American Pioneers Lesson

American Pioneers Lesson

Teaching all the complexities of westward expansion to students in grades 4-6 may seem overwhelming at first. However, in this lesson, students have the chance to apply what they have learned in social studies into creating a drama that explores the economic and geographic factors that affected Americans from 1800-1861, causing many families to embark on the dangerous journey west. Students may practice concentration, collaboration, and using their voice and language to create a realistic character from the period. We have also included step-by-step delivery instructions to help you guide your students through this lesson.

Grade Level

  • 4th Grade
  • 5th Grade


  • 3 Drama Tools
  • Adding Details
  • Character
  • Characterization
  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Conflict
  • Cooperation
  • Imagination
  • Imitation
  • Improvisation
  • Problem Solving
  • Solution
  • Teamwork


  • Collaboration
  • Communities
  • Conflict
  • Culture
  • Family
  • Geography
  • History Adaptation
  • Negotiation
  • Pioneers
  • Problem Solving
  • Social Studies
  • Teamwork
  • Travel


  • Open