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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.

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).

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.

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