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Little House On The Prairie Adventure Week 1 Lesson Plans




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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.


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.


This one came from Lakeshore Learning.

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.

Week 1: Chapters 1, 2 & 3 (Going West, Crossing the Creek and Camp on the High Prairie

Here is our lesson plan for the week:

Language Arts

We plan to use this FREE Lapbook to go along with our study.


Read Chapters 1, 2 & 3

Discussion Questions:

Chapter One:

  • What was happening at the beginning of the chapter?
  • Why did Pa say they needed to leave? Where were they going?
  • What season was it? How do you know?
  • What states did they travel through?
  • What did Pa trade the horses for? What did they name them?

Chapter Two:

  • How did Mary feel about crossing the water?
  • Did Laura feel the same way?
  • Why do you think Ma covered the girls with a blanket?
  • What sad thing happened while crossing?

Chapter Three:

  • What was the spider? Why was it called that? Click HERE for pictures.
  • What did the girls have to share?
  • What sound did Laura not like to hear?
  • What surprise did they get?
  • What did Laura wish Pa would give her?

Additional Reading:

Each child would complete a reading lesson from our McGuffey Primer Books or other reading materials that we chose for the day.

Younger kids will also be doing one lesson a day from Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons.


Older Kids:

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

Younger Kids:


Using  Spencerian Penmanship go over the instructions on p. 1-4


We will be making a journal to record some of our pioneer adventures in. The link to the journal will be HERE.

Choose one prompt below:

  • Make up a campfire song.
  • Write about your favorite camping adventure and be sure to describe what you see, hear, smell, and feel. Draw a picture to go with your story.
  • Review some skills with this worksheet HERE.

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

Other Activities:**


Older kids:

Younger kids:


You can work on a lesson in your Ray’s Arithmetic Books or other math workbook. (The lessons below reflect what we worked on.)

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


Rotate through these activities:

Older Kids:

Younger Kids:


Geography and History

We plan to use parts of this FREE UNIT STUDY AND LAPBOOK as we learn about the Plains Indians.

1. State Study

  • Print out this map HERE or this one HERE. You can color in the states as you learn them and track Laura’s journeys.
  • This week we will study Missouri.
  • Complete your notebooking pages.
  • Older kids can write a report about the state.

2. Learn about the Great Plains and the Indian Territory

  • Watch the videos below to learn more about Indian Territory and how it changed through the years.

  • Compare your map to the ones shown in the beginning of the video. How are they the same? Different?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE.

3.Research the Mississippi River.

  • Discuss what you learned.

They talk about taking the ferry across the river. Watch this video to see an example:

  • What would be the scariest thing about crossing a river? Why?
  • What would be the most fun? Why?

4. Research the Louisiana Purchase.

Everyone can watch this quick video. Older kids can do a little more research.

  • Discuss what you learned.

5. Research Native American Indian Tribes. You will have a report due at the end of the book.

  • Start reading a book about Native American Indians.
  • Click HERE for a link about the Indians of the Great Plains.
  • We will be studying about Indians throughout this book.
  • Take plenty of notes!

  • Discuss what you have learned and start taking notes.
  • Complete this Lapbook piece HERE about the tribes.
  • Explore the Native Americans Resource Box from Lakeshore Learning

We will be using the following books with our studies:



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.


Life Skills

1. Following Ma’s Example

Talk about the importance of routines. We will be talking a lot about routines during this unit. Routines are simply a tool that help us to be more successful in our everyday lives. They are a set of steps that we follow on a regular basis to achieve our goals. Routines help everyone to know what is expected of them and when. This can help wi th frustrations that we face in our daily lives.

Ma kept to her routines even though things were very different. One big difference was the way she had to cook meals. This is a good skill to learn whether you like to camp or in the event of an emergency. Answer the questions below:

  • What things mentioned were part of their normal routine?
  • Why do you think Ma kept to these routines?

Watch this video on why routines are so important to kids:

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What routines help you the most?
  • What areas do you think you need better routines for?

We like to use the FlyLady app on our phone to keep track of our routines.

2. Ways to help around the house like Laura

We are going to talk about straightening up around the house.

These basic steps can be used in any room of the house.

