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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? 
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.
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.
Third graders examine the life of the pioneers moving westward through literature, primary sources and other activities. In this pioneer lesson, 3rd graders become familiar with the Paiute Indians and their basket making and writing.
Fourth graders research pioneers who had a strong influence on westward expansion. In this westward expansion lesson plan, 4th graders write an essay about four pioneers and an interview script about one. Students work in pairs to present interviews.
Fourth graders research pioneer life. In this pioneer instructional activity, 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. 
Students examine historical documents and research why early pioneers settled on the Iowa prairie.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.
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.
Students 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. Students will also play the game the Oregon Trail.
Fifth graders explore pioneer life. In this colonial history instructional activity, 5th graders research, design and build a display of various aspects of the pioneer lifestyle including food, clothing, housing and occupations.
Fourth graders investigate sicknesses in Pioneer Era Indiana. In this medical treatments lesson 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.
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.
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. 
Students study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history lesson plan, 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.
In this online interactive literature instructional activity, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Willa Cather's O Pioneers! Students may check some of their answers online.
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 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.
Fourth graders investigate pioneer Studentss games. They research various games, play a pioneer game, and in small groups, create their own original pioneer game to teach to the class.
Tenth graders consider the move westward. In this Westward Movement lesson, 10th graders compare and contrast the experiences of 2 pioneers by creating t-charts. Students analyze diaries, photographs, and political cartoons that capture the pioneer experience and write essays about the comparison.
Second graders study pioneers. For this social studies lesson, 2nd graders discuss the lives of pioneers. Students view photographs of various types of pioneer homes. Students build their own models of pioneer homes.