Lesson 40: The First Pioneer Company Crosses the Plains


The main purpose in teaching Primary 5 Lesson 40: The First Pioneer Company Crosses the Plains is to feel gratitude for the first pioneers to reach the Salt Lake Valley.

Teaching Thoughts

  • If you live in an area that has a high probability of pioneer ancestors, encourage your class to go to Relative Finder and discover a few. 
  • Instead of making the spinner as mentioned in Enrichment Activity 2, try a spinner app like Decision Roulette. Bonus- it comes in handy for picking someone to say the prayer. Or try this prize wheel spinner and keep it for future fun.
  • There is another great map and trivia game included in The Red Headed Hostess class packet.

The following links are to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.

Teacher Study

"Our Honored Pioneer Heritage" by President Thomas S. Monson

"A Priceless Heritage" by President James E. Faust

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"Fire of the Covenant" by Gerald N. Lund


President Uchtdorf Faith of Our Fathers (about 1 1/2 minutes)- President Uchtdorf talks about early pioneers of the church.

LDS Filmmaker Brings Stories of Early Saints to Life (about 2 minutes)- An excerpt from the 17 Miracles film.

Reviewing the Lessons of the Past (about 3 1/2 minutes)- Elder L. Tom Perry talks about lessons learned from our pioneer heritage and youth who have done a pioneer trek.

Pioneers (about 2 1/2 minutes)- A tribute to modern-day pioneers.


"Covered Wagons"- Children's Songbook pg. 221

"Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked"- Children's Songbook pg. 214

"Little Pioneer Children"- Children's Songbook pg. 216

"Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey"- Children's Songbook pg. 215

"The Handcart Song"- Children's Songbook pg. 220

"The Oxcart"- Children's Songbook pg. 219

"To Be a Pioneer"- Children's Songbook pg. 218

"Westward Ho"- Children's Songbook pg. 217

"Whenever I Think About Pioneers"- Children's Songbook pg. 222


My Primary 5 Lesson 39 Handout Packet includes

  • Spinners to go with Enrichment Activity 2- One with the suggested phrases in the manual and one blank. You can give each child a spinner to fill in on their own or do it as a class. You will want to attach the spinner to sturdier paper then use a brad to attach the arrow.

Activity Ideas

Create Your Own Handcart- Make a paper handcart.

Family Night Fun: Pioneers- Instructions for making an edible covered wagon.

Gathering to Zion- An illustrated map and pictures showing how pioneers traveled to Salt Lake City.

Heading West- A board game to play about the pioneers.

I Can Draw Pioneer Pictures- Instructions for drawing a covered wagon, Salt Lake Temple and a seagull.

Log Cabin Hidden Picture- Find the hidden objects in this picture of a pioneer log home.

Mormon Pioneers- Scroll to the bottom for word search about pioneers.

Pioneer Children- Using clues, solve a word puzzle about what pioneer children did.

Pioneer Children Woven Picture- Weave a picture of a pioneer family with their covered wagon.

Pioneer Covered Wagon- Make a paper covered wagon and team of oxen.

Pioneer Fun- Instructions for playing a game pioneer children played.

Pioneer Hidden Pictures- Find hidden objects in an illustrated black and white picture of pioneers and their covered wagon.

Pioneer Maze- Help the pioneer family through a maze to their new home.

Pioneer Message- Solve a word puzzle to discover a message.

A Pioneer Message- Use clues to see what pioneers have in common to solve a word puzzle.

Pioneer Puzzle Game- A board game to play while making a picture with puzzle pieces.

Pioneer Recipes- Recipes you could make as a treat for your class.

Pioneer Wagons- Match labels to the parts of a covered wagon.

Waiting at Martin's Cove- Solve a word puzzle with picture clues and patterns.

Coloring Pages

Pioneers Pulling a Handcart

How is your life different from an early pioneer's life?