Recently we have completed reading a short novel called Sarah, Plain and Tall. This book is set in the pioneer days of American history and is told from Anna’s (the daughters) point of view. It is a simple story about a family who needed a mother and how a new woman was able to gradually fit in. While reading it, you will also find out lots of information about life on the American prairie. The Sarah Plain and Tall Literature Study is a great way to learn more about the characters in this amazing story.
Sarah Plain and Tall Activities
History / Geography
- Create a bulletin board of life in the frontier times (1900s)
- Research mail-order brides and grooms that was common in remote territories
- Use a blank map to find the prairie states which include Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and North Dakota.
- Research the author, Patricia MacLachlan, and write a biography for her.
- Make your own Prairie Journals.
- Work out the distance (km or miles) from Maine to your place.
- Work out how much it would cost for you to fly and/or drive there.
- Find out the cost of chickens. How much would it cost you to purchase 3 chickens?
- In the book they made their own bread. Work out how much time it takes to make a loaf of bread from scratch and then in a bread maker. Which one is quicker? Compare.
- Research Prairies and complete a poster with what you have learnt.
- Sarah lived by the sea and had a collection of shells. Collect some shells and identify them.
- Plant your own garden, adding flowers from the book such as marigolds and zinnias. Observe the plants growing.
- Research and study flowers. Write a paragraph about your favourite ones. Are any of them edible?
- Classify the animals in the book. Which ones are mammals, vertebrates, amphibians etc.
- Discuss weather patterns and what causes storms, hurricanes, squalls etc.
- Read books about sea birds. What kind of birds do you think Sarah would have seen at the sea?
- The family scattered their hair clippings around the prairie for the birds to use in their nests. Research the different types of nests that are build by birds.
- In the story, they talk of making bread. Make your own bread in a bag.
- Also, they talk of making stew. Make your own stew.
- Back in the Pioneer days, they would also have made their own butter. Try making some butter.
- Collect some shells and use them to make creatures.
- Sarah liked to draw. She also loved the colours of the sea. Create a drawing using the colours that Sarah loved – green, grey and blue.
- There were lots of flowers on the prairie. Try drying some flowers and using them to make a picture.
- Sarah also created drawings using charcoal. Research charcoal drawings and then create your own.
- Read and memorise – Psalm 128:2
- The two children in the book are hardworking and helpful, just as the Bible teaches. Read and memorise – Lamentations 3:27.
Reading for Kids
- Yearly Bible Reading Plan
- 60 Books Your Kids Should Read
- Roald Dahl Resources & Activities
- Little House in the Big Woods Resources
- Farmer Boy Resources
- On the Banks of Plum Creek Study
- Alice in Wonderland Study
- Charlie & The Chocolate Factory Study
- Charlotte’s Web Study
- Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs Study
- James and the Giant Peach Study
- Peter Pan Printables
- The Witches Study
- The Mouse and the Motorcycle Study
- Mr. Popper’s Penguins Study
Sarah Plain and Tall Literature Study
I have also created a printable Literature Study which goes along with this book.
The activities in this literature study include:
- Chapter questions
- Design some Bookmarks
- Singular or Plural
- Alphabetical Order
- Word Search
- Parts of Speech
- Character Study of Sarah
- Letter Writing
- Write a Newspaper Article
- Design A Newspaper Advertisement
- Flower Notebooking Page
- Research Shells and Describe
- Research Seals and Describe
- Research Sheep and Describe
- Research Clouds and complete the activity
- Art – draw picture of fields
- Art – Draw picture of dunes
- Venn digraph of Sarah’s two homes
- Acrostic Poem Writing
- Limerick Poem Writing
- Cinquain Poem Writing
- Punctuation Activity
- Postcard Writing
To grab your copy of the literature study, click on the link below: