Pioneer Life Web
This center will help you to use the Internet to
learn more about what life was like for American pioneers who settled in the
west between 1830-1850. Follow each of the steps below. The goal for
this center is that you will be able to compare life for pioneer children to
your own life today. When you have completed all of these steps, be sure
to mark your name on the web center chart to show that you have completed this
1. Farm Work
Click here to visit
a site that describes the farm chores pioneer children helped with.
Scroll through this whole page. Find 3 things pioneer children helped
with on the farm, and list them on your paper. 2. School
Click here to visit a
site that explains what school life was like for pioneer children. Find
2 things that are similar to your own school life, and 2 things that are
different. Record them on your paper. 3. Recreation
here to learn about how pioneer children had fun! After reading
through this site, answer this question on your paper. What 3 toys that
you have now would you take with you to show to pioneer children if you could
go back in time? Why? 4. Health
here to get some information on pioneer cures and medicine. While
you read, list two medicines you would be willing to try, and two that you
would not! 5. House Work
what you have learned!
Take three index cards from the pile
located in the front of the room.
Have more time? Want to know more?
A. You will add the first index
card to the concept map located in our hallway. On this card, write a fact about the life of a pioneer child. On the other card, write a characteristic of
your own life that shows how different the two are. Be sure that you do not repeat any answers that are
already on our concept map! When you have written your cards, add them
to the display in the appropriate location.
B. During your Internet session
you learned many new facts about pioneer life. BUT, there are also many
things about pioneer life that you have not had an opportunity to
explore. On your final card, write one question about pioneer life that
you would like to have answered. Put the question in the envelope marked
"QUESTIONS FOR PIONEER EXPERT" located on the concept map display. When everyone in the class has completed
a question, we will email our questions to Dear Laura, an online expert
on pioneer life. When she responds, we will share the answers as a
You have now completed the basic web
center, but you are welcome to do some more Internet exploring if you have
here to go to a class site on pioneer life. When you arrive at this
site, choose a topic and click on it.