Going into our Vermont lessons, I knew almost nothing about Vermont. That being said, I super duper loved our Vermont lesson, if only because it gave me an excuse to eat ice cream. That’s a valid reason right? I’ll take one for the team if I get to eat ice cream as part of our geography lessons.
Vermont picture books
- Alec’s Primer– a young enslaved person’s journey to freedom starts with learning to read, and he later becomes a landowner in Vermont
- Ice Cream: the Full Scoop– Gail Gibbons book on ice cream, totally on board for that
- Ice Cream– with Ben and Jerry’s ice cream you gotta have a couple of books on ice cream
- Nora’s Ark– the story of a young girl who helps save neighbors and animals during a 1927 flood
- Silent Night– the illustrator set this version of the classic Christmas carol in Vermont, so the pictures are fun
- Sweet Pea and friends: the SheepOver– a cute story about an orphan sheep and the farmer who helps her grow up
- The Mysterious Tadpole– we used this for a book about the monster in Lake Champlain, Champy
- Tricking the Tallyman– I LOVe this book, it’s such a cute story of a town trying to figure out how many people they want in it
Our Vermont Unit Study
I’m including two different pictures of our Vermont unit study, first is from way back when we first did this, but it’s missing a few pieces on it, and a second picture of the updated and fancy version….
Vermont had some really fun books to go with it, and a few that weren’t specifically Vermont, but fit in with things they were known for:
- Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream– let me tell you, any book and activity that includes ice cream is quite heartily approved of.
- John Deere tractors (which looks to be missing from this page)- if you go to the post there are several suggestions for great books.
- Champy- Vermont’s very own version of the Loch Ness Monster, Christy, who is now blogging over at Snacks and Stories, turned me on to the idea of Champy. We used Mysterious Tadpole, which is really about the Loch Ness Monster, but it worked just fine. I also have to add, I LOVE stories like this.
- Nora’s Ark– super cute true story, and it gave my kids a lot to think about for what they would save if they had to leave their house.
- Tricking the Tally Man– mwa ha ha, bring in math and history all in one well written and illustrated book, SCORE!
I’m gonna link this over to Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns and her reading linkie.