4th Grade Pioneers Get a Feel for Life During the Gold Rush
Fourth Grade students loaded up their wagons and spent the day out on the prairie experiencing life as a pioneer. Students crossed the plains in their Conestoga wagons and then spent the day participating in the daily activities of the pioneers including baking fry bread and churning butter, putting together a rag doll, using a "brand" to make stationary, panning for gold, learning the art of tying knots, and creating their own pioneer art called "Gods Eye" using sticks and yarn. They also had the opportunity to visit the Trading Post where they could purchase all types of interesting supplies.
The class shared a picnic lunch with their pioneer families. They brought their journals to record all that happened in their busy day. Our young pioneers truly got a feel for what life was like during the Gold Rush.