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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

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Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Burton

From Amazon.com: A modern classic that no child should miss. Since it was first published in 1939, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel has delighted generations of children. Mike and his trusty steam shovel, Mary Anne, dig deep canals for boats to travel through, cut mountain passes for trains, and hollow out cellars for city skyscrapers — the very symbol of industrial America. But with progress come new machines, and soon the inseparable duo are out of work. Mike believes that Mary Anne can dig as much in a day as one hundred men can dig in a week, and the two have one last chance to prove it and save Mary Anne from the scrap heap. What happens next in the small town of Popperville is a testament to their friendship, and to old-fashioned hard work and ingenuity.

Author: Virginia Burton

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The author is also the illustrator.

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Online Units and Resources for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel

Looking for a curriculum that makes learning fun? You'll find it in Time4Learning's PreK-12 grade online homeschool curriculum.

Simple Machines Unit lesson 1
Uses Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. Grade Level - 3/4

Supplemental Book List
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Worksheets for Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel
"In celebration of Virginia Lee Burton's classic story, Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel, Houghton Mifflin has prepared a series of reproducible worksheets for use in or out of the classroom. These enjoyable activities help to incorporate this beloved c

Why are we featuring this book?

Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel 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 Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. 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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