History is usually required in public schools in 4th grade,
8th grade, and again in high school. As a homeschooler, you
can teach Oklahoma History when it works best for you. I recommend
doing it as a multi-level unit and teaching it once in elementary
school, once in junior high and again in high school. Here
are some resources I have found that will help you to teach
this subject. Some of them are out of print but you can often
find them at used book sales, through the links below, or
at your local library.
Oklahoma Products from Cindy Downes
Books & Internet Sites of Interest
Hiking Trails by Kent F. Frates and Larry
Floyd. Good for nature studies and PE.
Mouse's Route 66 Adventure by Anne Maro
Search for Sooner Silver, Adventures of the Blacktails
Kids by Paul Scott Martin. The only place I
have found this for sale is at the Totem Pole Museum
in Foyil, OK. I'm hoping to locate it somewhere else,
but so far no luck.
Happened in Oklahoma by Robert L. Dorman.
Camp by Tammi Sauer, one of the best picture
book authors I know. You'll love this book! (K-4)
Facts and Symbols.Presents information
about the state of Oklahoma, its nickname, motto,
Christopher: An Osage Indian Boy from Oklahoma (My
World: Young Native Americans Today).
For ages 9-12.
Land Run, The by
Una Belle Townsend. For more info, see my review.
1930s from the Great Depression to the Wizard of Oz
by Stephen Feinstein. 64 pgs. 2001. ISBN: 0766016099.
This is a terrific book for 4th+ and up. Nice illustrations.
Oklahoma Style by Kathleen M. Woods. 1994.
No ISBN. A very cute book with illustrations done by an
eight grade class. K-6th. Check the library and used book
stores in Oklahoma.
at Spiro Mounds by Cindy Downes. FREE
download included in Oklahoma
the free Acrobat Reader software).
American Safari: Adventures on the North American
Jim Brandenburg. (all ages)
Land: A Story of the Oklahoma Land Rush by
Nancy Antle. 54 pages, ISBN: 0140368086. 1994. Written
in story format, this is a tale of the Oklahoma Land Rush
for 2nd grade readers and up. Easy Reader.
Town Boy by Lois Lenski. 1948. Out of print
but a cute book about a boy living in the early 1900's
during the oil boom. Fun read aloud for K-6+. Check library
Buffalo Solder by
Sherry Garland. An introduction to the Buffalo
Buffalo Solders (We
the People) by Alice K. Flanagan. (3-6+)
Soldiers and the Western Frontier the
Ho!) by Emily Raabe (K-3)
Child's Story of Oklahoma
by Maud Llewellyn McMullin. 203 pgs., told in a story
format, out of print, 1941, read aloud for K-6th+. Almost
impossible to find at a reasonable price. Check the library
and used book stores in Oklahoma.
of the Dust Bowl: The True Story of the School at Weedpatch
Camp by Jerry Stanley. A portrait of the
“Okies” driven to California by the Dust
Bowl days of the 1930s and the formidable hardships they
faced. ISBN 0517880946. Gr. 4th+
Liz Sonneborn. Published in 2006 - brand new!
Color Oklahoma Characters,
A poster/coloring book by Phillip R Buntin. Characters
in the book include: Gene Autry, Garth Brooks, Jesse
Chisholm, Gordon Cooper, Angie Debo, "Pretty Boy" Floyd,
Brad Henry, Ben Johnson, Wilma Mankiller, Quanah Parker,
David L. Payne, Sequoyah, Belle Starr, Jim Thorpe, J.
C. Watts, and many, many more. You can order this book
through the Heritage Center, Dodge City, Kansas. (http://www.ksheritage.org).
64 pages. $7.95.
Bill Wallace. Fictional story about a boy with pet coyote
in Oklahoma. ©2000.
ISBN: 0823416283. A nice reader for 3rd+
by Carl Green.
for Dinner by Ann Turner. An I Can Read Book.
1995, 64 pages. ISBN 0060233761. Not specifically about
Oklahoma, but a story about the 1930s dust bowl. K-4th.
to Eat by
Michael Cooper. A story of the Dust Bowl years. 4th+
The Oklahoma Prairie Dog (Oklahoma
'07 Centennial) by Norma Scudder.
Flimflam Man by Darleen Bailey Beard.
I love this book. It's fiction but based on a true
event in Wetumpka, OK. You can read my complete review
on my blog.
(History Maker Bio) by
Catherine Welch. 48 pages. K-6.
Great Land Rush by
Sally Senzell Isaacs. Nice pictures and simple text
tell the story of the Oklahoma Land Rush.
