As we head into November, we start our study of America’s expansion to the west. We celebrate the study of this theme by having our annual third-grade Pioneer Day. The children all come dressed up as pioneers, American Indians, or cowboys/cowgirls.
We do a craft as a class, and this year we made our own butter. We accomplished this by
- putting whipping cream into small empty water bottles,
- shaking the bottles until the cream turned to butter,
- pouring off the buttermilk, and
- enjoying butter with our lunch.
It was delicious!
We also like to play “pioneer” games, competing by classroom (not grade). This year, we played Rope the Steer. In this game the children took turns throwing a Hula Hoop® around each other. Each successful toss was worth a hundred points.
We also played the Pony Express game. This was a relay race in which each child rode a pony (hockey stick) while carrying a mail bag (empty backpack). The first team to finish won five hundred points, second place got four hundred, and so on.
Our final game was the Bull’s-eye Beanbag game. The children took turns tossing beanbags at a bull’s-eye target. Two hundred points were awarded for a center hit with fifty being given for each outside hit.
The class that won got to display our Pioneer Day Games Winner Trophy!
No Pioneer Day would be complete without a Pioneer Feast. The parents sent in a wonderful lunch including turkey, chicken, dried fruit, corn muffins, rice, beef jerky, corn on the cob, and pies! We ate the food right from aluminum pie plates. A fun lunch for a fun day!
What do you do to make your study of history come alive in your classroom?