A Trail Across the Plains
Students discuss how pioneers reached Utah, and create a mural of the pioneer trek with captions explaining what is happening along the trail.
3rd - 8th Social Studies & History 3 Views 4 Downloads
America’s Indian Removal Policies: Tales and Trails of Betrayal
Examine the perspectives, cultural clashes, and historical implications of Indian removal policies in the United States during the 1930s. Your young historians will closely examine primary sources and engage in insightful discussions on...
8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Westward Expansion in the Garden
What an exceptional hands-on experience for learning about the period of Westward Expansion in the United States! Learners are divided into groups and embark on one of three "trails" to learn about the challenges early pioneers...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Excerpt from the Trail of Tears Diary
How did Native American nations exhibit resilience as they were forcibly relocated from their homelands in 1830? Pupils read two interview excerpts from the Trail of Tears Diary and discuss what Native Americans fought to preserve along...
7th - 11th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Little House on the Prairie
Hop into a covered wagon and follow Laura Ingalls Wilder through the Midwest. A series of lessons based on Little House on the Prairie encourages young pioneers to see the world through Laura's eyes as they map her journey, discuss the...
3rd - 5th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable
Mormon Trail Fill in the Blank Activity
People move from place to place for many reasons, one is religious freedom. This fill-in-the blank worksheet provides those learning about the Mormon pioneers the opportunity to show what they know about how and why the Mormons chose to...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Survival Challenge: Would You Make It?
Students face a challenge. In this survival lesson plan, students discover the hardships faced by the pioneers who moved west and see if they would survive a similar situation. They discuss essential items they need to survive and...
5th - 6th Social Studies & History
Oregon Trail Poems: Making Audio Recordings
Poetry is a great way to express a feeling or thought. Fourth graders choose an Oregon Trail Landmark as inspiration for a descriptive poem which they compose and record using an MP3 and the program Photostory. This lesson could be...
4th Social Studies & History
Westward Expansion: Image and Reality
As your young historians study Westward Expansion, practice in-depth primary source analysis with the documents and guidelines presented in this resource. They will examine a lithograph and excerpts from two letters written by a Nebraska...
5th - 8th English Language Arts CCSS: Adaptable