Westward Expansion Unit - Grade 5

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This packet includes a POWERPOINT & A FILL-IN-THE-BLANK VERSION of the PowerPoint for when students are absent or if you want them to follow along with you as you teach the unit.

This is a unit about Westward Expansion of the United States that can easily be split up into 6-8 segments for students. You literally start on the first slide and work your way through the entire Westward Expansion unit. This PowerPoint follows the support document for all of the Westward Expansion South Carolina standards in 5th grade, but the standards overlap in most states!

It has clip art, primary documents, color-coded words and phrases to help students remember the information. It also uses application of Thinking Maps throughout the unit. Review activities & videos are throughout the PPT. Review activities include matching, creating acronyms, answering questions, turn & talk questioning, & quick writes.

It is easy for the students to understand, so you could post it on your webpage for students to look over and study at night.

The Westward Expansion Unit – Grade 5 consists of 2 PowerPoints, along with 2 PDF versions.

*****1. The first PowerPoint is in color with all the information, like a normal unit’s PowerPoint.

*****2. The second PowerPoint is a black-and-white FILL-IN-THE-BLANK PowerPoint that I print out when students are absent. I print 4 slides to a page, and they have to go through the PowerPoint (either in class or at home for homework) to complete the fill-in-the-blanks in order to catch up.

*****I also have included a PDF version of both, just in case the fonts are not downloaded on your computer.
The following SC standards that this unit covers are below:

Standard 5-2 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the continued westward expansion of the United States.
5-2.1 Analyze the geographic and economic factors that influenced westward expansion and the ways that these factors affected travel and settlement, including physical features of the land; the climate and natural resources; land ownership and other economic opportunities
5-2.2 Summarize how technologies (such as railroads, the steel plow and barbed wire), federal policies (such as subsidies for the railroads and the Homestead Act), and access to natural resources affected the development of the West.
5-2.3 Identify examples of conflict and cooperation between occupational and ethnic groups in the West, including miners, farmers, ranchers, cowboys, Mexican and African Americans, and European and Asian immigrants
5-2.4 Explain the social and economic efforts of westward expansion on Native Americans, including opposing views on land ownership, Native American displacement, the impact of the railroad on the culture of the Plains Indians, armed conflict, and changes in federal policy.All of the above is in the PowerPoint.

***Please note that this PowerPoint is not meant for one, long lecture. It is meant to be broken down among a two week unit. Also, it is editable, so you can make it your own. Feel free to change, add, or take away anything you choose.***

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Total Pages
57
Answer Key
Does Not Apply
Teaching Duration
2 Weeks

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Westward Expansion Unit - Grade 5
Westward Expansion Unit - Grade 5
Westward Expansion Unit - Grade 5
Westward Expansion Unit - Grade 5