My First Little House Book Series: Prairie Day is adapted from the writings of Laura Ingalls Wilder and written for ages 3-8.
Map of the United States
Book: My First Little House Book Series: Prairie Day
Before reading, tell the children that you want them to listen for all the things that are different in Laura’s life than in the students’ lives. Specifically ask them to notice the food and food preparation, toys, entertainment and forms of travel. Read the book Prairie Day to the students, being mindful to give time to study the illustrations by Renee Graef.
1. Where did Laura’s family live at the beginning of the book? Where did they stop to build a house? (Use a map to point out the locations.)
2. What did they buy in the town of Pepin? (Pepin, Wisconsin is known as Laura’s birthplace.)
3. How did the family travel?
4. What are nose-bags? (Filled with corn, they are attached to a horse’s nose so he can eat.)
5. Where did they sometimes stay at night? (a tiny house for travelers)
6. Where did they get water?
7. How did they cook? What is an “iron spider"?
8. How did the landscape begin to change?
9. What animals did they see?
10. How did the girls entertain themselves during the long journey?
Use a 12" x 18" piece of white or manila colored construction paper. Demonstrate to the students how to fold the paper in half lengthwise. Then fold the paper into thirds. When it is opened it should have six squares.
On the top row children are going to write these three labels, one on the top of each square: (Remind them to leave room for an illustration.)
My food, My toys, My way to travel
On the bottom row do the same thing using these labels:
Laura’s food, Laura’s toys, Laura’s way to travel
Then instruct students to draw/color corresponding illustrations in each square.