Lewis & Clark, Mocassins, Nature Study

This is the first in our Homeschool history for kids  unit on westward expansion for kids. You will find free printables for elementary age children, hands on activities, and great resources. So saddle up and join us as we journey back in time to 1783.
Westward Expansion for kids

Lewis & Clark, Mocassins, Nature Study

Next up in our study of history is the Westward Expansion. We are taking a 3 week birds eye view of 1783 to 1898 (ending when Hawaii joined the United States). Because of the age of my kids I am not covering the Civil War – besides I think that merits a study all of it’s own. Our unit is filled with great books, activities, drawing & writing our own book, and of course a free printable. 

Free Westward Expansion Worksheets for Homeschoolers

The {free} Westward Expansion printable will touch on the major points from this unit. It includes 10 sheets on different areas of the unit in both Pre/K and 1st+ lined paper –

  • US Elevation Map
  • Oregon Trail Map
  • and Animal Track cards. 

We are making our own illustrations using Draw Write Now #5 and writing what we learned under the image. Most of our activities came from Westward Ho! An Activity Guide to the Wild West.
Westward Expansion free worksheets for elementary age children

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Westward Expansion Homeschool History Unit


We read these great books to learn about Lewis & Clark and Sacagawea. As Lewis & Clark were keeping journals to learn about and report back to President Thomas Jefferson about what they saw we read several books on being nature detectives.

Salt Dough Map – History Project

How to make a Salt Dough Map

We made a Salt Dough Map we will be painting next week & marking the Oregon Trail route.

Homeschool Nature studey

Homeschool Nature Study

We talked about how our nature study journals were very much like what Lewis & Clark would have kept. Although we have much better resources now!

homeschool westward expansion unit- studying animal tracks

We matched animals with their tracks. (These cards are included in the {free} Westward Expansion printable)

DIY Moccasins – Homeschool History Project

hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids

We made moccasins! This had to be one of our favorite activities we’ve done so far. Lewis & Clark wore out their boots pretty quickly into their long trip west as they explored the recently purchased Louisiana Territory. So they traded some local Native Americans they met on their journey and these moccasins lasted them the rest of the trip.

hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids
hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids
hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids

hands on homeschool history - how to make mocassins for kids
And here is Goofy in his Moccasins he made himself! He is so proud of them! Plus he tells me they are SUPER soft & comfortable!


Westward Expansion - hands on homeschool social studies unit for kids of all ages
If you have younger children check out my {free} Wild West MEGA pack with 70 pages of learning activities for kids 2-8 years old. I made this specifically to go with this unit. I wanted my younger kiddos to have something to do alongside big brother Goofy!
Now on to our unit . . . .

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