Laura Ingalls Wilder Badgelaura ingalls wilder

(Discover Knowledge)

Written by Charlotte (R) Duke, Eagle, Troop 109

(You may use any higher level requirement as an optional requirement if appropriate.)

Pre School : Do 3 requirements including the one starred *.

____ 1*.  Learn who Laura Ingalls Wilder was.  Have someone read to you an abridged

version of one of the Little House books.


Level 1: Do 4 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Level 1 requirement 1, but you must listen to an unabridged book.  If you earned this badge at a different level

read a new book.

____ 2*.  Look at a map and find the different states in which she lived: Wisconsin, Kansas, Minnesota and South Dakota.


Level 2 : Do 5 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Level 1 requirements 1 & 2.

____ 2*.  Create a timeline of Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life.  You must have at least 10 items on your timeline.


Level 3 : Do 6 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Level 2 requirements 1 & 2.  You must have at least 15 requirements on your timeline.

____ 2*.  Name all the different family members of Laura's family. What were their roles in her life? What did they go on to do in their own lives?


Level 4 : Do 7 requirements including the two starred *.

____ 1*.  Do Level 3 requirements 1 & 2.  You must have at least 20 items on your timeline.

____ 2*.  Read Little Town in the Green Groves by Cynthia Rinaldi.  This is the part of Laura’s story that she could not bring herself to write about.  OR, read some of Laura’s other writing, such as West from Home or On the Way Home. (If you earned his badge at a previous level you must read a different book.)


Level 5 : Do 9 requirements including the two starred*.

_____1*. Do Level 4 requirements 1 & 2. You must have at least 25 items on your timeline.

_____2*. Write an essay on Laura Ingalls Wilder’s life.


Optional requirements:

____ 3.  Visit one of the Laura Ingalls Wilder homes.

____ 4.  Cook and eat at least three things mentioned in one or more of the Little House books, such as pumpkin pie, fried fish, whole-wheat bread, pancakes, apple pie, etc.

____ 5.  Pa played the fiddle for dances at cornhuskings, barn-raisings, and other social get-togethers that combined work with fun and company.  Find recordings of at least three fiddle tunes that would have been popular at that time, such as Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down, Sally Goodin, Cotton-eyed Joe, or Old Joe Clark and listen to them. Which do you like best?

____ 6.  Learn about Laura’s family.  Read at least one of the books about any of the men or women in her family line: Charles (Laura’s Pa), Charlotte (Laura’s grandmother), Caroline (Laura’s Ma), or Rose (Laura’s daughter).

____ 7.  Square dancing would have been foremost at the dances for which Pa played his fiddle.  Learn to square dance. (YouTube has a very good series of square dance lessons on video.)  Square dance calls have changed over the years: find a recording of calls from at least 50 years ago.  How many can you recognize?

____ 8.  Railroads were being built all across America during Laura’s life.  Find out about how railroads linked the West with the East, and how they were built.  What were the tarriers?

____ 9.  Read all nine of the Little House books in order. Which is your favorite?

____ 10.  Learn about the one-room schoolhouses, such as Laura and her sisters would have attended.  Look as pictures or actual copies of the types of schoolbooks and materials that were in use at that time, such as the McGuffey Readers, slates and slate pencils, etc.

____ 11.  The Ingalls family traveled across America in a covered wagon.  Look at pictures of covered wagons and find out what a wagon train was.  Draw a picture of a covered wagon.  Where did the wagon trains start and how far did they go?  Why were wagon trains popular?

____ 12.  Learn about the different sorts of animals which Pa would have hunted for meat or skins, such as muskrat, mink, deer, bear, antelope, etc.  Are these animals still wild in America today?  Can you still hunt them?

____ 13.  Make something mentioned in one of the Little House books, such as paper dolls, a rag doll, or a sled.

____ 14.  Read a biography of Laura Ingalls Wilder.  How does it differ from her own books?

____ 15.  At home or at Sunday School Laura and her sisters learned Bible verses and recited them to Ma or to their Sunday School teacher.  Find one (Pre School), three (Levels 1 & 2), five (Levels 3, 4 & 5) bible verses that you like and memorize them.

____ 16.  Singing was a popular way of relaxing for Laura and her family: in the evenings Pa would play his fiddle, and when Laura grew up she and Almanzo went to a singing school.  Find at least five different songs that are mentioned in the Little House books and learn to sing at least one of them.  Examples might include: Buy a Broom, Wait for the Wagon, Buffalo Gals, Rock Me to Sleep, There is a Happy Land, or Pop Goes the Weasel.

____ 17.  Sewing was an important skill for Ma and for other prairie women.  Learn to sew a simple running stitch and anchor your thread with a double stitch at both ends.  Sew something simple by hand, such as a handkerchief, and give it to someone.

____18. Earn the Little House on the Prairie badge.