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.
I use several JEOPARDY games during the school year to help students learn:
AMERICAN HISTORY LESSON 20 of 150
Jeopardy: Founding the Colonies
AMERICAN HISTORY LESSON 40 of 150
Jeopardy: Revolutionary War Period
AMERICAN HISTORY LESSON 145 of 150
Review Game: Jeopardy
See also, AMERICAN/U.S. HISTORY CURRICULUM LESSONS 61-75 of 150
LESSON 61: The Monroe Doctrine
LESSON 62: Elections of 1824 and 1828
LESSON 63: Match Game: Andrew Jackson
LESSON 64: Reform Movements
LESSON 65: Van Buren, Harrison, Tyler, and Polk
LESSON 66: President Study Guide
LESSON 67: Routes to the West
LESSON 68: The Oregon Country
LESSON 69: The Lone Star Republic
LESSON 70: The Mexican War
LESSON 71: The Gold Rush Game
LESSON 72: Reading: The Far West
LESSON 73: Jeopardy: Territorial Expansion
LESSON 74: Note Cards: The Nation Grows Stronger
LESSON 75: Independent Study Guide (USA Growth 1783-1860)