Classroom printables, activities & worksheets
Planning a unit on Westward Expansion can be incredibly involved and time-consuming. There's no need to spend all of your time planning — our teacher team has done it for you! This collection will help you bring this period of history to life in your classroom.
Take your social studies students back to pioneer times with curriculum-aligned resources created by teachers for your elementary school classrooms. Explore the timeline of Westward Expansion from the Louisiana Purchase through the Lewis and Clark Expedition and beyond.
This era of American history comes to life in this curriculum-aligned teaching resource collection with editable resources to fit the needs of your students.
Haven't taught this section of US history in a while (or ever)?
When you think about what the United States is today, it's hard to imagine that it wasn't always this way. In fact, for a long time, it was just a collection of 13 colonies along the east coast.
But once people started to settle in the West, things started to change—and fast. The pioneers who traveled west changed the face of America forever. Settlers, explorers like Lewis and Clark, and pioneers all helped contribute to what's now known as "Westward Expansion."
Our teacher team has put together a few tips to get you started as you work to expand your students' minds westward.
Practice using the RACES writing strategy for text evidence with a Lewis and Clark Passage, graphic organizer, and worksheet.
Build academic vocabulary skills with an illustrated Industrial Revolution vocabulary word wall.
Summarize a unit of study on the Lewis and Clark expedition with a who, what, where, when, and why graphic organizer.
Teach your students how to write a good constructed response and integrate grade level Social studies concepts with a Westward Expansion-based Constructed Response worksheet and graphic organizer.
Engage your students to display their knowledge about the inventions and effects of the Industrial Revolution with a digital interactive notebook.
Explore the rich history and traditions of the Southeast Native American tribes with a printable mini-book.
Explore the rich history and traditions of the Native American cultural regions of North America with a printable workbook.
Guide your students on a trip through American history with an instructional slide deck on the Lewis and Clark expedition.
Enhance your students' comprehension, vocabulary, and writing skills with a close reading passage and activity pack about the Lewis and Clark Expedition.
Integrate reading, writing, and American history with a constructed response worksheet about Daniel Boone and American Westward Expansion.
Dive into a research project on key figures in history with a set of Important Historical Figure graphic organizers.
Build vocabulary with a visual/picture word wall aligned with your Westward Expansion unit of study.
Use these three templates to record notes or research project content on the life and contributions of Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, and Sacagawea
Teach your students how to write a constructed response paragraph and integrate grade level Social studies concepts with a free Pony Express worksheet and ten-question comprehension assessment.
Introduce a unit of study on the Lewis and Clark expedition with a KWL chart and anticipation guide.
Engage and excite your students to learn about traveling on the Oregon Trail with an eventful board game!