How to straighten up a room:

  • First we need to pickup the items that don’t belong in the area/room. ex: Shoes, clothes, toys, etc.
    • You can use a laundry basket to pick up stray items and to carry them to where they belong.
  • Pick up all the trash in the area.
    • Put the trash where it belongs.
  • Check for spills and other messes.
    • Clean up messes as you find them.
  • Pick up piles and stacks of papers or books.
    • Put everything where it belongs.
  • Carry dirty dishes to the kitchen
    • Put them in the sink or other designated place.
  • Straighten DVDs and bookshelves.
    • Everything should be facing out so it can be read easily.
  • Fold blankets and put them where they belong.
  • Straighten and fluff pillows.
  • Straighten anything else that is out of place.
  • Wipe down anything that needs cleaned.
    • Ask what cleaner should be used.
  • Sweep or vacuum the floor.
  • Check the room over before leaving.

Do you know where everything goes? If not, be sure to ask a parent or older sibling to show you where to put everyting.

Watch this quick video and discuss what you learned:

3. Character

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.

Children, obey your parents in everything, for this pleases the Lord. – Colossians 3:20

We will be studying obedience during this unit. What is obedience?

  • Obedience means to willfully, promptly, and cheerfully do whatever a person of authority (ex: parents, teachers, or God) asks you to do.

Being obedient. This may not seem like a big deal but there could have been some serious consequences had Laura and Mary not obeyed Ma when crossing the river.

  • Why do you think it was so important for Laura and Mary to be obedient?
  • Should you be obedient? Why or why not? Read Ephesians 6:1-4.
  • What are some ways you can practice obedience?

  • Do you have a set of rules for your family?
  • If they aren’t printed then maybe you can ask your mom or dad to help you write them out.
  • Click HERE for an example of Family Rules.
  • Do have trouble being obedient? Did you know that you can ask God for help?
  • Click HERE for a really cute coloring page. Or click HERE for some more pages.

4. Manners

– Read through the first three pages of Emily’s Everyday Manners and discuss the manners shown in the pictures:

  • Helping people to show that they love them.
  • Doing kind things for others.
  • Apologizing
  • Remember that good manners take practice so don’t stop trying!

5. Memory Verse

We will be memorizing Psalm 8 during this unit study. Print it HERE.

Psalm 8.jpg

  • Work on memorizing a verse during the week for a special prize.
    • Verse 1: O Lord, our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens.
  • Older kids can copy the memory verse down in their notebook.

6. Fun Activities

Cooking On A Stick: Campfire Recipes for Kids

7. 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.

Kids Cook Real Food 

  • Work on: Class 3 – Cross Hatch, Cracking Eggs, Garlic/Sauteeing (Beginner)
  • 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.

Memorize the books of the Bible:

Learn about camping.

Camp Out!: The Ultimate Kids’ Guide

And Jacob… lighted upon a certain place, … and he took the stones of that place, and put them for his pillows, and lay down in that place to sleep. – Genesis 28:10-11

  • Read a book about camping. Record the Title and Author on your Reading Log.
  • Don’t have a Reading Log? You can print one HERE.
  • You may also want to get a notebook to keep track of all the interesting things you will be learning.
  • Camping can be a very fun experience, if you are prepared.


Learn about Herbs.

And God said, “Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. – Genesis 1:29

  • You will need a good book about herbs. Record the Title and Author on your Reading Log.
  • Don’t have a Reading Log? You can print one HERE.
  • You may also want to get a notebook to keep track of all the interesting things you will be learning.

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

  • We will be studying out herbs. A person who seriously studies plants and/or herbs for healing is called a herbalist.
  • Plants are our friends. We need them to survive! Watch this quick video about what plants provide for us:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Jot down notes in your notebook.
  • Check out this link HERE for an Herbal Encyclopedia.
  • Does it surprise you that there are so many herbs?
  • Bonus points if you find a herbalist in your community.

PE, Health & Safety

Week 1: Chapters 1, 2 & 3

1. Water Safety

  • Crossing the creek proved to be very dangerous and scary for the Ingalls family. Watch these videos for some safety tips.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Name 5 ways to stay safe around water.

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Horses were very useful in many ways during the pioneer times. This game doesn’t involve horses but is a fun game to play.

Music, Arts & Crafts

You can find more Native American crafts and activities HERE , HERE, HERE and a FREE printable coloring book HERE.

Week 1: Chapters 1, 2 & 3


  1. Try one of these campfire crafts:

2.  Horse Crafts

3. You could start making a Pioneer Life Diorama to depict the book scenes.


  1. Draw a picture of Pet and Patty on their lines.
  2. Wagons on a raft coloring page.


  1. Listen to the sounds of nature on the prairie:

2. Listen to the sounds of nature at night:



Little House On The Prairie Adventure: Week by Week PE, Health, and Safety Lessons

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Here are our Lesson Plans For PE, Health & Safety

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 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

1. Water Safety

  • Crossing the creek proved to be very dangerous and scary for the Ingalls family. Watch these videos for some safety tips.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Name 5 ways to stay safe around water.

