This Westward Expansion Reader is a great way to work on reading skills while learning about how the US expanded west into the Louisiana Territory and beyond. Add this westward expansion printables to your westward expansion lesson as part of an American history study for preschool, pre k, kindergarten, first grade, 2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade, and 5th graders. Simply print the westward expansion summary for kids to read, color, and learn about US history of the 1800s.
Westward Expansion for Kids
Help children learn about westward expansion for kids with these free printable readers to read, color, and learn! Included in the westward expansion printables is information about Lewis and Clark expedition, sacagawea, the Oregon Trail, wagons, California Gold Rush, westward expansion timeline, railroad act, Battle of the Alamo, bison, and more! Whether you are a parent, teacher, or homeschooler – you will love this low-prep westward expansion activity for teaching students about the Wild West and the rapid growth in America! One of the easiest ways to help kids learn and remember is to have them read and study. This reader is a great introduction to the West for kindergartners, grade 1, grade 2, grade 3, grade 4, grade 5, and grdae 6 students.
Westward Expansion Printables
Westward expansion timeline
Westward expansion generally begins with the Lousina purchase in 1803 and ends around 1890 when the US was declared to be settled. Here is a basic overview of the major events in this period of history. See our printable book for more details about these important events in American history as well as details about common things like ghost towns, railroad, mining for gold, and more!
- 1803: Louisiana Purchase
- 1805: Lewis & Clark Expedition
- 1843: Great Migration via the Oregon Trail
- 1845: Texas Statehood
- 1847: Mormons Settle Utah
- 1848: California Gold Rush Begins
- 1850: California Statehood
- 1859: Oregon Statehood
- 1862: Homestead Act
- 1874: South Dakota Gold Rush
- 1889: Dakota Territory Statehood
- 1890: America Declared to Be Settled
Westward expansion summary
These mini books contain one cover page that children can decorate their own. After this, there are multiple pages all about the Westward Expansion to add behind this. While reading these books, children will learn about:
- The start of the Westward Expansion
- Lewis and Clark Expedition
- The Oregon Trail
- California Gold Rush
- Tools that miners used
- Pony Express Mail Service
- Railroad Act
- Building railroads
- Battle of Alamo
- American bison or buffalo
- My Thoughts
Westward expansion lesson plan
These two printable books are completely in blackline which is not only great for printing, but also a fun way for kids to get creative by decorating the images however they desire. Children can use crayons, markers, colored pencils, gel pens, etc. to color in their books.
There are two different books, with one book being a more simple version of the other. This one is aimed at younger children, while the more in-depth one is aimed at older children. Extra pages for children to write on could also be added, after reading books and researching more on this topic.
This printable pack comes in black and white only.
- Lewis and clark for kids – Start out the way with wild west did with the journey of Louis and Clark after the Lousiana Purchase in 1803.
- Oregon Trail for Kids – learn about the dangerous Oregon Trail and make a salt dough map, covered wagon model, and learn how hard life was for settlers traveling west.
- Pony Express for Kids plus the gold rush and first transcontinental rail road are just a few of the fun topics explores in this final week of our wild west for kids unit!
- Free Wild West Worksheets – over 70 pages of math and liteacy skills for kids 2-7 years old with a fun cowboy theme! Perfect to do alongside this history lesson and to keep younger siblings engaged at the same time
- Oregon Trail Skip Counting Game allows children to practice skip counting with a fun themed activity
- Westward Expansion Flip Book
- Dig in to history with this engaging, Wild West History Sensory Bin ideas
- Geography is Fun with a Salt Dough Map – learn about US geography and features as you mark the path the westward travelers too
- Westward Expansion for Kids Book to read, color, and learn!
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