Westward Expansion Project - Distance Learning

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3rd - 6th
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  1. Westward Expansion Project Bundle - This bundle includes three fun and engaging projects about Westward Expansion. Students will gain valuable researching skills while also developing their presentation, writing, reading comprehension, and interpersonal skills. ABC’s of Moving West– This creative
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Westward Expansion Project– This culminating project can be used with any study of the Westward Expansion Movement. This is an easy and effective way to differentiate to meet the needs for ALL students in your class. (especially gifted and talented learners).

Students are asked to choose one out of eight possible project choices about Westward Expansion. Each project requires students to do research using online and print sources, take notes using the provided graphic organizers, and create a well-made project. Students even have the choice of designing their own projects with the approval of their teachers by completing the project proposal.

In the end, students will present their completed projects to the class to show their understanding of this amazing period of US history. This project is a great opportunity to meet Common Core Standards across multiple content areas.

This packet includes

• Student Packet (21 pages)

• Learning Menu

• Project Proposal

• Resource Page for Each Project

• Graphic Organizers (one for each project)

• Presentation Scoring Rubric

• Project Scoring Rubric


• Students will show a deeper understanding and knowledge of why people moved West.

• Students will continue to develop research skills.

• Students will use note taking and information gathering skills to collect important information from a non-fiction source.

• Students will produce a well-made informative project and present their finished product to the class.

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Total Pages
23 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 Week
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend literary nonfiction in the grades 6–8 text complexity band proficiently, with scaffolding as needed at the high end of the range.


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