Wagon Wheels - E-Guide

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Grade Range: 1-3

Setting: Kansas, 1870s

Genre: Early Chapter Book, Historical

Page Count: 26+ Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6-7 weeks

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Based on a true story!
In 1878, Ed Muldie and his three sons leave Kentucky to take advantage of the free land offered by the United States government through the Homestead Act. They settle in Nicodemus, Kansas, and build a dugout home to live in for the winter. During the harsh winter, the people of Nicodemus are saved from starvation by the Osage Indians who bring them food. The following spring, Ed Muldie leaves his boys with the people of Nicodemus while he travels ahead to find a place to build a home. While living by themselves in the dugout, the three boys narrowly escape a prairie fire. When a letter from their father finally arrives, the three boys must travel 150 miles by themselves to reach their new home.

Progeny Press' Wagon Wheels English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student(s) with:

Historical Background: Journey into the historical landscape of the 1862 Homestead Act and the experiences of post-Civil War black settlers. Delve into the complexities, challenges, and triumphs of this transformative period in American history, gaining insights into the lives of those who sought new beginnings on the vast expanses of homesteaded land.
Author Biography: Learn about Barbara Brenner and her influences, motivations, and the weaving of historical narratives.
Vocabulary: Understand various words used in the novel, using activities to make learning and retention fun and effective.
Literary Techniques: Explore the interplay between fact and opinion, understanding the impact of these elements on the narrative. Delve into the use of compound words, recognizing their significance in enhancing the flow and richness of the storytelling.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Reflect on lessons such as God fulfilling our needs, the importance of sharing with others, the transformative power of helping the needy, the strength found in collective efforts, and the resounding message of not succumbing to fear.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Create maps to trace the settlers' journey, dive into the history of slavery and the Civil War, and examine the history and landscape of Kansas. Challenge yourself with crossword puzzles, experiment with cooking to understand meals of the time, engage in artistic expression, explore the musical notes of the era, delve into the impact of prairie fires, and connect with nature through gardening prairie plants and flowers.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  We include an in-depth reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Wagon Wheels by Barbara Brenner. Discover a world of captivating stories that go beyond a single novel.

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Book Awards:
HarperCollins I Can Read level 3   •   Reading Rainbow Book   •   Notable Children's Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (NCSS/CBC)   •   ALA Notable Children's Book
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