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Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning

Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Westward Expansion: Hands-On Learning
Product Description
Westward Expansion: HANDS-ON LEARNING - Many people have less than fond memories of their History or Social Studies class. This could be due to the long hours they were forced to spend reading the dry, dull textbook in class (cue the Charlie Brown teacher reading aloud). Or maybe it is because of the vast volume of information that felt overwhelming at the time (think fire hydrant trying trying to pour into a water bottle). Social studies is just the opposite of dry and dull. And it certainly doesn’t need to feel overwhelming! This set of hands-on learning resources is meant to bring the LIFE back into your history or Social Studies lessons! Each component covers a different topic to bring back the flavor!

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Activity: TRANSCONTINENTAL RAILROAD
The activity is meant to get your students UP and MOVING! It is meant to bring the content from the pages of their textbooks to life by actively engaging the students.


Simulation: HOMESTEAD ACT
The simulation is meant to give your students a “taste” of what it might have felt like to live during this time in history.


Game: GOLD RUSH
The game is meant to provide a fun way for you to “sneak” information into your students’ minds without them realizing what you’re doing because they’re just having too much fun!


PLUS Guided Notes for Each Topic (3 total)
Guided notes are teacher-prepared hand-outs that outline the information that will be shared in a lesson. However, there are blanks left for students to fill in key concepts, facts, definitions, and phrases. Guided notes promote active engagement during a lesson and help important points jump out to students.
→ Teacher's Copy (answer key)
→ Copy for Highlighting
→ Copy for Taking Notes
Total Pages
64 pages
Answer Key
N/A
Teaching Duration
3 days
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