The purpose of teaching Primary 5 Lesson 43: Handcart Companies Come to the Salt Lake Valley is to inspire everyone to be like the handcart pioneers and valiantly endure to the end.
- Make a "handcart" for your class to use. You could even create a mini course or a life-sized board game for Enrichment Activity 1.
- Assign children characters from this lesson to present the week before. Bring a few props for them to get into their part.
- Play the board game included in The Red Headed Hostess class packet.
The following links are to LDS.org resources unless otherwise stated.
Pioneers (about 2 1/2 minutes)- Elder Dallin H. Oaks talks about modern pioneers.
Reviewing the Lessons of the Past (about 4 minutes)- L. Tom Perry speaks about the legacy of Mormon pioneers, and youth talk about their experience on a pioneer trek.
LDS Filmmaker Brings Stories of Early Saints to Life (about 2 minutes)- A scene from the movie 17 Miracles.
Faith of our Fathers (about 2 minutes)- President Uchtdorf speaks about pioneers.
"I Will Be Valiant"- Children's Songbook pg. 162
"Pioneer Children Sang As They Walked"- Children's Songbook pg. 214
"The Handcart Song"- Children's Songbook pg. 220
"Little Pioneer Children"- Children's Songbook pg. 216
"Pioneer Children Were Quick to Obey"- Children's Songbook pg. 215
"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 43 handout packet includes
- Game cards to go with Enrichment Activity 1
- Name cards to go with Enrichment Activity 3
- Scripture poster to go with Enrichment Activity 4
Create Your Own Handcart- Make a handcart out of paper pattern.
Heroes in the Snow-The Martin Handcart Company- This story was used as an idea for Family Home Evening in the Friend. Fill a box representing a handcart with items that help us get through our journey on earth: scriptures, journal, Friend magazine, etc.
Gathering to Zion- An illustrated map and activity to show how Saints got to the Salt Lake Valley.
Handcart Pioneers- Spot the differences in two illustrated pictures of pioneers with their handcart.
Mormon Pioneers- A word search using words about pioneers.
Pioneer Children- Solve a word puzzle to discover what pioneer children did on their journey West.
Pioneer Handcart- Make a handcart out of juice box and other craft supplies.
Pioneer Hidden Pictures- Find hidden objects in this picture of a family pulling their handcart.
Pioneer Maze- Help the handcart pioneers through a maze to their new home.
Pioneer Message- Cross off words to find out the message from a pioneer girl.
Pioneer Puzzle Game- A board game about pioneers.
Remembering Iowa- Several bullet points of background information on the handcart pioneers. You could use this review, pass them out to read, or use them as questions for a game.
Martin's Cove- A comic-book style story of the Martin Handcart Company rescue.