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Manifest Destiny--a Simulation
Students participate in a simulation activity to help them explain the attitudes involved during the Manifest Destiny period in American history. It provides a clear demonstration of territorial disputes.
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Manifest Destiny, Louisiana Purchase, and the Lewis and Clark Expedition
Students explore Westward Expansion. In this Manifest Destiny lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation on the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Students simulate the expedition as they participate in a...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
The Settlers are Coming, but the Natives are Here
Students examine interactions between Native Americans and settlers. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students participate in a classroom simulation and then write paper about how the Native Americans and settlers could keep the...
9th - 12th Social Studies & History
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
Young historians discover how slaves brought to America were active in their resistance to their enslavement, and work to dispel the typical stereotype of slaves as docile and passive peoples through discussion, notes, and a role-playing...
5th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
“As the War Turns": Exploring the Drama of the Civil War
As part of their study of the American Civil War, class groups investigate Civil War casualties, medicine and disease, conscription, prisons, the life of a soldier, and Civil War spies. Then they script and perform a soap opera drama on...
8th - 11th Social Studies & History CCSS: Adaptable
Manifest Destiny, Louisiana Purchase, and Lewis and Clark
Students take a closer look at Westward Movement. In this Manifest Destiny lesson, students view a PowerPoint presentation about the Louisiana Purchase and the Lewis and Clark Expedition. Students then participate in a simulation that...
6th - 8th Social Studies & History
Industrial Revolution in America: Exploring the Effects of the Heat Engine on the Growth of Cities
Eighth graders examine the reasons for the growth of cities in North American. Using the internet, they research the causes and effects of the Industrial Revolution and determine if the growth of cities is a sign of progress. They...