Provide related nonfiction pages and turn your students loose on these activities to connect the facts to the fiction. Look for or compose articles on cattle drives, frontier life or hydrophobia, among other topics.
Combine details from the novel, a passage about frontier houses, and math when students make scale models of the home in which Travis and his family lived. Use modeling clay, paper or dowels, or have snacks at the same time with pretzels and peanut butter as building materials (being mindful of food allergies).
Head ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out
Help students visualize the setting when they draw maps on which they chart the most famous cattle drive routes, as well as those in the site of the novel. Encourage them to create illustrations that symbolize facts about the different trails.
Numbers, Numbers, Numbers
Reinforce the use of skills from other school subjects by having students write math word problems based on ideas from the book.
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Introduce students to annotated bibliographies by asking them to create “Recommended for Further Reading" lists of books or websites about topics in the book. The list should include a correctly formatted bibliography entry and a summary of the book or site.