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Horses were very useful in many ways during the pioneer times. This game doesn’t involve horses but is a fun game to play.

Week 2: Chapters 4, 5 & 6

1. Outdoor Exploring Safety

  • Laura and Mary had a lot of fun exploring outdoors and you can too. Watch these videos to learn how to stay safe.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Name 5 things you can do to stay safe.

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

2. Sprains

  • Ma got hurt when the log fell and she sprained her ankle. We can get hurt when we are playing and exploring to. Do you know what a sprain is?

  • How do you treat a sprain?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • How did the treatment in the video compare/contrast with the way Ma treated her sprain?

3. What is Molasses?

  • Watch how molasses is made:

  • Discuss what you have learned.

4. Games/Outdoor Play

Mr. Edwards did jumping jacks when Pa played the fiddle. Do you know how to do a jumping jack?

Week 3: Chapters 7, 8 & 9

1. Fireplace Safety

  • The Ingalls’ family used their fireplace not only to cook but also to keep warm. This means it was essential to use almost everyday. They kids learned how to stay safe around the fireplace and you can too.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • List 5 things you should do to stay safe around a fireplace.

2. Heater Safety

  • The Ingalls family used their fireplace to keep warm but many of us don’t have fireplaces. Sometimes people use heaters to keep warm. Let’s learn how to stay safe.

  • Sometimes people use things like BBQ grills to heat their home when they can’t use a heater. Do you know why this can be dangerous?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Make a safety checklist for heating your home.

3. Games/Outdoor Play

Laura enjoyed watching all of the animals on the prairie and mentioned the many different types of birds she saw. You can take turns naming the birds while playing this game.

Week 4: Chapters 10, 11 & 12

1. Sun Safety

  • The story talks about how hot the sun was on the prairie and mentioned how Mr. Scott didn’t tan but burned. Let’s learn some safety tips for when we are in the sun.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Name something that Ma continued to remind the girls to use to protect them from the sun.
  • Do you think the girls tanned or burned? Why?
  • What are some ways that we can stay safe in the sun?
  • Do you know how to treat a sunburn? Watch this video for tips:

2. Snake Safety

  • The girls enjoyed exploring and playing outside. They often saw a lot of different wildlife on the prairie but they knew to stay away from snakes. Let’s learn a little about snake safety and what to do in case you get a snake bite.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Write down the steps to take if you see a snake.
  • Write down the steps to take if you get a snake bite.

3. Games/Outdoor Play


Week 5: Chapters 13, 14 & 15

1. What to do if you get lost.

  • The girls often went exploring but made sure not to wander off. It would probably have been easy to get lost on the big prairie. Would you know what to do if you got lost?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Make a list of all the steps to do if you get lost.
  • Work on memorizing the information you would need if you got lost.
    • name
    • phone number
    • address
  • Click HERE for a FREE printable.

2. Insect Safety

  • When the family got sick they didn’t know what had caused the illness. Mrs. Scott had believed it had come from the watermelon but it had actually came from mosquitoes. How can we protect ourselves from mosquitoes and other insects?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What are some ways that we can prevent bug bites?

3. Calcium for strong bones

  • Ma and the girls were excited to see that Pa had brought home a cow as they hadn’t had any milk for a long time. Why is milk so important in our diets?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Name some of the benefits of drinking milk.
  • Watch this video to learn about how much calcium we need and other sources of calcium.

Click HERE to read about the Plains Indian’s diet.

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • How does this compare to our diet?

4. Games/Outdoor Play

  • Regular exercise is important for strong bones. Watch this video to learn about what exercises can help increase bone density.

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Go outside and play 30 minutes and try out some bone strengthening activities.


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 6: Chapters 16, 17 & 18

1. Fire Safety

  • Ma and Laura acted quickly when there was a fire. Would you know what to do if there was a fire in your home?
  • Watch this fire safety video:

  • Discuss what you learned.
  • Come up with a fire safety plan and practice it.

2. Burn Treatment

  • After the fire was out Ma checked Laura for burns but she wasn’t hurt. This was a good thing.
  • We have learned about fire safety but sometimes we might find that we have accidentally gotten burned. Let’s learn about how to treat a burn:

  • Discuss what you have learned.

