Westward Expansion | The Pioneer Years | Children’s Play
$19.95 – $59.95
The Westward Expansion, The Pioneer Years is a fun theme to act out. Children are introduced to the Pioneers that moved westward as the United States expanded during the 1800’s. They will sing historic songs, each telling a small story of the journey west or expressing part of the social culture as a festive folk tune. The costumes and props are simple to create, and the theme of the script is transportation and communication. The Pioneer has 15 prerecorded songs sung by children just like yours. You decide on the number of songs to include. Incorporate the songs into your circle time right from the beginning, and the children will learn the words and motions with ease. Listen to 5 samples below.
Preview a Sampling of the songs that come with the play.
Preview Prairie Rabbit
Preview Our Train
Preview Paw Paw Patch
Preview My Home’s in Montana
Preview There’s a Little Wheel A’Turnin’
The teacher is the narrator and included in the play action. Thus the teacher can help, prompt and set the pace of the play while following the easy script. This format will allow the teacher and the children to concentrate on singing together and performing the fun movements of the songs.
Props, Scenery, Invitation, Program who has time!
Print the invitation template and have the children color and fill it out or you can print it ahead of time to send to friends and family. This is a digital file so you could even email it.
Make your own unique Program by taking a group photo of your children with a cell phone; drop it into the Text Box on the digital Program template. Then list the names of the children and the songs that will be performed, print it and you’re done!
There are a few scenery suggestions. You select what elements you like and make your own.
Templates of train cars and engines are included, have the children color them. Hang the engine and the other cars from a cloths line strung across the front of your background.
Make a covered wagon out of a red wagon add a•2,000 Miles Sign a • Oxen Mask •Lasso •Iron bar •Newspaper Hats •American Flags •Are We There Yet Sign •Statue of Liberty Costume •Torch• Statue of Liberty Crown
•Pioneer Cloths such as Blue Jeans, Bandanas, Suspenders, Straw Hats, Long Dresses or Skirts, Bonnet and Hats.
Alternative to costumes, pint the iron on t-shirt template and make a t-shirt for everyone or print it onto heavy stock paper and pin it to his or her shirt the day of the performance, they’ll look great.
In LEARN there are simple questions to lead a discussion about the Pioneers, how and why they traveled west.
Activities in LEARN:
“My Pioneer History” a word activity.
“My Pioneer Scrapbook” the children create a scrapbook by using coloring pages that follow along with the songs of the play. This activity allows them an opportunity to express what they learned about the Pioneers in their own words and drawings. This can be a group or individual activity.
22 Pairs of colored Memory cards with Pioneer scenes and animals are included use them to play a game of concentration or Bingo.
“Its time to tell Time” is a printable clock face and a short history about train time.
Print the 9-page coloring /spelling booklet and add the missing letters to the words.
Choose from 24 Coloring pages to make a coloring book to send home.
This play includes lists of books and websites for additional reference.
Make a Rainbow Cradle. Draw a face and thread yarn though the holes and the children can wear it on their backs.
Statue of Liberty- Brief History along with a connect the dots activity sheet and a link to download a crown.
Bear claw template – So you think you have big feet? Children trace their hand or foot onto the Bear Claw.
Word activity, “How do we get there?” When you travel there are special words to direct us, North, East, South and West.
Lesson plan ideas all relate to all the songs, and are appropriate for children ages 3-7 years of age.
Additional Teacher Tools
Use the guide with tips on how to teach performance and how to adapt this play to your teaching needs.
Use the individual student identification to help you see the strengths of each of your students.
COME GO WITH ME
THE BEAR WENT OVER THE MOUNTAIN
DOWN THE RIVER
THERE’S A LITTLE WHEEL A-TURNIN
TWO IN A BOAT
THE OLD BRASS WAGON
MY HOME’S IN MONTANA
COMING ROUND THE MOUNTAIN
AMERICA (MY COUNTRY TIS OF THEE)