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FREE - A Day in the Life of a Homesteader

from Homestead National Monument of America

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The Homestead Act of 1862 had far reaching impacts on the
United States including western expansion, immigration, technological
innovation, transforming the Great Plains into the “Bread Basket of the World”,
and forever altering the way of life of American Indians. In this lesson,
students will explore a Day in the Life of a Homesteader with a park ranger. Students will learn what it took to file a Homestead Act claim and how people survived to make a life and receive the patent for their land.

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Homestead National Monument of America does not charge a fee for any of its programs.

Length

30-35 minutes, but can be adjusted to fit any schedule.


Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5

Minimum participants:

None

Maximum participants:

There is no maximum number of participants, however groups of 20-30 are preferred for more interaction.


Primary Disciplines

International, Social Studies/History, Foreign/World Languages, Health/Physical Education, Language Arts/English, Mathematics, Sciences, Technology/Information Science, Literacy, Writing, Reading, Problem Solving, Gifted & Talented


Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference - H.323 (Polycom, Cisco/Tandberg, LifeSize, etc...)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)
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Homestead NM offers a short series of introductory videos on our YouTube Page: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLhkZ9JIAYC7GXdpxU6p1LZ05hqyJWB0Gf


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Provider's Cancellation Policy

Homestead National Monument of America appreciates cancellations within 48 hours. If a program is cancelled, every effort will be made to reschedule.

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Homestead National Monument of America

Beatrice, NE
United States

With the promise of Free Land, the Homestead Act of 1862 enticed millions to cultivate the frontier. Families, immigrants, women, and formerly enslaved people flooded 10 percent of the nation’s land to chase their American Dream. American Indian cultures and natural environments gave way to diverse settlement, agricultural success, and industrial advancement—building our nation and changing the land forever. Homestead National Monument of America interprets the Homestead Act of 1862 and tells the stories of the homesteading era.

Contact:
David Graveline-Education Program Specialist
home_education@nps.gov
4022233514

Program Details

Format

1. This program begins with a brief introduction to the National Park Service for first time students of our programs.
2. A brief overview of the Homestead Act is discussed.
3. A discussion on the types of houses built on the plains with a video is held.
4. A discussion on the chores of a homestead child is held with a video on milking cows.
5. A guided discussion on the inside of a log cabin with pictures.
6. If time allows there is a video on general stores and one on growing wheat not only to show the process, but show how agricultural machinery has evolved.
7. Summary and questions.

Objectives

The participant will:
-gain an understanding of the Homestead Act of 1862
-learn about life in the homesteading era
-understand the daily routine of a homesteader.
-compare and contrast life as a homesteader and their own.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.3.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.4.1 through 3
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.5.1 through 3


NSS-G.K-12.2 PLACES AND REGIONS
Understand the physical and human characteristics of places.
Understand that people create regions to interpret Earth's complexity.
Understand how culture and experience influence people's perceptions of places and regions.

NSS-G.K-12.5 ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY
Understand how human actions modify the physical environment.

NSS-G.K-12.6 THE USES OF GEOGRAPHY
Understand how to apply geography to interpret the past.

NSS-USH.K-4.1 LIVING AND WORKING TOGETHER IN FAMILIES AND COMMUNITIES, NOW AND LONG AGO
Understands family life now and in the past, and family life in various places long ago
Understands the history of the local community and how communities in North America varied long ago

NSS-USH.K-4.3 THE HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES: DEMOCRATIC PRINCIPLES AND VALUES AND THE PEOPLE FROM MANY CULTURES WHO CONTRIBUTED TO ITS CULTURAL, ECONOMIC, AND POLITICAL HERITAGE
Understands the causes and nature of movements of large groups of people into and within the United States, now and long ago

NSS-USH.5-12.4 ERA 4: EXPANSION AND REFORM (1801-1861)
Understands United States territorial expansion between 1801 and 1861, and how it affected relations with external powers and Native Americans

NSS-USH.5-12.6 ERA 6: THE DEVELOPMENT OF THE INDUSTRIAL UNITED STATES (1870-1900)
Understands how the rise of corporations, heavy industry, and mechanized farming transformed the American people