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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
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
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, 3rd graders become familiar with the Paiute Indians and their basket making and writing.
3rd Language Arts 17 Views 94 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 10 Views 14 Downloads
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Young scholars examine historical documents and research why early pioneers settled on the Iowa prairie.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.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History 10 Views 58 Downloads
Pioneering Children on the Move
Students inquire about life for pioneer children. In this pioneer period instructional activity, 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.
4th - 6th Language Arts 18 Views 194 Downloads
Pioneer America: Pioneer Living
Fourth graders research pioneer life. In this pioneer lesson, 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.
4th Language Arts 7 Views 39 Downloads
Illness and Medicine in Pioneer Indiana
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.
4th Social Studies & History 3 Views 7 Downloads
Pioneer America: Journey West
Fourth graders experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. For 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.
4th Social Studies & History 16 Views 44 Downloads
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.
4th Language Arts 8 Views 35 Downloads
THE KALAPUYAS AND PIONEERS : OREGON'S MANIFEST DESTINY
Learners 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.
10th - Higher Ed Science 10 Views 31 Downloads
Headin' West! The Life of a Pioneer
Fifth graders explore the life of a pioneer and the relationship between the concept of Manifest Destiny and pioneering. Students complete activities, maps, writing and reading to experience pioneer life. Handouts and worksheets are included in the lesson.
5th Math 3 Views 0 Downloads
Living the Pioneer Life
Fourth graders explore U.S. history by completing mapping worksheets. In this pioneering instructional activity, 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.
4th Visual & Performing Arts 8 Views 34 Downloads
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.
1st - 5th Social Studies & History 3 Views 10 Downloads
The Pioneer Experience
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.
10th Social Studies & History 3 Views 5 Downloads