Sunday, April 28, 2013

Must Read Mentor Text - If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon

Amanda and Stacia over at Collaboration Cuties have set up this great linky. 
This week we are linking up texts we use with social studies.
My class just finished a westward movement unit. 
 A book I always use is:
The kids love this book!
The book is all questions and answers about traveling west in a wagon. 
I actually use this book more than our social studies textbook.
It is written in very kid friendly language.
Many of the questions are directly related to life for a pioneer kid.
My kids asked how the authors found out all this information.
Great question!
At the end of the book, it tells you the answer.
The authors used old diaries of kids and adults that traveled west.
There are other books in this series, but this is the only one I have used so far.
My pioneers unit was created around this book.
You can check it below.
I'll give it free to the first person to comment below!

Hope you had a nice weekend.


  1. Yay! I think that's me! :) I'm Brandee, your newest follower!
    Creating Lifelong Learners

    1. Just sent it your way! Thanks for stopping by.

  2. The other books in the series are great, lots of great facts. My kids use them to research different time periods.

    Hunter's Tales from Teaching

    1. I'll have to see which other books I can use. Thanks for the advice.

  3. I love "If you..." series. When I taught text structure I used that series. Your unit looks very cute. Makes me wish I taught Westward Expansion. :)


  4. I love this series of books too! I find they are a great jumping off point for what we are learning and a great way to introduce a topic. I am your newest follower!


    Rosie's Rambles

  5. Love this series if books! Thanks so much for sharing how you use this one with your kids. Just found your blog through the mentor text link up and have become a new follower!

    Sarah @ Hoots N' Hollers

  6. Ooo, I needed this book last week! I'm glad you linked it up! It will come in handy for next year! I will have to check out your unit, too!!

    Thanks for linking up!
    Collaboration Cuties

    1. There is also one about living on the frontier. Check that one out too.

  7. I wish I taught the Western Frontier because I would totally use this! I am pinning it for future reference though:) Thanks!
    Fourth Grade Flipper

  8. Love your blog! Found you on Aspire to Inspire's Neighborhood Blog Party. Love all your ideas!

    Keep 'em Thinking!