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Westward Expansion: Lewis and Clark, Louisiana Purchase, Gold Rush, Oregon Trail

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After the Revolutionary War, the United States grew at an amazing rate. Many pioneers packed up their belongings and moved west. This unit on the Westward includes reading passages, organizers, character studies, vocabulary posters, timeline, map activities, a unit test, and more!

Your students will learn all about the Westward Expansion with information about:

  • The Westward Expansion
  • The Louisiana Purchase
  • The Erie Canal
  • The Alamo
  • The Pony Express
  • The Oregon Trail
  • The Gold Rush
  • Important Inventions: Telegraph, Steam Locomotive, and Steamboat
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition

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A Digital Version of this unit for Google Classroom is available here.

Note: This unit has been updated and improved to meet the MarketPlace Integrity Guidelines set forth by TpT. Some of the activities and passages in this unit have been changed to meet those guidelines.

With Character Studies about:

✔Meriwether Lewis

✔William Clark


✔President Thomas Jefferson

Activities Included:

✔Comprehension Questions

✔Pacing Guide with Video Links to YouTube

✔Map Activities (4)

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔Timeline Activity

✔Graphic Organizers (5)

✔Character Mini-booklets (4)

✔Create a Trading Card Project (4)

✔Timeline Activity

✔Flip-Book (5-Pages)

✔Writing Prompt

✔Mystery Flaps Activity

✔Vocabulary Posters

✔Spotlight on Vocabulary

✔Hidden Fact Sort (compare/contrast activity)

✔Vocabulary Flip Flaps

✔Unit Test with an EDITABLE VERSION


Introduce the vocabulary posters with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words on the Spotlight on Vocabulary page or use them as a center activity. These posters make an attractive bulletin board in a snap!


Next, have students read the passages and complete the organizer for each one. Each article has comprehension questions and scenes for students to connect to the information. Next, read the character studies where students will Meet Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea, and Thomas Jefferson. The character studies come in color and black and white. Have students read about these important people and answer the questions for each of them.

Meets the following Georgia Performance Standards for SS4H6

The westward expansion of American between 1801 and 1861:

a. Describe territorial expansion with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the acquisitions of Texas, the Oregon Trail, the Erie Canal, and the California Gold Rush.

b. Describe the impact of the steamboat, steam locomotive, and the telegraph on life in America.

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