Laura Ingalls Wilder

There are so many wonderful directions you can go with a study on Laura Ingalls Wilder and the Little House books!  Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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For All Ages

 Movie/Video

  • Watch the Little House on the Prairie Series (available on Amazon Prime)
  • Watch an interview with Dean Butler at Almanzo Wilder’s boyhood home

 

Music

  • Learn to sing "Old Dan Tucker" like Mr. Edwards



Poetry

Visit

  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Home in Mansfield, Missouri
    Visit Rocky Ridge Farm, home of Almanzo, Laura, and Rose Wilder.  See where Laura wrote the Little House books and other Ingalls and Wilder family momentoes such as Pa's fiddle.
  • Pomona Public Library in Pomona, CA
    View the handwritten manuscript of Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little Town on the Prairie is the heart of the Pomona Public Library's Laura Ingalls Wilder Collection.  Also view the original typewritten manuscript of By the Shores of Silver Lake and Remember Me, one of Michael Landon's scripts of the television series Little House on the Prairie and signed first editions of the Little House books and copies of the books in other languages.
  • Little House on the Prairie Museum in Independence, Kansas
    The museum stands on the original land where Laura Ingalls Wilder lived with her family in a one-room log cabin in 1870.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Walnut Grove, MN
    Learn about the history of the Ingalls family in Walnut Grove and see memorabilia from stars of the TV series and a quilt owned by Laura and her daughter, Rose.
  • Wilder Homestead in Malone, New York
    Visit the childhood home of Almanzo Wilder.
  • Ingalls Homestead in DeSmet, South Dakota
    Learn about Laura Ingalls Wilder and pioneer history
  •  Surveyor's House in DeSmet, South Dakota
    See the original Surveyors' House from Wilder's fifth book, "By the Shores of Silver Lake",  the original Ingalls home built by Charles "Pa" Ingalls in 1887-1889, and the  original First School of De Smet attended by Laura and her sister, Carrie.
  • Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum in Pepin, Wisconsin
    Visit Lake Pepin and see the reproduction Ingalls family cabin from Little House in the Big Woods.

Cooking

Make some of the recipes from the Little House Cookbook by Barbara M. Walker


Resources

Fiddlesticks Kids:
Prairie Homestead Printable Game, Little House on the Prairie Study Pack, Dress a Pioneer Girl Poster

The Playful Pioneers:
a year-long literature and project based curriculum for elementary students

StephHathaway Designs:
White-Tailed Deer Study Unit

Chickie and Roo:
Biomes Collection, Animal Anatomy Coloring, Garden Unit

Lily Elizabeth Studio:
Handpainted Little House on the Prairie Peg Dolls

 

Preschool

Books

Little House Picture Books (there are many titles, but here are a few to get you started):
A Little Prairie House

Winter Days in the Big Woods

The Deer in the Wood

A Little House Picture Book Treasury

Activities

 Make a simple family tree for your family using the instructions in our free downloads.

Elementary

 Books

Complete set of Little House Books (Paperback)

Complete set of Little House Books (Hardback)

Who Was Laura Ingalls Wilder by Patricia Brennan Demuth

Little Author in the Big Woods by Yona Zeldis McDonough

Activities

Build a covered wagon with Fanfaron by Laura

Make a corn husk doll

Construct your own family tree and interview some of your relatives using our ancestor profile pages in the free download.

Middle School/High School

 Books

Pioneer Girl: The Annotated Autobiography

Prairie Fires: The American Dreams of Laura Ingalls Wilder by Caroline Fraser

Activities

Learn how to make a wagon wheel

Construct your own family tree and interview some of your relatives using our ancestor profile pages in the free download.  Consider writing a story or two using the information you learn about your family or learn more about genealogy and your family background using Ancestry.com or other genealogy sites.  Some library systems offer free access to Ancestry.com to their members.

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