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Role play the journey of an American pioneer moving west and create a pastel drawing of a new settlement.
Invite students to engage in a role play about life in North America from 1890 to 1930. Classmates form a family and select a town in which to live. Each family member will choose an occupation (farmer, general store owner, blacksmith, laborer). Students act out occupations and life in that town. Then imagine what happens to the family when obstacles to economic survival occur (drought, competition, unemployment). Identify why the family chooses to move West: land, natural resources such as gold, and independence.
Reference a map from the era. Invite students to find out what modes of transportation were available from 1890 to 1930 to move West from one's hometown. Identify necessary items for travel and re-settling in a new place.
With family members (small group of students), use Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils to write about and illustrate the journey west, describing reasons for moving, events that occurred along the trip, and what the family expects to find and do in the new location.
Draw the imagined the new area at the turn of the 20th century with Crayola Oil Pastels. Blend pastels by rubbing with a fingertip or paper towel. Add details by using pastel over pastel.
Provide time in the school day for student groups (families) to present the journal of their trip west to classmates.
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