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|
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|
One of our hands on activities was to draw a Conestoga Wagon.....why draw one when you can build one?
|Early American Research|
Next we cruise down the Mississippi River with a Turtle named Minn......