Thursday, February 23, 2012

Pioneer Life

Pikes Peak or Bust!  Pioneer communities like trading posts and sod houses sprang up in the western territories of the U.S. during the 1800's.  CIS students watched a video about the difficulties of daily life in these settlements, from cooking in a log cabin to tending animals on a cattle drive.  We discussed how geography affected the economy and settlement patterns of this nation ranging from "Wild West" boom towns to the founding of San Francisco as a major seaport.  Students discovered why the term "pioneer spirit" is used today to mean great courage and determination.

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