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Little House On The Prairie Adventure: Week by Week Science Lessons

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Here are our Lesson Plans For Science

These lessons were made to go along with ‘The Little House On The Prairie‘ 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 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

1. Read about mustangs.

  • Older kids can also work on a report. The report needs to include behavior, habitat, and diet.

 

 

2. Start learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

What are Simple Machines?

  • Read pages 1-3 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • Simple Machine
    • Mechanical Advantage
    • Compound Machine
  • What are the 6 types of simple machines? Write them down in your notebook.

Watch this video for more information:

 

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • What simple machines do we use in our homes?

What is Force?

  • Read pages 4-7 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • work
    • force
    • push
    • pull
    • equilibrium
    • unbalanced
    • gravity
    • friction
    • weight
    • lubricant
    • Newton
  • How can you fight friction?
  • Do one of the activities on pages 8-11.

Watch this video for more information:

3. What are Stars?

  • In this book Laura mentions watching the sky a lot and describes the stars.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Extra:


Week 2: Chapters 4, 5 & 6

1. Read about prairie animals.

  • Older kids can also work on a report about prairie animals. The report needs to include behavior, habitat, and diet.
  • Here are a couple of videos to get you started:

Here is a video about prairie dogs:

And another about Hawks:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Choose an animal to study and write a report about. Your report will be due next week.

2. What is the solar system?

  • Discuss what you learned.

3. Continue learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

What are levers?

  • Read pages 12-19 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • fulcrum
    • load
    • effort
    • engineer
    • linkage
    • agriculture
    • defense
    • invent
    • shaduf
    • counterweight
    • irrigation ditch
    • archaeologist
    • catapult
    • trebuchet
  • How many types of levers are mentioned in the book? What are the differences?
  • Do one of the activities on pages 20-25.

Watch this video for more information:

Extra:


Week 3: Chapters 7, 8 & 9

1. What are mules?

  • Learn about mules and how they are different from horses.

  • Mules are hybrids. Learn more about this here:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Name four ways that mules are different from horses.
  • Name two more hybrid animals.

2. Continue to study Prairie Animals.

  • Older kids can also work on a report. The report needs to include behavior, habitat, and diet.

 

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Name one interesting fact about wolves that you didn’t know before.

Listen to these sounds:

  • How would these sounds make you feel?

3. Why do animals eyes glow in the dark?

  • Find out why animals eyes glow in the dark.

  • Discuss what you have learned.

4. Continue learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

What are screws?

  • Read pages 46-52 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • thread
    • pitch
    • design
    • bolt
    • worm gear
    • spur gear
    • drill bit
  • What are some different ways that screws are used? How could these have helped Pa?
  • Do one of the activities on pages 53-56.

Watch this video for more information:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Play Simple Machines Game
  • Check out this video to see how this talented artist uses screws to create pictures:

5. Research plants on the prairie.

We have been looking at prairie animals but what about the plants?

  • Discuss what you have learned.

6. Constellations

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Check out these neat constellation cards on this page HERELook for ‘constellations.pdf’ under History and Geography.
  • Or try this really neat craft HERE (I might try this with small flashlights.) or HERE.

Week 4: Chapters 10, 11 & 12

1. Continue to study Prairie Animals.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Do you know how to tell a poisonous snake from a non poisonous snake?
  • My kids like to remember this little rhyme:

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This holds pretty true here in Florida but may not hold true in other areas.

Watch this video about the differences between venomous and non-venomous species:

Watch this video on how other animals react to snakes:

  • Discuss what you learned.

Watch this video on skunks too:

  • Discuss what you learned.

2. Continue learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

What are pulleys?

  • Read pages 68- 74 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • fixed pulley
    • movable pulley
    • compound pulley
    • block & tackle
    • windlass
  • How many types of pulleys are mentioned in the book? How are they different?
  • Do one of the activities on pages 75-79.

Watch this video for more information:

  • Discuss what you learned.

Here is a fun project:

3. How do we get our drinking water?

  • Watch a video and older kids can do some independent research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Here is a quick video showing the well that was dug in the book.

4. What gases were in the well?

  • Check out this article HERE for some possible answers to this question.
  • Discuss what you learned.

Check out this video on quicksand too:

  • Discuss what you have learned.

5. What is the Milky Way?

  • Discuss what you learned.

Week 5: Chapters 13, 14 & 15

1. Continue to study Prairie Animals.

  • Watch a video and older kids can do some independent research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

2. Is there anything good about mosquitoes?

  • Watch a video and older kids can do some independent research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

3. What are parasites?

  • Discuss what you learned.

