By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 6 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 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:


Math

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

Group:

ROTATE THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES:

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

 



Geography and History

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:


Science

Pick one or two topics to learn about:

WHAT ARE SEEDS?

  • Discuss what you learned.

HOW DO SEEDS GROW?

SPRING

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What is your favorite thing about Spring? Why?

Temperature

Let’s learn about wind chill:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Print and complete pages 33-35 of this PDF workbook.

Extra Activities:

HOW POPCORN WORKS

  • Discuss what you learned.

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 36:As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

Character

Manners

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

READ:

  • A Life That Says Welcome p. 128-153
  • Practicing Hospitality p. 47-72

DISCUSSION:

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

TRY ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES:

4. FUN ACTIVITIES

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

Norwex Chemical Crashers Part 2

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

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

STRANGER DANGER

  • More Stranger Danger tips HERE.

INTERNET SAFETY

  • More Internet Safety Tips HERE.
  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?
  • What should you do if you see a stranger?
  • 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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