By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 4 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 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:


Math

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

Group:

ROTATE THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES:

School Zone - Math 1-2 Flash Card 4-Pack - Ages 4 and Up, Addition, Subtraction, Numbers 1-100, and More (Flash Card 4-pk)

Older Kids:

  • Pa had to be careful when he was figuring up the time-checks but he had to rely on the accuracy of others. Let’s practice adding up a meal ticket:
    • Print and complete page 18-20 of this PDF
  • Pa had to figure up the men’s pay every two weeks.
    • Read through and complete pages 24- 29 of this pdf workbook

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

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:


Science

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

WHY DO WE HAVE SEASONS?

WHAT DOES A WINTER ON THE PRAIRIE LOOK LIKE?

HOW DO ANIMALS STAY WARM IN THE WINTER?

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What did you find most interesting?

JACK RABBITS

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What did you find most interesting?
  • Learn more about Jack Rabbits HERE.

BUFFALO WOLVES

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What did you find most interesting?
  • Learn more about Wolves HERE.

Temperature

Let’s learn about temperature:

Extra Activities:

In the book, we read about how Ma would heat up a flat iron for them to take to bed to keep warm but what were some other ways people kept warm?

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What are some ways that we stay warm now?

Other:


Life Skills

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 34: Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.

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

2. CHARACTER

Manners

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

READ:

  • A Life That Says Welcome p. 41-62
  • Practicing Hospitality p. 73-100

DISCUSSION:

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

TRY ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES:

Fun Activities

  • Why is having a pantry so important?

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

Toxic chemicals in household products can be as dangerous as cigarettes! Dangerous chemicals are part of the reason we switched to Norwex products.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What are some changes you can help to make in your home?

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KIDS COOK REAL FOOD 

SKILL TREK

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 TUBERCULOSIS?

HOW DO YOU GET TESTED FOR TB?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?
  • What risks did Pa face when he helped the man?
  • 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:

Art:

Music:

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


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