Into the Wild, Wild, West in a Ranching and Prairie Life!
This unit takes you into a Ranching Community and the way of life in the Prairies!
"Letters to the Pony Express" integrates Language Arts with your Social Studies as students travel through becoming Pony Express Riders, Ranchers, and Explorers on the Prairies through reading of differentiated informational passages, participating in lots of activities and writing letters back home about all of their adventures!
The unit starts off with students discovering about the Pony Express and becoming Pony Express riders (to deliver all the fabulous letters they write home).
Moving on to discovering about ranches with differentiated reading passages and lots of activities incorporating art and writing, covering topics such as: what a ranch is, cowboy/cowgirl clothing, horses, cattle and brands, the round up, cowboy food and the chuckwagon, cowboy slang and entertainment from the rodeo to writing cowboy poetry (graphic organizers provided). Students even apply for their own brands!
After being on the ranch, students discover artifacts on the prairie (picture image gallery provided) and analyze the artifacts as to what the purpose may have been, who would have used them, how do they think the were made and what we would use in the present day for the same purpose. (Nine artifact pages are currently included in the unit and more will be added as more pictures are taken and updates uploaded).
Lastly, as a culminating project students read "If Your'e Not From the Prairie" by David Bouchard and plan and write their own page for a class book or their own Prairie book. Mini lessons include:
Brainstorming for topics related to the prairies (interactive foldable organizer provided),
Imagery and Figurative Language to paint a picture (graphic organizers provided),
Differentiated Templates for following the pattern of the book using student's own ideas from their planning pages.
Have fun discovering about a ranching and prairie life!