Social Studies for Three Names

We had a very simple social studies lesson for this book (which is nice for the last few weeks before Thanksgiving break…we’re all getting anxious to relax a bit). We learned that the prairie stretches all the way from parts of Texas through Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North and South Dakota, and in parts of Minnesota and Montana. We talked a bit about life on the prairie back when this story takes place and things that were common such as the one-room schoolhouse, horse drawn wagons, and outhouses. We started reading Little House on the Prairie during our read aloud time, which both of the kids have been really excited about since we finished Little House in the Big Woods last Wednesday. We were able to contrast the difference between the Woods of Wisconsin where they first lived to the prairie of Kansas where they were moving to.

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