3. Games/Outdoor Play

Pa told them about the geese and turkeys he saw while out hunting and brought back some ducks for dinner. Have you ever watched the birds flying south for winter? If not, maybe you can keep an eye out for them in the Fall.

Week 7: Chapters 19, 20 & 21

1. Wild Animal Safety

When they heard the scream at night Pa thought it may have been a neighbor needing help. He soon realized it was a panther and came back home quickly.

  • Wild animals can be dangerous. Do you know what to do to stay safe if you encounter a wild animal?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What kinds of wild animals could you encounter where you live?
  • How will you keep yourself safe?

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Laura and Mary played games with each other and Baby Carrie. Try any of the games listed below or choose your favorite game to play. These would be really good games for when you are stuck inside the house.

You can find more games and activities in this book:

Pioneer days: Discover the past with fun projects, games, activities, and recipes (American kids in history)

Week 8: Chapters 22, 23 & 24

1. How are diseases spread?

We learned about how the Fever n’ Ague was spread by mosquitoes but do you know how other diseases are spread?

  • Discuss what you have learned.

2. Diseases spread to the Indians

We have read and researched about the Indians. Did you know that many Indians died from diseases that were brought by the newcomers? Let’s learn about some of these diseases.

  • Watch this video to learn about some of the diseases spread to the Indians by settlers:

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • What diseases have you heard of? Which ones have you never heard of?
  • Are these diseases still around today?
  • Older kids can choose a disease to research further and write a report about.

3. Importance of Sleep

In this section of the book the family had trouble sleeping. Do you remember why? Do you know why sleep is so important?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Talk about a time when you didn’t get enough rest. How did you feel?

4. Games/Outdoor Play

Week 9: Chapters 25 & 26

1. Tobacco Safety

The story mentions several time that Pa used his tobacco pipe. Do you know what tobacco is and how harmful it could be to you?

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

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Check out some of the games that the Native American children may have played with the links below:

Some of these games may be fun to include with your Indian Party.

Week 10: Finishing Up

1. Vehicle Safety

At the end of the book the family was moving again. I’m sure they didn’t have seatbelts but Ma and Pa made sure the girls knew what they needed to do to stay safe while traveling. What safety rules should you follow when in a vehicle?

  • Discuss what you have learned.
  • Go over the safety rules for the vehicle.
  • Practice these rules every time you go somewhere.

2. Games/Outdoor Play

Riding in the wagon was probably pretty boring at times and I’m sure the girls needed something to keep them occupied. Have you ever played Rock, Paper, Scissors with your friends? If not you can learn how to play this game and many other skills at SkillTrekker.com. How about this modified version:


10 Tips For Water Safety

It’s officially summer! It’s hot and has been for the past couple of months here in Florida. This means many of us are seeking some cool comfort in the water. Our kids have been learning to swim this summer and they have had plenty of chances to practice our water safety guidelines.

We’ve also been out on the boats a couple of times which can be a bit scary with youngsters but we make sure they understand the rules, and the importance of following the rules, BEFORE they get in or near the water. With so many reports of dry drownings and accidental drownings I wanted to share some of our water safety tips.

  1. NEVER go near the water without an Adult’s permission!
  2. ALWAYS wear your life jacket!
  3. NEVER swim alone or unattended.
  4. ALWAYS get out of the water when you see lightning.
  5. NEVER roughhouse, push, or run around the water.
  6. ALWAYS call for help if you get scared.
  7. NEVER dive or jump in without checking with an adult.
  8. ALWAYS follow the adult’s instructions.
  9. NEVER use the water as a potty.
  10. ALWAYS practice good manners and common courtesy.

While we don’t have a pool we do live on a pond. I’d love to make a sign similar to this one to display our rules. If I do come up with something I’ll update this post. Also remember when choosing a life jacket that you get one specifically designed for your child’s weight. We like to use the ones with the ‘butt-strap’ as my kids call it. It helps to prevent them from slipping out. We like these here and here.

We always make sure to keep a close eye on the kids while swimming and an adult is always within arm’s reach of any child. I read somewhere where a doctor said that most of the drownings he had seen had happened because of a distracted adult! Many times at group gatherings drownings occur because everyone thinks that someone is watching the kids. I try to keep this from happening by making sure everyone knows that they are responsible for their child’s safety.

Have fun and be safe! Remember to wear your sunscreen and bug spray while outside too! Our favorites are the Mineral Sunscreen Spray from Honest and the Babyganics Insect Repellent from Grove Collaborative.

I also posted links to my favorite girl’s swimsuits in this post here, if you are interested.

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