A few years ago when I first started our state studies we studied Wisconsin, and we read this book. At the time I wasn’t even thinking about the fact that Jefferson was president and they didn’t enter the union for another 50 years or so. This time I did, and paid a lot closer attention and caught the fact that it takes place in Massachusetts. I’m rolling my eyes at myself.
After reading it (I admit this is not a picture of us reading, I just wanted a picture here), we talked through what happened in the story.
We talked about what they wanted to do, then we talked about what problems they had, and how they solved the problems. After that they each had to write 3 sentences telling about the story.
That got a lot of eye rolling.
But, eventually they got down to work and created decent summaries for early tries.
They milked a lot of cow. It was hard. They used an apple press to make cheddar cheese. (Must be Batman’s he’s nuts for cheddar).