Lesson 6: Life on the Prairie

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • What attachments do people have to their environments?
  • How do people's lives revolve around their environment?

Facts and Definitions

  • Music can reflect the environment and activities of a time and place.


  • Write structured, informative narratives. (LA)
  • Retell written messages by clarifying or summarizing. (LA)
  • Read independently for extended periods of time. (LA)
  • Use personal experiences and knowledge to interpret written and oral messages. (LA)


  • Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan
  • book about wildflowers* (Activity 3 - optional)
  • brass brad
  • cardstock paper
  • colored construction paper or tissue paper
  • crayons or colored pencils
  • glue
  • green pipe cleaners
  • journal
  • scissors

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed


Explain to your child that in today's chapter Sarah learns more about Kansas and shares a song that she sang in Maine. If your child has ever moved to a new place, ask him to describe what it feels like to leave a place with which you are familiar and to go to a new place with new people whom you do not know.

Reading and Questions

Materials: Sarah, Plain and Tall by Patricia MacLachlan, journal
Reading and Questions
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