“Westward Expansion” is a Social Studies lesson that focuses on understanding the motivation of pioneers to travel west, the role Missouri played as a “jumping off place” before the journey, and the hardships pioneers endured while traveling to the West.
Included in this product:
• Detailed 6-page lesson outline (PREVIEW)
• “I Can” Learning Goal Chart
• Essential Question Chart
• Vocabulary Poster – pioneer
• Vocabulary Lesson Outline
• Content-rich Informational Text (Lexile measure 1050L)
• Teacher’s Guide for the Informational Text
• Cloze (scaffolded) Notes for informational text with answer key
• 3D Graphic Organizer (foldable)
• Map activity
• Comprehension Skill Printable – main idea and details
• Westward Expansion Game with Playing Cards
• Performance Task with scoring guide
Suggestions for how to use the activities in this lesson with an interactive notebook are also included. The 3D graphic organizer will fit within the pages of a standard composition notebook. However, the lesson is designed so that it can also be used without such notebooks.
I completed this lesson with my students over 5 days. Ideas are included on how you might structure the lesson to suit your schedule.
Also available in the American History Series:
• Louisiana Purchase
• Thomas Jefferson
• Lewis and Clark
Happy Teaching ~ The Reflective Educator
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