The following supplemental activities could be part of learning centers,
post fieldtrip activities or assigned as homework to extend learning
beyond the letters, maps and photos provided on the History Center
Ask a Curator
Write a letter to a museum curator with questions or intriguing
observations about a pioneer exhibit and request professional expertise
on the topic.
Daily Life of Pioneers
Use Pioneer Farms and Farming resources and
to develop a poster or PowerPoint presentation illustrating the
daily life of a pioneer family.
- Brainstorm a list of key words about pioneer women;
- Develop a 3M
list of search terms;
search engines and websites that provide reliable information;
- Design a graphic organizer to sort and compile information;
- Evaluate Websites using a chart.
Research who came to the Midwest as immigrants
and where they settled in the state.
Scavenger Hunt of Pioneer Artifacts
Explore your community for resources on pioneer artifacts and create
a photo book of the artifacts.
News Flash - Pioneer Update
Create 10- to 20-second news flashes about an aspect of pioneer
life (journey to or the settling of an area in the Midwest or life
of the pioneers--fires, locust, etc.). The news flashes could be
designed as audiotapes for radio or video files for television news.
Pioneer Excursion to Iowa
Research and plan a pioneer journey from Cleveland, Ohio to Cedar
Rapids, Iowa including mileage/day, cost, supplies, total costs,
Find recipes used in pioneer times; research the ingredients used
and theorize why these ingredients were used. Select and prepare
one of the recipes.