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Mrs. Cowan from Chicago IL is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Students....Westward Ho!!

My students need hands on materials, books, and projects that will make the history of Pioneers & America come to life right before their eyes.

  • $442 goal

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My Students

Do you remember memorizing dates and places in history that .... well that just didn't seem to relate to our lives? Now imagine being a 7 year-old trying to figure out the world around you, much less the world from 200 years ago. Students deserve to experience history, not just memorize it.

My 2nd Graders are curious individuals.

They want to learn EVERYTHING!! They want to experience the world around them. But despite their motivation and hard work, the little ones don't always have the background knowledge & experience to understand the facts involving our history.

My Project

What better way is there for children to learn history than to experience it. My second graders will have the opportunity to read about pioneers & the westward movement. They will dive into photo essays to see actual pioneers, equipment, terrain and houses through sketches and black & white photos. The kids will leave post-it-note comments, questions, and "I wonder...." throughout the books and photos, so that we can share and build our learning as a community. Imagine dancing and singing old west tunes that pioneers traveled to. They will use all they have seen and learned to build pioneer towns, cabins, and wagons with the wooden logs, stage coach & wagon kits, and animal figurines. As a class we'll even explore Bump Along Butter and other traditional recipes. Why? Because kids learn best through doing and playing.

Confucius stated "I hear and I forget.

I see and I remember. I do and I understand." My class will have a personal interactive museum, where the students will come to love the history of the Pioneers and the Westward Movement. Through reading, play acting, building models, dressing as pioneers, and learning the songs of our past will open a door to the past for our youngest learners. They will have an experience in learning that they will soon not forget.

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Mrs. Cowan
Grades PreK-2

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This project will reach 29 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon • Amazon $7.99 2 $15.98
If You Traveled West In A Covered Wagon • Amazon $5.90 1 $5.90
DK Readers L2: Journey of a Pioneer • Amazon $3.99 10 $39.90
Pioneer Children Sang as They Walked • Amazon $15.29 1 $15.29
Ideal Frontier Logs Classic All Wood 300-Piece Construction Set with Action Figures • Amazon $30.49 1 $30.49
Heading West: Life with the Pioneers, 21 Activities (For Kids series) • Amazon $14.53 1 $14.53
GREAT PIONEER PROJECTS: YOU CAN BUILD YOURSELF (Build It Yourself) • Amazon $14.36 1 $14.36
American Pioneer Family Paper Dolls (Dover Paper Dolls) • Amazon $6.95 2 $13.90
Daniel Boone Davy Crockett Costume with Raccoon Skin Cap (Large / 10-12) • Amazon $25.00 1 $25.00
White Pinafore/Smock. One Size 3-9 Years. (Includes white smock only) • Amazon $23.50 1 $23.50
A Visual Dictionary of a Pioneer Community (Crabtree Visual Dictionaries) • Amazon $8.95 2 $17.90
Dance Music of the Oregon Trail • Amazon $17.60 1 $17.60
Voices From the Oregon Trail • Amazon $15.64 1 $15.64
Life on a Pioneer Homestead (Picture the Past) • Amazon $7.19 2 $14.38
Pioneers to the West (Children's True Stories: Migration) • Amazon $7.19 1 $7.19
Safari Ltd Wild Safari North American Wildlife TOOB • Amazon $11.99 1 $11.99
Wild West Stagecoaches (2) w/4 Horses Playset (Bagged) 1/32 Playsets • Amazon $10.87 1 $10.87
Wild Republic North American in Nature Tube • Amazon $9.11 1 $9.11
You Wouldn't Want to Be an American Pioneer!: A Wilderness You'd Rather Not Tame • Amazon $8.41 1 $8.41
Gallopade - American Milestones The Oregon Trail • Teachers' School Supply $7.56 1 $7.56
Woodland Forest Toy Animal Figures (One Dozen) • Amazon $6.57 1 $6.57

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