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American Pioneers {Free Unit Study}

American Pioneers {Free Unit Study}

“American Pioneers: Their Lives and Times” by Jodie Wolfe is a free unit study covering the day-to-day living experiences of the pioneers as they settled the West along with other events that were happening concurrently in America, and is available in the March/April 2016 edition of Home School Enrichment magazine. (Just scroll on over to page 44.)

The unit includes Bible, English, science, geography, health, math, art, and music through a variety of research projects and activities, including:

  • Researching the character of those in the Bible who left their homes.
  • Sharing a fun family read-aloud about pioneers.
  • Exploring the invention of the telegraph and the role the railways played in settling the West.
  • Learning about China, Antarctica, and the states that joined the Union in the 1840s.
  • Researching some of the health challenges faced by the pioneers.
  • Exploring the invention of the sewing machine.
  • Playing a game of marbles like the pioneers.
  • And many, many more!

You’ll find helpful go-alongs below.

This free unit makes a nice jumping off-point to several of our Westward Expansion units — and it’s free!

Additional Resources

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Free Science Studies: Samuel Morse & the Telegraph
Part of our free science series, includes information on the telegraph.

4 Apple Unit Studies {Free}
Lots of apple resources and more about Johnny Appleseed.

The Transcontinental Railroad: A Unit StudyThe Transcontinental Railroad: A Unit Study
Learn more about how the railroad impacted the big move west.

Antarctica: A Unit Study
Our free unit covering the continent including mapping materials for drawing the outline as suggested.

Animated Atlas of the United States {Freebie}
Great way to see the expansion of the United States as states are added to the union.

Chico: The Story of a Homing Pigeon {Free eBook & Activities}
Free book about a homing pigeon.

Free Science Studies: Elias Howe & the Sewing Machine
Lots of resources in our free science studies about the invention of the sewing machine.

Activity: Learn to SewActivity: Learn to Sew
Resources for both using a machine and sewing by hand.

United States Postal Service: A Unit Study
You’ll find lots of resources for creating a stamp in our free unit about the postal service.

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Learn more about our national anthem and Francis Scott Key in this part of our free history studies.