The Ultimate Collection of Little House on the Prairie Literature Unit Study Resources

This post is part of the 31 MORE Days of Literature Unit Studies series. You can find all of the links to the thirty-one studies in this post. If you’d like to use these ideas to create your own unit study, this post has step-by-step instructions as well as a free unit study planner. (Want to know more about what, exactly, a unit study is? This post will help.)

While you’re reading and working on your unit study, you can download this free printables pack of graphic organizers for reading. It has a plot chart, venn diagram, KWL chart, two mini book report organizers, a character analysis chart, a plot outline chart, and a reading response sheet where students can record facts while reading.

Little House on the Prairie unit study
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I love the Little House on the Prairie books. They’re true classics. I can remember my mom reading aloud to me the stories of Laura and Mary and Ma and Pa. Covered wagons and Indian encounters, Mr. Edwards, Nellie Olson- Oh! the excitement.
In this post- which is a little different than some of the literature unit ideas posts- I’m sharing resources that you can use with the Little House on the Prairie books. If you’re reading just one or the whole set as your year-long literature, these resources can help you extend the books into a literature unit study. Many of these resources are free and I’ll note that.

Lapbooking and Notebooking

Homschool Share has free lapbooks for the Little House Books…
You can find another complete set of free lapbooks for all of the Little House books at Marine Corps Nomads.

Recipes and Crafts

My Book of Little House Paper Dolls: The Big Woods Collection has six card stock paper dolls and clothing for them. Kids can act out scenes from the book after making their paper dolls.
My Little House Crafts Book: 18 Projects from Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House Stories – This book has instructions for eighteen craft projects inspired by actual things that Laura and her family used in the Little House books.
The Little House on the Prairie website has all kinds of free resources including a recipe section and a crafts section with resources inspired by the books.
With these free instructions you can make a corn husk doll like one Laura had.
Practical Pages has instructions and a free printable for making a 3D model from Little House in the Big Woods.

This site has a free Little House on the Prairie postage stamp coloring page.

Historical Resources has some free ideas for fun pioneer game ideas.
Secrets of a Super Mommy has some fun free pioneer day activities and recipes to try as you’re learning about pioneers.
Living Montessori Now has some fun, free pioneer themed activities.
Learn more about pioneers with this free video- A Day in the Life of a Pioneer Child.

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Audiobooks and Other Media

Little House on the Prairie: The Legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder DVD- This is an excellent documentary that goes beyond the books and television show to look at the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It’s created by Dean Butler- Almanzo in the television show.
You can find all of the books in audio from Audible. (This is Little House in the Big Woods. Scroll down to find others.)

General Resources

Laura’s Prairie House is a free site with resources from the books as well as resources and information about the life or Laura Ingalls Wilder.
On the Simple Homeschool site, you can find an awesome free virtual field trip that you can use to take kids on a journey to many of the sites from the Little House books.
This is another very comprehensive, free Little House site that has author information, historical timelines, music, and more.
This free Laura Ingalls timeline would be an excellent resource to help you create your own timeline of Laura’s life or place the events of Laura’s life with historical events happening at the time.
Oh, Amanda! has a free post with fun ideas for a Little House of the Prairie party. You can throw one after you finish the books.
This online biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder has all kinds of free printables to use after you read.
This is an awesome fun, free webquest to help students learn more about Laura Ingalls Wilder and the time of the Little House books.
Home Made Math is a fun site that has math units that tie in with literature. These two activities use math skills and tie in with Little House in the Big Woods.

The Frugal Navy Wife has great unit study resources for Farmer Boy and Little House in the Big Woods.

Little House on the Prairie unit study


This link is the boxed set of all nine books in paper back with illustrations by Garth Williams- my favorite versions of the books!
The Little House Guidebook by William Anderson- This book for upper elementary aged kids has photos and text that let readers have a glimpse at all of the places Laura Ingalls Wilder lived throughout the Little House books.
My First Little House book series- These are picture books that make some of the Little House stories more accessible to read to younger kids.
The Prairie Primer- This is a complete unit study curriculum based on the Little House books. It’s published by Cadron Creek and intended for grades 3-6. I’ve used it, and it can be a complete curriculum- except for math- for a year’s study for these grades.

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