1. Topic-
Expansion of the United States
2. Content-
Industrial Inventions
Fur Trade
California Gold Rush
Conflict with Native Americans
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1.Understand How the availability of natural resources contributed to the geographic and economic expansion of the United States.
4. Objectives-
1.Be able to create a creative scrapbook page on the information covered.
2.Be prepared to take a test over the unit that was covered in class.
5. Materials and Aids-
Textbook, Construction paper, scissors, etc. (whatever is needed to create a scrapbook page
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Natural things such as animals, rocks, trees, and the land itself were turned into commodities and could be bought and sold.
2.The fur trade had a great effect on the country and its inhabitants in one way by decimating the animal population.
3.Industrial inventions helped settlers conquer plains by using things such as barbed wire to keep in cattle, railroads to reach hard to reach places, and machinery to plow fields.

B. Development-

1.Conflict with Native Americans caused them to kill many more animals than what was needed for the fur trade.
2.Land kept being divided into private property as time went on.
3.The California Gold Rush brought pressure upon Native American homelands and much more.

C. Practice-

1.Review note packet that students have either in paper form or on a device
2.Go over this with a power point

D. Independent Practice-

1.Gist Statements
2.Write a paragraph on how this section connects to their life

Checking for understanding-

Complete an exit slip before the end of class.


1.Test at the end of the unit.
2.Scrapbook pages will be due.

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