The Lumber Industry with Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

Lesson Overview

In Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, the main character Cricket runs away to live in the woods while she searches for the Bird Room. She makes her way to the ruins of Electric City, an abandoned sawmill town overgrown with trees and other wildlife. Students can use the novel as a starting point for finding out more about sawmills and the lumber industry.

1-2 hours
Lesson Type
Traditional Lesson

Essential Question

How is lumber processed? 
How did lumber mills influence the development of towns?

Lesson Created By: SamanthaBell, Jo Hackl