Great Pioneer Projects  You Can Build Yourself

Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself

What was it like to be an American pioneer during the 1800s? Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the settling of the great American frontier with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Young learners build replica sod houses, log cabins, and covered wagons and create their own printing presses and maps. Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself provides detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project. Historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and fascinating trivia support the fun projects and teach readers about the American pioneers’ relentless push westward. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life on the trail and on the frontier. Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself brings the American Pioneer experience to life.

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  • Softcover, $15.95
  • eBook, $12.95

Grade Level 4–6

Ages 9–12

Subjects

  • US History

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What was it like to be an American pioneer during the 1800s? Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself introduces readers ages 9 and up to the settling of the great American frontier with over 25 hands-on building projects and activities. Young learners build replica sod houses, log cabins, and covered wagons and create their own printing presses and maps. Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself provides detailed step-by-step instructions, diagrams, and templates for creating each project. Historical facts and anecdotes, biographies, and fascinating trivia support the fun projects and teach readers about the American pioneers’ relentless push westward. Together they give kids a first-hand look at daily life on the trail and on the frontier. Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself brings the American Pioneer experience to life.


Kliatt
“This is not just another activity book. Recommended for all younger readers.”

Learning Magazine, Teachers’ Choice Edition
“What was it like to be an American pioneer during the 1800’s? More than 25 projects and activities in this book give students and firsthand look.”

Cobblestone Magazine
Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself takes readers on a journey through the West in the footsteps of the first pioneers. Easy-to follow activities bring the experience to life. Grade 4 and up.”

Homeschool estore
“Build-it activities connect readers to the people who built their homes and communities on the frontier, enhancing this first-hand look at the history of the American West and pioneers.”

The Buffalo News
“ . . . packs in interesting historical information and colorful facts about daily life in pioneer days along with interesting tidbits . . .”

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Covered Wagon

Covered wagons were about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide. They were covered by canvas laid over the top of a wooden hoop frame. A team of oxen usually pulled the wagon, which held most of a family’s food and supplies for the 4- or 5-month journey. They could hold up to 2,500 pounds of supplies. Some families traveled with more than one wagon. Covered wagons were often called prairie schooners because the white canvas tops looked like sails moving through a sea of prairie grass.

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Rachel Dickinson

Rachel Dickinson has published hundreds of articles on travel, nature, and science in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in publications as varied as The Christian Science Monitor, USA Weekend, Islands Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Living Bird Magazine, and Dolphin Log. Her book The Witch’s Handbook: A Field Guide to Magic was published in 2002. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists.



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Grade Level: 4–6
Ages: 9–12
Subjects: US History,
Specs: 8 x 10 , 2-color interior , 128 pages,
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Reviews

Kliatt
“This is not just another activity book. Recommended for all younger readers.”

Learning Magazine, Teachers’ Choice Edition
“What was it like to be an American pioneer during the 1800’s? More than 25 projects and activities in this book give students and firsthand look.”

Cobblestone Magazine
Great Pioneer Projects You Can Build Yourself takes readers on a journey through the West in the footsteps of the first pioneers. Easy-to follow activities bring the experience to life. Grade 4 and up.”

Homeschool estore
“Build-it activities connect readers to the people who built their homes and communities on the frontier, enhancing this first-hand look at the history of the American West and pioneers.”

The Buffalo News
“ . . . packs in interesting historical information and colorful facts about daily life in pioneer days along with interesting tidbits . . .”


Projects

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Covered Wagon

Covered wagons were about 10 feet long and 4 feet wide. They were covered by canvas laid over the top of a wooden hoop frame. A team of oxen usually pulled the wagon, which held most of a family’s food and supplies for the 4- or 5-month journey. They could hold up to 2,500 pounds of supplies. Some families traveled with more than one wagon. Covered wagons were often called prairie schooners because the white canvas tops looked like sails moving through a sea of prairie grass.


Click here to download a print-friendly PDF

Author-Illustrator

Rachel Dickinson

Rachel Dickinson has published hundreds of articles on travel, nature, and science in numerous newspapers and magazines. Her work has appeared in publications as varied as The Christian Science Monitor, USA Weekend, Islands Magazine, Audubon, National Geographic Traveler, AARP, Living Bird Magazine, and Dolphin Log. Her book The Witch’s Handbook: A Field Guide to Magic was published in 2002. She is a member of the American Society of Journalists.