4. Research blood.

  • Discuss what you learned.

5. Continue learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

What are wheels and axles?

  • Read pages 34-40 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • crank
    • Mesopotamia
    • sledge
    • spokes
    • artifact
    • radiocarbon dating
    • carbon
  • What did people use to move things before wheels were invented?
  • Do one of the activities on pages 41-45.

Watch this video for more information:

Extras:

Play one of these games:


Week 6: Chapters 16, 17 & 18

1. Watch this fun video:

  • Discuss what you learned.

2.Why do leaves change color?

  • Watch a video and older kids can do some independent research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

3.Why do birds migrate?

  • Watch a video and older kids can do some independent research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

4. Continue learning about simple machines.

  • We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.What are inclined planes?
    • Read pages 26-29 of your book.
    • Write down these words and their definitions:
      • lock
      • skeleton
      • switchback
      • ascent
      • descent
    • What are some different ways that inclined planes are used?
    • Do one of the activities on pages 30-33.

    Watch this video for more information:

5. Meet the five dwarfs.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Week 7: Chapters 19, 20 & 21

1. Continue to Research Prairie Animals.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Listen to these sounds:

  • How would that make you feel?

2. Continue learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

What are wedges? Not the shoes.

  • Read pages 57-62 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • ravine
    • caravan
  • Can you name four uses of wedges? p.59 Write them down.
  • Do one of the activities on pages 63-67.

Watch this video for more information:

  • Discuss what you learned.

3. Get to know your galaxy.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Extra:


Week 8: Chapters 22, 23 & 24

1. Research Wild Fires.

  • Discuss what you learned.

How we fight wildfires:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • How do these methods compare/contrast with the methods used by Pa and Ma?

2. Continue learning about simple machines.

We will be using Explore Simple Machines!: With 25 Great Projects for this study.

Can you be an inventor?

  • Read pages 80-83 of your book.
  • Write down these words and their definitions:
    • engineering design process
    • construct
  • What five types of inventors are there?
  • What would you invent?
  • Do one of the activities on pages 84-85.

Watch this video for more information:

  • Discuss what you learned.

3. Navigating the night sky.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Extra:


Week 9: Chapters 25 & 26

1. Free Choice

  • Pick out a previous topic to research more and write a report about it.
  • Go to Mystery Science and learn about something you are interested in.

2. Continue learning about simple machines.

3. Planets in our Solar System.

  • Discuss what you have learned.

4. Read about how to start plants indoors like Ma did.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What plants would you like to start?
  • Make a list of materials you would need.

Extra:


Week 10: Finishing Up

1. Free Choice

  • Pick out a previous topic to research more and write a report about it.
  • Go to Mystery Science and learn about something you are interested in.

2. Continue learning about simple machines. Pick a project to do.

3. A constellation guide.

Extra:

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

 

 

 

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Little House In The Big Woods Adventure: Week by Week Life Skills Lessons

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Here are our Lesson Plans For Life Skills

This page contains our lesson plans for a few different areas that I have included with our ‘Life Skills’. You will find lessons on cooking, cleaning, and organization as well as bible memory work and character training. All of these will go together to help raise our children into the responsible and caring citizens of tomorrow.

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

We will be focusing on OBEDIENCE this unit. If you don’t have the book we used you can go HERE and download a lesson plan guide to use in your home.

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. Research chores for Pioneer Children

Check out the 2nd video for some Pioneer skills you can learn.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • How do their chores differ from yours?
  • What was Ma’s chore schedule? Do this activity to test your memory:

Ma’s Chore Schedule Activity Week 1

  • Little ones can use Ma’s chore schedule to learn the days of the week.

 Pioneer chores vs. Modern chores.

Laura was 4 years old when this book took place. How did her chores/responsibilities compare to yours? What chores can you help with around the house?

Watch this video of kids doing farm chores.

 

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

Arise, Shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee. — Isaiah 60:1

  • Making the Bed
    • We should get in the habit of making our beds every day because it helps us get a great start for a productive day!

3. Character/Manners

– Read ‘Six Ways to be Considerate to Adults’ p. 22 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

– Read ‘Uncommon Courtesy is considering the needs and feelings of others.’ p. 12 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

  • Laura interrupted Mary in the story. Was this wrong?
  • Discuss how important it is not to interrupt others and how it might make others feel when we interrupt them. (It can make others feel like you don’t think what they have to say is important or that you feel you are better than they are when you interrupt them.)
  • Come up with a way for children to let you know that they need to tell you something without interrupting. (They can gently place their hand on your hand or arm and wait until you finish.)

