This bundle provides reading passages and classroom activities covering The Louisiana Purchase, The Corps of Discovery, The Trail of Tears, The Long Walk, The Alamo, Gold Miners, Pony Express, Homesteaders, Wagon Trains, The Donner Party, and Emigrant Trails. Review Games, Worksheets and Teacher's Keys are included for each career.
This product is also perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer (not included).
WILD, WILD WEST CAREERS VOLUME 1
What was the United States like in the 1800s? The answer to that question depends on whether you are talking about the beginning or the end of the century. From 1800 to 1899, the United States underwent major changes!
“Wild, Wild West Careers, Volume 1” looks at Westward Expansion in America during the 1800s by examining the careers of those men and women who paved the way and settled the land in the west. Each of the lessons covers the careers and information about the era as it relates to the career. An outline of each lesson plan is listed below.
Wild West Careers: Explorers – Lewis and Clark
This product contains 6 one-page reading passages covering the Louisiana Purchase, the Corps of Discovery, Lewis and Clark, Sacagawea, the Expedition and more. With the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, the United States almost doubled in size. The Lewis and Clark’s Expedition to explore the new land began in 1804 and took over two years. This lesson examines its impact on the United States and Westward Expansion and includes:
Lewis and Clark Reading Passages covering the following topics:
• America in the 1800s; The Louisiana Purchase
• Lewis and Clark: Preparing the Corps of Discovery
• Lewis and Clark: The Expedition
• A Realization
• Sacagawea’s Early Life
• Sacagawea on the Expedition
Lewis and Clark Activities
Brainstorm – What Would You Bring?
Map Work: Louisiana Purchase; The Lewis and Clark Expedition
Job Application: Explorer
Simon Says: Learn to Read a Compass!
Go On an Expedition!
Map Your Room
Review Game – Bingo Words and Clues
Wild West Careers: Native American Chiefs – The Trail of Tears
This product contains 5 one-page reading passages covering Native Americans and the Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears, the Long Walk, Native American Chiefs, and War Paint. The Indian Removal Act, the Trail of Tears and the Long Walk were tragic events concerning the forced removal of Native Americans from their sacred land to reservations. The Job of Native American Chief is covered, as is Tribal War Paint.
Native American Chiefs Reading Passages covering the following topics:
• Native Americans and the Indian Removal Act
• The Trail of Tears
• The Long Walk
• The Native American Chief
• War Makeup
Native American Chief Classroom Activities:
Job Application – Native American Chief
Choose Native American Names
Apply Indian War Makeup
True/False Review Game
Native American Story Scroll
Wild West Careers: Frontiersmen, Davy Crockett and the Alamo
This product contains 6 one-page reading passages covering the Frontier, the Frontiersmen, Davy Crockett, Texas Independence, the Alamo and more. Activities, review game, worksheet and teacher’s key are all included. In the early part of the 1800s, land west of the Mississippi River was complete wilderness. This land consisted of rivers, mountains, forests and prairies and was occupied by Native Americans and wild animals. The frontier was the name given to the wild and unfamiliar land that lay west of civilized America. Davy Crockett was a Frontiersman and was present at the 1836 Battle of the Alamo.
Davy Crockett and the Alamo Reading Passages:
• The Frontier, Frontiersmen and Pioneers
• Davy Crockett – Early Life
• Davy Crockett: Congressman and Revolutionary
• Texas Independence from Mexico
• The Alamo
• Remember the Alamo!
Davy Crockett and the Alamo Classroom Activities:
Job Application: Frontiersman
Black Bear Safety
Texas Declaration of Independence Group Activity
Review Game: Bingo Words and Clues
Sugar Cube Alamo
Frontiersman Coloring Pages
Wild West Careers: Gold Miners
This product contains 8 one-page reading passages covering the California Gold Rush Miners, the Camps and Claims, Life of a Miner, Methods of Mining, Merchants, Lasting Impact and more. When gold was discovered in California in 1848, it didn’t take long for hopeful men (and some women) to begin heading west, expecting to strike it rich. “Wild, Wild West Careers: Gold Miners” covers the life of a gold miner and how the Gold Rush changed California and contributed to westward expansion.
