Covered Wagon Lesson Plan

Instructor: Carrin Hahn

Carrin taught 3rd grade for ten years, worked as a learning specialist with K-5 students, and has a Master's degree in Elementary Education.

Students will learn about the two kinds of covered wagons that were important in America's history. The students will have the opportunity to apply their knowledge to a game and to a craft activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completing this lesson, the students will be able to:

  • Describe the two kinds of covered wagons
  • Distinguish between the two kinds of covered wagons
  • Create a covered wagon based on what they learned


90-120 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine two or more main ideas of a text and explain how they are supported by key details; summarize the text.


By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4-5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Vocabulary and Phrases

  • Conestoga Wagon
  • Covered Wagon
  • Transportation
  • Waterproof
  • Protection
  • Ventilation


  • Paper copies for all of the lesson Covered Wagons
  • Paper copies for all of the quiz Covered Wagons Quiz
  • Paper copies for all of a map of the United States
  • Crayons or markers
  • Individual white boards and markers for all (or paper and pencil)
  • Craft sticks (several hundred)
  • Rubber bands
  • Tissue paper and/or wrapping paper
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Glue
  • Straws
  • Paper towel tubes (can be cut into wheels)
  • Paint
  • Paint brushes

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