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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.
Articles are on:
Lewis and Clark
War of 1812
The Trail of Tears
The Oregon Trail
California Gold Rush
**UPDATED to also include the Battle of the Little Bighorn**
If you have any questions, please feel free to email me at email@example.com
I hope that you are able to use these articles to help with your Westward Expansion unit of study!
Here is a link to a product we also use during Westward Expansion:
Making Inferences Unit for Dandelions by Eve Bunting- A Westward Expansion Text
Also, if you like these articles, check out our American Revolution Articles:
Causes of the American Revolution Informational Articles and ActivitiesAmerican Revolution Articles and Activities for Important Events in the Revolutionary WarAmerican Revolution Articles Bundle
Thirteen Colonies Nonfiction Articles with Activities for Notebooks