The Homestead Act of 1862 (9-12)

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The Homestead Act traveling trunk for grades 9th through 12th and its contents.

NPS Doris Martin


The Homestead Act traveling trunk for 9th through 12th grade was designed by Homestead National Historical Park staff. This trunk uses student-centered activities to increase student's knowledge of the Homestead Act of 1862 and westward expansion. The trunk contains resources for educators to use in a classroom environment. It integrates written and oral activies, document analysis and detective skills to enhance your student's learning.

The trunk includes curriculum materials, books, documents and a DVD that can be integrated into history, social studies, reading, and language arts curriculum. Additionally, the curriculum materials include student station sheets, so students can rotate stations without the teacher having to repeat instructions.

This trunk requires alot of research and internet access is essential.

Galusha, a Buddy Bison, travels with the Homestead Act 9-12 traveling trunk. He records all of his adventures. Be sure if you request this trunk that you (or students) email photos and stories of his adventures with your class. Your class can then track his travels all year long.


To request the Homestead Act trunk, please click here.

Last updated: July 24, 2021

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