Lesson Plan

Colorado History/ Ranching in the 1890's

Colorado Ranch Life in the 1890's
Catherine K.
Classroom teacher
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, English Language Learning
Objectives

Students will be able to describe the life of ranchers in the 1890's.

Students will be able  to write a first person narrative telling about their life and roles as a family member in the 1890's on a Colorado ranch.

 

 

Subjects
English Language Arts
Social Studies
Grades 4
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Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Colorado Ranching in the 1890's

Teacher logs onto hewit.unco.edu/dohist and goes to Doing History/Keeping the Past. Go to topic menu and click on Farmers and Ranchers. Click on the links for each of the following subcategories: Food, clothing, and Shelters; Families, Children, and Schools; Ranch Work and Tools; Market and Supply Towns; and Community Life. Show only the primary source pictures. Briefly discuss.

Student Instructions

Please log onto  to Google Drive. Title your page Colorado Ranches.  Make a spread sheet with three columnsPlease write facts that you may already know about ranching, and questions you would like to know more about Colorado ranch life in the 1890's.

2 Text: The Colorado Story

Activity: Reading

Using the textbooks, The Colorado Story, chapter 5, lesson 3, Ranching pages 140-143. Introduce the Key Ideas and Key Terms on page 140.  As the class reads the text together, they are to write the answers to their questions if found in this text on their Google Document titled Colorado. They may also add any more questions they have about ranch life in the 1890's to their Google spreadsheet. 

Student Instructions

Open your text books to The Colorado Story, chapter 5, lesson 3, Ranching pages 140-145. As we read the chapter together, please write any answers to questions you had on your Google spreadsheet under the third column. Label this column 'Answers to My Questions'. If you have more questions as you read, please add these to your list in column two.

3 Guided Practice-Primary Sources

Divide the class into cooperative and collaborative groups of three. Have students share their questions  and responses on ranch life in the 1890's on  their Colorado document with the other members of their group. They are then to go to the hewit.unco.edu/dohist site and open the link titled Doing History, Keeping the Past.

Next, click on the link Farmers and Ranchers. They are to go back to the links we previewed together: (Food, clothing, and Shelters; Families, Children, and Schools; Ranch Work and Tools; Market and Supply Towns; and Community Life.) They are to click on each of the same illustrations. As they do, they are to click on the photo and read the 'About this Photo' and 'In their Owns Words'. As they find answers to their questions or additional facts of interest, they are to add them to the third column on their Google Spreadsheet.

Student Instructions

As you and your group go through the unco.edu site, please go back to your Google document and add answers to your questions or any additional facts of interest that you would like to share in your final writing project about life on a Colorado ranch in the 1890's.

4 Independent Practice

Google Drive
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This activity is to be done the following day. Each child is to take the information they gathered the previous day with their group. They are then to take the skills they have been learning in our writing lessons and write a first person narrative telling about their life on a ranch in the 1890's. 

Student Instructions

Please go back to your Google Drive and open a new document. Title it 'My Life on a Ranch in the 1890's'. You are to use your skills taught in writing and the information gathered from this lesson and write a first person narrative telling about your life on a Colorado ranch in the 1890's. In your original group of three. Decide who will write from the point of view of the father, the mother, or the child. 

5 Wrap-up

Google Drive
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Each group of 3 will reconnect and as I  show each of their first person narratives on the SMARTboard, students will tell their family story of life on a ranch in the 1890's.