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  • Queen Liliuokalani

    Queen Liliuokalani

    Liliuokalani was the last monarch of Hawaii before it became part of the United States. She resisted the United States’ efforts to annex her country, but eventually lost. Fun Facts Liliuokalani was born in 1838 in Honolulu. Her parents were highly respected chiefs. As a child, she was called Lydia.…


  • Amelia Earhart

    Amelia Earhart

    “The most difficult thing is the decision to act. The rest is merely tenacity. The fears are paper tigers. You can do anything you decide to do. You can act to change and control your life and the procedure. The process is its own reward.” “No kind action ever stops…


  • The Orphan Train

    The Orphan Train

    As immigrants flooded to America from Europe, they discovered that finding jobs and homes was often harder than they’d expected. Thousands of people came to New York City every year and there weren’t enough resources to go around. These people ended up living in the streets, homeless. Their children often…


  • Pioneer Jobs

    If you were a pioneer, what would your job be? Would you go to college? How would you earn money? Would you retire at age 65? Let’s find out. Fun Facts Most pioneer communities were based on an agricultural economy. That means that the communities revolved around farms. Farmers were…


  • Pioneer Society

    Pioneers didn’t have texting, video games, Internet, fast food, or shopping malls. They didn’t participate in sports or after school activities. But that doesn’t mean they didn’t have friends or fun times. Fun Facts Pioneers generally lived in small, remote communities. They were probably accustomed to a quieter, simpler life…


  • Pioneer Medicine

    Pioneer Medicine

    Being a pioneer was dangerous! Snake bites, accidents, frost bite, and food poisoning were all real dangers. Many people died from diseases such as measles, cholera, or smallpox. Doctors were few and far between and some of their cures did more damage than good. Fun Facts For hundreds of years,…


  • Pioneer Fun

    Pioneer Fun

    The pioneers worked hard, but they also had fun. They liked to play games just like children today. Try a few of their games with your friends. Fun Facts Button, Button. One favorite game was “Button, Button,” which is similar to “Hot Potato.” Children sat in a circle and passed…


  • Pioneer School

    Pioneer School

    Imagine traveling with your family across an unknown country to start a new life in a new place. Few people live there. Your family must work hard to build a house and raise food. Schooling would probably be a low priority until your family’s basic needs were met. But then…


  • Life for Pioneer Children

    Pioneer children wanted the same things children want today. They liked spending time with their families, learning new things, and playing with friends. Their lives were very different in other ways though. Fun Facts Pioneers often had large families, although it wasn’t uncommon for at least one child or parent…


  • Conflict with Indians

    Conflict with Indians

    As the pioneers moved west, they built cabins, claimed land for farms, and hunted animals and birds. The Indians felt angry and afraid. They believed the earth belonged to everyone and couldn’t be claimed by one person. They also believed in living simply and using resources carefully, only taking what…