US Geography Through Literature |Grades: 4-6|


Teacher: Michelle Haight

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Based on the Beautiful Feet Curriculum (

This U.S. geography curriculum connects the stories of Native American tribes, intrepid explorers, hopeful pioneers, and determined individuals with the lands they built their lives upon. These stories introduce students to the vast variety of landforms, biomes, and ecosystems that can be found in the United States.

We will be studying the Western United States over 13 weeks.This is a class for GRADES 4-6 and we will be covering the WESTERN US only.
Students should bring the following supplies to class each week:

    • Composition book
    • Crayons or colored pencils
    • Pencil or pen for writing

Required books for reading at home for participation in class (some books are at the library and on hoopla):

Optional books for reading at home which will not be reviewed in class. These books are for further historical fiction set in the states we will be learning. It is recommended to chose at least 2-3 books to read over the course:

    • Dust of Eden by Walt Morey (Idaho, week 2)
    • Sacagawea by Liselotte Erdrich (Idaho, week 2)
    • I Survived the Eruption of Mt. St. Helens, 1980 by Lauren Tarshis (Washington, week 3)
    • Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban (Washington, week 3)
    • Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell (California, weeks 4-5)
    • Gentle Ben by Walt Morey (Alaska, week 6)
    • Stampede for Gold: The Story of the Klondike Rush by Pierre Berton (Alaska, week 6)
    • The Year of Miss Agnes by Kirkpatrick Hill (Alaska, week 6)
    • The Haymeadow by Gary Paulson (Wyoming, week 8)
    • I Witness: Hard Gold: The Colorado Gold Rush 1859 by Avi (Colorado, week 9)
    • A Diamond in the Desert by Kathryn Fitzmaurice (Arizona, week 11)
    • Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry (Arizona, week 11)
    • Tortilla Sun by Jennifer Cervantes (New Mexico, week 11)
    • Old Yeller by Jacqueline Kelly (Texas, week 12)
    • The Evolution of Calpurina Tate by Jaqueline Kelly (Texas, week 12)
    • They Call Me Guero: A Border Kid’s Poems by David Bowles (Texas, week 12)
    • Out of Dust by Karl Hesse (Oklahoma, week 13)
    • Summer of the Monkeys by Wilson Rawls (Oklahoma, week 13)
    • Where the Red Fern Grows by Wilson Rawls (Oklahoma, week 13)
    • Two Roads by Joseph Bruchac (Oklahoma, week 13)