Teach about Westward Expansion with these articles, fun activities and worksheets! The included worksheets are perfect for reinforcement and assessment of student learning!
* There are articles on -
- Louisiana Purchase
- Lewis and Clark
- War of 1812
- The Alamo
- The Trail of Tears
- The Oregon Trail
- California Gold Rush
- **UPDATED to also include the Battle of the Little Bighorn**
* There are interactive notebook activities that can be used for all articles -
- timeline of important events
- important events from the article
- text summary
- main idea
- making inferences
* There are also additional activities that accompany each article.
* There is a worksheet with comprehension questions to accompany each article.
* Answer keys are included.
I created this product because I was in search of articles that I could read with my students for Westward Expansion, but I couldn't find exactly what I was looking for. These articles are based on the fourth grade curriculum that we teach in Georgia, but could be used for other grade levels and states. I also kept the ELA Common Core in mind when I was writing the comprehension questions.
I plan to use these as articles that we will paste into our Social Studies interactive notebooks. I have included at least one interactive activity or flip book for each article. I have also included comprehension questions for each article that can help with class discussion, but can also be used for a grade.
I will read the articles with my class, we will have discussion and I also use trade books (check out our blog Collaboration Cuties for more information on ideas for that.). Then, we will do the interactive activities or flip books together in our notebooks. After that, I will have the students answer the questions for a grade.
These passages are at a higher reading level since the vocabulary that is included in our Social Studies curriculum is more challenging. This is why I will read it aloud with my 4th graders. These articles will be great for differentiation if you teach 5th or 6th grade.
The question pages are great for classwork, morning work, or homework! They are great for daily grades too!
These articles and worksheets can also be left as a review activity for a substitute teacher! You can also print and send this unit home for distance learning or at home learning.
Students love the engaging articles and fun interactive notebook activities!
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We hope that you are able to use these articles to help with your Westward Expansion unit of study!
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