“Westward Ho!” Lesson (Part 3)

“Westward Ho!” Lesson (Part 3): Taking Risks

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

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This lesson (3rd of 3) continues the previous lesson with a focus on risks. The students will discuss and then enact the risks the pioneers took while traveling on an arduous journey westward. They will also compare and contrast these risks to ones taken by actors and in real life (part of the fourth grade objectives). This lesson is part of our recommended sequence in the Fourth Grade Curriculum.

Fourth Grade Drama Journal: "Westward Ho!" (Part 3)

To maximize student achievement, download this drama journal for students to use as reflection or formative assessment. For each lesson in the curriculum, we have created a corresponding journal page for your students. A drama journal allows participants to reflect on their learning and artistic growth (metacognition). It also allows you, the teacher, to see how students are using the drama vocabulary, thinking about big ideas, and perceiving their own strengths and weaknesses. If you use the journal for assessment and would like more assessment tools, visit our Fourth Grade Curriculum

Grade Level


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


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


  • Open