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Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson plan, 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
Survival Challenge: Would You Make It?
Learners face a challenge. In this survival lesson, 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
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 English Language Arts
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 English Language Arts
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
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
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
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 English Language Arts
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 English Language Arts
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
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 English Language Arts
The Challenges and New Inventions of the Great Plains Farmer
Explore life in the Great Plains with this thorough US history instructional activity. After brainstorming some important inventions in farming, pupils answer several questions about pioneers in a group research project. Several links to sites and videos can assist them in this project, which culminates with each group creating their own PowerPoint.
8th - 12th Social Studies & History
New Review Westward Expansion Vocabulary
Here is a nice set of worksheets that your kids can use while studying the fascinating period of Westward Expansion in the United States. Types of worksheets include a vocabulary quiz, acrostic poem handout, reading comprehension, word puzzles, stationery, and other fun activities.
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Moving West With Pioneers
Fifth graders read a book written by Laura Ingalls Wilder to examine the hardships that were endured by pioneers traveling during the Westward Expansion of the US. They predict, summarize and participate in literature circles. They visit a number of web sites to research information about the family and friends of Wilder.
5th Social Studies & History