Sheila Wood Foard. Historical fiction about an Ozark
farm girls who runs away to become a "Harvey Girl."
There were several Harvey Houses in Oklahoma.
Now You can Find it! by Alan Thode. A Pocket Guide to
hiking in the Wichita Mountains. All ages.
and the Rattales
by Joan Brozek. Contains some short stories regarding
Oklahoma history told from the point of view of rats.
I've only seen this at Bibliomania in Tulsa, OK. 918-438-9889.
Read aloud for K-4th+
for Oklahoma, 1889 by
Carolyn Kirschstein. ISBN 0926521004. This is a fun
book to use as an introduction to the Land Run. It's
short, simple, and gives just enough info to "wet"
their appetite for more. It is out of print so check the
library or bookstores for a used copy. I
recommend it for ages PreK-4th.
for Rain: The Dust Bowl Adventures of Patty and Earl
Kate Connell. 4th+
to Draw Oklahoma's Sights and Symbols by
Eric Fein. Kids who like to draw will have fun learning
about Oklahoma as they draw symbols including a map of
Oklahoma, the State Seal, State Flag, Mistletoe, Redbud
tree, Scissor-Tailed Flycatcher, Bullfrog, Geronimo, an
Indian hut, and the state capitol building. Great for
the Visual and Kinesthetic Learner.
Want to be a Cowboy by Firefly Books. A 24-page
picture book about cowboys with very simple text suitable
for young children. ISBN 1-55209-432-4 (PreK-2)
Their Name, edited by Clive Irving. Forward
by Billy Graham. Commemorative volume on the Oklahoma
City bombing in 1995. 165 pages. ISBN 067944825X.
My State: Oklahoma
by Doug Sanders. New in 2006! A great introduction to
Oklahoma History course for K-6th+.
by Felix Lowe. 1990, 32 pages. ISBN 0817234071. Excellent
reader with nice pictures about John Ross and Indian Removals.
Out of print. Check your library. 2nd+
Journal of C. J. Jackson, a Dust Bowl Migrant, Oklahoma
to California, 1935
A story about a boy's family during the Dust Bowl in the
Oklahoma Panhandle and their migration to California.
Journal of Jesse Smoke : A Cherokee Boy, Trail of
Tears, 1838 (My
Name Is America) by Joseph Bruchac.
by Albert Lorenz. Although not specifically about Oklahoma,
this children's picture book gives us a glance at the
on the Trail (Life in the Old West
series) by Bobbie Kalman. 32 pages. Color illustrations.
Covers the cattle trails and life on the trail.
ISBN: 0-7787-0104-2 (1-6)
Long March: The Choctaw's Gift to Irish Famine Relief by
Marie-Louise Fitzpatrick. (2-5+)
Man Who Painted Indians: George Catlin by
of Earth and Shell
by Bonnie Shemie. (3-6+)
Just for fun: The
Mystery of Tornado Alley (Nancy Drew) by
the Brave (Sisters
in Time series) by Veda Boyd Jones. New in 2006! "Forced
by U.S. soldiers to leave their home in Tennessee,
Nellie, her family, and thousands of other Cherokees
travel the long, dangerous "Trail of Tears" to
a new home in the Indian Territory of modern-day
Oklahoma. Using actual historical events as a backdrop,
this brand-new children's novel teaches lessons of
American history and the Christian faith.
Story of the Seminole Indians)
by Kathleen V. Kudlinski.
(Hello U.S.A.) by Rita LaDoux. 2003, 82
pages, ISBN 0822507919. Lots of colorful pictures and
easy to read text make this the most interesting “textbook”
for the younger grades that I've seen. You could use
this along with the videos below for your elementary
MyReportLinks.com Book by Donald
Hinkle. ISBN 0766051382, 48 pgs. ©2003. A book of
Internet resources specific to Oklahoma History as well
as a brief history of the state. 4th+
(World Around Us) by Geneva Hudson. Published
by Macmillan/Mcgraw-Hill. This is the approved textbook
for elementary grades in public schools. ISBN 0021440905.
You will not be able to get the answer key, but you can
get the textbook from Amazon.
(Rookie Read About Geography) by
Land is Your Land) by
Ann Heinrichs. ©2003, 48 pgs. ISBN 0756503302,
Nice color illustrations and a brief history of the state.
A good read aloud for the family or assigned reading
(From Sea to Shining Sea) by Linda Saylor-Marchant.
