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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?
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.
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.
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.
Young scholars study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history lesson, 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, young scholars write position papers or create demonstrations to make a judgment on the past and demonstrate understanding of both pioneer and native perspectives.
An excerpt from Willa Cather's O Pioneer's! provides learners with practice in finding the main idea and supporting details in a narrative. As readers record the bleak details on the included graphic organizer, they can conclude that winter in the Divide is indeed difficult. An answer key is provided.
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.