Fourth Grade Living History Experience

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Caroline Piper
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This program's objective is to give our students a chance to experience 8 different activities that closely simulate activities common in the life of a pioneer of the mid-1800s. The students make candles and rope, cook bread on a stick, do tin smithing, make corn husk dolls, create a  charcoal drawing, play cards and marbles, do leatherwork, and pan for gold. They also sew a gold pouch in the weeks preceding our living history day.

Benefits of Program

Students will participate in 1850 crafts and activities in an outdoor setting. Former students state the living history field trip was a highlight of 4th grade.

Success of Program

Each student is expected to complete a journal throughout their day. Each station will be described and critiqued prior to leaving that station. During the following week the students will write about the different activities and experiences.


We use the Tahoe Donner Campground as our setting for this experience. Students will rotate through the 10 different stations, creating objects at each station. 4th grade teachers and many parent volunteers will run the stations and lead the groups of students through their day.

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

We plan this event as a group. We revise and update the activities every year.  We will determine which expository texts we will use as supplemental material.

A portion of the grant will replace lost or damaged utensils and storage containers. The remainder of the grant is for consumables.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$104 - 4- Springfield Leather Company Round Leather Key Fob 25pk
$16 - Krylon K05588007 COLORmaxx Spray Paint and Primer for Indoor/Outdoor Use, Metallic Gold
$10 - Cotton Candle Wicks Bulk 200 ft 24 Ply Braided Wick Spool Candle Wicks for Candle Making in Max Dia 2 Inch Pillar, Candle Wick
$16 - 2 - 48-Count Regular Mouth Canning Lids for Ball, Kerr Jars
$8 - VEGETABLE GLYCERIN Organic Cold Pressed Unrefined | 100% Natural Available in Bulk | Carrier for Essential Oils, Face, Skin, Hai
$90 - 10 Realeather Medium Natural Veg Tan Leather Bracelet, (Pack of 8)
$14 - Realeather, Natural Narrow Leather Wristbands, 8-Pack, 8 Count
$34 - 2- CleverDelights 1000 Foot Jute Twine - 3 Ply - Heavy Duty - Eco-Friendly Jute String Rope Roll - 1000'
$6 - Embroidery Floss Rainbow Color 50 Skeins Per Pack Cross Stitch Threads Friendship Bracelets Floss Crafts Floss
$60 - 5- Realeather Suede Lace, Cafe, Dark Brown
$24 - 6- Coleman 10 Ounce Enamelware Coffee Mug (Blue)
$20 - Red Tablecloth Plastic for Rectangle Tables (12 Pack) Premium Plastic Table Cloths for Parties Disposable for Events & Weddings
$45 - 3- Corn Husks For Tamales 1 LB (16oz)– Natural and Premium Dried Corn Husk Tamale Wrappers – Hojas Para Tamal. By Amazing Chile
$18 - Amazon Elements Baby Wipes, Unscented,White 720 Count, Flip-Top Packs
$36 - Blended Waxes, Inc. Paraffin Wax 10lb. Pastilles – General Purpose Bulk Paraffin Wax for DIY Projects, Candle Making, Canning an
$39 - Granite Ware Stock Pot (15.5 Quart)
$26 - 2- HellooColor 4x5 Pcs Felt Fabric Sheet 8x12 inches Brown Series Craft Squares Nonwoven 1mm Thick
Other funding sources

Each teacher brings to the project some classroom funds which are spent on the meal (beans, salad, drink) which the students have for lunch. (These funds are raised through our Walk-a-thon and Pumpkin Patch annual events) We are using site funds to cover half of the supplies needed for this year. 


This is for Living History field trip 2023, therefore, these are anticipated buying needs for next year. This year, 2022, we are using half site funds and half class funds to cover what we need to purchase.