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Pioneer Day Brings the Past to the Present
Our third graders celebrated their 5th annual Pioneer Day at Antioch! It was all part of their Pioneer Unit they study in which they take a "virtual trip" on the Oregon Trail in the 1850s. The students have written historical fiction journals of their journey, and the culminating event is Pioneer Day. Here they roam from class to class and are involved in various Pioneer activities. They carved items out of soap, they created tin lanterns by nailing decorative holes in tin cans, they played pioneer games, and they learned how to do a cat's cradle and created a whirly gig.
For the Pioneer Unit, each day they came in to the media center, they studied a certain resting point on the trail and learned about one aspect of the trials and tribulations of the pioneers' journey. For each day they came to the media center, they wrote a journal entry that related to the place and theme of the day. We will put some of their pioneer journals and craft projects in a Pioneer Time Capsule for next year's students to see.
Ms. Bruch said, "Pioneer Day is an important day in 3rd grade as the students celebrate making their way to Oregon City! We made cratts and played games that pioneer children may have played while traveling and made in order to be entertained." One of Mrs. Nance's students, Grant, wrote about his journal experience: "I will remember mostly Ft. Laramie because it was a nice place for people to stay and sleep. My favorite part was Soda Springs because I loved soaking my feet in the water!"
Written by: Kathy Gwinn, Media Specialist
Posted: Dec 23, 2010 by Kathy Gwinn