To become familiar with the western trails used by pioneers in the mid-1800s to cross the Great Plains and Rocky Mountains.
1 class period
In this lesson, students enjoy a competitive Contest to rearrange scrambled letters to form key words which complete 30 sentences.
After going over the Contest Rules with the class, have students begin. Collect papers from the first ten students who unscramble all 30 key words. Put the numbers 1 through 10 at the top of their papers. Return the papers and have the students exchange answer sheets. Read the answers to the class. If any of the ten students with numbers at the top miss a question, they are eliminated from the contest. Determine the order of finish of those class members who have all 30 answers right.
Once the Contest is done, there are two sections that you can then do with the class. The first involves a fun Map Exercise pertaining to the main trails followed by people traveling to the Southwest, Oregon, and California during the early and mid-1800s. The second is about Territorial Expansion between 1783 and 1853.
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.