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Showing Grade 5, Unit 8c, 1789-1850: U.S. Physical and Political Geography
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Jefferson's Secret Message to Congress Regarding the Lewis & Clark Expedition (1803)

http://www.ourdocuments.gov/doc.php?doc=17

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: In this secret message of January 18, 1803, President Jefferson asked Congress for $2,500 to explore the West---all the way to the Pacific Ocean. At the time, the territory did not belong to the United States. Congress agreed to fund the expedition that would be led by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark. Standards 5.8.3 and 8.8.2

Comments: This Our Documents site has a facsimile of the original document, a transcription and background information to help the reader put the document in context.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 1813

Zebulon Montgomery Pike Journal

http://artsci.wustl.edu/~landc/html/pike.html

Rating: 1, Awesome!

Description: Zebulon Montgomery Pike was an anonymous, twenty-six year-old army lieutenant when General James Wilkinson dispatched him to explore the upper reaches of the Mississippi River in the fall and winter of 1805-1806. Secretary of War Henry Dearborn gave Pike command of a larger team and orders to head West. Pike crossed the Central Plains and the Rockies, in the process crossing the contested boundary of Louisiana. Together with two other men, he made a failed attempt to reach the summit of a mountain that now bears his name (Pike's Peak). By the late winter of 1807 he decided to return, but mistakenly led his men down the Rio Grande into Spanish Texas, where Spanish soldiers intercepted the expedition. After months in detention at Chihauhua, Pike and his men finally returned to the United States. Although Pike kept a log during the expedition, he lost the volume before he returned. When he eventually published an account of his two expeditions, his discussion of the second, longer trip came entirely from his memory. Standard 5.8.3

Comments: This is a scanned version of Pikes entire journal. See also http://www.tamu.edu/ccbn/dewitt/pikejour.htm for a more abbreviated version. Keep this in mind when studying the Texas War for Independence and the Mexican American War.

Resource Type: Primary Source Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3574

Road Through the Wilderness: Making of the National Road

http://www.connerprairie.org/historyonline/ntlroad.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Learn about the making of the first "U.S. Highway," the National Road into Ohio. Answer these and many more questions: Why did Americans want this road? What was the route? How did they select the route? How much did it cost? How did it change America? Standard 5.8.1 and 8.8.2

Comments: This site by Conner Prairie Museum is recommended by the History Channel. The mostly text format will be made more accessible to fifth grade students if divided into sections by the teacher.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 2651

Some Like It Hot: Sonoran Desert

http://www.blm.gov/education/00_resources/articles/some_like_it_hot/poster.html

Rating: 2, High!

Description: Like it or not, the heat is a fact of life in the Sonoran Desert, the hottest desert in North America. Most forms of life resist the extreme temperatures. Learn about the animals, plants, and people of the desert. As more people use the desert for recreation, development and mining, the challenge is to manage these varied uses while sustaining the desert's fragile balance. Standards 5.8.2, and 5.8.4

Comments: This Bureau of Land Management site is clear and well written.

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2801

John C. Fremont: The Pathfinder

http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/jan31.html

Rating: 3, Medium.

Description: This is a brief biography of Fremont with primary source pictures of his planting of the U.S. flag in the Rockies, and of his campaign for president. Also included are the lyrics of the campaign song when he ran for president on the first Republican Party ticket in 1856. Standards 4.3.2 and 5.8.3

Comments: This is part of the Library of Congress site.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 1825

Missouri Compromise Map

http://rosecity.net/civilwar/capesites/warmap.html

Rating: 3, Medium.

Description: This map shows the free and slave states in 1820. Standards 5.8.2 and 8.9.5

Comments: This map can be projected as a demonstration of the ongoing debate on slavery during the 19th c.

Resource Type: Maps.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 2181

The Gadsden Purchase: Odd Land Deal

http://www.progress.org/gads.htm

Rating: 3, Medium.

Description: The Gadsden Purchase was one of the most curious real estate deals in which Uncle Sam has ever taken part. After engineers advised Gadsden, a railraod promoter, that the most direct and practicable route for the Southern transcontinental railroad would be south of the United States boundary, he made plans to have the Federal Government acquire title to the necessary territory from Mexico. Learn how he did it at this site. Standard 5.8.6

Comments: This site was written by "The Progress Report," an independent online newspaper recommended by several educational sites but neither its sources or author are not listed.

Resource Type: Secondary Text.

Graphics content: Low.

Resource ID: 3009

U.S. Territorial Map 1850

http://xroads.virginia.edu/~MAP/TERRITORY/1850map.html

Rating: 3, Medium.

Description: This nice map of the land given up by Mexico to the U.S. in the Mexican-American War. the Texas boundaries, and that of the Oregon Territory. Standard 5.8.2

Resource Type: Mix of Text and Graphics.

Graphics content: High.

Resource ID: 3266

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