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Lesson Plans
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For Teachers

Louisiana Purchase

War of 1812

Lewis & Clark

Indian Removal & the Trail of Tears

The Oregon Trail

The Santa Fe Trail

Pioneer Life & Frontier Life

Exploration and Settlement of the American Southwest

Mexican American War

Spanish American War

Wild West

Pony Express


Manifest Destiny

Gold Rush

Contested Territories & Support Materials

Bewildered But Not Lost A Trip into Early Exploration of the American West

Western Expansion - Units, Many (Core Knowledge)

Americans Move West unit

Blazing the Western Trails with 6 handouts

The West (pbs)

Western Expansion Lesson Plan (extensive)

Mountain Men and the Fur Trade

Colonial Life - At Home on the French Frontier (1700-1800)

Free Presentations about Western Expansion

See Also: Overviews, American History Index

For Kids

Western Expansion Interactive for Kids

Lewis & Clark games for kids

Oregon Trail games for kids

Moving the Mail West

Stamp Stories

Free iPad Apps for Western Expansion

Plus ...

Free American History Presentations in PowerPoint format

Free Video Clips

Free American History Games

Free Clip Art