Pioneers: Complete Interactive Notebook Unit
SUBJECT: Social Studies, Pioneers
LEVEL: Elementary Grades
This giant package provides students with everything they need to create a complete Interactive Notebook on Early Pioneers! Everything is included to teach a complete unit, with little teacher prep required – just print and teach!!!
All activities are classroom tested and include creative handouts, reading passages, detailed instructions, foldables, and comprehension questions.
This creative and engaging package includes the following:
Interactive Notebook Information: Several pages of information on Interactive Notebooks and how to set them up for use in your class.
Pioneer Interactive Notebook Cover: A cover page for students to use on the front of their Interactive Notebooks.
Pioneer Vocabulary and Activities: Two pages of pioneer related vocabulary, as well as 8 pages of activities to complete using the vocabulary words. These include a cut and paste match up, and ABC order activity, and several vocabulary graphic organizers.
Pre-reading Questions: A page of pre-reading questions for students to complete before beginning the unit. This is a great way to access prior knowledge and get kids excited about the unit.
Pioneer KWL: A Know-Wonder-Learn graphic organizer on pioneers.
“Who Were the Pioneers?” Information and Activities: A reading passage discussing who the pioneers were, as well as several activities to go along with it. This includes a graphic organizer note taking sheet and a foldable flip book activity.
“Reasons for Westward Movement” Information and Activities: A reading passage discussing reasons why people chose to move west, and a variety of activities to go along with it. This includes a “Should I Move West?” pro and con foldable activity, a “Reasons to Move West” foldable activity, and student reflection questions.
“Traveling the Trails” Information and Activities: A page of information on the ways the pioneers traveled, as well as a Venn Diagram foldable comparing travel during pioneer times to travel now.
Westward Travel Review: A cut and paste activity to review westward travel.
“What Pioneers Brought With Them” Information and Activities: A page of information on items that early pioneers packed with them on their travels, as well as a corresponding spinner style foldable activity.
“Outfit Your Wagon” Group Activity: Student groups are given an amount of money to supply a wagon for Oregon Trail travel. Using the included Supply and Price lists, students must write down the supplies they would purchase to prepare themselves for travel on the Oregon Trail.
Pioneer Top Ten Packing List: Students pretend they are packing for a trip on the Oregon Trail, and write down the top ten things they would not be able to live without.
Oregon Trail Information and Mapping Activity: A reading passage on the Oregon Trail, and an activity where students need to outline the Oregon Trail route on an included map.
Oregon Trail Diary: Students imagine they are pioneers on the Oregon Trail, and write a diary entry from their point of view.
“What Was Going Through Their Head?” Activity: Students imagine themselves as an early pioneer, and use words and pictures to show what was going through their head on their journey.
“Settling on the Plains” Information and Activity: A page of information discussing what life was like on the Great Plains, and a corresponding graphic organizer.
Pioneer Recipes: Two authentic pioneer recipes for Cornbread and Johnny Cakes are included.
“Pioneer Daily Life” Information and Activities: Two reading passages on the daily life of early pioneers, and a corresponding foldable and note taking graphic organizer. An activity where students illustrate and write about daily life from the perspective of both a pioneer man and woman is also included.
“Ghost Town” Information and Foldable: A reading passage on Ghost Towns, and a ticket style foldable to go along with it.
Several Additional Graphic Organizers: A variety of additional graphic organizers to go along with the unit are also included. These can be used at any time throughout the unit, and focus on specific strategies; this includes making connections, finding key facts using text evidence, visualizing, and questioning. These are great for differentiated instruction, extensions, and extra practice!