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At Home on the French Frontier: 1700 - Projects, lesson plans, and activities about frontier life during the eighteenth century source

Born on a Mountaintop: Davy Crockett, Tall Tales, and History - Information and lesson plans that use web-linked primary source documents to explore the historical facts and legendary feats of Davy Crockett source

Collaborative Thematic Unit: Westward Expansion - Students investigate the pioneer movement, modes of transportation, reasons for moving, and pioneer life. List of resources, literature lesson plan, and activity ideas included source

Create Your Own Pioneer - Students create a fictional pioneer story, then construct a pioneer person source

Davy Crockett - Vocabulary words, discussion questions, and project ideas for teaching about the life of Davy Crockett. Designed for use with A&E programming, but adaptable source

Johnny Appleseed - A printable coloring page and information to read, online painting, a quiz to print and answer, and a math activity page source

Johnny Appleseed an American Legend - Lesson plans, recipes, bulletin board ideas, and printable activities for teaching about the famous pioneer, Johnny Appleseed source

Log Cabins in America: The Finnish Experience - Through primary source documents provided in this lesson, students learn about the wide use of log cabins among colonists and pioneers. This lesson focuses on Finnish and Swedish building techniques used in Idaho, and encourages students to explore folk housing in their own communities source

Pioneer and Indian Recipes - Have a pioneer banquet with your class using these recipes for hardbread biscuits, beef jerky, fry bread, camp bread, meat pie, buffalo gravy, potato biscuits, and apple snow source

Pioneer Farming - An instructional unit that uses high-interest activities, web-linked primary resources, and national standards to teach students about pioneer life. Students compare pioneer homes to Native American homes and explore pioneer life in Iowa source

Pioneer Games - Directions for playing two games of pioneer children source

Pioneer Games, Toys, and Songs - Directions for making corn husk dolls, whimmy diddles, buzz saws, and mountain bolos. Also included are song lyrics and recipes source

Pioneer Home Hidden Pictures - A printable worksheet that asks to locate pioneer tools source

Pioneers Wordsearch Puzzle - A printable wordsearch puzzle of pioneer people, places, and things source

The Life of Richard Pierpoint - Students learn how historians find clues from primary sources by reading about the life of an Ontario pioneer. Lesson includes a printable worksheet with a map and activities source

The Mormon Pioneer Trail - Information about this inspiring pioneer story and links to related internet sites source

The Olden Days - A thematic unit about pioneer life. Students learn about making candles, churning butter, using tools, and attending school source

The Westward Movement - An instructional unit that teaches the reasons people woved West, how they traveled westward, and how they settled the West. Lessons integrate language arts and math source

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