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The Prairie Primer: A Literature Based Unit Study Utilizing the Little House SeriesThe Prairie Primer: A Literature Based Unit Study Utilizing the Little House Series
Margie Gray
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No other stories have captured the hearts of 8- to 12-year-olds quite like the Little House on the Prairie series. Now these time-honored tales serve as the basis for a comprehensive homeschool unit---including cross-curricular studies in Bible, literature, science, art, creative writing, cooking, and history! Features twelve 4-week lesson plans for use with grades 3 to 6. Additional materials required. 283 pages, softcover from Cadron Creek.
     

 
Words WestWords West
Ginger Wadsworth
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Among the tens of thousands of pioneers who left home in covered wagons in the 1800s, headed for the West in hopes of fertile land, gold, or escape from religious or racial persecution, some forty thousand were children.

Though the hardships and dangers of the trail were many, these children also witnessed the great and wild beauty of the untouched West and became an integral part of U.S. history. In this unique approach to the history of the wagon trail and western expansion, here are the moving stories of these young pioneers, told in their own words through letters home, diaries, and memoirs.

This clear and well organized presentation is comprehensive, accessible, and richly illustrated with detailed maps and more than ninety archival photos and prints of life on the trail. End notes, bibliography, index. Grades 5-9, Ages 10-14. Hardcover, 208 pages.
     


 
American Pioneers and Patriots, Second Edition, Grade 3American Pioneers and Patriots, Second Edition, Grade 3
Caroline D. Emerson
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From New World colonists to Old West settlers, explore early life in America! These engaging stories of frontier families offer your 3rd- and 4th-grade students an exciting window onto the pioneer past. Through fictional accounts of brave boys and girls, today's patriots will appreciate the faith, courage, and determination of those who built our nation. 165 pages, hardcover from Christian Liberty Press.
     

 
Going West!Going West!
Carol A. Johmann, Elizabeth J. Reith
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Wagons ho! Ride along in a prairie schooner, meet the people, and see the sights of our expanding nation in the mid-1800s. Learning meets life with thought-provoking "Think About It" and "You Are There" sections in this engaging text. Includes lists of places to visit, books for further reading, and websites. Ages 6 to 13. 96 pages, softcover from Kaleidoscope Kids.
     

 
If You Traveled West in a Covered WagonIf You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon
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Imagine traveling all the way to Oregon in a Covered Wagon; learn who became "trail guides", how far you'd travel in a day, dangers you'd encounter, and how to keep your oxen's feet from getting sore! Revised and updated, this classic book will make children feel as if they're there alongside the pioneers during the 1840s. 80 pages, indexed, softcover.
     

 

 
How We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and ClarkHow We Crossed the West: The Adventures of Lewis and Clark
Rosalyn Schanzer
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This captivating text follows the Corps of Discovery by the most exciting passages (with some edits!) from Lewis and Clark's actual journals. Accompanied by lively illustrations (in a unique folk style achieved by acrylic and colored pencil on canvas) that showcase the people, animals, and landscape they encountered on their trip to the Pacific, this picture book will introduce young students to Sacagawea and the Western Indian peoples they encountered on their way west.

Ages 8-12 / Grades 3-7. 48 pages, reinforced softcover. 10.5" x 8.6" x .2".


     

 
Who Settled the West?Who Settled the West?
Bobbie Kalman
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Women of the WestWomen of the West
Bobbie Kalman, Jane Lewis
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Boomtowns of the WestBoomtowns of the West
Bobbie Kalman
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Homes of the WestHomes of the West
Bobbie Kalman
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The Gold RushThe Gold Rush
Bobbie Kalman
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The RailroadThe Railroad
Bobbie Kalman
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Wagon TrainWagon Train
Bobbie Kalman
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Who Was Annie Oakley?Who Was Annie Oakley?
Stephanie Spinner
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Annie Oakley was a sharpshooting, horesback-riding symbol of the Wild West. Annie was an elegant little lady who was courted by European aristocracy and admired by queens. She was a determined and brilliant performer who dazzled the world over. Find out more about the real Annie Oakley in this fun and exciting illustrated biography.
     

 
Prairie AnnaPrairie Anna
Peggy House
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Anna's life on the prairie is like many other immigrants in the early 1900s-her mother dies, her newborn sister dies, and her father's South Dakota farm is not doing well. Her family makes all the decisions about how to survive, leaving her to catch up and adjust to all the changes in her life. When she's given a different option, what will she decide to do with the one choice she's been given?
     