©2003, 80 pgs. ISBN 0516223933. Colorful illustrations,
easy to read. Gives a short history and information on
the government and geography. Up to date information
on the OKC bombing. 1-6.
and It's Heroes by
James Smallwood. (2001) Focuses on men and women who
created the heritage of Oklahoma. K-4+
The Sooner State by Michael Martin. ISBN
0836853121. Out of the current offerings of books covering
the state of Oklahoma, this is one of the best for primary
grade readers. It has 48 pages, bright colorful illustrations,
and east-to-read text. The contents include maps, fast
facts, a brief but interesting history of Oklahoma, information
about the people, the land, economy and commerce, politics
and government, culture and lifestyle, and notable people.
It also includes a timeline, state events and state attractions.
Use this as the basis for your lesson plan outline, covering
one chapter per week, add library books and writing activities
that relate to each lesson, and you have a twelve-week
Blending of Many Cultures by Lu Celia Wise.
Out of print.
April Morning: Children Remember the Oklahoma City Bombing
by Nancy Lamb. The Oklahoma City Bombing told from the
viewpoint of fifty Oklahoma children, ages 3 to 14. 4th+
of America by Steck-Vaughn. Not recommended.
I only put it here so you will know what it's about as
other homeschool stores are selling this.
Jessie by Anna Myers. A fiction story about
a 12 year old girl and a dog set during the Oklahoma Dust
Bowl and Depression. 107 pages. Gr 4+.
is for Sooner for
by Devin Scillian. Ages 4-8. Rhymes tell the story
of the people, places, and landmarks of the Sooner
(History Maker Bio) by
Laura Waxman. Biography. 48 pages. K-6.
Shadow of Robbers' Roost by
Helen Rushmore. Based on truth, this fiction story
is about a boy, a group of robbers led by William
Coe, and the Robbers' Roost in the Black Mesa. 4th+
Rain: A Story of the Cherokee Trail of Tears by
Cornelia Cornelissen. 3rd+
Story of Oklahoma by W. David Baird. Published
by the University of Oklahoma Press, this makes an excellent
high school level history textbook. It includes field
trip ideas that reinforce the lesson. 1994. 506 pgs. B/W
Story of Oklahoma by Lon Tinkle. ISBN 0394904001.
This is a Landmark Book. A wonderful story about Oklahoma
written in story format. 181 pgs., 1962. An oldie but
goodie. Recommended for 4th+
of the Monkeys. A fiction book set in Oklahoma.
Excellent! All ages will enjoy.
of Tears (Cornerstone of Freedom) (Second
Series) by Deborah Kent. 3rd+
Oklahoma by Reuben Anderson. 48 pgs.
Color illustrations. Covers basic information about
Oklahoma including geography, climate, state symbols,
a brief history, government, food, and much more.
For those who just want to get it over with, this
would make a very simple Oklahoma history course
for 4th grade. Read the book, add some activities
like the Oklahoma
Big Activity Book and you're
done. ISBN: 1-4034-4727-6. (3-6)
the Choctaw Road, Stories from Red People Memory by
Tim Tingle. ISBN: 0938317741. (5th+)
Were There at the Oklahoma Land Run
by Jim Kjelgaard. 1957, 182 pgs. Another oldie but goodie!
A wonderful book about Oklahoma told in a story format.
Hard to find. Try Used bookstores. Grades 4th+
is Maria Tallchief? by
Catherine Gourley. An Osage Indian who became America's
first prima ballerina.
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and Senior High Books:
Tulsa Race Riot and the American Red Cross by
Bob Hower. 1993. 231 pages. A compilation of photos and
primary source writings from witnesses of the Tulsa Race
Riot and the relief efforts of the Red Cross. 7th+ ISBN
0966582306. Out of print. Check your library. (7th+)
Still the Waters Run by Angie Debo. 472 pages.
First published in 1940. Angie Debo's study of the Five
Civilized Nations in Oklahoma in the late 19th and early
20th centuries. Read this for an accurate account of the
Indian Removal. ISBN 0691005788.
life of Will Rogers by
Harold Keith. Written in 1937, this books tells the
story of Will Rogers' boyhood and youth through his
early twenties. Very interesting reading and will
interest all children. Out of print. You will have
to find it used or at the library.
Calico, and Lace by Glenda Carlile.
118 pgs. B/W. illust. Short biographies of Oklahoma's
Territorial Women including Mary Alice Murray (Indian
Princess), Rachel Haines (Boomer who lost her claim),
Bethsheba (the all women town where steers, roosters,
or males of any species were not allowed), Belle
Starr (outlaw), Mary Rogers (mother of Will Rogers)
and many more. Another resource for stories about
Oklahoma women is Petticoats,
Politics, and Pirouettes by the same
author. Out of print. Try used.
