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Making A Home

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Discover the challenges of settling a new area

Student Application

See how the first settlers that moved west were called pioneers and how many challenges they faced settling a new area.


Learning Objectives

  1. Students will understand the various reasons that pioneers searched past the Appalachian Mountains for new land to settle.
  2. Students will be familiar with the routes and destinations of many early American pioneers.
  3. Students will understand the hardships involved in relocating during the 18th and 19th centuri...

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Supporting Activities

  1. Diary of a Pioneer. Ask each student to pick an area that they would imagine themselves living in during the 1700s or 1800s. Encourage each student to begin a 'diary,' chronicling his or her living conditions. Ask students to then create entries as they decide whether or not to take a chance by moving to the frontier. Students should continue their...

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