Little House in the Big Woods, written by Laura Ingalls Wilder, gives students an opportunity to experience pioneer life in the 1800's.

This novel study focuses on vocabulary, figurative language, discussion, and writing longer constructed responses. Pages of the website can be displayed for classroom discussion or used for independent learning. Specifically, you will find the following features in this website:
  • Vocabulary - Ten words, many of which relate directly to the pioneer experience, have been chosen for each chapter. Because each word is presented in its original sentence, students can use context to predict word meanings. Simply click on the highlighted word to find its meaning. Many words also have links to visuals so that students can better understand them. Corresponding worksheets are linked at the bottom of each page.
  • Figurative Language - One or more examples of figurative language (simile, metaphor, personification, onomatopoeia, and idiom) are provided for discussion. 
  • Discussion Questions - These questions were designed to help students clarify their understanding of the text.
  • Written Question - One question for each chapter allows students to construct a longer response (topic sentence followed by details and examples from the text). Corresponding worksheets are linked at the bottom of each page.
  • Extension Activities - Here's your opportunity to extend students' learning! Links with short videos showing pioneer life and ideas for student projects can be found at the end of each webpage.
Students can also learn about the author of Little House in the Big Woods, Laura Ingalls Wilder.

Click here for Common Core State Standards addressed in this unit.