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Mailing May

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Mailing May by Michael O. Tunnell

Nowadays it’s no big deal for a girl to travel seventy-five miles. But when Charlotte May Pierstorff wanted to cross seventy-five miles of Idaho mountains to see her grandma in 1914, it was a very big deal indeed. There was no highway except the railroad, and a train ticket would have cost her parents a full day’s pay. Here is the true story of how May got to visit her grandma, thanks to her own spunk, her father’s ingenuity, and the U.S. mail.

Author: Michael O. Tunnell

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Illustrator: Ted Rand

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Online Units and Resources for Mailing May

Text over illustration of sky and clouds - Time4Learning and Fun for everyone: Online education for PreK-12th
Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.
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Postal Systems
Getting mail from place to place is very important in society. There have been many systems to deliver letters--from ships to walking to horses. Our contemporary mail delivery system is high-tech. Machines read and sort much of our mail, and it only takes about two days and costs under 40 cents to send a standard letter from New York City to Los Angeles.

Mailing Postcards
Help your children create their own postcards, and then send them in the mail to family and friends. Ages 3-5

Idaho History

From A to Z kids stuff

Idaho Potato Commission
No study about Idaho is complete without discovering the Idaho Potato.

Lapbook Example
From Homeschooling on a Wing and a Prayer blodspot.

Mailing May lesson plan
From Teacher Views Archives. Grade 3

Rugmaker's Homestead
1932 Braided Rug Instructions

Rug Braiding
From Craftown

Why are we featuring this book?

Mailing May is a book featured in Five in a Row, a literature-based unit study curriculum. Many families use FIAR for all but the grammar/reading and math, and others use it in conjunction with other resources. Above is information about the author and illustrator, story summaries, and links to lesson plans and websites that are great go-alongs for Mailing May. Please note that these resources are meant to complement, not replace, the Five in a Row units. The Five in a Row volumes are inexpensive and well worth the investment.

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