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Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade

Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
Westward Expansion - Literacy Through Social Studies for 2nd and 3rd Grade
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This social studies resource is a complete Westward Expansion unit for 2nd and 3rd grade. Do you have this teacher problem? Like so many teachers, math and reading take up most of the day leaving you to do the best you can to embed all of your social studies content into your literacy block.

Finding social studies resources that target the specific literacy standards I need to teach has been tough. So I came up with this solution: To create a series of social studies units that are literacy based around social studies content. Units that target specific grade level literacy standards, include full and complete lesson plans, standards alignment, assessments, reading passages, grammar, word work, writing & research opportunities, comprehension skills, literacy centers, and small group options. Plus, related writing crafts and bulletin board ideas. In other words, everything you need to teach an organized, effective, and highly engaging, literacy based social studies unit.

The first in its series, this resource is easily customizable to a 2 or 3-week unit. Based around a 10-lesson teaching PowerPoint with “real” images and pictures from the time period, it includes 15 days of detailed lesson plans, quizzes and assessments, 12 reading comprehension and foundational skills mini lessons, 4-5 related literacy centers for each week, vocabulary work, reading passages with target skills embedded, and small group options. Integrate writing and research easily with the weekly think and write journal prompts and research & planning and publishing pages.

Address reading, writing, vocabulary, and foundational skills in each week’s lessons with social studies content. Work with nonfiction text features as your students read informational books about westward expansion (book list included) and make the Follow the Text Features Trail craft and bulletin board.

Plan your small groups around the skill embedded reading passages, plus word work and grammar lessons with related practice activities.

Use the maps and graphic organizers whole group or small to engage students in thinking critically about the cause and effect relationships between these historical events and key figures in American history.

Target speaking and listening standards through class discussions with the Think About It slides with discussion questions for each lesson in the Teaching PowerPoint.
Have students respond in writing to each of the lessons with the comprehension response journal.

Teach the skill lessons easily with 15 colorful lesson visuals and focus posters that can be printed or projected.

Include hands-on grammar practice with the bonus Gold Rush Grammar and Writing Craft. With 3 skills to choose from, students use westward expansion topics to focus on nouns/pronouns, facts/opinions, and possessive nouns/contractions while also adding an optional writing piece.

This is a very large unit. The download is a zip file with 4 separate resources that make up the unit. I have been teaching this unit in various forms, adding to it, refining, and perfecting it all for the past 3 school years. I love how it how it turned out and am really excited to offer it to others!

I’ve included a unit pacing guide with very detailed lesson plans and teacher’s notes, plus standards alignment pages to save you precious planning time as you teach an effective, organized and highly engaging unit! My class LOVES this unit and I know yours will too!

Please see the PREVIEW by clicking the green button to see all of the unit components and resources.

Included in the unit:

Pacing & Planning Guide with resources-at-a-glance to simplify planning.
Detailed 15-Day Lesson Plan with teacher’s notes, objectives, materials, and procedures. Easily customized for 2 or 3 week unit.

Unit Teaching Power Point

A 42-slide Power Point presentation with 10 high interest lessons using real pictures and maps with comprehension questions and vocabulary focus for each lesson.

Lesson 1: What Was Westward Expansion?
Lesson 2: The Louisiana Purchase
Lesson 3: The Lewis & Clark Expedition
Lesson 4: The Oregon Trail
Lesson 5: The Erie Canal
Lesson 6: The Invention of the Steamboat
Lesson 7: The Pony Express
Lesson 8: The Invention of the Telegraph
Lesson 9: The Gold Rush
Lesson 10: The Transcontinental Railroad

Additional Components
Lesson Response Journal- Comprehension questions with key vocabulary for each lesson. Students answer text-based questions, form opinions, understand cause & effect relationships, and make inferences and judgements.

Vocabulary lesson visuals (projectable and printable) in color and blackline
Large vocabulary/definition cards for display in color and blackline
Covered Wagon Vocabulary Craft Booklet

Lesson Support Materials
2 Multi-Paragraph Reading Passages with comprehension questions and target skills embedded
9 Timeline Posters with display header
6 Projectable Graphic Organizers in color with blackline student versions
2 Projectable Maps in color with blackline student versions to label the Louisiana Territory and the Oregon Trail

2 Quizzes
Skill Checks
Unit Assessment

Skill Based Mini-Lessons
Each skill lesson includes focus poster, activity pages, quick check quiz, and related literacy center game, task cards, or craft in color and blackline versions
Cause & Effect
Fact & Opinion
Main Idea and Details
Suffixes –sion and –sure
Commas in Dates
Commas in a Series

Additional Literacy Centers
Inventions: Transportation & Communication Spinner Game
Compare and Describe Flap Books –Transportation and communication inventions
Vocabulary Match Game
Break the Morse Code Game
Build-A-Word with –sion and –sure
Commas in a Series Task Cards
Commas in Dates Task Cards

Writing Integration
Research planning and publishing pages for 13 topic related to westward expansion
Weekly Think-About-It journal prompts

Again, this is a very large unit. Please see the PREVIEW by clicking the green button to see all of the unit components and resources.
**This download is a zip file with 4 individual unit components**

Happy teaching and thanks so much for visiting my store!
Linda Kamp
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