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Learners explore the West Coast of the United States by researching their textbook. In this U.S. Geography lesson, students read about California's and Oregon's coastline and how their ports are a direct line into their economy. Learners examine photographs and complete a chart based on their observations.
Students research a particular site and travel on a virtual expedition that has them make various decisions along the way. They complete an instruction sheet included in the instructional activity as they proceed through the trip, tracing on a map their route. Finally, students create journal entries that reflect the experiences of their virtual expedition.
Young scholars view the segment "On the Trail of Lewis and Clark." They explore what it is like to be a member of the Lewis and Clark expedition. Students read journal entries from members of the expedition. They write journal entries from the perspective of an expedition member.
Students create quiz boxes about Virginia's history. In this primary source analysis instructional activity, students locate documents and images about famous Virginians and Virginia landmarks from the Library of Congress website. Students use the information to construct history quiz boxes complete with questions about the people and places they research.
Students research one of the Plains or Northwest Native American tribes that the Oregon Trail travelers might have encountered in their journey west. In this American history lesson, students research the tribes, complete a journal entry for the topic, read a book about the topic, and make a digital scrapbook for the topic. Students may also take part in food tasting of the time and create crafts from the era.
Students explore the concept of Manifest Destiny. In this Westward Movement lesson, students prepare for a debate on Manifest Destiny by researching print and digital resources. Students also design informational brochures about the Mexican-American War and its implications.
Students examine U.S. policies regarding Native Americans. In this Native American history lesson, students analyze provided primary and secondary sources concerning Red Cloud, Sitting Bull, and the Dawes Act. Students use the provided analysis questions to help them form an opinion of U.S. policies towards Native Americans.