Third Grade Reading Challenge: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

It's week two of the Third Grade Reading Challenge book blogs. This week we're featuring our very first Kids' Choice Award, Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail by Kate Messner!
We asked last year's third graders in Snohomish and Island County to suggest books they thought should be included in this year's challenge, and Ranger in Time emerged victorious. Books with dogs were very popular on the ballots; they are some of our favorites, too!
Right now there are lots of ebook copies of this title available on Libby and Overdrive along with our other Reading Challenge books. Check out the Overdrive Kids page to find them!

Kate Messner lives on Lake Champlain with her family, and is trying to summit all 46 Adirondack High Peaks in between book deadlines., opens a new window  

Discussion Questions for Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail

  1. What did you like about the book? What did you NOT like about the book? 
  2. What would you take with you on the Oregon Trail? What might you have to leave behind? 
  3. The road west was long, dusty, boring for kids, and sometimes dangerous. What would be the most challenging part of the journey for you? 
  4. If you could send Ranger on a search-and-rescue mission anywhere in history, where would you send him?

Expansion Activities

Back in the times of the Oregon Trail, children didn’t have toys from the store. They or their parents made them themselves. Can you make a doll from junk items you have around your house? 

If you liked Ranger in Time: Rescue on the Oregon Trail, you might like to read these, too:

Little Cat's Luck: Cats can go on adventurous journeys too! 

A Pup Called Trouble: A coyote is lost in the city and searching for home. 

Two Dogs in A Trench Coat Go to School: Two dogs come up with a plan to infiltrate their boy's school by dressing up in a trench coat in this very silly adventure story.

The Trouble With Chickens: Another Search and Rescue dog! Only this time he stays in one place and solves a mystery in his own back yard. 

The World According to Humphrey: If you like getting into the head of your pet, this one is a hamster. 


Missed week one? Check out the blog post on Odd, Weird and Little.

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