Go West Young Man!

April 4, 2013

Ms. Clark's American History class has been learning about Americans' migration to the Great Plains.  There were multiple reasons for the move - this class focused on 4: the Homestead Act, the need for adventure, the economic opportunities, and the racial tolerance.  To help remember each reason, the class came up with actions to use for each idea - the actions made it much easier to remember and more fun to learn!

*Homestead Act: A roof over head - homesteaders were required to build a house.

*Adventure: Binoculars - searching for adventure drove people to the Great Plains.

*Economic Opportunity: Dollar signs - making lots of money was a big pull for settlers.

*Racial Tolerance: Pointing to Body - African Americans and immigrants hoped for equality and acceptance in the new states.