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Showing Grade 5, Unit 8a, 1789-1850: Migration and Westward Expansion
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Corps of Discovery: Voyaging With Lewis and Clark

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Description: The purchase of the Louisiana Territory has doubled the size of the U.S. Lewis and Clark have just returned from their spectacular expedition, but as they are sharing their findings with President Jefferson, they are finding that some of their records are missing. Since you were on the trip and saw everything, you have been asked to help recreate a section of the journey for the official archive. Standards 5.8.3 and 8.8.2

Author: Marilyn Renger, Balboa Middle School

Lesson ID: 262

Extra! Extra! Lewis and Clark Explore America

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Description: Congratulatons! You have been selected to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In the year 2004, the U.S. will establish a National Holiday to commemorate the contributions of these heroic explorers. Your task will be to produce a special edition of the newspaper highlighting the key events of the expedition. Standards 5.8.3 and 8.8.2

Author: Susan Boilon, West Cottonwood JHS

Lesson ID: 389

Lewis and Clark

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Description: Using excerpts of the text from Lewis and Clark: Explorers of the American West, divide the text by the number of students. Pass out a section to each student and have students walk around the classroom reading their text piece to as many people as possible in a 10 to 15 minute period. After returning to their seats students share out what they learned from the readings they read and listened to. Standards 5.8.3 and 8.8.2

Author: Catarina M. Spiess, Mountain View School District

Lesson ID: 657

Mormon Colony in San Bernardino

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Description: The Mormon Colony in San Bernardino offers a unique look at a microcosym of Western expansion in the 1850's. Learn about the nature of the government that was established, the need for cooperation among the settlers, the mixture of cultures, and their efforts at city planning. Standard 3.3 all, 5.8.6, and 8.8.2


Lesson ID: 732

Trailblazers - Now and Then

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Description: Present day roads were once the paths followed by the early trailblazers. But why did they take the routes they did? Today it's your turn to follow these roads and learn about the lives of the early explorers like Jedediah Smith. Standards 4.3.2, 5.8.2, 5.8.3, and 5.8.4

Author: Ralph Kline, St. Joseph School

Lesson ID: 1115

Traveling to California with the Donner Party

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Description: With the publication of books, letters and guidebooks proclaiming California to be a paradise, emigrants began to head west. Lansford W. Hastings' The Emigrant's Guide to Oregon and California made the trip sound easy. His suggested cutoff to save time and distance led to one of the most horrific episodes in California's history. The Donner Party's disastrous winter in the Sierra Nevadas in 1846 still holds people's attention. After all these years, people are still trying to discover more about these unfortunate pioneers. In order to fully cover the story of the ill-fated Donner Party accurately, students will compare and contrast Patty Reed's Doll with Across the Plains With the Donner Party. The first book is a work of fiction, while the second is a reminiscence Virginia Reed Murphy (Patty Reed's sister) wrote in her adulthood about the ordeal combined with letters and journal entries her father wrote to relatives back home during the historic journey. Standards 4.3.2, 5.8.4, and 8.8.2

Author: Karen Wiegman, Dolahan School

Lesson ID: 1124

Westward Ho!

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Description: You have just signed on with a wagon train, for the arduous trip to California to start a new life in what you have heard is a wonderful land. You are gathering provisions for the long journey that lies ahead, and essentials you will need in California. You will need to be prepared for everything that could happen along the way, as the wilderness along the trail is dangerous. You will need many supplies, but they are expensive, and must fit into your wagon. You will also need to pick the best route by which to travel, and a date for departure that ensures you will arrive at your final destination before the winter arrives. You will need to choose wisely, to ensure your survival. Good luck! Standards 4.4.3, 5.8.1 and 5.8.2

Author: Amy Wahe and Peg Hill, San Bernardino County Supt. of Schools

Lesson ID: 1214

Wilderness Ride, The: Rivers, Roads, Canals, & Railroads

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Description: An American frontier theme park is opening in your home town. The featured adventure rides will be forms of transportation used in the late 1700's to early 1800's to journey west across the Appalachian Mountains. Bids are now being taken for building models of keelboats, the Clermont steamboat, the Erie Canal, the "Old Ironside" locomotive and the Wilderness Trail. Each ride will need to represent a historically accurate time and place.You also need a map of where the mode of transportation would have been used. Auditions for qualified guides will take place on Friday. Please appear in an authentic costume to represent the 5 characters: Mike Fink (keelboats), Robert Fulton (steamboat), De Witt Clinton (Erie Canal), Matthias Baldwin (locomotive), and Daniel Boone (Wilderness Trail). Bring your speech prepared to tell your life story and the history of your transportation type. Good luck bidders and thank you for helping recreate history! Standard 5.8.1

Author: Susan Boilon, West Cottonwood Jr. High

Lesson ID: 1090

Caddie Woodlawn

Description: Working individually, with partners or in small groups, you will use various websites to investigate the people and times of the Western Movement. Visit the Caddie Woodlawn Museum and create a map of the Woodlawn farm. Investigate everyday life on the frontier and design an individual quilt. Standard 5.8.4

Author: Emma Martinez, SCORE Langauge Arts

Lesson ID: 176

Crossing Death Valley

Description: In 1849, gold was discovered at Sutter's Mill in California and people from all over the United States packed their belongings and began to travel by wagon to what they hoped would be a new and better life. One of these groups arrived in Salt Lake City too late in the year to cross the mountains safely. Rather than wait out the winter in Salt Lake City, they decided to take the Old Spanish Trail around the south end of the Sierras and was safe to travel in the winter. The only problem was no pioneer wagon trains had ever tried to follow it and they could only find one person in town, Jefferson Hunt, who knew the route and would agree to lead them. These unfortunate people would become part of a story of human suffering in a place they named Death Valley. The Chief Curator of The Death Valley Days Historical Society has chosen your team to create an interactive exhibit entitled Death Valley: Then and Now for their upcoming Pioneer Days celebration. Standards 4.3.2., 4.3.3 and 5.8.4

Author: Janice L. Rozich, San Diego State University

Lesson ID: 275

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