Card Sort: How did Homesteaders survive on the Great Plains?
This great activity is designed to help students studying how the Homesteaders survived on the Great Plains as part of a course on the American West. It can be used as either a revision, consolidation exercise or even as a plenary or starter. If you are looking for an accompany resource to cover this topic then please do check out my TES shop.

The two page word document contains 14 problems with the solutions that the Homesteaders came up with mixed up. Students cut out the cards and match the problems and solutions under the two headings. Once they have peer reviewed or checked them during a class feedback session, students can then stick them into their books. Alternatively, you could create a class set that are kept in envelops and quickly matched and then put back as a quick starter or plenary.

The aims and objectives for this activity are:

Theme: How successful were the Homesteaders at settling on the Great Plains?
Know: What problems did they have to overcome?
Understand: How did the Homesteaders survive and build successful farms on the Great Plains?
Evaluate: What impact did these solutions have on the Homesteaders, the environment and the Native Americans?
Skills: Cause, Consequence, Change, Continuity & Source Evaluation.

WILF – What Am I Looking For?
Identify and describe: What problems did the Homesteaders have to overcome in order to survive?
Explain: Did they try and solve these problems?
Analyse: begin to make an overall judgement on how successful the Homesteaders were at settling on the Great Plains and at what cost?

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Created: Oct 22, 2016

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