Distance Learning: Westward Expansion Study Guide

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Grade Levels
4th - 7th, Homeschool
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This Westward Expansion Study Guide is perfect for distance learning since it comes in both a printable and digital format for use with Google Classroom!

  • It includes 6 pages of information. The study guide works best with my Westward Expansion PowerPoint Lessons, but it can also be used individually as a center activity, review, homework, or research activity.

The lesson covers the following topics:

Cowboys and Miners:

1. The Gold Rush

2. Boom Towns and Ghost Towns

3. Entrepreneurs: Levi Strauss

4. Cowboy Life

5. Cattle Drives

6. Black Cowboys of Texas: Nat Love, Bose Ikard, and Bill Pickett

7. Famous Cattle Trails: Chisholm Trail and the Great Western Cattle Trail

Native American Conflicts:

1. The Lakota Tribe

2. Reservations

3. Battle of Little Bighorn

4. The Nez Perce Tribe

5. Chief Joseph

6. Wounded Knee Massacre


1. The Great Plains

2. The Homestead Act

3. Pioneer Life

4. Weather on the Great Plains

5. Sod Houses

6. Grasshopper Invasions

7. Exodusters

The Transcontinental Railroad:

1. Travel before the Railroad

2. The Pony Express

3. The Telegraph and Samuel Morse

4. Transcontinental Railroad

5. The Union Pacific

6. The Central Pacific

7. Workers and Conflicts

8. Promontory Point, Utah

This lesson (along with interactive notes, printables, and more) is INCLUDED in my Westward Expansion Unit


Take a look at my other history lessons:

Civil War and Reconstruction Unit

Westward Expansion Unit

The Suffrage Movement

The Early 1900’s Unit

American Expansionism

The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression Unit

World War 2 Unit

The Cold War Conflicts

Civil Rights Movement

September 11 Attacks

Economics Unit

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Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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