To understand how the United States acquired territories stretching to the Pacific coast.
1 class period
This lesson begins with a fun, information-filled Map Exercise showing territorial expansion in the United States. Students will complete mapwork pertaining to the Louisiana Purchase, Land Above the Louisiana Purchase, Spanish Cession, Texas Annexation, Oregon Country, Mexican Cession, and Gadsden Purchase
Once the Map Exercise is completed, class members will be divided into two teams and compete in the playing of a JEOPARDY game.
Each time my students have walked into class and seen JEOPARDY categories on the board, they get excited. The competition in these games makes social studies class a lot of fun!
Easy-to-follow Teacher Instructions and answer key included, along with a 20-question follow up quiz to measure student progress. The quiz can also be given as a homework assignment.