How Do I Use This Website?

Suggestions on how to use this online preparatory website

The Cabin Days Prep Activities website is designed so that teachers can guide students in online learning about the pioneer era of the St. Joseph River Valley Region. The online activities are a great way to prep your students before their visit to the annual Cabin Days School Program (click here to find out more–scroll down).

You can direct students to a specific section of the “Cabin Days for Students”[click here] page, or have them do all the sections. You might want to use a LCD projector or monitor to show students as a whole class a specific area of the “Cabin Days for Students” website. This way you can direct the learning of a specific theme and/or topic to your class.

However, most students should be able to navigate and learn on their own. There are quizzes at the end of each section to help students recall and test their learning. You can have students take those quizzes or you can assess them in any way you deem necessary.

Some of the videos used throughout the online activities may be too long for your classroom experience, feel free to have students just watch the first few minutes of the video you want them to view.

There is also a page for teachers to exchange ideas on how they used this website and other teaching insights from fellow educators. Click Here to visit that page.

Quiz used in the ``What was the fur trade`` webpage

This quiz was designed with Google Forms. Your students can take this quiz online when they visit the page “What was the Fur Trade” [here]. If you choose this option, you can get the results by emailing tchilds@historymuseumsb.org and you will be provided with a link to a Google SpreadSheet where your students’ answers will be located.

You can also print out a pdf copy of this quiz by clicking here

Student Objectives

  • Students will be able to explain how a pioneer’s log home is built.

  • Students will be able to list the Native American tribes that were in the St. Joseph River Valley Region just before the first Europeans arrived.

  • Students will be able to identify and list the different jobs that pioneers had and summarize how those jobs helped to establish a town.

  • Students will be able to list, at least, three different animals that fur trappers hunted for fur.

  • Students will be able to explain why beaver pelts were so in demand during the fur trade era.

  • Students will be able to identify the different homes Native Americans lived in and which one local Native Americans lived in around the St. Joseph River Valley Region.

  • Students will be able to identify the different homes Native Americans lived in and which one local Native Americans lived in around the St. Joseph River Valley Region.

  • Students will be able to name three different tools pioneers used and explain their usage.