Take a peek inside pioneer life with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This web-based novel unit can be used as a classroom instruction tool or for independent learning. Links to definitions, images, and videos help children understand life in the wilderness.
Click here for a preview of the first two chapters.
How to Use This Website:
Option 1: Classroom discussion has never been easier! Simply display the webpage for discussion of each chapter.
Option 2: The website is kid-friendly and ready for independent learning. Students can explore vocabulary, consider the text with guiding questions, identify forms of figurative language, work on extension activities, and even download their own worksheets!
• Vocabulary – Ten words from each chapter of Little House in the Big Woods appear in context on the screen. Students use context clues to predict meaning then click on the word to find its definition. Most words also have links to images, which help students better understand the word. A corresponding vocabulary worksheet is attached and ready to download.
• Figurative Language – Examples of figurative language from the chapter are displayed. Students discuss/ponder the phrase and identify the type of figurative language used.
• Guiding Questions – A series of questions stimulates comprehension of the chapter.
• Written Question – One question from each chapter has been designated for a longer answer, or constructed response. A corresponding worksheet is attached and ready for download.
• Extension Activities – Project ideas and links encourage further exploration of topics in each chapter.
• About the Author – A separate webpage provides links to biographical text, videos, and information on other books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
The product contains no hard copies. When you purchase the product, you will receive the URL. All worksheets must be downloaded from the website. Video links for Little House in the Big Woods have been saved using Safeshare whenever possible. This ensures that students see no advertisements.
RL.3.1, RL.4.1, RL.5.1 – Answer questions; refer to text.
RL.3.3, RL.4.3, RL.5.3 – Describe a character, setting, or event.
RL.3.4, RL.4.4, RL.5.4 – Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in text.
RL.3.10, RL.4.10, RL.5.10 – Read and comprehend age-appropriate literature.
L.3.4, L.4.4, L.5.4 – Determine the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words.
L.3.5, L.4.5, L.5.5 – Demonstrate understanding of figurative language.
L.3.6, L.4.6, L.5.6 – Acquire general academic and domain-specific words and phrases.