edHelper.com
Transportation
Westward Ho!



Westward Ho!
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.71

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    canvas-covered, linseed, opening, lies, manure, easily, cornmeal, supplies, layer, cornbread, bows, pounds, family, settle, packed, mornings
     content words:    Jefferson City, Oregon Trail, East Coast, United States, South America


Print Westward Ho!
     Print Westward Ho!  (font options, pick words for additional puzzles, and more)


Quickly Print - PDF format
     Quickly Print: PDF (2 columns per page)

     Quickly Print: PDF (full page)


Quickly Print - HTML format
     Quickly Print: HTML


Proofreading Activity
     Print a proofreading activity


Feedback on Westward Ho!
     Leave your feedback on Westward Ho!  (use this link if you found an error in the story)



Westward Ho!
By Cindy Grigg
  

1     It is April 3, 1843. Your family is planning a trip. Tomorrow you will leave your home and friends. The trip will take four months, maybe six months. You will leave from Jefferson City, Missouri. Your family will settle in Oregon. The trip is almost two thousand miles. You will walk most of the way! You are going to travel on the Oregon Trail.
 
2     There are no trains that can make the trip across the country. The only other way would be to sail on a ship from the East Coast. First your family would have to get to Boston or another big port city. The ship would have to sail all the way down the coast of the United States and Mexico. It would have to sail all the way down the east coast of South America, around the tip, and back up along the west coast of South America. That trip would take six months. It would cost too much for your family.
 
3     Your father fixed up the farm wagon. He made five wooden bows that arch over the wagon's bed. These would hold the cover. Mother had woven the cloth for the wagon's cover. She rubbed the canvas cloth with linseed oil. This would help it shed water and not leak. The ends of the cover had drawstrings. This left an opening in the front and the back.

Paragraphs 4 to 8:
For the complete story with questions: click here for printable



Weekly Reading Books

          Create Weekly Reading Books

Prepare for an entire week at once!


Transportation
             Transportation


More Activities, Lesson Plans, and Worksheets


Back to School
Graphic Organizers
Alphabet Worksheets
Sight Words
Math Worksheets
Mazes
50 States

Monthly Themes
January
February
March
April
May
June
July
August
September
October
November
December

Fractions
Place Value
Time and Calendar
Money
Earth Day
Solar System
Analogies
Nouns
Following Directions
Listening
Capitalization
Cursive Writing
Patterns and Sequencing
Dinosaurs
All About Me

Kindergarten
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade
Sixth Grade

Multiplication
Division
Main Idea
Cause and Effect
Measurement
Decimals
Rounding
Order of Operations
Verbs
Community Helpers
Adjectives
Plants
Grammar
Addition and Subtraction
Contractions
Bulletin Board Ideas
Word Searches
Crossword Puzzles
Printable Puzzles

Reading Comprehension
Reading Skills
English Language Arts





Copyright © 2011 edHelper