Lesson 5: Christmas

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How were families in the past dependent on the natural resources in their environment?

Facts and Definitions

  • Exclamatory sentences show strong emotion or excitement.
  • Interrogative sentences ask a question.
  • Declarative sentences make a statement.
  • Imperative sentences give a command.


  • Interact with the text before, during, and after reading by asking questions. (LA)
  • Identify and discuss similarities and differences in events, characters, and concepts across selections and support them by referencing the text. (LA)
  • Demonstrate understanding by using a variety of complete sentences (declarative, imperative, interrogative, and exclamatory) in writing and speaking. (LA)
  • Compose a draft of preliminary plans that conveys major ideas and maintains focus on a topic. (LA)
  • Compose two or more paragraphs with topic sentences, supporting details, and a logical sequence.


  • Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • ingredients for your child's favorite Christmas dish
  • journal


Tell your child that today's chapter is called "Christmas." Ask your child to predict what might happen in this chapter based on its title.
Reading and Questions
Materials: Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder, journal
Before your child begins reading the chapter, ask him to write down three questions about Christmas during the pioneer days. As he reads, see if his questions are answered. If not, help him research online or in reference books to answer his questions.
  1. How does the author describe the snow?
    The log house was buried in huge drifts of snow. The wall of snow was as high as Laura's head. The snow glistened on the trees.
  2. What did Pa make Ma for Christmas?
    A wooden shelf.
  3. Have you ever gotten a gift that someone made for you? If so, why was it a special gift?
    Answers will vary.
  4. Why did Prince growl at Aunt Eliza?
    He was trying to protect her from a panther.
  5. What did Laura get for Christmas? Why was this a special gift?
    A doll. She had very few toys and never had a doll.
  6. What does it mean that "children should be seen and not heard"? Do you think this is true? Why or why not?
    Answers will vary.
  7. What resources were used for the different gifts given?
    Wood for the shelf, berries for the red color on the doll's face, apples, and cloves.