Westward Expansion and Spatial Awareness
Fifth graders explore the era of exploration and pioneers settlement through the artist's perception of space. This seven lesson unit affords the student an opportunity to grasp the concepts through song, dance, and movement.
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Westward Expansion of the United States
How did early American pioneers decide what to take with them on their journeys, and what was their traveling experience like? Here you'll find a collection of activities to help you explore Westward Expansion with your young learners.
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