Distance Learning

A School Day in 1872

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Grade Level:
Upper Elementary: Third Grade through Fifth Grade
Social Studies

Program Format
1. This program begins with a brief introduction to the National Park Service.
2. What the Homestead Act of 1862 was and how it brought people west to settle.
3. Students will compare and contrast life in a classroom in 1872 and today.
4. Summary and questions.

The course structure includes lecture, visual aids and videos.


  • develop an understanding of the Homestead Act of 1862
  • compare and contrast a school day in 1872 with that of one today

How to Participate

Homestead National Historical Park is able to connect to students using several different technologies to include: H.323 (IP addresses), Facetime, Skype or through a conference call. If you do not see the connection you are specifically looking for, please contact us at the information below.

Homestead National Monument of America partners with the Center for Interactive Learning and Collaboration (CILC) to schedule programs. Accounts are free and there is no charge for any of our programs.

Please register for a program here.

If you are unable to register through CILC, please call the Education Specialist at (402) 223-3514 or through e-mail.

Last updated: July 19, 2021