Prairie Schooners


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Our fourth grade students learn about Westward Expansion in their social studies units. This lesson came about when discussing ideas for art, one of the fourth grade teachers said, “I don’t know what about wagons?”

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To create these images, I showed the students images of Prairie Schooners and we talked about Western Expansion and the homestead act. I did a little bit of directed drawing but only enough so that they could give the wagons dimension.


Students primarily used oil pastel but could add water color or moveable wheels if they chose to.  I also demonstrated how to make the cut-out wheels have spokes and attach them with brads. Some had a hard time with that but it was fun.

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