1 Essential Question
America is Expanding West to seek economic opportunities but settlers face many challenges.
Open with a short video on pioneers moving west and begin discussion on methods they traveled, reasons, and outcomes.
Using Nearpod interactive presentation
What were the different transportation during this time. Land-Train/wagon/stagecoach/horse/walking Water-Ship around S.America
Discuss the meaning of homesteading and why people were moving to the West.-
Read over Homestead Act of 1862- Abraham Lincoln
Using physical map of the US-discuss the weather/geography of the land and issues the might have caused.
Show students the different routes someone could take by wagon or stagecoach and discuss the advantages/disadvantages.
Students explore the different routes and cost that someone could take by boat and discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
Students are in "family groups" that are traveling West. They will explore ways and means of getting there and decide as a "family" the route to take.
Teacher will facilitate as students explore more historical stories and events of people moving west in the 1860s
Students will read and watch short video clips from PBS American Experience to explore more about moving west in the 1860s.
Teacher will invite students to participate in creating an eduCreation of the decision their "family" will travel west.
"Families" will work together to create a presentation of their decision on the best way to get West including: method of travel, hardships, duration, and outcome.
5 Wrap up/Presentations
Teacher allows students to present their findings on the way their "family" will travel west.
Teacher opens up Today's Meet
After presenting & watching other presentations,
Students present their educreation to the class.
Students respond to Today's Meet question.