Little House in the Big Woods Resource Set

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Summary

Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s classic story, Little House in the Big Woods, is a favorite of boys and girls alike, and the first in the Little House on the Prairie series. It recounts the adventures of the Ingalls family, living as pioneers in 1870’s Wisconsin. Life isn’t easy for the Ingalls family; Pa must shoot deer or catch other food to last the cold winter. Ma must harvest the garden, churn butter, and make maple sugar. The family makes the best of every tough situation and grow in love in their log cabin where every night, safe and warm, the sound of Pa’s fiddle lulls Laura and her sisters to sleep. Use Little House in the Big Woods Super Pack to help students read closely, make accurate inferences, and use specific textual evidence to determine the author’s purpose for writing the story.

Teach with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder

  • Interactive Lesson Plan for 6 Book Club Meetings Focusing on Making Inferences and Drawing Conclusions
  • Chapter by Chapter Discussion Guide
  • Chapter by Chapter Vocabulary Guide
  • Book Club Calendar
  • Conversation Prompts
  • Expectations for Book Club Anchor Chart / Student Reference Sheet
  • Student Self-Evaluation Forms
  • Running Record Assessment Tool
  • Student Reading Response Guide
  • Comprehension Assessment Rubric
  • Common Core State Standard Assessment
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Common Core Alignment
  • Main Pack: L.4.6 RF.4.3 RF.4.4 RL.4.1 RL.4.10 RL.4.2 RL.4.3 RL.4.4 RL.4.5 RL.4.6 RL.4.7 RL.4.9 SL.4.1a SL.4.1b SL.4.1c SL.4.1d SL.4.2 SL.4.3 W.4.8
  • Vocabulary: L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6
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    Little House in the Big Woods Resource Set

    Little House in the Big Woods Instructional Overview

    The instructional overview includes instructional background for making inferences, instructional objectives for each of the Book Club meetings, and a list of the materials and preparation necessary to the Little House in the Big Woods Book Club.

    Book Club Management Resources

    The management resources include a Book Club Calendar, conversation prompts, Student Self-Evaluation forms, Reading Response Board (with optional Common Core alignment), and an Expectations for Book Club anchor chart.

    Meeting #1: Introduce Inferring

    Use Laura Ingalls Wilder's Little House in the Big Woods to explore making inferences. This Book Club begins by using a picture of the Wilder house to get students thinking.

    Meeting #2: Cite the Text to Support Inferences

    When making inferences with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, students will practice citing evidence in the text that supports their "reading between the lines".

    Meeting #3: Inferring the Author’s Purpose

    Author Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote Little House in the Big Woods to either inform or entertain her readers. Students will look for evidence in the text that supports both of these options for author's purpose.

    Meeting #4: Using Inferences to Make Predictions

    While reading Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, students will practice making important inferences that help them anticipate what will happen next.

    Meeting #5: Drawing Conclusions Based on Inferences

    This Little House in the Big Woods Book Club focuses on bringing together the reader's inferences, predictions, and conclusions. When students are able to use evidence from the text to prove that the prediction they made is correct, they are able to draw a conclusion.

    Meeting #6: Reflecting on Inferences and Predictions

    The last Book Club meeting for Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder provides a chance for students to reflect on the making inferences work they have done and on how making inferences helps to strengthen their reading comprehension.

    Little House in the Big Woods Focus Assessment and Rubric

    Use this six-question assessment to determine whether or not students understand the key concepts associated with making inferences and drawing conclusions.

    Little House in the Big Woods Common Core Assessment

    This 9 question Common Core aligned assessment can be used to determine students' overall comprehension of Little House in the Big Woods and their mastery of the Common Core State Standards.

    Little House in the Big Woods Common Core Alignment

    List of the Common Core State Standards addressed by Little House in the Big Woods Book Club Resource Set.

    Little House in the Big Woods Running Record

    Use this "done for you" Running Record to assess oral reading fluency of Little House in the Big Woods. Track meaning, structure, and visual accuracy using the first 100 words of the text to determine whether or not this book is a good fit for the readers in your classroom.

    Student Resources in Spanish

    This set of Spanish student facing resources includes Book Club Management Resources for use with Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder. These resources are intended to be used with the lesson plans included in the Resource Set for this book.

    Little House in the Big Woods Vocabulary Connections

    Before your students can fully comprehend and enjoy Little House in the Big Woods, it’s helpful to introduce words that might be new to readers. Either download the Little House in the Big Woods Super Pack or this individual Vocabulary Builder for resources and activities that support Tier 2 and Tier 3 vocabulary growth through fun and productive interactions with new words.
    Common Core Alignment:

    L.4.4a L.4.5c L.4.6

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