Life of a Pioneer Child
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A child living in Pioneer times worked much harder than
most children do today. Read the following prompt about
the chores a Pioneer child would have completed on a daily
Now that you're finished reading, it's time to show me what
you've learned! Click here to print out a Venn diagram.
Using this diagram, compare and contrast the chores you
complete in your life to chores a Pioneer child may have
Children living in Pioneer times also played many games
that you do not play today. Likewise, an Xbox 360 or a
Nintendo Wii would have looked like a spaceship to people
living in those times.
Click here to learn about different games Pioneer children
(and even adults) played. When you are done reading,
choose 5 games that you would like to play with some of
your friends. Try to choose games that you are not familiar
with and have never played before!
On a white sheet of paper, write directions for how you
play each game you chose in your own words. Also make
a list of materials you will need to play the games with your
friends. The next time you have nothing to do, try playing
some of these vintage pastimes.
People living in pioneer times also ate different foods that
you eat in modern times. Read through the following
prompt about different things people ate:
Now that you're a Pioneer food expert, you have some
work to do! Imagine you're opening your very own
restaurant and you plan to serve food that is similar to the
food pioneers ate. Use the document below to create
entrees, drinks, and desserts for your restaurant. Either
type your menu in using a word processing program like
Microsoft Word or print out the menu and write your food/
drink items by hand.