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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 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.
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 activity, 4th graders write an essay about four pioneers and an interview script about one. Students work in pairs to present interviews.
Students examine historical documents and research why early pioneers settled on the Iowa prairie.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 plan, 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 lesson, 5th graders research, design and build a display of various aspects of the pioneer lifestyle including food, clothing, housing and occupations.
Fourth graders research pioneer life. In this pioneer 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.
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 experience pioneer life on the Oregon trail. In this pioneer lesson plan, 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.
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.
In this online interactive literature worksheet, students respond to 9 short answer and essay questions about Willa Cather's O Pioneers! Students may check some of their answers online.
Students 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, students write position papers or create demonstrations to make a judgment on the past and demonstrate understanding of both pioneer and native perspectives.
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.
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 explore U.S. history by completing mapping worksheets. In this pioneering 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.
Students compare and contrast Native American dwellings with pioneer homes. They identify the progression of these homes and locate examples on a frontier map.