The world is big, and you are curious about it!
Browse fun activities, reading lists, videos and more here. Every month, we will feature a different topic. For May, we are adventuring into the Wild, Wild West!
American Indian Resource Center
The Wild, Wild West was home to many American Indian tribes for thousands of years before pioneers started to travel into it. Learn more about this rich history through the Tulsa City-County Library's American Indian Resource Center (AIRC). Housed at the Zarrow Regional Library, the AIRC includes books, programs, language learning, and excellent online resources. Learn more here:
Dress Up and Decorate These Wild, Wild West Paper Dolls!
Learn the Cherokee Language!
Do you want to learn the Cherokee language? Use the Mango Language app for free!
Major Tribes and Customs of North America
Western Native American tribes
"Away West" by Pat McKissack
Enjoy Ms. Cindy's first chapter read-aloud of Away West by Pat McKissack.
Description: In 1879, thirteen-year-old Everett Turner leaves a life of struggle on his family's farm and runs away to St. Louis, where he works in a livery stable before heading to the all-Black town of Nicodemus, Kansas.
Kids Read Curious Detective: Wild, Wild West
You want to learn about "the wild west," but where do you start? Are you a "just the facts" Curious Detective reader? This list is for you!
Kids Read Connector: Wild, Wild West
If your favorite books follow realistic characters and stories, you are a Connector, and this list connects Connectors and westward expansion and other "wild, wild west" life!
Kids Read Magic, Dragons, and Swords: Wild, Wild West
This list of books is perfect for the kid that loves to read about “times of olde,” fantasy, and adventure beyond our world, and is interested in the wild west.
Kids Read Class Clown: Wild, Wild West
This list of books is perfect for the kid that loves to laugh and is interested in the wild west.
Kids Read Adventure Time: Wild, Wild West
This list is perfect for the kid that loves adventure, learning about far off places and is interested in the wild west.
Kids Read Serial Reader: Wild, Wild West
If you enjoy learning more about characters and how they change over time then you will enjoy these engaging serial reads. This list of books is perfect for the kid that loves to read series and are interested in the wild west.
Make Butter in a Jar!
Make butter in a jar!
Yarn Dolls, Salt Dough Maps, & Other Fun Crafts!
Play Oregon Trail video game: https://www.visitoregon.com/the-oregon-trail-game-online/
Make yarn dolls: http://weefolkart.com/yarn-dolls-0/
Make a Pioneer Journal: http://www.literacylovescompany.com/2016/05/classroom-diy-pioneer-journals.html
Make a covered wagon and a salt dough map: https://www.123homeschool4me.com/the-oregon-trail-for-kids_23
Native American crafts: https://feltmagnet.com/crafts/native-american-indian-crafts
Pioneer Day Activities: https://www.housewifeeclectic.com/8-pioneer-day-projects-for-kids
Wild Things art: https://centerofthewest.org/learn/interactives/
Paper Folding activities:
Travel on Our Oklahoma Roads
Learn more about the Wild Wild West...right in your back yard!
Pawnee Bill Ranch and Museum For more information on tours, visit https://www.okhistory.org/sites/pawneebill.php
Gilcrease Museum: https://gilcrease.org/
Oklahoma Cowboy Museum: https://nationalcowboymuseum.org/
African American Pioneers
Buffalo Soldiers https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3310252
Cathay Williams (AKA William Cathay) others featured in this book as well: https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C5026109
York (from Lewis & Clark Expedition) https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2203279063
Black Cowboys https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C2744715
No Cars! No Phones! How Did They Do It?
Communication (no phones or computers):
Pony Express (mail carriers) https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3578335
Travel (no cars or planes):
Transcontinental Railroad https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3578332
The Oregon Trail https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3578334
Major Events of the Time
Major Events of the Time:
Mexican American War https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3282928063
Homestead Act https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2020315063
Louisiana Purchase https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3578336063
Oklahoma Land Run https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2987726063
French and Indian War https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/1857625063
Indian Removal Act https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3700107063
Manifest Destiny https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3032757063
Monroe Doctrine https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/2194504063
Famous Wild, Wild West People
Daniel Boone https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C2930356
Buffalo Bill Cody https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3338847
Davy Crockett https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C1786647
Wild Bill Hickok https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C1748236
Lewis and Clark https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C2026472
Annie Oakley https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C2068882
Levi Strauss (jeans!) https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C5511442
Famous Lawmen: https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3578333
Notorious Outlaws: https://tccl.bibliocommons.com/v2/record/S63C3578337