On the Banks of Plum Creek Week 3 Lesson Plans

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 HEREand 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.


On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.


Answer can be found HERE.

Answer Key Password: momsrock


Week 3: Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

(A Merry Christmas, Spring Freshet, The Footbridge, The Wonderful House, Moving In, and The Old Crab and the Bloodsuckers)

Here is our lesson plan for the week:


Language Arts

Reading:

Read Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

Discussion Questions:

Chapter Thirteen (A Merry Christmas):

  • What did the girls make for Carrie?
  • Where did they get the materials?
  • What was the weather like?
  • What did the girls get in their stockings?
  • What surprise did Santa bring?

Chapter Fourteen (Spring Freshet):

  • What woke Laura up?
  • What was making the noise?
  • What did Laura do?

Chapter Fifteen (The Footbridge):

  • Why did Laura sneak out of the house?
  • What happened to her?
  • Did Ma punish her? Why or why not?

Chapter Sixteen (The Wonderful House):

  • What did they name the horses?
  • What did Laura do when she heard the horses coming? Why?
  • What did Pa bring from town?
  • What do you think ‘a lick and a promise’ means? Click HERE for a definition.
  • What secret did Pa ask the girls not to tell Ma about?

Chapter Seventeen (Moving In):

  • What did Ma think of her new stove? How can you tell?
  • What did Ma make the curtains out of?
  • Where did Ma put her china doll?
  • What did the girls each have in their room? What did they keep in them?
  • What sound made Laura happy?

Chapter Eighteen (The Old Crab and the Bloodsuckers):

  • What did the girls find in the lean-to? How did they feel about it? Is this something that would make you happy?
  • Why did the girls work fast to finish their chores?
  • What did the girls find in the water? What did the girls do?
  • What else did the girls find? Click HERE a picture.

Additional Reading:

Older Children:

Each child would 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: On the Banks of Plum Creek Vocabulary Week Three List

Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:

Handwriting:

Older Kids:

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Younger Kids:

Writing:**

We will be using the Writing Activity Station Kit from Lakeshore Learning for some of our lessons.

  • Write a descriptive paragraph about the sounds that you hear at night.
  • Write a descriptive paragraph that appeals to the senses.

*Remember to use the thesaurus to come up with different words.

Watch this video on adjectives:

  • Identify adjectives from page 98.

Other Activities:

Group:

Older kids:

Younger kids:


Math

You may find it easier to buy a Math Workbook to work through as you go along with the study.

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

Group:

Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

Memorize the Continents and Oceans using the videos below to help:

1. State Study

  • This week we will study Illinois.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Landforms & Mapping

Maps:

Landforms:

  • Hills

  • Canyons

3. Bonus

Extra:


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

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There are also some other resources available here:


Science

1. Pick one or two topics to learn about:

  • Crabs

  • Leeches

  • Creek animals

2. Learn about the weather and seasons.

  • Floods

3. Read:

Extra Activities:

Nature Up Close! Light Table Slides


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.

1. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 51 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 5: Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.
    • Verse 6: Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden part thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

2. Character

  • God made us all unique and special.
  • Mary was surprised by something Laura did, something she would never have done. Do you remember what that was?

– Sometimes being unique means we are tempted by things that others aren’t.

  • Name some ways that Laura was tempted.
  • Did you know that God is always with you and he can help you make wise choices?

– Read Proverbs 22:7

The rich ruleth over the poor, and the borrower is servant to the lender.

  • Pa didn’t want to be in debt to anyone. Do you know what this means?

3.Manners

– Read pages 33 through 41 of Emily Post’s Table Manners for Kids and discuss the manners below:

  • What tools do we need for eating?
  • When is it okay to use your fingers?
  • How do you set the table?
  • What special tools will you find at a three-course dinner?
  • How do you use chopsticks? (Maybe try eating a meal with chopsticks to practice.)
  • What is different about a formal dinner?
  • Practice these manners as you eat.

4. Fun Activities

  • Watch this video about learning to fish:

5. 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.

