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Unit Plan: 3

What Were the Immigrant's Contributions?



Lesson Plan for Wednesday
Grade: 4th
Social Studies Strand: History
Submitted By: Janis Gomme-Campbell

EDEL 453: Teaching Elementary School Social Science
Nevada State College Spring 2014
Instructor: Karen Powell







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B. Summary of the Lesson Plan:
SWBAT identify what immigrant's contributions were to Nevada. SW understand the pioneer's trade relationships with the
Plains Indians.
C. Basic Information:
Grade Level: 4th grade
Time to Complete this Lesson: 50 min
Groupings: individual, partners, group
D. Materials:
Text: Heading West: Life With the Pioneers By: Pat McCarthy.
Text: Houghton Mifflin, "Early Settlers", Pgs. 206-207
Hand-out: "Notable Pioneers in History"
Double-bubble map work-sheet.
pencil
E. Objectives:
o NV State Social Studies Standards
H1.4.5. Identify contributions of immigrants in Nevada.
o Student-Friendly Standards
H1.4.5. I can identify contributions of immigrants in Nevada.
F. Vocabulary
homestead- a piece of land given to someone so that they may settle and farm there.
reservation- land set aside by the government for the Indians.
G. Procedure:
1. TW read-a-loud text: Heading West: Life With the Pioneers, first having students predict what story is about through cover
illustration. Predictions will be made throughout story.
2. TW distribute sheet with photos of the contributions that pioneer immigrants made to society.
3. SW individually create a double-bubble map. "Pioneers" will be in the center of circle. For the outer circle, SW brainstorm
things the pioneers did that contributed to society.
4. TW ask key questions pertaining to the book: "What did we say were some of the things the pioneers did to be able to
survive in the harsh environment?" "How did they help each other?" "What was traded?" This will spur ideas for the
double-bubble map.
5. TW coral-read with students out of Houghton Mifflin text: "Early Settlers" pages 206-207. TW discuss "Talk About It" section
of page 207.
6. SW complete a written paragraph (see "closure" below)
H. Assessment:
What will you use to measure student understanding?
I will ask questions of the group as an informal assessment (see procedure #4 above) I will evaluate closure paragragh.
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I. Closure: SW write a paragraph: "Would you have enjoyed living in the early 1880s?" Why or why not?"

Notable Pioneers in History

In 1803 President Thomas Jefferson guided a splendid piece of foreign
diplomacy through the U.S. Senate: the purchase of Louisiana territory from France. After the Louisiana Purchase Treaty
was made, Jefferson initiated an exploration of the newly purchased land and the territory beyond the "great rock
mountains" in the West.
Jefferson chose his personal secretary, Meriwether Lewis, an intelligent and literate man who also possessed skills as a
frontiersman. Lewis in turn solicited the help of William Clark, whose abilities as draftsman and frontiersman were even
stronger. Together they collected a diverse military Corps of Discovery that would be able to undertake a two-year
journey to the great ocean.
Jefferson hoped that Lewis and Clark would find a water route linking the Columbia and Missouri rivers. This water link
would connect the Pacific Ocean with the Mississippi River system, thus giving the new western land access to port
markets out of the Gulf of Mexico and to eastern cities along the Ohio River and its minor tributaries.






Alice Fletcher (1838-1923) was a pioneer ethnologist and leader in the movement to bring Native Americans into the
mainstream of white society, Fletcher was nearly unique among her peers for putting her ideas into practice as an
administrator of Indian policy in the field.



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Robert Fulton invented the steamboat.

Robert Fulton invented the
first steamboat. He displayed
his boat for the first time
on the Hudson River banks.

Hudson Rive Robert Fulton invented the steamboat. He displayed his new invention on the
banks of the

Mark Twain, (Samuel Clemmens) wrote many novels: the first was: Roughing It (1872), an autobiographical
account of his years in the West told in the humorous style of his travel writing. Clemens' best work was
especially evident in the novels set in his boyhood world beside the Mississippi River, Tom Sawyer (1876) and
his masterpiece, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884).












Mark Twain








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James Knox Polk(1795-1849) was known as the expansionist eleventh President of the United States, James
K. Polk was perhaps more responsible than any other single person for setting the boundaries of what came
to be the American West.








James K. Polk

As head of the Mormon Church and architect of the Mormon colony in Utah, Brigham Young (1801-1877)
was almost sole author of one of the most important chapters in the history of the American West.











Brigham Young

At one time the absolute ruler of what amounted to a private kingdom along the Sacramento River, John
Sutter (1803-1880) saw his immense wealth and power overrun in the world's rush to pick California clean of
gold.









John Sutter

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William Church (circa 17781863) was an American inventor who patented a typesetting machine in 1822














The First American Cotton Mill Began Operation
December 20, 1790
Samuel Slater built that first American mill in Pawtucket based on designs of English inventor
Richard Arkwright. Though it was against British law to leave the country if you were a textile worker,
Slater fled anyway in order to seek his fortune in America. Considered the father of the United States
textile industry, he eventually built several successful cotton mills in New England and established the
town of Slatersville, Rhode Island. Before the Civil War, textile manufacture was the most important
industry in America and there were rapid advances
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Unit Plan 3: Reflection Page

1. Where did you get the ideas and materials for this unit plan? Include
website names, URLs, book titles and authors.

Text: Heading West: Life With the Pioneers By: Pat McCarthy.
Text: Houghton Mifflin, "Early Settlers", Pgs. 206-207
Notable Pioneers in History:
http://www.kidskonnect.com/subjectindex/16-educational/history/276-
pioneers.html

2. What were the easiest and most challenging parts of writing this unit plan?
The most difficult part of doing this unit plan was trying to decide which
pioneers to include on my hand-out. There are so many notables, and I
obviously couldn't pick them all. The easiest part of this plan may have
been deciding on the compare and contrast map. It is a great toll to use
to gather thoughts and really drive-home concepts about the lesson.

3. What suggestions do you have for yourself for the next time you write unit
plans?

I might try to figure out how to combine all the information about the
famous pioneers into a better format.

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