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.
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)