Westward Expansion Unit: Gold Rush, Cattle Drives, Native Americans, Pioneers

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This Westward Expansion Unit really helped with planning out my day to day lessons. The students enjoyed the interactive notes and were able to follow along with ease.
I loved this and the handouts were great! My students enjoyed completing the notes as I taught the lesson! I mostly followed the suggested outline and it worked out great!
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This Westward Expansion Unit includes so many resources that help students dive into the exciting world of US history! They will explore the Gold Rush, Cattle Drives, Native Americans, and Pioneers who all played a part in this era. Includes Westward Expansion fun activities!

This Westward Expansion Bundle Includes the Following Vocabulary:

  • The Gold Rush
  • Boom Towns and Ghost Towns
  • Entrepreneurs
  • Cowboy Life
  • Black Cowboys of Texas
  • Cattle Drives
  • Famous Cattle Trails

  • The Lakota Tribe
  • Reservations
  • Battle of Little Bighorn
  • The Nez Perce Tribe
  • Chief Joseph
  • Wounded Knee Massacre

  • The Pony Express
  • The Telegraph and Samuel Morse
  • Transcontinental Railroad
  • Union Pacific and Central Pacific

  • The Great Plains
  • The Homestead Act
  • Pioneers
  • Life on the Great Plains
  • Sod Houses
  • Grasshopper Invasions

This Bundle Includes the Following Lessons and Activities:

Please note - not all items have a digital version. Some are available individually, so you can click on the item to analyze it further:

1. Pioneers PowerPoint Lesson

2. Transcontinental Railroad PowerPoint Lesson

3. Cowboys and Miners PowerPoint Lesson

4. Native Americans PowerPoint Lesson

5. Westward Expansion Study Guide (printable and digital)

6. Westward Expansion Interactive Notebook

7. Westward Expansion Lapbook

8. Westward Expansion Crossword Puzzle (printable and digital)

9. Westward Expansion Task Cards

10. Westward Expansion Review Game

11. Westward Expansion Test and Quizzes (printable and digital)

12. Unit Plan Suggestions

The lessons are visually engaging and include many pictures, website links, and video clips.


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Kristi S. said, “I began using these units last school year with my students and it made teaching American history so much more engaging and interactive! The conversations that arose in our classroom during the PowerPoint lessons were absolutely priceless! Thank you so much for making them easy for us to use and teach and learn with our students!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Amanda R. said, "What an awesome way to teach the westward expansion. Even my students who do not enjoy Social Studies were engaged in this unit."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Wendy G. said, "This was awesome to help teach my 5th graders about Westward Expansion! I can tell you put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears in this product. Thank you!"

Take a look at my other history lessons:

Civil War and Reconstruction Unit

The Suffrage Movement

The Early 1900’s Unit

American Expansionism

World War I {Lesson and Study Guide}

The Roaring Twenties and the Great Depression Unit

World War 2 Unit

The Cold War Conflicts

Civil Rights Movement

September 11 Attacks

Economics Unit

Save with Bundles: History Bundle 1, History Bundle 2, History Bundle 3, History Bundle 4

Total Pages
200+ slides
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.
Analyze multiple accounts of the same event or topic, noting important similarities and differences in the point of view they represent.
By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.


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