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Explore the various modes of transportation used to move west across North America in the 1800s. Create a scene with paint, drawing, and collage.
During a unit of study focused on Western expansion of the United States, invite small groups of students to research modes of transportation available to people moving into the North American west in the 1800s. Find out about geographic features, weather conditions, indigenous peoples, and items settlers took with them. How did the Homestead Act and the Gold Rush change the course of U.S. and Canadian history? Organize a variety of resources for students to view during this investigation.
When groups have completed their research, have them write an imaginary log about a train journey across the continent using Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Encourage them to include maps and other information.
To accompany their journal writing, groups create a scene from the west. Students cover their work areas with recycled newspaper. With Crayola Washable Kid's Paint, students paint tall, snowcapped mountains and a dramatic sky on a large sheet of construction paper. Dry.
Tear white construction paper to make a snowy foreground. Attach with a Crayola Washable Glue Stick.
With Crayola Construction Paper Crayons, students may draw a steam train on the rest of the white paper. Cut it out with Crayola Scissors and glue to the landscape. Add railroad tracks using brown and black crayons.
Draw other landscape elements, such as trees and wildlife. Cut out and glue.
Student groups share their journal writing and artwork with classmates.
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