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Literature: "On the Banks of Plum Creek" by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Students can learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her book “On the Banks of Plum Creek” by using these sites. Included are eThemes resources on pioneer life, schools during pioneer times, and other Little House books.


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Find out about the many books in the "Little House" series. Included is a time line about Laura Ingalls Wilder. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Read a short piece on Wilder by William Anderson. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can view a map of Minnesota and find out the location of Walnut Grove. Click on "Ingalls Dugout Site" for photographs of the site.
Students can try "Grinding Wheat," "Churning Butter," "How to Make a Braided Rug," and more. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can download this 17-page PDF classroom activity guide that has synopses of all the Little House books and biographical information about Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Read encyclopedia information on grasshoppers. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Find out what a leech is. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Students can learn what "Leech Therapy" is.
Read about Laura Ingalls Wilder and her Little House books. Learn about the places the Ingalls family lived. Includes activities and teaching guides to go along with various Little House books. Listen to fiddle playing and other music from that period. Read documents written by Laura.
These sites have activities that go along with the book "Little House on the Prairie" by Laura Ingalls Wilder. Includes reading, writing, vocabulary, and mapping activities that can be used in the classroom. There are also hands-on cooking and craft activities.
These websites are about the book "By the Shores of Silver Lake" and author Laura Ingalls Wilder. There are discussion questions, lesson plans, interactive activities, and an excerpt from the book.
What was it like to go to school in the late 1800's and early 1900's? How big were the schools, how many grades? Investigates clothing, games, songs, and lifestyles. There is one site on frontier culture.
These links are all about schools during the nineteenth century. View photographs of one room schoolhouses, read about a typical school day, and view timelines of the education system in America.
These sites are about houses made from sod that many pioneers built and lived in during the 1800s. See photographs of past and reconstructed sod homes in Nebraska, Kansas, and the Dakotas. Read letters from people in which they talk about life in sod houses and watch a video tour of a home. Includes a few activities for making a sod house in the classroom.
These sites are about daily life on the frontier. Learn about frontier towns and the chores and games that the pioneers participated in. Read the original Homestead Act that prompted many people to move West. Includes videos and historical photographs.
These sites have information about the types of food the pioneers ate and how they prepared and preserved their meals. Includes recipes for johnnycakes, brown sugar candy, snow ice cream, and molasses cake. Also includes some recipes for Native American and early African American dishes.

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