Buffalo Soldiers African
American Achievers) by Taressa Stovall
Rose by Al and Joanna Lacy. Christian historical
fiction related to the Trail of Tears, John Ross and
of the Fighting Tenth: On the Frontier with the Buffalo
Forrestine C. Hooker. 7th+
Choctaw Code by
Brent K. Ashabranner.
Forget Winona by
Jeanne Whitehouse Peterson.
Gibson: Terminal on the Trail of Tears
by Brad Agnew. 1980 Univ. of Oklahoma Press. 274 pages.
Tells the story of the nineteenth-century Indiam-army
Towns of Oklahoma by
John Morris. 229 pgs. 1980. ISBN: 0806114207. Short histories
of Oklahoma towns that no longer exist. Illustrated.
Very interesting for grades 9-12.
We Must Die: A Novel of Tulsa's 1921 Greenwood Race
Pat M. Carr. The experiences of a 17-year old white
teacher in a segregated school during the race riot
Wasn't Much: True Tales of Ten Oklahoma Heroes
by Jana Hausburg. See Reviews for
C. Parker: Federal Justice on the Frontier by
Michael J. Brodhead.
The KATY Railroad and the Last Frontier by V. V. Masterson.
Maps, illustrations, and text tell the story of the KATY
railroad through Indian Nations.
Obstinate Land by Harold Keith. 214 pgs.
1977. A fiction story of a family who made the land run
of 1893, were beaten out of the plot they wanted by a
“Sooner”, and settled on a less-favored spot.
The book chronicles their battle against the drought,
dust storms, bandits, hostile ranchers, and unpredictable
Oklahoma weather. ISBN 0690013191.
Obstinate Land: Cherokee Strip Run of 1893
by Harold Keith. 214 pgs. 1993. During a hard winter,
the father of a pioneering German family settling the
Cherokee Strip in Oklahoma freezes to death and his fourteen-year-old
son must assume responsibility for the struggling family.
A MyReportLinks.com Book by Donald
Hinkle. A book of Internet resources specific to Oklahoma
History as well as a brief history of the state. 48 pgs.
by Jay J. Wagoner. 1987. 224 pages. ISBN 0962236101. If
I were going to require my student to read a textbook
about Oklahoma history, it would be this one or Oklahoma,
The History of an American State by Ellen Blakey.
It's fairly easy to read and includes questions to discuss
at the end of each chapter, a glossary, and project activities
(pgs. 222-223). Unfortunately, you will not be able to
get answers. 6th+
A Rich Heritage by Odie B. Faulk & William
D. Welge. This beautifully illustrated, 380 page book
relates Oklahoma history through its history makers.
Published in 2004, it includes events and people up through
2002. Recommended reading for 9th+.
Adventure. The approved high school curriuclum
in Oklahoma public schools. (ISBN 0961948485). I haven't
seen this one. Check Amazon for a used copy. Publisher
Contact: 1600 Sunset Lane. Oklahoma City, OK 73129. Phone:
405.787.8191 or firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.oklahomaadventure.com/index.html
Oklahoma City Bombing (Crime Scene Investigations) by
Slave Narratives by
Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration.
Commentaries, autobiographies, narratives, and interviews
of surviving ex-slaves during the 1930s.
The History of an American State by Ellen
Sue Blakey. 1995. 405 pages. ISBN 1567330266. This is
the approved curriculum for 8th grade in Oklahoma public
schools. If I were going to require my student to read
a textbook about Oklahoma history, it would be this one
or Oklahoma by Jay Wagoner. This one is fairly
easy to read, has color illustrations, and chapter reviews
(define terms, questions, writing ideas, map skills, and
projects). Unfortunately, there are only a few used ones
online and you will not be able to get the answers. Try
the library and used book stores. 6th+
Run - a historical Novel by
Alberta Wilson Constant. Another oldie written in
1955. The story takes place in Lincoln County, Oklahoma,
the Sac and Fox, Iowa and Kickapoo Indian country
and the town of Chandler. Many of the events are
actual occurrences. This book is for all ages. Another
one that is out of print. You will have to buy used
or borrow from the library.
Travel Net - online travel guide to
Treasures and Treasure Tales by Steve Wilson.
1976. 322 pages. ISBN 0806121742. Very interesting reading
about Oklahoma treasures for 7th+
Room School: Teaching in 1930s Western Oklahoma
by Donna Stephens. Western Frontier Library, Vol. 57.
