Wild, Wild, West
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Fifth graders explore pioneer life. They invent an Oregon Trail Guide Book, detailing important information on everything from what to pack to what trails to take.
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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 instructional activity, students research the contributions of miners, ranchers, Native Americans, Chinese, African Americans, and railroad...
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