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Mrs. B's Pioneer Book Club: Let’s Read Two Laura Ingalls Wilder Books!

Mrs. B The Book Club Teacher
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In this 8 week hands-on book club we will read two celebrated children’s classics about pioneer life: "On the Banks of Plum Creek" and "Farmer Boy".

Class Experience

US Grade 2 - 5
  • Learning Goals: -read two literary classics and build an appreciation of good literature -become interested and dedicated to a series of books(studies show that children who finish a series of books have more success in their learning and are more likely to become lifelong readers) -learn about pioneer life and this time of North American history -analyze, relate to, discuss, and ENJOY the main characters: Laura Ingalls and Almanzo Wilder -learn to take an active, respectful part in discussions -tackle tricky vocabulary by looking for clues in the passage -practice reading aloud certain sections with expression and fluency -relate and respond personally to the text through a hands-on craft -learn about the prairies as a distinctive setting in North America and expand basic geography knowledge -enjoy a bond with fellow readers
As a little girl, I loved Laura Ingalls Wilder books and they were always at my fingertips. The two novels in this course are my all time favorites! So much so, that I went on a personal journey to the actual location of where these stories take place. I got to climb inside the dug-out house where Laura lived by Plum Creek, and I got to touch the actual bushy fur coat that Pa wore during frigid prairie winters. 

My teaching experience is extensive. It has been my pleasure to teach children in Canadian classrooms for over 20 years. I have a teaching degree from the University of Winnipeg where I took many courses on excellent teaching practices as it relates to Language Arts, Social Studies, and the History of North American Indigenous People.  More recently I have taken professional development courses on the topics of Indigenous Cultures, Indigenous Stereotypes, Métis Art and Culture, and Indigenous Government and Leadership. 

On a personal level, as it relates to Indigenous People, between the years 2010-2016 I travelled by a small pontoon plane to visit and work with my Sayisi Dene First Nation friends in Tadoule Lake, Manitoba, Canada.  Tadoule Lake is an isolated northern community reachable by plane, snowmobile, dog team sleds, and in winter by winter road. 

Homework Offered
Children will be expected to read a few chapters of the novels in between each class. Children may also spend extra time in between classes on the hands-on crafts for the course, but this is not mandatory.
1 - 2 hours per week outside of class
Assessments Offered
No formal assessment or grade will be given, but during the class, attention will be given to how much knowledge students already know about the subject matter and teaching will be adjusted accordingly.
Grades Offered
 1 file available upon enrollment
A digital or paper copy of the novels "On the Banks of Plum Creek" and "Farmer Boy" will be required. A list of basic craft supplies will be provided before each meeting time.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Parents, please note that the novels in this course have instances of subtle racist character descriptions of Native Americans/Indigenous Peoples which were more commonplace during the time frame the book was written. It will be pointed out in class that racism in any form should never be acceptable, and the novel will provide the opportunity for a candid discussion on how we must not tolerate racism.  Thank you parents for working together with me to develop these essential attitudes in your children.

Also, please feel free to read the book aloud to learners if the vocabulary or reading level proves too challenging, in fact this is highly encouraged.  Reading aloud to your child is a wonderful experience for everyone!
Joined April, 2020
Dear Outschool Friends, I can hardly wait for you to join me and your fellow learners in the excitement of learning! Allow me to introduce myself: I’m Rhonda Bryerton, The Book Club Teacher, and you can call me Mrs. B.  It has been the honor of my... 
Group Class


for 16 classes
2x per week, 8 weeks
50 min

Completed by 18 learners
Live video meetings
Ages: 7-12
3-6 learners per class

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