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Sarah, Plain and Tall
Patricia MacLachlan
Medal - 1986
 

Grade:

4-7

Topics:

frontier life, pioneer life, ocean, prairie, Kansas, mail-order brides, Maine, seashore, stepmothers, wildflowers

Summary:

Caleb and Anna's mother has died. Their father has found a mail-order bride who will travel from Maine and decide whether to live with the family on the prairie. Sarah tells the children all about living near the Ocean on the east coast. At the end of a month she will decide if she will stay and marry the children's father. Sarah has much to learn about pioneer life on the prairie.

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Author and Book Connections
 
Patricia MacLachlan (1938- )
 
Author Information
Harper Children's Site
Random House
Author Information
ERIC Links
 
Book Information and Lesson Plans
SCORE
Lesson
Connecting Students
Webquest - grade 4
Life as a Pioneer Webquest
Webquest
Webquest
  
Geography & Math Connection. Draw a map showing the route that Sarah may have taken from Maine to Kansas. Calculate the distance. How long would it take to do the same trip today in a car or an airplane? How much would it cost? 
Mapquest
 
Cool Classroom Connections
 
Prairie Life. Compare and contrast life in Kansas with life in Maine. Pretend that you live in Kansas or Maine. Write a persuasive letter trying to convince someone to come and visit. Compare life on a farm during Sarah's time with life on the farm today.
 
Photos of Early Kansas History
http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/graphics/
http://www.ukans.edu/heritage/KSshow/index.htm
Pioneer Life
http://www.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/articles/cobb.htm#cabin
http://www.eduscapes.com/42explore/pioneer.htm
Kansas Collection
http://history.cc.ukans.edu/carrie/kancoll/
Kansas Farms
http://www.cyberspaceag.com/
http://www.wheatmania.com/
 
Oceans. Sarah thought a lot about the sea coast. Draw or paint a picture in Kidpix that Sarah could put on her wall to remind her of the sea. Include pictures from the sea coast as Sarah described it. Write a poem to go with your picture.
 
Things to Do With Shells & Snails
http://coa.acnatsci.org/conchnet/do.html
World Wide Shells
http://users.erols.com/worldwide/
 
Prairie Wildflowers. Make a list of all the flowers mentioned in the book. Write a description of each flower. Use the Native Wildflowers site to find information on the Prairie Violet, Prairie Wild Rose, Purple Prairie Clover, Daisy, Ragwort, and Sunflower.
 
Native Wildflowers of ND
http://www.npwrc.usgs.gov/resource/literatr/wildflwr/wildflwr.htm
Wildflowers
http://www.io.com/~maddog/photos_f.htm
http://www.wildflower.org/
Prairie
http://history.cc.ukans.edu/heritage/prairie/prairie.html
http://www.eduscapes.com/42explore/prairie.htm
 
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