Field Trip - Early American Life

Our most popular Fall Field Trip

In the eighteenth century, Durham wasn’t even on the map yet, but there were settlers here from all across the world. Explore the day-to-day living of the Piedmont pioneers. Students will experience the cooking, medicine, work, and play of the settlers by helping to churn butter, track animals, and strike a flint and steel fire in this hands-on history experience.

 

 

  • Kindergarten

    Early American Life Concepts for Kindergarten include:

    • Change over time in terms of cultural innovation
    • Early American artifacts such as butter churn, mill equipment, tools, traps, flint & steel, etc.
    • Needs vs. wants in relation to survival
    • Cultural similarities and differences between settlers and Native Americans of the region
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation
    • Transfer of cultural information through storytelling

    Essential Standard: K.H.1.1, K.G.2.1, K.G.2.2, K.C.1.2

  • 1st Grade

    Early American Life Concepts for 1st Grade include:

    • Cultural traditions and ceremonies including games, music, tools, stories, family life, etc.
    • Differences between modern life and pioneer life in terms of resources and needs vs. wants
    • People’s relationship with their environment and dependence on available resources
    • Early American artifacts such as butter churn, mill equipment, tools, traps, flint & steel, etc.
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation
    • Transfer of cultural information through storytelling

    Essential Standard:1.H.1.1, 1.H.1.2, 1.G.2.1, 1.G.2.2, 1.G.2.3, 1.C.1.1


  • 2nd Grade

    Early American Life Concepts for 2nd Grade include:

    • Trading and exchange of goods in terms of pioneer life
    • Economic differences between modern life and pioneer life
    • Exchange of culture, knowledge, and goods between early pioneers and Native Americans
    • Cultural and economic importance of the mill in early American life
    • Cultural traditions and ceremonies including games, music, tools, stories, family life, etc.
    • People’s relationship with their environment and dependence on available resources
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 2.G.2.1, 2.G.2.2, 2.E.1.4, 2.C.2.1

  • 3rd Grade

    Early American Life Concepts for 3rd Grade include:

    • Friction and how pioneers used it to make fire
    • What a settlement is and what is necessary for settlers to survive and prosper
    • Cultural differences and similarities between pioneer settlers and Native American groups of the region
    • The art and tradition of storytelling and its role in early American life
    • Cultural traditions and ceremonies including games, music, tools, stories, family life, etc.
    • People’s relationship with their environment and dependence on available resources
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 3.H.1.3, 3.H.2.1, 3.H.2.2, 3.G.1.3, 3.C.1.1, 3.C.1.2

  • 4th Grade

    Early American Life Concepts for 4th Grade include:

    • Native American cultural influences on pioneer life
    • Cultural differences and similarities between modern life and pioneer life
    • Exchange between European, African, and Native American culture in terms of art, music, storytelling, etc.
    • The art and tradition of storytelling and its role in early American life
    • Cultural traditions and ceremonies including games, music, tools, stories, family life, etc.
    • People’s relationship with their environment and dependence on available resources
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2

  • 5th Grade

    Early American Life Concepts for 4th Grade include:

    • Native American cultural influences on pioneer life
    • Cultural differences and similarities between modern life and pioneer life
    • Exchange between European, African, and Native American culture in terms of art, music, storytelling, etc.
    • The art and tradition of storytelling and its role in early American life
    • Cultural traditions and ceremonies including games, music, tools, stories, family life, etc.
    • People’s relationship with their environment and dependence on available resources
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 4.G.1.3, 4.G.1.4, 4.C.1.1, 4.C.1.2

  • 6th Grade

    Early American Life Concepts for 6th Grade include:

    • Innovation and technology of the early pioneers
    • How the pioneers changed and modified their environment
    • Human dependence on and competition over natural resources
    • Pioneer influence in shaping the piedmont region of North Carolina
    • Positive and negative exchange between pioneers and Native Americans
    • The importance of storytelling in early American life as a means of passing on cultural information
    • People’s relationship with their environment and dependence on available resources
    • Examination of local wildlife through tracking and observation

    Essential Standard: 6.H.2.3, 6.G.1.1, 6.G.1.2, 6.G.1.4, 6.C.1.1