Sunday, August 22, 2010

Jed's Cottonwood Yoke Made it to Santa Fe.....

If you know what that means, you must be a fan of Holling C. Holling's book, Tree in the Trail !

This is book #2 in the Beautiful Feet  Literature/Geography study.

First,  we read The King's Fifth by Scott O'dell aloud as a family.  (It's a great read!)

After the book was finished, we jumped into Tree in the Trail.  We 'watched' history through the branches of a Cottonwood tree from the Native Americans to the Spanish Conquistadors to The Westward Expansion along the Santa Fe/Cimarron Trail .

Tree in the Trail Map - Santa Fe Trail & SW United States
Tree in the Trail Map - Santa Fe Trail & SW United States 

For our map, we did things a bit different this time.  Instead of having the kids write out the states, capitals and rivers, I typed little tags for them to tape onto the map.  It made the map much more legible AND made the end of book quiz easier too.  I just removed the tags and had each child put them back where they belong on the map.  I did have them draw in the Santa Fe and Cimarron Trails and Coronado's route complete with a map key.

Pioneer Wagon Craft
Pioneer Wagon Craft


One of our hands on activities was to draw a Conestoga Wagon.....why draw one when you can build one?



Early American Research
Early American Research

We also researched Cottonwood trees, Bison, flint and iron arrow heads, Matchlocks (gun), bows, arrows and ox yokes.  My children have varying degrees of artistic talent, but I think they all enjoyed drawing these things as well.


Cottonwood Trees
Cottonwood Trees

Next we cruise down the Mississippi River with a Turtle named Minn......

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