Wool-It Will Keep You Warm Teacher's Page
A WebQuest for Grade 4 (Social Studies), WebQuest Agricultural Series by Missouri Farm Bureau and Missouri State University


Warm as Wool by Scott Russell Sanders. New York: Bradbury Press, 1992.

In 1803, Josiah and Betsy Ward with their three children, move from Ohio to Connecticut. It is winter and the children, Joshua, Sarah, and William, are always cold. Betsy brought a sockful of coins to buy sheep so that she can have wool to make clothes for the children. Betsy buys 8 sheep from a drover in the spring. Not all of the sheep survive because of wolves, poison weeds, and other dangers. However, enough survive that Betsy is able to take the wool, spin it, weave it into cloth, and make warm clothing for the family for the winters to come.


Blackberry Booties by Tricia Gardella. New York: Orchard Books, 2000.

A young girl, Mikki Jo, picks buckets of blackberries for her mother. However, she has a problem—how to get something special for her new cousin. With the help of able neighbors, Mikki Jo is able to trade blackberries for goods and services that result in a special gift for her cousin.


Charlie Needs a Cloak by Tomie (Thomas A.) de Paola. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1973.

Charlie and his favorite sheep enact the story of the way wool becomes cloth and then how cloth becomes clothes.


A New Coat for Anna by Harriet Ziefert. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 1986.

Even though there is no money, Anna’s mother finds a way to make Anna a badly needed winter coat. The story takes us from the farmer’s sheep to the tailor’s finished product--Anna’s new red coat!


Pelle’s New Suit by Elsa Beskow. Translated by Marion Letcher Woodburn. Germany: Floris Books, 1989.

A young Swedish boy, Pelle, is in need of a new suit. The story follows Pelle as he shears his lamb then takes his wool to others to eventually get a new suit. Pelle is able to help others as they help him earn his new suit.


National Education Standards


  • Exchange is trading goods and services with people for other goods and services or for money.
  • The oldest form of exchange is barter the direct trading of goods and services between people.
  • People voluntarily exchange goods and services because they expect to be better off after the exchange.


  • Students use a variety of media and formats to communicate information and ideas effectively to multiple audiences.
  • Students use technology to locate, evaluate and collect information from a variety of sources.
  • Students use technology tools to process data and report results.
  • Students evaluate and select new information resources and technological innovations based on the appropriateness for specific tasks.
  • Students use technology resources for solving problems and making informed decisions.
  • Students employ technology in the development of strategies for solving problems in the real world.


Science: Strand 7, Sec. 1D
Language Arts: Speaking and Listening Sec. 4-6

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