These articles for the classroom and beyond will give your students an opportunity to learn more about life in 1836. For more information on Prairietown and life in 1836, visit the Prairietown page. Download the materials you need below.
For an immersive and engaging visit, utilize Prairietown Achievement cards. These cards feature various roles for the students to take on while traveling through town. Each card has a list of tasks that students must complete to achieve a specific role in Prairietown. The roles students can take on include: Artist, Farmer, Good Citizen, Healer, Housekeeper, Kitchen Helper, Merchant, Scholar and Sheriff. Before your visit, you can print out the cards you want to use and let students know what to expect. With these Achievement Cards, you can create a more focused approach to your visit. These cards will give you and your students ideas and guidance on how to ‘play along’ in Prairietown, as well as give students a more enriching learning experience.
Comparing Past And Present
Recommended for Grades 1 & 2
This activity will help your students compare tools, clothing, and ways of life in the 1830s and today.
The Teapot Story
Recommended for Grade 4
This is the story of a teapot as it travels from England to Prairietown in 1836. It will familiarize students with modes of transportation in the 1830s as well as the concept of importing goods. Accompanying activities will help students understand the challenges of travel in the 1830s, calculate distances, and identify major geographic features. Download The Teapot Story activity guide.
Farming And Farms
This article provides an overview of farming in 19th-century Indiana - soil quality, type of livestock, markets where crops were sold and more.
Travel And Transportation
This article focuses on the logistics of traveling in and to/from Indiana in the 1800s - the hurdles, innovations and the impact of a growing nation on road construction.
This article provides an accounting of William Conner's life in both the Native-American and white settler worlds and how he blended and navigated between the two. Also learn of his family and his contributions to politics and town planning.
What do Conestoga wagon, hearth and daycap mean? Discover common words heard and spoken in 1836 Prairietown.