Trade Simulation Game

Here is a simulation game for learning about trade. It was designed with the Osage and their trade partners in mind, but you can adapt the cards to suit your local populations — or the Vikings and the Ostragoths, for that matter. Copy the trade cards below onto cardstock several times, enlarging… Continue reading

Possum Lesson Plans

possum lesson plans

When it’s time to study marsupials, a teacher’s mind turns lightly to thoughts of Australia. Don’t forget the North American marsupial, the possum!  Our possum lesson plans include a little science, Native American folklore, and picture books. If you haven’t talked about marsupials before, explain that marsupials keep their babies… Continue reading

The Perfect Thanksgiving

One of my favorite Thanksgiving books is Eileen Spinelli’s The Perfect Thanksgiving. JoAnn Adinolfi illustrated it with bright colors and primitive drawings with mixed media collage. It is the story of two different Thanksgiving celebrations: the perfect holiday of Abigail Archer, and the imperfect one of the narrator. “Abigail Archer’s father… Continue reading