Day in the Life of a Pioneer - WebQuest
are traveling west with two other family members. Each family
member witnesses many wonderful things and is responsible for
different tasks while traveling on the wild frontier.
With your two
other group members, decide which family member role you would
like to explore (Father, Mother, Child).
Once you establish
your role, you will record your fascinating frontier findings
in your journal. Then you and your family members will write
letters to send to your extended family members: Uncle Charlie,
Aunt Martha, and Cousin Bobby, warning them of the dangers
and encouraging them to join you out west.
and Tall Tales
||In this lesson, students are
introduced to the folklore of the pioneers; specifically, the tall
tale. Students learn about the characteristics of tall tales through
creative writing and improvisational activities. They also learn
how authors use figurative language, such as similes and metaphors,
to engage readers in a story.
Ho! Project Based Learning
||Load those wagons........kiss
the kin goodbye.........get ready for adventure, drama, comedy,
tragedy, and fantastic learning as we hit the Oregon Trail and
head out west! Back for its fifteenth year, this simulated journey
allows classes to travel the trail as part of the Westward HO!
Wagon Train. In classrooms across the country, collaborative families,
based on real families from America's past, make daily decisions
(travel and fate scenarios are provided by the project moderators)
that will influence their safe arrival in Oregon.
Trail Map Lesson Plan
found on the Internet such as maps, documents, and photos, students
will construct their own class map of the Oregon Trail.
a Pioneer Log Cabin
for Gold: A Collaborative Inquiry Project
|In this collaborative inquiry activity, the real gold in the inquiry
skills and content area knowledge that students develop. Students
study the Gold Rush using a collaborative inquiry strategy: each
of several small groups research one aspect of the topic and teach
that topic to the rest of the class. Students create a project to
aid in their oral presentation of their researched topic.