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Westward Expansion Activities: Louisiana Purchase Lewis & Clark {Complete Unit}

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Make teaching about the Westward Expansion fun with these engaging, hands-on activities. This unit includes reading passages about Lewis & Clark, Louisiana Purchase, Gold Rush, Erie Canal, Pony Express, and the Oregon Trail.

This unit on the Westward includes reading passages, comprehension questions, character studies, vocabulary posters, timeline, map activities, a pacing guide, trading card project, a unit test, answer keys, and much more!

With information about:

  • Westward Expansion
  • Louisiana Purchase
  • Erie Canal
  • The Alamo
  • Pony Express
  • Oregon Trail
  • Gold Rush
  • Lewis and Clark Expedition
  • Important Inventions: Telegraph, Steam Locomotive, and Steamboat

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After the Revolutionary War, the United States grew at an amazing rate. Many pioneers packed up their belongings and moved west.

With Character Studies about:

✔Meriwether Lewis

✔William Clark


✔President Thomas Jefferson

Activities Included:

  • Comprehension Questions
  • Pacing Guide with Video Links to YouTube
  • Map Activities (4)
  • Spotlight on Vocabulary
  • Timeline Activity
  • Graphic Organizers (5)
  • Character Mini-booklets (4)
  • Create a Trading Card Project (4)
  • Timeline Activity
  • Flip-Book (5-Pages)
  • Writing Prompt
  • Mystery Flaps Activity
  • Vocabulary Posters
  • Spotlight on Vocabulary
  • Hidden Fact Sort (compare/contrast activity)
  • Vocabulary Flip Flaps
  • Unit Test (Easel Assessment)


Introduce the vocabulary posters with the real-life photo posters included. You could post these posters around the classroom and have students travel around to match up and define the words on the Spotlight on Vocabulary page or use them as a center activity. These posters make an attractive bulletin board in a snap!


Have students read the passages and complete the organizer for each one. Each article has comprehension questions and scenes for students to connect to the information. Next, read the character studies where students will Meet Lewis, Clark, Sacagawea, and Thomas Jefferson. The character studies come in color and black and white. Have students read about these important people and answer the questions for each of them.

Meets the following Georgia Performance Standards for SS4H6

The westward expansion of America between 1801 and 1861:

a. Describe territorial expansion with emphasis on the Louisiana Purchase, the Lewis and Clark Expedition, and the acquisitions of Texas, the Oregon Trail, the Erie Canal, and the California Gold Rush.

b. Describe the impact of the steamboat, steam locomotive, and the telegraph on life in America.

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