Looking for ideas for a pioneer unit? You’ll find a great selection right here.
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A few months ago, I read Farmer Boy to my five-year-old. He enjoyed it so much that we started reading Little House in the Big Woods. Now we’re reading Little House on the Prairie. Today I’m sharing a variety of pioneer and westward expansion unit ideas that go perfectly with Laura Ingalls Wilder’s books. Have fun!
Start with books! Line upon Line Learning has a wonderful list of books about the covered wagon pioneers.
Every Star is Different has done it again with this amazing collection of ideas for a Little House in the Big Woods and Pioneer Unit. Her creativity blows me away!
I’m a big fan of the creative and meaningful learning at Frugal Fun 4 Boys. Check out this collection of hands-on pioneer activities!
Living Montessori Now has put together some great ideas for a Little House on the Prairie unit.
Homegrown Hearts Academy has put together a big list of resources for a pioneer unit study.
123Homeschool4Me has a lot of ideas for a westward expansion unit.
End your unit with a festive Little House on the Prairie party. The Little House on the Prairie website has games, decorations, recipes, and more!
And if you’re looking for the perfect supplement to your Laura Ingalls Wilder study, you can’t go wrong with this beautiful hour-long documentary directed by Dean Butler. It goes behind the scenes to tell more about Wilder with paintings, photography, and dramatic reenactments. It’s a must-see!
Even more pioneer unit ideas
If you’re a classroom teacher (and even if you’re not!), you will love all the pioneer resources for students and teachers put together by Mrs. Van Dyke.
Our Journey Westward shares what her family did for a westward expansion unit.
The Homeschool Mom has put together a collection of resources about American frontier life.
Looking to add some creative projects to your unit study? Check out Pioneers, a Hands-On History book by Michael Gravois.