There are so many wonderful directions you can go with a study on Annie Oakley! Our top recommendation is simply to study her life, but you can certainly use it to launch into all things American Folk Heroes. Here are a few ideas to get you started!
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For All Ages
Actual Footage of Annie Oakley Firing Her Gun
National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum video featuring Annie’s Grand Niece
Biography Channel: Annie Oakley
National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth, Texas
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Center in Oklahoma City, OK
- Dress up like Annie Oakley with this wonderful costume or design your own!
- Add this Annie Oakley Action Figure to your cowboys and horses collection!
- Spinning Target for Foam Guns -use this to create your own shooting competition for your kids!
- American Legends and Tall Tales Coloring Book (Dover Classic Stories Coloring Book)
- Who Was Annie Oakley? by Stephanie Spinner
- Annie Oakley: Young Markswoman (Childhood of Famous Americans) by Ellen Wilson
- DK Biography: Annie Oakley: A Photographic Story of a Life by Chuck Wills
Middle School/High School & Beyond
- Annie Oakley (Legends of the Wild West) by Rachel A. Koestler-Grack
- The Life and Legacy of Annie Oakley (Volume 7) (The Oklahoma Western Biographies) by Glenda Riley
One Week with Annie Oakley
Day 1: Learn about Annie Oakley
- Read the Heritage Letter from Annie Oakley
- Read books about Annie Oakley (depending on how many books you have available or the length of the books you could space them out over the week)
Day 2: Watch Annie Oakley in Action
- Watch the videos about Annie Oakley linked above including the first one that shows actual footage of Annie Oakley
Day 3: Annie Oakley Vocabulary
- Test your knowledge of Annie Oakley with our word search here.
Day 4: Create your own Wild West Show
- Use the Ace of Hearts playing cards and target to create your own Wild West Show by trying some of Annie’s tricks like shooting the middle of a playing card or competing to see who can get the most points on a target. Use your toy foam dart guns or set up a pin the tail on the donkey type activity. Get the cards here.
Day 5: Design a Wild West Show Poster
- Using the artifact Wild West Show poster of Annie Oakley as your inspiration, design your own poster for Annie Oakley!
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