California Gold Rush Reading Passages covering the following topics:
• Discovery of Gold at Sutter’s Mill
• The California Gold Rush
• Camps and Claims
• Staking a Claim - Jumping a Claim
• The Daily Life of a Miner
• Methods of Mining Gold
• Merchants During the Gold Rush
• Lasting Impact of the Gold Rush
California Gold Rush Classroom Activities:
Job Application: Gold Miner
Panning for Gold
Creative Writing Activities: Sutter and Marshall – How Did Their Stories End?
California Mining Town Writing Activity
Play Review Game – True/False
Analyze Words to “Clementine”
Examine Other Gold Rush Songs
Wild West Careers: Pony Express Riders, the Telegraph and Buffalo Bills’ Wild West Show.
This product contains 8 one-page reading passages covering The Pony Express, the Telegraph and Transcontinental Lines, Former Pony Express Rider- Buffalo Bill Cody, the Wild West Show, Annie Oakley and more. Imagine living thousands of miles away from your family with no easy way of communicating. Suppose there are no phones, no internet and no regular mail delivery. News of important events might take weeks or months to reach your loved ones. This is what life was like for people living apart from their families in the 1800s. The Pony Express and the Telegraph were two attempts to deal with the communication dilemma. Showman Buffalo Bill Cody started out as a pony express rider and his career is examined in this lesson plan as well.
Pony Express Reading Passages Covering the Following Topics:
• The 1800s: Life in the West
• The Pony Express
• The Telegraph is Here!
• The Telegraph Lines
• Buffalo Bill Cody
• Buffalo Bill and his Wild West Show
• Annie Oakley
• Little Sure Shot
Pony Express Classroom Activities:
Create a Pony Express Rider Ad
Complete Job Application
Be A Translator! – Morse Code Activities
Take the Pony Express Oath!
Pony Express Relay Race
Create a Stamp!
Pony Express Review Game – Bingo Words and Clues
Pony Express Activity Suggestions
Examine the Pony Express Route
Wild West Careers: Homesteaders and Wagon Trains
This product contains 6 one-page reading passages covering Homesteaders and the Emigrant Trails, Covered Wagons, Wagon Trains, Sod Homes, the Donner Party and more. At the beginning of the 1800s, America doubled its size when the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. But, buying land alone doesn’t make a country grow: the land needs people. How does a government build a population? In this lesson, students will learn about the Homestead Act and the pioneers who headed west to help grow America!
Homesteaders Reading Passages covering the following topics:
• Increasing the Population!
• Sod Homes
• Homesteaders and the Emigrant Trails
• Homesteaders and Covered Wagons
• Wagon Trains
• Tragedy on the Journey: The Donner Party
Homesteaders Classroom Activities:
Create an Ad for Free Land
Complete Job Application: Homesteader
Plan a Pioneer’s Trip
How Big is a Covered Wagon?
Homesteaders: Review Worksheet
Review Game – True/False
Make a Sod House
Coloring Page – Pioneers Heading West
Moving: Then and Now
Primary Source Image: Examine a Sod House
Homestead Activity Suggestions
LOOKING FOR INDIVIDUAL WILD WEST CAREERS? CAREERS FOUND IN VOLUME I ARE ALSO SOLD SEPARATELY! CHECK OUT THE FOLLOWING LINKS:
Wild, Wild West Careers: Homesteaders
Wild, Wild West Careers: Pony Express and Showmen
Wild, Wild West Careers: Native American Chiefs, Trail of Tears
Wild, Wild West Careers: California Gold Miners
Wild, Wild West Careers: Explorers - Lewis and Clark
CHECK OUT MY OTHER WILD WEST CAREER PRODUCTS:
Wild, Wild West Careers BUNDLE: Volume 2
INDIVIDUAL WILD WEST CAREER LESSON PLANS FROM VOLUME 2:
Wild, Wild West Careers: Pioneers
Wild, Wild West Careers: Cavalry, Little Big Horn and Wounded Knee
Wild, Wild West Careers: Cowboys and the Cattle Drive
Wild, Wild West Careers: Transcontinental Railroad Workers
Wild, Wild West Careers: Outlaws and Lawmen