 

4. Memory Verse

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • He who answers before listening – that is his folly and shame. –– Proverbs 18:13 
  • Older kids can check out this Doodle Page via Verse Doodles.

5. Fun Activities

  • Plan a meal where you can use cracklings. They can be put into cornbread (or hoe cakes) for flavoring. You could substitute chopped bacon if cracklings are not available.
  • Bake bread see Salt-Rising Bread p. 75 in The Little House Cookbook
  • Bake cookies
  • Make butter. Click HERE for a recipe or watch the video below.

  • Write out the steps for making butter.
  • How does your butter compare to store bought butter?
  • See if you can get or borrow a sewing kit. Start practicing the sewing skills listed on pages 6-11 of My Little House Sewing Book.

6. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

  • Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to another new skill.
  • Memorize the books of the Bible:

  • Learn about archery which is a skill that has been around for thousands of years.

    • Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field and take me some venison. — Genesis 27:3
    • You will need a good book or DVD on archery.
    • You will also need a properly sized bow and arrows for practice.
    • Don’t forget a target and a backstop.
    • Learn the parts of the bow and what they do.
    • Learn the parts of an arrow and what they do.
    • Ask an adult to show you how to safely shoot your bow.
  • Learn the skill of baking homemade nutritious foods from scratch.

    • …It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone but by every word of God — Luke 4:4
    • You will need a good cook book.
    • Start with simple recipes.
    • Make sure you have all of the ingredients before you start.
    • Read through the entire recipe before you start.
    • Ask an adult to show you how to work the oven safely.
    • Start a recipe collection.

Week 2: Chapters 3 & 4

1. Research Pioneer food preservation.

  • How do the different food preservation methods keep us from getting sick?
  • Watch the video:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Name 3 methods of preserving food that we still use today.

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

For every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle upon a thousand hills. I know all the fowls of the mountains: and the wild beasts of the field are mine… for the world is mine, and the fullness thereof. — Psalm 50:10

  • Taking Care of Your Pets
    • This video is about taking care of a dog but many of the responsibilities will be the same for other pets.

3. Character/Manners

– Read ‘Make Time For Courtesy.’ p. 14 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

– Read ‘Four Words to the Wise.’ p. 18 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

  • Discuss how important it is to use our ‘Please and Thank You’s’.

4. Memory Verse

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Like a madman shooting firebrands or deadly arrows is a man who deceives his neighbor and says, ‘I was only joking!’ — Proverbs 26: 18-19
    • Like a city whose walls are broken down is a man who lacks self control. — Proverbs 25:28

5. Fun Activities

  • Research how to dry food.

  • Discuss what you learned
  • Bonus points if you actually try it and write about what method you used and how everything tastes.
  • Make a needle book like the one Aunt Eliza gave to Ma using the instructions on pages 12-15 of My Little House Sewing Book.

6. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

  • Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to another new skill.
  • Memorize the books of the Bible:

  • Learn about archery

  • Learn about baking


Week 3: Chapters 5, 6, & 7

1. Research Pioneer Children’s School Lunch

  • Check out this link HERE for more information.
  • Discuss what you learned.
  • How does this compare to your normal lunch?

Watch this fun video about school lunches:

Check out these interesting ways to use Maple Syrup:

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

For God is not the author of confusion, but peace… Let all things be done decently and in order.  — 1 Corinthians 14:33,40

God wants us to do a good job every time we do something no matter how little or how big of a task it is.

  • Setting the table
    • It is important to set the table properly each time so each person has what they need for their meal.

3. Character/Manners

– Read ‘Six Table Manners.’ p. 24 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

– Read ‘Seven Rules for Going to Church.’ p. 30 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

  • Practice good table manners

4. Memory Verse

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • He who walks with the wise grows wise, but a companion of fools suffers harm. — Proverbs 13:20
    • He who seeks good finds goodwill, but evil comes to him who searches for it. — Proverbs 11: 27

5. Fun Activities

What is a bonus benefit of the clove apple?

  • Make pancakes and use real maple syrup.

  • Discuss what you learned.

6. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

  • Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to another new skill.
  • Memorize the books of the Bible:

  • Learn about archery

  • Learn about baking


Week 4: Chapters 8 & 9

1. Research a Pioneer Laundry Day

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • How is this different from the way you wash clothes?

Watch this video about soap making.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Why did they keep the kids away?

Other:

  • Springtime was when the gardens are planted. Click HERE to learn more about pioneer gardens.

Here is a fun video about a pioneer dance which may be similar to the one described in Chapter 8.

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

Sin can pile up in our hearts just like dirty clothes can pile up in our rooms. We need to make to sure to get our hearts washed and our clothes washed on a regular basis.