Memoirs of a school teacher from Woodward, OK. 173 pgs.
1990. ISBN: 0806123133. 9th+
by Ellsworth Collings. ISBN 0806110473.
Bill's Historic Wild West: A Photo Documentary of the
1900-1905 Show Tours
Allen Farnum. A visual close-up look at a period in life
that is gone forever--the Wild West show of the early
1900s--the forerunner of our modern rodeo. ISBN 0887404375.
City: The Story of an American Community
by Angie Debo. 276 pgs. 1998. Originally published in
1944. Chronicles the life of an Oklahoma settler from
the land run to WWII. ISBN: 0806130946. 9th+
Real Wild West : The 101 Ranch and the Creation of the
by Michael Wallis. Includes history of the ranch and biographies
of 101 performers like Princess Wenona, the Native American
rival to Annie Oakley, and Bill Pickett. ISBN 0312263813.
in My Eyes by Seigniora Russell Laune.
1956. Tells about life of young girl growing up
in Woodward, Oklahoma in first quarter of 20th
century. ISBN 0806120169.
Story of Oklahoma Newspapers.
by L. Edward Carter. Traces the history of Oklahoma's
newspapers from the Cherokee Advocate in 1844 to the
daily presses of 1983. Very interesting reading and
Where Streets Were Paved with Gold by
Guides for Oklahoma:
Trees and Wildflowers
Field Guide to Oklahoma's Historical
Markers by Bruce
Joseph. Here's everything you need to know about all
those Historical Markers found in Oklahoma. Keep it in
your car as your driving around and you'll learn Oklahoma
History just by traveling! Order from the Oklahoma
Historical Society Online Store.
are some of my favorite travel guides. Not all of them
are in print, but you may be able to find a used copy.)
Passage, 5 videos. Available at the library.
Story of Oklahoma, 13 videos. Available
at the library.
Fur Trade in Oklahoma
(Video) and teacher's guide. 1998. 14 minutes. Presented
by the Oklahoma Historical Society. The teacher's guide
contains activities and maps. Check your library.
Books and Other Resources:
Shows - Oklahoma History. Mike Adkins, from the Oklahoma
Historical Society, takes history to the public with
a trunk full of artifacts, photographs, and documents.
The current trunk shows include Oklahoma Black Gold, The
Long Cattle Drive, Fur Trappers-Traders, Civil War, USS
Oklahoma, Pioneer Tools, Oklahoma Statehood,
Oklahoma Symbols, and Native American Cultures. For more
information or to schedule a program, contact Joan Thompson
Chronicles of Oklahoma: Cumulative Index, a monthly
magazine published by the Oklahoma Historical Society.
Available at the library. Excellent to use for research.
Crossroads - digital archive of documents, photographs,
newspapers, reports, pamphlets, posters, and maps related
to Oklahoma history.
Oklahoma State Seal.
Oklahoma Activity Book by Carole Marsh. 2001.
Oklahoma worksheets for primary grades. Includes worksheets
for state symbols, history of Oklahoma, craft ideas related
to Oklahoma history, and review quizzes. An excellent addition
to a Oklahoma unit study! ISBN 0793395984.
Jography: A Fun Run Thru Our State! by Carole
Marsh. 2001. Oklahoma geography worksheets for primary
grades. An excellent addition to a Oklahoma unit study!
First Book About Oklahoma by Carole Marsh.
2001. Oklahoma worksheets for primary grades. An excellent
addition to a Oklahoma unit study! ISBN 079339595X.
A fun activity is to make a sod house out of brownies! We did this in my Oklahoma History class at Cornerstone Tutorial Center. Bake a sheet of brownies. Cut into "sod" squares. Build your house using brownies and "glue" together with chocolate icing. Then use pretzel logs for the roof. After we plastered the roof with icing, we sprinkled it with coconut dyed green for grass. We used plastic gloves so we could eat it afterwards!
of the Wild Wild West Webquest.
Bowl of Oklahoma from America's Story: http://www.americaslibrary.gov/cgi-bin/page.cgi/es/ok/dustbowl_1
an Edible State Map: http://atozteacherstuff.com/pages/295.shtmlFree, Oklahoma
map, blank, printable (pdf)
Tulsa's Historical Buildings Coloring
of Oklahoma photos by Bill
Photos of Route 66 by
Tom Ferderbar: http://www.tomferderbar.com/NEWSITE/OKthumbjpeg/OKlsinglePixPage.html
More Oklahoma History Resources at Cindy's
Oklahoma History Store.