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Pioneer Values in Willa Cather's My Antonia
Included in this resource are a variety of activities to do while reading Willa Cather's My Antonia. The activities, which range from mapping out Nebraska to writing activities about pioneer living, are all designed with one guiding question in mind: How does Willa Cather represent and interpret the values of fortitude, hard work, and faithfulness that we associate with pioneer life?
Pioneering: merit badge
In this pioneering worksheet, students fill out short answer questions using their workbook about pioneering in order to get a merit badge. Students complete 10 questions total.
If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
Fourth graders explore the pioneer experience on the Oregon Trail and compare and contrast modern day travel experiences with those of the nineteenth century. They synthesize historical data through a creative project.
Fourth graders investigate the hardships faced by the Utah pioneers. In small groups they calculate a budget using a determined amount of money, select a challenge for the group, and discuss how their group overcomes the challenges necessary to survive as a Utah pioneer.
Movin' West: The Hard Life of Pioneers
Third graders examine the life of the pioneers moving westward through literature, primary sources and other activities. In this pioneer instructional activity, 3rd graders become familiar with the Paiute Indians and their basket making and writing.
Exploring Pioneer America
Fourth graders research pioneers who had a strong influence on westward expansion. In this westward expansion lesson, 4th graders write an essay about four pioneers and an interview script about one. Students work in pairs to present interviews.
Life as a Pioneer
Young scholars examine historical documents and research why early pioneers settled on the Iowa prairie. They review maps, describe the impact of railroading, describe life in pioneer times, and identify the effects of drought, prairie fire, and locust plagues.
Pioneer America- Pioneer Living
Students investigate the life of the pioneers. In this United States history lesson, students read the book Little House on the Prairie and research one aspect of pioneer life.
Pioneering Children on the Move
Young scholars inquire about life for pioneer children. In this pioneer period lesson, students analyze photographs of children, make information foldables, and create a covered wagon that was typical of the ones of the past. Young scholars will also play the game the Oregon Trail.
Fifth graders explore pioneer life. In this colonial history lesson, 5th graders research, design and build a display of various aspects of the pioneer lifestyle including food, clothing, housing and occupations.
Pioneer America: Pioneer Living
Fourth graders research pioneer life. In this pioneer lesson plan, 4th graders read the book Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder and discuss what life was like for early pioneers. They research pioneers and show what they have learned in a written letter to a friend.
Illness and Medicine in Pioneer Indiana
Fourth graders investigate sicknesses in Pioneer Era Indiana. In this medical treatments activity students list medical problems of the era, who cured the problem, and what the cure was. Students also read and discuss the death of Abraham Lincoln's mother.
Pioneer America: Journey West
Fourth graders experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. In this pioneer lesson, 4th graders research the reasons for moving west and what life was like on the trail. They create a map, complete an oral presentation, and write about their journey.
Laura Ingalls Wilder and Pioneer Life
Fourth graders complete a three-week unit about Laura Ingalls Wilder and pioneer life. They research the topography of Michigan in the 1870's, conduct Internet research, write journal entries, participate in polka and waltz dancing, and make their own paper for their journal entries.
O Pioneers! Study Questions
In this online interactive literature worksheet, learners respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Willa Cather's O Pioneers! Students may check some of their answers online.
THE KALAPUYAS AND PIONEERS : OREGON'S MANIFEST DESTINY
Students study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history instructional activity, students study the altered environments of settlers and Native Americans, the conflicts between the groups, the reservation system, and the ethics of Manifest Destiny. As assessment, students write position papers or create demonstrations to make a judgment on the past and demonstrate understanding of both pioneer and native perspectives.
Life in a Pioneer Village
Third graders examine the life of a pioneer. In this U.S. Westward Migration history lesson, 3rd graders read A Visit to the General Store and write their own pioneer story. Students design a poster to market one of the tools used in a pioneer village.
Pioneers Heading West
Students brainstorm, analyze, compare and contrast, and illustrate accomplishments of pioneers of the west. Students identify and interpret the Pacific Northwest pioneers. Students present their final projects to the class , including illustrations.
Living the Pioneer Life
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by completing mapping worksheets. In this pioneering lesson, 4th graders review a list of exploration vocabulary terms such as log cabins, sawmills and the Appalachian. Students examine old photographs and analyze the setting, characters and actions taking place by the old settlers.
Students compare and contrast Native American dwellings with pioneer homes. They identify the progression of these homes and locate examples on a frontier map.