  • Check out this Sorting Laundry Activity
  • Use this Sequencing Worksheet to make a chart showing the laundry cycle from sorting, to washing, to drying, to folding and putting away, and clean up.
  • Check out this video about the benefits of hanging your clothes out on the line:

3. Character/Manners

– Read ‘Six Manners of Speech.’ p. 16 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

– Read ‘Four Awkward Things That Happen To Everyone.’ p. 35 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

  • The girls were arguing in Chapter 8 which was Foolish.
  • Look up the meaning of foolish.
  • Read Proverbs 22:15.

4. Memory Verse

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Wealth brings many friends, but a poor man’s friend- deserts him. — Proverbs 19:4
    • He who is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and He will reward him for what he has done. — Proverbs 19:17

5. Fun Activities

  • Try out some rag curls. They use paper towels in this video.

  • Make your own soap

6. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

  • Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to another new skill.
  • Memorize the books of the Bible:

  • Learn about archery

  • Learn about baking


Week 5: Chapters 10 & 11

1. Research Beekeeping

Here is a short video to get you started.

  • Discuss what you learned.

Watch this video about Pioneer gardening:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Name 3 vegetables that were in the pioneer garden.

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: without me ye can do nothing.— John 15:5

Weeds can hinder the growth of plants just like sin can keep us from growing in the way the Lord wants us to grow.

  • Weed the Garden

Here’s a fun little video for kids:

3. Character/Manners

– Read ‘Phone Manners.’ p. 26 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

– Read ‘How to Take a Phone Message.’ p. 28 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

  • How does having a foolish child affect the parents?
  • Read Proverbs 17:21, 17:25, and 19:13

4. Memory Verse

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • A wise son heeds his father’s instruction, but a mocker does not listen to rebuke. — Proverbs 13:1
    • The Lord detests lying lips, but he delights in men who are truthful. — Proverbs 12:22

5. Fun Activities

  • Grow a sunflower in a pot.

6. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

  • Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to another new skill.
  • Memorize the books of the Bible:

  • Learn about archery

  • Learn about baking


Week 6: Chapters 12 & 13

1. Research Pioneer Quilting

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Where did they get the material for making quilts?
  • Do you have any quilts in your home?

Quilts were used to keep warm in the winter. Check out these articles to learn about how the pioneers prepared for winter:

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

  • Wash dishes
    •  When you are washing dishes you need to keep in mind how God washes us clean and do a good job to get them sparkling clean.

3. Character/Manners

– Read ‘Eight Rules for Traveling in the Car.’ p. 32 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

– Read ‘Sometimes, Being “Rude” Is the Rule.’ p. 36 in Uncommon Courtesy For Kids: A Training Manual For Everyone

  • Laura tried to please her father by being obedient.
  • Look up obedient in the dictionary.
  • Read Exodus 20:12.

4. Memory Verse

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Starting a quarrel is like breaching a dam: so drop the matter before a dispute breaks out. — Proverbs 17: 14
    • A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger. — Proverbs 15:17

5. Fun Activities

  • Find some fun ideas for your Gold Rush Party
  • Look up some fun recipes for your Gold Rush Party
  • Make some decorations for your Gold Rush Party
  • Check out the fun quilting ideas at Oriental TradingYou might also find some party ideas there!

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Watch this video:

6. Bonus Skills — Choose one or two to work on

  • Practice these until you finish this unit study and then we will move on to another new skill.
  • Memorize the books of the Bible:

  • Learn about archery

  • Learn about baking

 


Week 7: Finishing Up

Be sure to continue practicing your manners at home and away from home.

1. Research Maple Syrup as an alternative natural sweetener

  • Discuss what you learned.

2. Research the history of Johnny Cakes

  • Watch this video:

  • What are two other names these are known by?
  • Bonus points for making up a batch of these today! Here is a recipe.

Check out these Pioneer recipes that are still around today:

3. Learn about the Sabbath Day.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • How can you observe the Sabbath Day in your home?

Bonus Lesson/Activities:

  • Make some Pioneer Taffy.
  • Check out this video about preparing for a Pioneer Trek. (Mormon Pioneer Trek Preparation Demo)

  • Learn how to clean a gun, with your parent’s permission!
  • Look up at least two Bible verses about Gold, choose one to memorize.
  • Research Pioneer Fashion

Here is one about Amish clothing which is similar to the pioneer clothing:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • How do these differ from our clothing today?

 

**BE SURE TO SAVE A FEW SAMPLES OF YOUR WORK FOR YOUR  

PORTFOLIO!  TAKE PICTURES OF BIG PROJECTS!