Transportation Systems Teacher Resources

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Growth and Expansion of America

For Teachers 5th - 8th
Despite the difficulty of travel, the US expanded significantly between the 1800s and the early 1900s. To prepare for a performance task assessment on the rapid expansion of the US in the 1800s, class members engage in a write-pair-share...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners explore the Westward Expansion Movement of U.S. history. In this Westward movement instructional activity, students use primary and secondary source documents research personal accounts of those who travelled west during the...
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The Westward Movement

For Teachers Pre-K - 8th
Students study the westward movement through examining stamps. In this westward movement lesson plan, students draw conclusions, determine cause and effect relationships and examine the westward movement of the United States by...
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Westward Movement Smart Board

For Teachers 4th - 7th
Learners explore westward expansion in the United States. In this U.S. history activity, students view a slide show presentation, and identify events and inventions depicted in the slides that were important to the growth of the United...
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Balance of Nature and the Westward Movement

For Teachers 1st
In this U.S. history lesson, 1st graders study the westward expansion movement of the mid-1800's. Students use a graphic organizer to compare and contrast a modern road trip to the methods of travel in the days of the wagon trains. There...
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The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners read about jobs on a cattle drive and the lives of cowboy during U.S. Westward Expansion. They create a "Help Wanted" poster for one of the jobs. After reading primary source accounts of cowboys, they write...
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Westward Expansion : Mapping

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders travel along exploring the expeditions of John F. Fremont. In this Westward expansion activity, 5th graders gain understanding of the events that shaped the west through the use of maps. Students use mapping skills to...
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Transportation and Westward Movement

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders discover how Westward movement prompted transportation improvements. For this Westward Movement lesson, 8th graders listen to a lecture about nationalism in the 1800's and complete the provided map analysis activity.
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Western Expansion

For Teachers 8th
Eighth graders examine the geography of the United States and how it is changing.  In this Western expansion lesson students divide into groups and research the geographic changes that are occurring and have occurred over time. 
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Westward Expansion - Fur Trade

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Young scholars complete a unit of lessons to learn how products reach the market and study the history of the fur trade. In this history and trade lesson, students first learn about the technology that allowed products to reach market...
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Overland Trails To The West

For Teachers 5th
Consider the political, physical, and geographical factors that led to and marked the Westward Expansion. Learners will track the various routes developed during the 1800's. They create a first person journal describing what they see,...
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Westward Expansion

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders create a brochure outlining what he or she has studied throughout the unit. The brochure contains evidence that Students have understood and mastered the answers to the essential questions.
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A Living Archives Lesson Plan

For Teachers 7th
Seventh graders explore the railroad revolution. They discuss the different modes of transportation in the late 19th and early 20th centuries after reading newspaper extracts from this time period and locating information in A Living...
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The Mathematics of Convection: Nature's Model for Energy Production

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers conduct a series of experiments to investigate density, buoyancy and climate. In this math activity, pupils design and build a hot air balloon to demonstrate convection. They research and write a paper about solar chimneys.
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Life on the Great Plains

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners trace the characteristics and history of the Great Plains as portrayed in literature and art from the time of the Conquistadors through the early 20th century. They write letters exploring the viewpoints of Native Americans and...
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Transportation Shapes Western Virginia

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Students analyze transportation systems. In this West Virginia history lesson plan, students research Internet and print sources to determine how transportation systems prompted western expansion in the state. Students create posters...
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Antebellum Transportation Model Presentation

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students analyze transportation systems. In this West Virginia history lesson, students research Internet and print sources to determine how transportation systems prompted western expansion in the state. Students create posters that...
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Transportation History

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers research the major developments in transportation. In groups, they use this information to plot them on a timeline. They also write a paragraph about how advances in technology have changed the world. As a class, they...
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Transportation and Communication

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students examine changes in communication. In this postal communications lesson, students use primary sources and activities to better understand how technologies have improved transportation and communication in the post-colonial...
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Moving West

For Teachers 1st - 5th
Students research the Westward Movement and struggles encountered by the pioneers as they moved from Nebraska, Westward along the Oregon Trail. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students read an Oregon Trail poem and visit 5 different...
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The Road to California - A Journey to Freedom

For Teachers K - 5th
Learners complete a Web quest about Biddy Mason's journey Westward to California as a slave and her ultimate rise to one of the wealthiest and generous woman of the Westward Movement. They present an exhibit of their research.
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Skagway: Gateway to the Klondike

For Teachers 5th - 12th
Students explore the impact of the Klondike Gold Rush on the development of Skagway, Alaska. Lesson can be used in units on western expansion, late 19th and early 20th-century commerce, and urban history.
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Travelling to the Distant West

For Students 6th - 8th
If you build it they can come. After reading a short article about the impact of western expansion, middle schoolers cite evidence from the article to explain how this expansion forced changes in transportation.
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The Oregon Trail

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Upper elementary learners study pioneers on the Oregon Trail through a simulation. They will discover the supplies, choices, and modes of transportation while on the Oregon Trail. They also identify geography difficulties, weather...