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American Frontier Life

by Mary Ann Kelley

Resources for studying American Frontier Life

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Craft Stick Log Cabin Project Instructions  (Y)
Detailed instructions and photos to make a log cabin made of craft sticks

Westward Ho!  (Y,M,O,T)
Free lapbooks, notebooks & units for homeschoolers from Dynamic 2 Moms.

Donner Online  (M,O)
The plight of the Donner Party during the winter of 1846 is one of the most tragic and well-known stories in the history of Western expansion. These stranded and snowbound emigrants, facing insurmountable odds, quickly exhausted their food rations and were driven to cannibalism in a desperate attempt for survival.

The Pony Express  (Y)
Here is a series of fun activities for use in studying the Pony Express. First is an article with comprehension questions. There is also a puzzle, a drawing activity, and some other hands-on, high-interest fun.

Go West Across America with Lewis & Clark  (Y,M)
An adventure game from National Geographic Kids.

New Perspectives On the West  (O)
This lesson asks students to view westward expansion from the perspective of the Nez Perce and their leader Hin-mah-too-yah-lat-kekt (Chief Joseph).

Western Movement  (M)
These lessons revolve around the move Westward in covered wagons. They are designed to give a better understanding of the geographical region of the Great Basin while gaining an insight on what a trip West in a covered wagon might have been like. This unit is for use in an American history class, primarily 7th through 9th grades. It meshes nicely with an interdisciplinary focus including Social Studies, Language Arts, and Math.

Pioneer Life with Laura  (Y,M,O,T)
A Social Studies and Language Arts unit that can be used in conjunction with a westward expansion study; from the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum.

Activities to Go With the Little House on the Prairie Book Series  (Y,M,O,T)
Lesson Activities to go with 'Little House on the Prairie' Books

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