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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?
9th - 12th Language Arts 3 Views 27 Downloads
Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing, science experiments, and so much more!
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts 63 Views 229 Downloads
Survival Challenge: Would You Make It?
Young scholars face a challenge. In this survival instructional activity, students discover the hardships faced by the pioneers who moved west and see if they would survive a similar situation. They discuss essential items they need to survive and individually complete a survival challenge worksheet.
5th - 6th Social Studies & History 6 Views 31 Downloads
Vocabulary Bingo: O Pioneers
Bingo! How many words can your class remember from O Pioneers? Engage them in a vocabulary review with the well-known game and this resource. Located here are tricky words, their definitions, a Bingo board, and the instructions. You are ready to go!
7th - 12th Language Arts 10 Views 29 Downloads
If You Were a Pioneer on the Oregon Trail
Students examine what it was like to travel west on the Oregon Trail. They develop a list of questions about the trip, explore various websites, and create a story about the experiences of a 19th century family travelling on the Oregon Trail.
K - 2nd Social Studies & History 11 Views 43 Downloads
Find the Main Idea: O Pioneers! by Willa Cather
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.
7th - 9th Language Arts 40 Views 166 Downloads
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 lesson plan, 3rd graders become familiar with the Paiute Indians and their basket making and writing.
3rd Language Arts 18 Views 95 Downloads
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.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 12 Views 16 Downloads
The Pioneer T-Shirt
Gets artsy during your westward movement unit, studying values and symbols of the pioneers through a t-shirt design group activity. After prior research on Manifest Destiny and the settler experience, groups create t-shirts the pioneers may have bought in the 1840's.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
The first pioneers faced many obstacles on their journey west. Middle schoolers read different historical fiction texts (ideas are provided), make connections, and complete a detailed packet (included). Reading guides, journal ideas, and rubrics are all provided.
5th - 8th Language Arts 28 Views 122 Downloads
A Trip Back in Time: Missouri quarter reverse
I love time capsules. After reviewing elements of pioneer life, your class will create a time capsule that would have belonged to a pioneer in the 1830s. Each person must write a description of each item they would have brought and why those items are good representations of the time period.
2nd - 3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 14 Downloads
The Donner Party
Who is the Donner Party? Find out why this group of pioneers lives in infamy. A lot of information is provided in this resource, but you will have to copy and paste the text to acquire the handouts. Learners will look at primary sources, organize ideas in graphic organizers, and construct a simple map.
3rd Social Studies & History 6 Views 24 Downloads
Students participate in a role play activity in which they play an American pioneer moving west. During the role play, they select an occupation and a town to live in. In groups, they use a map to determine the best route to arrive to the new settlement and what mode of transportation they are going to use.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts 3 Views 4 Downloads
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.
4th Social Studies & History 4 Views 7 Downloads
Women in Texas Politics: Winning the Vote, Three Pioneers, and Serving the People
Fourth graders study women's involvement in Texas politics. In this US history lesson, 4th graders discuss woman suffrage, examine three Texas female pioneer legislators by reading biographies, and explore women's issues by generating a list of ideas of important issues and writing a letter to a Texas Legislator letting him or her know what issues are important.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 8 Downloads
A Look Through My Antonia's Eyes
Thoroughly delve into My Antonia by Willa Cather with a plethora of activities. Engage scholars with videos and web sites in this week-long unit that explains the historical context and creates pioneers in the field of research. An interdisciplinary approach that culminates with creative writing and presentations.
9th - 12th Language Arts 6 Views 11 Downloads
Western Communities of the Past
Third graders compare life as a pioneer to life today. In this pioneer lesson, 3rd graders participate in activities of the pioneers such as bartering, games, writing a journal entry a pioneer could have written and writing a skit based on pioneer life.
3rd Social Studies & History 3 Views 34 Downloads