Sunday, March 22, 2015


Grades 4-6
Sarah Peterson
Hands on History

Check out my FREE lesson plans!!  If you are studying the Middle Ages or the Wild West, these plans are perfect for you! 

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Wild, Wild West Careers: FRONTIERSMAN
Davy Crockett; Remember the Alamo

This lesson is one in a series of 14 lessons on Wild, Wild West Careers.  Each of the lessons covers the careers and information about the era as it relates to the career.  The series covers the United States during the 1800s, including events that contributed to Western Expansion.  Each lesson can also be used individually.    These are GREAT FOR SUBS – ALL INFORMATIONAL TEXT IS INCLUDED!!!

In the early part of the 1800s, land west of the Mississippi River was complete wilderness. This land consisted of rivers, mountains, forests and prairies and was occupied by Native Americans and wild animals. The frontier was the name given to the wild and unfamiliar land that lay west of civilized America.  A frontiersman was a man who hunted, trapped, and traded on the frontier.  Many lived isolated lives, traversing the land, following rivers, and climbing mountains in search of beavers, raccoons, and bears - any animal whose fur could be sold. 

·        Discussion: The Frontier, Frontiersmen and Pioneers
·        Activity: Job Application: Frontiersman
·        Discussion: Davy Crockett – Frontiersman
·        Activity: Black Bear Safety
·        Discussion: Texas Independence from Mexico
·        Activity: Texas Declaration of Independence Group Activity
·        Primary Source Document: Texas Declaration of Independence
·        Discussion: The Alamo
·        Activity: Review Worksheet
·        Teacher’s Key for Review Worksheet
·        Review Game: Bingo Words for your Bingo Cards
·        Sugar Cube Alamo Instructions, Patterns and Images
·        Frontiersman Coloring Page
·        Suggested Books and Movies

All Wild, Wild West Careers will have the same basic format.


This is the first lesson in a series of “Medieval Employment" lesson plans. In this lesson plan, students will learn about the medieval jobs of Pages and Squires. The lesson plan includes a short informational passage; a job application; activity suggestions (specifically training to be a page and squire); a review worksheet; plus movie and book suggestions. 

Medieval Careers: Pages and Squires

Discussion: Pages and Squires
Activity: Complete Job Application
Activity: Train to be a Page – Strategic Game: Pen in a Palace
Activity: Train to be a Squire – Messenger Game
Discussion: The Melee and the Joust
Activity: Participate in a Melee
Activity: Pages and Squires Worksheet
Teacher’s Key for Review Worksheet
Coloring Page – Page-in-Training
Writing Prompt
Review Game: Bingo Words for Review Game

All Wild, Wild West Careers will have the same basic format.

Both lessons are work well for grades 4-6 and homeschool.

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