Module 1 :

Lifeways of the Early Days

This school year, explore Conner Prairie in a whole new way! This digital curriculum will assist you in fostering learning and inspiring curiosity with your students.

Conner Prairie in the Classroom's Module 1 can be completed in one sitting, however there are natural breaks between the three sections should you choose to space out the content to best serve your students.

Module 1: Foodways, Shelter & Stories/Traditions contains original content to engage learners in a unique way, while meeting cross-curricular standards and providing opportunities for students to interact with the material. As you explore the module, we encourage you to utilize the “Suggested Sequence” document as a guide. We've provided this as a comprehensive workbook, AND created smaller, focused documents. On this page you'll find learning objectives, discussion questions, interactive activities, resource links, and more!


  • Describe the process of preparing a meal in Indiana in the 19th century
  • Make connections between how food is grown and prepared now vs. long ago
  • Describe Indiana’s landscape and natural resources
  • Understand the need for various structures in relationship to weather and available materials
  • Compare and contrast lifeways of various cultural groups
  • Define primary sources and explain their significance
  • Identify connections between beliefs and traditions
  • Describe how environmental and human systems impacted life in the 19th century and how they have changed over time

As your students experience Conner Prairie in the Classroom, we encourage you to share your feedback with us. We will send a survey to you at the conclusion of your experience. We rely on this feedback to continue to better serve students and teachers!

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Teacher Planning Resources

State Standards

Module 1 Indiana State Standards 

Suggested Sequence

Full Module 1 Suggested Sequence Workbook

Discussion Questions & Activities

Questions and activities to prompt student engagement 

supplementary resources

Pair these suggested supplementary resources with our provided video content, discussion questions and suggested activities to enhance your student's learning experience!

Part 1: Foodways

External Resources


Part 2: Shelter

Part 3: Stories & Traditions

External Resources

Story Spine

Once upon a time…

Every day….

One day…

Because of that…

Because of that…

Because of that…

Until finally…

And ever since then…


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Module 1: Lifeways of the Early Days

 Additional Conner Prairie Content

Conner Prairie is a proud teacher of Indiana history! Use these resources to help round out your students' understanding of Indiana in the 1800s.