Prairie Schooner and Iron Horse
Students identify and explain major symbols on core map, read a railroad timetable, and evaluate the impact of railroads on the transportation in the West.
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Wagons Ho! Hard Times! Hard Choices!
You have just hit the lesson plan jackpot! This isn't just a lesson plan, it's a ten-day unit covering westward expansion, pioneer life, and the Oregon Trail. Activities include baking, model building, role-play, newspaper writing,...
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
In the Shadow of My Country: A Japanese American Artist Remembers
Students analyze artist's themes and means of communication, think critically about their sources of information, and weigh claims of national security against the civil liberties of diverse groups.
5th - 12th Social Studies & History
Keeping the Home Fires: The lives of Western women
Fourth graders explore the various trails that settlers took West from Missouri. They examine the reasons that people took these trails as well as the kind of people who made the journeys. They examine the Oregon, the Mormon, the Santa...
4th Social Studies & History
The Role and Influence of Salem's Merchants in Building Salem's Wealth and Expanding the East Indies Trade Through an Examination of Elias Hasket Derby
Fifth graders examine the role of Salem's merchants. Using the live of Elias Hasket Derby, they identify how he helped open up Salem's ports to the world and how it helped America grow as a country. Reading primary source documents, they...
5th Social Studies & History