Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity

Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
Design a Prairie Homestead A Historical Thinking Activity
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Have your students use their creative, critical and historical thinking skills to learn about life in Early Canada as people migrated west and settled on the prairies in this low prep unit. Students are invited to "register" for a homestead, build it and write home about it.

This product includes:

  • a complete lesson plan for teachers explaining how to do the project with students
  • modifications for differentiation that don't take you any extra time
  • conceptual learning activity about the challenges of living on the prairies during the time of settlement
  • student planning pages
  • tips for project based learning
  • checklists
  • assessment rubrics
  • student examples of the map, homestead and written portions
  • teacher background knowledge
  • student reflection pages
  • blank Alberta map

In this task students will:

  • create a map of the location
  • develop a visual representation of what the homestead is expected to look like
  • write a written letter outlining how their family will benefit from the move. They will describe nearby towns, access to water, how and what they will build, potential animals or crops that can be raised and explain the chores and responsibilities for the family.

Students need to have a basic understanding of the basic geographic knowledge of prairies in order to be successful and having an understanding of the basic homestead rules and how life was will help.

This activity has been tested with three different groups of grade four students and is a HUGE hit. Students have made homesteads that included diagrams, Lego®, Minecraft®, cardboard and even one made of sticks and moss.

This task aligns with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies for Grade 4 Social Studies

This task supports:

  • any lesson covering early settlements in the west.

This activity is perfect for a class that requires differentiation!

Check out our other Social Studies products. You should check out our Homestead Life Drama Circle to help build some background knowledge for your students while they work on this project.

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Thank you for your consideration! Happy homesteading from the Brain Ninjas!

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27 pages
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Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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