The 1800’s Week 6: Heading West (The Final Week)

In this post: Come join us as we take a wagon ride to the prairie! There will be pioneers and cowboys! Come hang out :). 

Hello dear ones! We’ve had a lot of fun learning about the pioneers and the world of Little House on the Prairie. This is how we learned:

Tall Tales

  • We read about Paul Bunyan and Buffalo Bill.
  • Michael watched Tall Tale.

Heading West

  • Michael read and watched Little House on the Prairie. We actually watched the newer mini series.
  • We took a virtual field trip to Little House on the Prairie sites.
  • Michael “built” a log cabin when we visited Fort Mitchell, a couple weeks before.
  • He also saw covered wagons at Fort Mitchell and the inside of a log cabin. There’s a picture of him ringing the supper bell.
  • Michael drew a picture of a log cabin from his Draw Through History book.
  • Little House on the Prairie Role play. I turned the reading pool into a covered wagon and Michael’s desk into the horse. Michael packed up the supplies for his “trip out west”. Then once he arrived, we used tp rolls and tissue paper to make a fire. I put a grate over the top and Michael cooked the food he had “shot”. He used our ukulele for a fiddle. We listened to actual fiddle music and danced around. Michael enjoyed pretending to be “Pa”.
  • We made a covered wagon out of cardboard and tissue paper.
  • We tried to learn old fashioned string games, like Cat’s cradle.
  • We made yarn dolls. I remember my Granny making those for me.
  • We read a book on Pioneers.
  • Michael made a lapbook about Cowboys.
  • Michael played The Oregon Trail, an interactive PC game.
  • We decorated Western gingerbread men, which was creepy since we had just talked about the tragedy of the Donnor Party!

Other

  • We read about Ireland’s potato famine in Story of the World book 4.
  • We watched Dear America Season one: Episode 4. It’s about an Irish immigrant girl who travels to America (because of famine) and works in a factory.
  • We read Jamie O’ Rourke and the Big Potato.
  • We read Little Folk, about leprechauns etc…
  • We read Irish rhymes.
  • We read about Italy in Story of the World, so we also read Italian rhymes.
  • Michael did a composer study on Tchaikovsky. He practiced playing “Swan Lake” on the piano.
  • We read poems by Whitman and Keats.

Well, I hope you enjoyed our study of history this school year. We went from Creation to the 1800’s. Links at the end.

Prairie1800sWeek6

The 1800’s on Pinterest:

http://www.pinterest.com/doverette/sow1800s-napoleon-civil-war-etc/

The 1800’s Week 5:http://amberdover.com/2014/07/21/the-1800s-week-5-the-statue-of-liberty-technology/

The 1800’s Week 1: http://amberdover.com/2014/05/20/the-1800s-week-1-sacagawea-claude-monet/

This is the last post for history this school year, so here is…

The Very beginning of our History study this school year: http://amberdover.com/2013/08/27/crafty-monday-creation-the-flood-and-personality/

Time Machine Unit (The 1900’s): http://amberdover.com/2013/01/08/a-late-crafty-monday-the-time-machine1900-1925/

God bless & remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

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