“Westward Ho!” Lesson (Part 2)

“Westward Ho!” Lesson (Part 2): Dealing with Conflicts

Objective: students will explore the contrasts of life in the past to modern times.

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This Life Drama (2nd of 3) continues the previous lesson with a focus on conflict.  The pioneers (students) traveling on an arduous journey westward encounter challenges.  As a family group, they must cooperatively decide how to overcome these obstacles and continue (part of the 4th grade objectives).     Students work through an improvisational process where there is no pre-written story or pre-determined outcome.  They apply the practice of "no denial of creation" or saying “yes” to what others create as a way to support the drama and honor the imagination of others.  This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Grade Level

CONCEPT/SKILL

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Concentration
  • Cooperation
  • Creativity
  • Improvisation
  • Listening
  • Movement
  • Problem Solving
  • Setting
  • Teamwork

INTEGRATION IDEAS

  • Communities
  • Conflict
  • Geography
  • History Adaptation
  • Language Arts
  • Social Studies

ROOM SETUP

  • Open