I just loved doing this fun unit on the Wild West. We had a great time. Planning it was just as fun as doing the lessons I planned. I got so involved reading about the west that I often forgot to write down what I was doing.
We did a lot of reading from our History of US book but then after we clicked online to u tube to hear the story of the west. Below is part 1, 2 and 3.
Part 1 Heartland
Part 2 Heartland
Part 3 Heartland
Then we interviewed and imaginary Cowboy. This is his result. (note my son is more artistic than a writer but we are working on his writing) As you can see he created a construction paper cowboy and drew a donkey to go along with it.
Below are some other links we used to do our study.
1. You can take a field trip and visit a Virtual Farmhouse. This wasn't as well recieved as I thought it would be perhaps because we have so many farms nearby it wasn't to exciting for my son .
2. Try your hand at Building your own Prairie. This my son loved. He enjoys animals and nature so he had a great time showing off his animal knowledge. If you don't have the animal know you can use their field guide with a click.
3. We spend some time listening to some Old time western radio shows. This was a lot of fun. We would listen at differnt times of the day . As we did chores as we completed art. Its fun to have a story told to you.
4. We spend a good bit of time looking over this website. Legends Of America We found foods, recipes, poetry, phrases used , stories of outlaw, etc... Really really recommend this site with your study.