Second Grade Heads West!


Second grade students wrapped up an exciting adventure… an amazing unit that took them back in time!

The children have spent several weeks learning about life as a pioneer while preparing for and learning about hardships that are faced on the trail during the Westward Expansion.  While learning about the hardships, they also learned about ways to overcome them.

Students and their families planned for their journey by gathering supplies such as pipe cleaners, cans, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, tape, yarn and straws which were needed for their trip out West. The classes also took a trip to the Museum of the Horse Soldier at Trail Dust Town.

The students have had quite the journey – and demonstrated amazing teamwork as the kids were put in groups of fours to become a family living during the Western Expansion. They learned how to make butter – and even made pretend “buffalo chips” aka “buffalo dung”.

As a family, the groups built covered wagons, rafts for their wagons and even homes! This Westward Expansion unit really allowed our second grade students to gain an understanding of what the pioneers experienced during the Westward Expansion.  Students and their families planned for their journey by gathering supplies such as pipe cleaners, cans, toothpicks, popsicle sticks, tape, yarn and straws which were needed for their trip out West. When the pioneers arrived at their destination, they got to take a field trip to Trail Dust Town.

To culminate the Westward Expansion unit, students dressed up in pioneer and western wear – and hosted an informative afternoon session for fellow TCDS students, teachers and staff as well as an informative evening for their parents and families while showing everything they needed to make with their “families” in order to have a successful journey West.