus:

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

Crafts:

The Little Engine That Could Science Experiment - make your own train craft and then actually make it self-propel with this fun book-inspired activity for kids!

Art:

Music:

We will be learning some of the hymns written by Fanny Crosby

 


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