Traveling Trunk

Prairie Life

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The trunk includes curriculum materials, books, artifacts and photos that can be integrated into history, social studies, art, 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.

Hopper, a Buddy Bison, travels with the Prairie Life 3-6 traveling trunk. He records all of his adventures. Be sure if you request this trunk that you email photos and stories of his adventures with your class. Your class can then track his travels all year long.

Download the curriculum unit here.


Borrowing Instructions

Homestead's traveling trunks are designed so that teachers and students anywhere can receive hands-on educational materials relating to the Homestead Act and westward expansion. The trunks are easily shipped in a large flat rate box from the United States Postal Service. The only costs associated with "borrowing" a trunk is the return postage.

Traveling Trunk Policies

  • Traveling trunks can be reserved by completing the form found here.
  • Traveling trunks are lent on a first come-first served basis.
  • Traveling trunks are available for 1 week, which does not include the shipping back and forth. A longer time frame may be requested, but is subject to demand and availability.
  • Traveling trunks are shipped in large, flat-rate priority mail boxes from the United States Postal Service. The current rate is approximately $17 to ship.

Homestead National Monument of America is committed to bringing parks to classrooms and therefore will pay the shipping to your school.For questions on reservations please call (402) 223-3514 and ask for Park Ranger Tina Miller or e-mail her.


Agriculture, Community, Education, Family Life, History, Immigration, Social Studies, Westward Expansion
National/State Standards:
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.(3-6) 1 through 10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.(3-6) 1 through 10
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RF.(3-6) 1 through 4
Westward Expansion, Pioneer Life, Abraham Lincoln, Homestead Act of 1862, Homesteaders, pioneers, immigrants
Traveling Trunk

Last updated: April 10, 2015