Lesson Plan Bundle – Frontier Life Unit
Making your Social Studies Beliefs “Real”
This unit is about Frontier life, circa ~1880s. (Frontier education and the one-room schoolhouse). There are 5 lessons included that can be edited and adapted as needed. There are multiple resource ideas and websites included, as well as graphic organizers and detailed plans for the unit. Students will enjoy the hands-on exploration of this unit while they learn about frontier life and different perspectives!
This unit can be modified and edited for different grade levels and needs.
Lesson 1: Introducing different perspectives
o Introducing different viewpoints/perspectives using narratives/trade books/historical fiction from the perspective of someone in that time period (narrative).
Lesson 2: Identifying and understanding the differences/similarities between people of today and people of the past.
o Researching/exploring how ideas/viewpoints/ideologies have changed over time (even if it seems strange to us now, it would not have seemed that way to them – we just are not used to their ideas/lifestyle)
o Compare and Contrast T-Chart
Lesson 3: Exploring the viewpoints of people from past time periods and their perspectives: Journaling from the point of view of another
o Students will create a series of 3 journal entries from a child of the frontier times throughout the unit.
Lesson 4: Explaining and discussing why these different viewpoints/events occurred: Class debate using viewpoints of the past
o This lesson will give students a chance to apply their research and their understandings of multiple perspectives to an in-class debate.
Lesson 5: Applying the different perspectives to a final simulation: Simulation of a one-room schoolhouse
o The teacher will be simulating a day in the life of students in the late-19th century in a one-room schoolhouse to apply different perspectives and gain a deeper understanding of the time period.