This interactive PowerPoint lesson is centered on a "clickable" interactive map that allows teachers or students to control their journey through the Territorial Expansion of the U.S. between 1783-1853. The 11 slide ppt. file is centered on a map of the U.S. that illustrates the seven main territorial acquisitions of the U.S. until 1853. Three graphic organizers (two versions of a concept map and one two column chart) are also provided so students can take their own notes and then the teacher can check for understanding. (CA State Standards; 8.4, 8.5 and 8.8) (11 slides total, including worksheet and answer key)
What makes this power point unique is that it is specially designed with hidden “clickable” links that make it a truly interactive power point and perfect for any smart board, however only a laptop and a digital projector are required. The power point consists of one title page, one hub page (home page) which is the map of the U.S. and the seven content pages that detail the history behind how each territory; The Original Boundaries of U.S., The Louisiana Purchase, Florida, Texas Annexation, The Mexican Cession, The Oregon Territory, and The Gadsden Purchase., all became part of the U.S.
Simply click on the title page to move to the hub page. Once on the hub page (home screen) the map image provides the teacher, or student, an opportunity to choose which territory to explore and in what order. Once a territory is clicked you will be led to that territory’s feature slide. Each feature slide has a number in the bottom left corner that indicates how many “clicks” per slide. Any time you wish to go back to the hub slide of the map, simple click the “home” button which is the image of a map on the bottom right corner of any slide. This gives the teacher and students total flexibility to explore the territories one at a time, and in any order they please. Each “territory slide” contains a great full color image of the main map to help students visualize the content.
The lesson can then be delivered as a teacher led activity, and the students can fill in the worksheet during the lesson, or the worksheet can be completed by students first, after reading the textbook or other sources of information, and then the power point can be used to check for understanding and to discuss the significance of each battle. You can even call students to the white board to pick the link of their choice and present what they have on their worksheet. I have also sent these PowerPoint’s out to my students on their netbooks and I’ve posted them on my website so they can interact with them at home for study. It’s great for review since we learn about this stuff throughout the year and the worksheets make a great study guide!