We have now done an Oklahoma Unit Study twice. Once when my kids were super little, and in kindergarten, and a second time when they were in junior high. Both times they were fun geography lessons, but it did teach me a lesson in humility. Just because I vividly remember a book and activity, does not mean my kids remember that same activity with great detail almost 10 years later.
What was in our Oklahoma Unit Study
All right, this is future Ticia 2020 here, and this is what we did when studying this for junior high. I’ll admit this is easy material for my kids, and it’s more a way to get the kids to learn more about the country and some books to see different writing styles.
First I pulled out a copy of my United States Geography Notebooking page and filled out the information on Oklahoma. The great part about older kids is their ability to research the information for me, so I don’t have to find it for them (I’ll also say I’ve got some of the information included on the Oklahoma notebooking pages on the subscriber page).**
**You can get the United States Geography Notebooking pages for free with a coupon when you join my newsletter, and then pick up the Oklahoma notebooking pages on the subscriber page.**
Back to our Oklahoma Unit Study, since I completed this back when my kids were young, I still have the animal mini-book, and state symbol mini-book, so you’ve got a buffalo mini-book in the top right.
Next to it, is a mini-book about the jingle dancers, and finally on the bottom is a mini-book about the Sooner rush.
Here’s the other side of the Oklahoma notebooking pages. You can see the Oklahoma state symbols mini-book on the bottom right page. Next to it is a mini-book about the Choctaw cloud painting, which I found to be fascinating.
The final item is from a book called “Someday is Now” about the Oklahoma City sit-ins. We always hear about the Greensboro sit-ins, so this was a new one for me, and I enjoyed reading about it.
Our original Oklahoma Unit Study
Who wouldn’t love to watch Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman? Much better to my mind than the original movie version. And in my white-washed version, it’s not so disturbing as it is in reality.
Why, don’t I remember that Rodgers and Hammerstein actually write rather disturbing musicals? Carousel, check. South Pacific, addressing racism, and that’s one of the more family-friendly.
I always forget about the attempted rape of Laurie, and how Curly suggests Jud commit suicide…… So, I did a lot of distracting as we watched it.
So, what did my kids get out of it? You can see what my boys got. They reenacted the fight scene between Curly and Jud. Boys.
Princess? She loved the singing, she’s all about the singing.
Other Oklahoma activities:
We read the book “Jingle Dancer,” which is a super cute story about a girl who desperately wants to dance at the upcoming dances, but isn’t able to get a skirt in time. So, she comes up with an original solution to the problem (I won’t tell it here, but you won’t regret reading it).
Side note, this is inspired by the book, but obviously not an actual jingle skirt.
Supplies for jingle bracelets
Afterward, we made Jingle bracelets. This works best threaded onto yarn, not pipe cleaners. They happily threaded lots of beads on, and I tied it shut and we shook them and listened to them jingling as we danced.
And when we were done with the activity I found the bells I had intended to use for this silly project.
And beads roll impressively well on the sidewalk, in case you are wondering. Very well.
So, then we chased them………
And, next I think we’re off to Florida, why? I want an easy state next. And the kids pointed to it randomly and asked about it. Any Florida suggestions? I remember Superheroes and Princesses did manatees.