On the Banks of Plum Creek Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan discusses 'On the Banks of Plum Creek,' the fourth book in Laura Ingalls Wilder's autobiographical Little House series. Students will also complete a research project related to the story's animals and their roles in the plot.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • summarize the book On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • define vocabulary terms from the book
  • analyze the role of animals in the plot of the book, using text examples to support conclusions
  • research an animal that played a role in the book
  • create a brochure including a summary of the animal's role in the book and facts about the animal


90 - 120 minutes

  • Note: You may choose to cover this material over two class periods. A possible option would be one class period for discussing the book and the animals mentioned therein and the second class period for researching and creating the brochure.

Curriculum Standards


Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including figurative language such as metaphors and similes.


Cite textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.


Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.


Conduct short research projects that use several sources to build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic.


  • Autobiography
  • Brochure
  • Jounce
  • Quiver
  • Scurry
  • Sod
  • Surge
  • Waver

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