This bundled product contains everything you need for your unit on Homesteaders and Wagon Trains At the beginning of the 1800s, America doubled its size when the United States purchased the Louisiana Territory from France. But, buying land alone doesn’t make a country grow: the land needs people. How does a government build a population? In this lesson, students will learn about the Homestead Act and the pioneers who headed west to help grow America!

This bundle includes my three Wild West Homesteaders Products:

• Wild West Careers: Homesteaders and Wagon Trains ($5.00 value)
• Reading Comprehension Passages and Questions ($3.00 value)
• Homesteaders Bingo ($4.00 value)

Buy this bundle and get all three products for only $9.00!

This product is perfect for SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, enrichment learning, homeschool or co-ops! The reading passages are great for CLOSE READING with any non-fiction graphic organizer. THIS LESSON INCLUDES READING PASSAGES, COMPREHENSION QUESTIONS, TEACHER’S KEY, CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES, BINGO CARDS AND CLUES, AND NON-FICTION GRAPHIC ORGANIZERS.

Reading Passages
There are 5 one or two-page reading passages covering the following topics:

• Increasing the Population; Sod Homes and Log Cabins
• Homesteaders and the Emigrant Trails
• Homesteaders and Covered Wagons
• Wagon Trains
• Tragedy on the Journey: The Donner Party

This Bundle also includes BINGO Cards and Clues:
BINGO is a fun way to review new concepts and vocabulary words. The words in this BINGO set relate to the topic and makes the perfect review for the pages of informational text that are included in this product. Great for use by Substitute Teachers!

36 Unique Bingo Cards (18 pages with two cards per sheet)
The Caller’s Tracking Sheet
24 Calling Cards Containing Words and Clues

This product includes the following classroom activities:

 Create an Ad for Free Land
 Complete Job Application: Homesteader
 Plan a Pioneer’s Trip
 How Big is a Covered Wagon?
 Homesteaders: Review Worksheet
 Review Game – True/False
 Make a Sod House
 Coloring Page – Pioneers Heading West
 Moving: Then and Now
 Primary Source Image: Examine a Sod House
 Homestead Activity Suggestions
 Writing Prompt

I have also included Non-Fiction Graphic Organizers and a suggested reading list.


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Created: Oct 23, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018

Lesson Plan

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