The Wild, Wild West
Fifth graders examine westward expansion after the Civil War. They use their higher order thinking skills and create a project to show what they have learned.
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Who is Who in the Old West
Students use primary sources to identify those who impacted the Old West. In this American West lesson, students research the contributions of miners, ranchers, Native Americans, Chinese, African Americans, and railroad builders in the...
5th - 8th Social Studies & History
Wells Fargo History Museum: Curriculum Guide
Learn about the California Gold Rush from an institution that has been in place since the early days of the American West: Wells Fargo History Museum. From domain-specific vocabulary review to group research projects, an expansive packet...
4th - 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
The Good, the Bad, and the Goofy
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...
4th - 6th English Language Arts