Emergency Preparedness

Kids Cook Real Food 

Skill Trek

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

Back to the Basics

Learn and practice some traditional skills from the book.

  • Read pages 14-18
  • Discuss what you learned.

Herb Study

Dog Training

We are using Lucky Dog Lessons: Train Your Dog in 7 Days as a guide for training our puppy.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

  • Discuss what you have learned
  • Practice the techniques with your puppy this week.

Note:

We will also be using:


PE, Health & Safety

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Music, Arts & Crafts

Crafts:

Art:

Music:

You can check out my Pinterest page Little House on the Prairie Crafts for even more crafts and activities.


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On the Banks of Plum Creek: Week by Week PE, Health, and Safety Lessons

Here are our Lesson Plans For PE, Health & Safety

These lessons were made to go along with ‘On The Banks Of Plum Creek‘ 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 interest you the most to work on.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or subject 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.


Week 1: Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6

1. Water Purification Safety

Drinking unpurified water can sometimes make you very sick.

The Magic School Bus At The Waterworks

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Research some diseases and illnesses that you could get from unpurified water.
  • Play a Magic School Bus Game

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 2: Chapters 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12

1. Food Safety

Health&nbsp;& Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 3: Chapters 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 4: Chapters 19, 20, 21, 22 & 23

1. Medicinal Uses of Leeches

  • Discuss what you have learned.

2. Leech Removal

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • How does this compare with how Laura removed them?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

3. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 5: Chapters 24, 25, 26, 27 & 28

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 6: Chapters 29, 30, 31, 32, 33 & 34

1. Nutrition

2. 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.


Week 7: Chapters 35, 36, 37 & 38

1. Tobacco Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • It is mentioned that Pa smoked a pipe. Do you think this was a health risk?
  • How will you keep yourself safe?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 8: Chapters 39, 40 & 41

1. Frostbite Safety

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What could have happened to Pa when he was stuck in the blizzard?
  • How can you prevent this from happening?
  • Do an activity from the Health & Safety Theme Box

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 9: Finishing Up

1. Nutrition

2. Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play your favorite game for at least 30 minutes.

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Little House In The Big Woods Adventure: Week by Week PE, Health, and Safety Lessons

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Here are our Lesson Plans For PE, Health & Safety

On weeks where there are several activities listed just choose a couple that interest you the most to work on.

Tip: If you want to go to a certain week/chapter or subject 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.


Week 1: Chapters 1 & 2

1. Stranger Danger

  • Practice what to do/say in different scenarios like:
    • Saying ‘Not my Mommy/Not my Daddy‘ if a stranger tries to grab you.
    • Kick, Fight, Bite, Make Noise if a stranger tries to grab you.
    • Have a secret family password for emergencies when you may need a ‘stranger’ to pick up your kids.
  • Discuss different ways a stranger may try to trick your child:
    • try to lure you into a vehicle saying that your  parent is sick and they were sent to pick you up
    • they may say they have something to show you and ask you to come with them
    • try to find out if you are home alone
    • may ask to come inside your home to use the phone
    • may ask for help to find a lost pet
  • Discuss ways to stay safe:
    • NEVER wander off without telling an adult where you are going
    • NEVER talk to strangers
    • NEVER accept items from a stranger
    • NEVER go with a stranger
    • NEVER tell a stranger you are home alone (or post about it on social media)
    • NEVER open a door to a stranger
    • DO find a safe place and tell someone what is happening
    • DO walk away from a stranger
    • DO call your parents or 911 if you do not feel safe

Be Smart Stay Safe: A Video Teaching Kids to Be Safe DVD Plus 3 Music CDs

Be Smart Stay Safe: A Video Teaching Kids to Be Safe DVD Plus 3 Music CDs

2. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 2: Chapters 3 & 4

1. Gun Safety

  • Discuss the importance of gun safety.
  • Make a list of gun safety rules.**
  • This would be a good time to have someone you know show your kids how to properly handle a firearm.
  • Discuss what you learned.

2. What is Rabies?

  • Watch the Old Yeller rabies scene (may not be good for younger kids).
  • Discuss the importance of not playing with wild animals or animals you don’t know.

