By the Shores of Silver Lake Week 9 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 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?

Math

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

Group:

ROTATE THROUGH THESE ACTIVITIES:

MÖBI Kids-The Numerical Tile Game for Kids in a Whale Pouch with Included Activity Booklet

Older Kids:

  • When they moved to the claim shanty they had trouble getting everything to fit. Have you ever thought about how much work goes into decorating a home? Pa also had to be able to calculate the perimeter of the home.
    • Read through and complete pages 17-22 of this pdf workbook
  • Complete this Review Worksheet: By the Shores of Silver Lake Math Week 9
  • When you finish with this worksheet write 2 or 3 sentences about what you have learned from this lesson
  • Review what you have learned.
  • Work on Khan Academy

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

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

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:


Science

Go back and review previous topics you may have skipped or want to learn more about.

What is the most dangerous animal?

Weather Watcher

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Is this a career you might consider?

Tests

Make sure to print out the results from online quizzes.

Extra Activities:

Learn how to make shadow puppets:

  • Try making shadow puppets.

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 39: Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.
  • Work on saying everything you have memorized.

Character

Manners

Continue practicing hospitality. Finish reading your book:

READ:

  • Finish up any reading you have left to do.

DISCUSSION:

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

TRY ONE OF THESE ACTIVITIES:

Fun Activities

Learn how to host a party:

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

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

KIDS COOK REAL FOOD 

  • Work on your next lesson.
  • Help to prepare a meal using your new skills.

SKILL TREK

  • Work on at least one task a week.
  • Practice your new skill this week.
  • Try some Freebie Snacks

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

CLEANING PRODUCT SAFETY

GET RID OF THE CHEMICAL WITH NORWEX!

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Complete this Poison Worksheet.
  • What was the most interesting thing you learned? Why?
  • Does your family use Norwex? Why or why not?
  • 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

toxic chemicals

Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play your favorite game for at least 30 minutes.
  • Go outside and play for 30 minutes.

Bonus:

Did you know that Square Dancing is a good exercise for helping you to have strong bones?

  • Keep Practicing!

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

  • Go back to page 154 to see who requested this song from Pa.

**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!

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 –Thank you!

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