The Pony Express Adventure
A Social Studies WebQuest for 4th Grade
Branin Sigler & Elaina Jewell
You are in for a wild ride in The Pony Express! Let’s saddle up and learn all about it! Imagine yourself in 1860 when the postal service was on horseback. Email, airmail, and vehicle mail did not exist. How do you think letters got to where they were going? How long did it take? How much did it cost? You’ll be able to find the answers to these questions and a whole lot more by exploring The Pony Express!
You will be writing a letter to a friend of your choice describing The Pony Express. Your letter should include what it is, who was involved, where it took place, how much it cost to mail a letter in 1860 and 1861, and why the Pony Express ended. You should be writing this letter as if your friend knows nothing about The Pony Express.
To begin your research for your letter, you must use the provided websites below to find out your information. Click the letter guide worksheet below to help you form your letter.
Letter Guide (worksheet)
The route of The Pony
Express and the cities involved (click
Everything you need to know (including costs of mail delivery)
v Your letter will be handed in and graded based on the following rubric. Make sure your letter is detailed and contains all the elements that are required such as who, what, when, where, and why.
v Click on this quiz below and see how much you have learned about The Pony Express.
Great Job! Hopefully you have learned a lot more about what The Pony Express was all about. If you would like to check out some other resources on The Pony Express, here our some other sites for you to browse and some books that you can check out about The Pony Express!
This book is to provide teachers with an overview of The Pony Express: http://www2.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=2886
A lesson plan for elementary grades on The Pony Express: http://www.historynow.org/09_2006/lp4.html
A book on The Pony Express: They’re Off!: The Story of the Pony Express
Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page