As the sixth grade studies the modern period of history, they begin in the 1800’s and the westward expansion of the United States of America which is cemented in their memories by the Conestoga Wagon project. The hammering, sewing, drilling, and painting are all small-scale reminders of the great sacrifices made by the early western settlers, or “emigrants.”  The resulting mini covered wagons, or “camels of the prairie,” are fun reminders of our sixth grade year.