Old Yeller 2-Movie Collection (Old Yeller/Savage Sam)

Old Yeller 2-Movie Collection Old Yeller/Savage Sam

3. Whole Foods vs Processed Foods

  • Discuss the differences of whole foods and processed foods.
  • Make a list of whole/processed foods in your kitchen.

Fun song for younger kids:

4. How to Read Nutrition Labels

5. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 3: Chapters 5, 6, & 7

1. What Happens When You Don’t Bathe?

  • Discuss what happens when you don’t shower.
  • Discuss how it could impact your relationships.

How to Take a Shower- a pilot video in a relationship series

  • Write out the steps to taking a shower **

2. Happy, Healthy Kids: Fresh Air

  • Discuss how Laura must have felt when she couldn’t go outside.
  • Discuss the benefits of fresh air.
  • Go outside and do something fun for 30 minutes!

3. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 4: Chapters 8 & 9

1. Benefits of Square Dancing

  • Sign Up For Square Dance Lessons. Check wheresthedance.com for a location near you.
  • Or check out these lessons here.

2. Benefits of Natural Light

  1. Laura describes how the sun felt on the trip to town, how does the sun feel where you are today?
  2. Discuss the benefits of sunlight.

Cool Outdoor Activities: Great Things to Do in the Great Outdoors

3. Games/Outdoor Play

Bonus: Check out Jigging

  • Watch this video:
  • Give it a try:

Week 5: Chapters 10 & 11

1. Honey vs. Sugar

  • Discuss the differences between honey and sugar.
  • Have a taste comparison and make a graph of who prefers which.

2. Nutritional Value of Cheese

  1. Discuss the nutritional information of cheese.
  2. Taste several types of cheeses, compare nutritional information.

3. What is Cholesterol?

  1. Discuss what cholesterol is and how it affects your body.
  2. Name 5 foods high in cholesterol and 5 foods low in cholesterol.

4. Wasp Stings

  1. Discuss the body’s reaction to a sting.

How To Treat Bee & Wasp Stings

  1. Discuss how stings were treated in the book.
  2. Write out a step by step sting treatment plan.**

5. How to treat a Fever with Herbs

You can also watch this video about using natural medicines:

  • Discuss how fevers are treated today compared to how they were treated in Laura’s time.
  • Look up pictures of the herbs you learned about. Bonus points if you can draw them in your notebook.**

 Herbs Coloring Book

Kid’s Herb Book, A: For Children of All Ages

6. Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play ‘Steal the Cheese’. Divide into two groups and each group needs an equal amount of cheese (sticks, bean bags, balls, etc). Line up the ‘cheese’ on each side behind the players. The goal is to run and steal the other team’s cheese without getting caught. The first team to steal all the cheese or catch all of the other team’s players is the winner.
  • Square Dance Lesson

Week 6: Chapters 12 & 13

1. Food Pyramid

**Check out this site for more ideas.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • **Complete one or two activities below:
    • Use construction paper to make a ‘My Plate’ or ‘Food Pyramid’ guide. Cut out pictures of foods from magazines to make a collage.
    • Plan a healthy meal and grocery list using the ‘My Plate’ model.
    • Go shopping and help make healthy food choices.
    • Pretend to be Popcorn and jump up and down to music.

2. Importance of Protein

  • Name 3 nutrients we get from meat and where else we can find them.
  • Discuss the importance of protein in our diets and what happens when you don’t get enough protein in your diet.

3. Calories In 6 Of The Most Popular Fast-Food Kids Meals

  • Discuss what would happen if you only ate fast food.

4. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 7: Finishing Up

  1. Practice making healthy food choices
  2. Research Cabin Fever and ways to prevent/cure it.
  3. Make a Giant Tic-Tac-Toe Game

Bonus: Research Tobacco.

(mentioned in Chapter 9)

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • List 3 different side effects of tobacco use.

Games/Outdoor Play

  • Play any of the games listed above or choose your favorite game to play.
  • Continue your Square Dance lessons.

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