 
Cowboys of the Wild WestCowboys of the Wild West
Russell Freedman
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People all over the world like to dress, walk, and talk the way they think American cowboys did in the heyday of the Wild West. What were the cowboys really like? Newbery Medallist Russell Freedman provides a vivid look at the proud, young men who inspired the legend - the old-time, trail-driving cowboys in the late nineteenth century.
     

 

 
Pioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and RecipesPioneer Days: Discover the Past with Fun Projects, Games, Activities, and Recipes
David C. King
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Discover what a year in the life of the Butler family was like as they live during the time of the American pioneers. Each page continues the story of 12-year old Sam, 9-year old Liz, and their parents as they learn about how to live on the prairie; the facing page includes a relevant craft. Learn to weave a basket, make cornhusk dolls, play marbles, make old-time lemonade, make a patchwork picture, and discover other skills from yesteryear. Sidebars feature additional historical information. 112 pages with glossary. Softcover. Ages 8-12.
     

 
Jed Smith: Trailblazer of the West, Grades 5-7Jed Smith: Trailblazer of the West, Grades 5-7
Frank Latham
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Introduce 10- to 14-year-olds to a fascinating character in American history: Christian trapper and mountain man Jedediah Smith! As a young man, Jed dared to pursue his dreams--braving dangerous terrain, grizzly bears, hostile Indian tribes, and other obstacles as he blazed a trail for settlers moving west into the "wilderness territory" beyond the Rocky Mountains. This book tells the story of an outstanding man who deserves to be recognized for his contributions to the opening of the West in the nineteenth century.

The trailblazer known as Jed Smith was a daring explorer, a skilled trapper, and a dedicated Christian frontiersman. His work literally opened up major portions of the wilderness territory to settlers traveling west. Few men in American history faced more intense challenges and outright danger and lived to tell about it. Best of all, his story and Christian testimony are as amazing as they are true!

Grades 5-7.
     

 
African-Americans in the Old WestAfrican-Americans in the Old West
Tom McGowen
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This book describes the important role of freed slaves and other African-Americans in the settlement of the West. There are a lot of photographs, a Glossary, and a Timeline.
     

 
Mustang: Wild Spirit of the WestMustang: Wild Spirit of the West
Marguerite Henry
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Horses were in Annie Bronn's blood. For as long as she could remember, she had been fascinated by the spirited wild mustangs that roamed free throughout the West. So when greedy cattlemen started to round up the mustangs for slaughter, Annie knew it was up to her to save the breed. The true story of Wild Horse Annie's crusade to save the mustangs is inspiring. Readers will cheer her on, all the way to the White House, in her struggle to preserve these beautiful creatures from extinction.
     

 
Roughing ItRoughing It
Mark Twain, Hamlin Hill
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Mark Twain's ramblings took him all over the American West during the 1860s. He prospected for gold and silver, speculated on timber and mining stocks, sailed to Hawaii, and worked for a succession of small newspapers. In Roughing It, his fictionalized account of these years, tall tales abound, as do sketches of unforgettable characters: desperadoes, vigilantes, newspapermen, Mormons, and prospectors. Twain's debt to the burlesque stylings of regional humorists and his celebrated gift for accurately rendering regional speech are never more in evidence than here, but as Hamlin Hill points out in his introduction, Roughing It must also be read as Twain's renunciation of his footlose bachelorhood, his rejection of the mythic, romanticized image of the West, and his autopsy of the American dream.
     

 

 
A Tale of the Western PlainsA Tale of the Western Plains
G.A. Henty
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Drawing on real-life cowboy tales, G.A. Henty transports young readers back to the early days of America's frontier with a narrative that's as exciting as it is educational. In this "fiercely accurate" adventure, young Hugh Tunstall travels from England to the American West where he experiences firsthand the lawlessness of the Far West. Hugh finds work on a cattle ranch, encounters hostile Indians, and chases kidnappers. The absorbing narrative also offers authentic accounts of mining camps, lumberjacking, cattle ranching and rapping, with some riveting gunfights, wildfires, horse races, roundups and daring rescues! Recommended for all ages.
     

 
The Prairie TravelerThe Prairie Traveler
Randolph Marcy
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Filled with helpful information that was essential for safe travel west as well as a fascinating view of the strenuous life faced by prairie travelers before the era of the railroad.
     

CowboyCowboy
David Murdoch
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Learn all about Cowboys in this photograph-filled DK Eyewitness book. With chapters on the South American Gaucho, guns and gunslingers, boots and spurs, North American cowboys, what is a cowboy, "churros", "vaqueros", and more, readers will gain a visually-rich overview of what makes Cowboys so special. 63 pages with index and glossary. Oversized book, hardcover.
     

Outlaws of the Old West Card GameOutlaws of the Old West Card Game
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Educational card game for the entire family.
     

 










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