Covered Wagon

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...
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The Statistics of Slaughter

The Statistics of Slaughter

From The Civil War

Paint the Oregon Trail

Paint the Oregon Trail

From The Oregon Trail

In the nineteenth century, many artists used the American West as a canvas for artistic expression—George Catlin, Frederick Remington, and Charles Marion Russell are some of the most well known. Art of the American West presented the artist's perspective of specific events and or locations. Whether the subject was a cowboy, Native American, or a landscape, the paintings often conveyed deep emotion.

Cook a Hoe Cake

Cook a Hoe Cake

From The Underground Railroad

The simple cornmeal pancake has long roots in America. It was George Washington's favorite breakfast. The dish gets its name from a flat pan called a hoe griddle. Enslaved people did not have this type of griddle. Instead, they baked their corn cakes on garden hoes in fires near the fields where they worked. Try your hand at cooking this staple of a slave's diet.

Explore Different Types of Government

Explore Different Types of Government

From The U.S. Constitution

Every form of government has key features and characteristics that define it. For example, in a democracy, the citizens vote on laws and policies, but in a totalitarian country, the ruling party makes all decisions about public and private life. In this activity, you will explore how different forms of government would impact your classroom or family.



“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.”

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

Detailed Book Description

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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Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Maps | Glossary | Resources | Index
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 2-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Social Studies
Content Focus: U.S. History



How It All Began

Chapter 1
Mapping the Way

Chapter 2
The Decision to Go West

Chapter 3
Wagon Trains

Chapter 4
Hardships on the Trail

Chapter 5
Popular Routes

Chapter 6
The Transcontinental Railroad

Chapter 7
Building Homes

Chapter 8
Frontier Farming and Food

Chapter 9
At Home and at School

Chapter 10
Fun and Holidays

Chapter 11
Cowboys and Indians

Chapter 12
Documenting the West