Grade 3 - How The Country Was Settled
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Video Storyline: Explorers like Daniel Boone helped many of the early pioneers move Westward. President Jefferson arranged for the Louisiana Purchase which doubled the size of the new country. Lewis and Clark mapped the new areas, and with the help of Sacagawea, established the Oregon Trail. Eventually the transcontinental railroad made migrating westward easier. Other inventions made life easier and created many jobs for the new immigrants and people who moved from the South with the Great Migration.
Video Length: 12:03 minutes
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Quizzes – PDF & Online
Frontier Match-up Worksheet
The Louisiana Purchase
Draw A Scene – Westward Expansion of the U.S.
Journaling Like Lewis and Clark
Obstacles On The Oregon Trail
The Marks They Made
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How The Country Was Settled
Landforms and Bodies of Water
Identify the landforms and bodies of water across the country that would have made it difficult for pioneers to travel west.
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Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.
Answers: oldest; 240
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Topics Covered In This Video
The 13 colonies became crowded and pioneers decided to move west to explore new frontiers
Daniel Boone helped the pioneers get around
President Jefferson bought land from the country of France in the “Louisiana Purchase” to increase the size of the country
He also hired Lewis and Clark to travel through, and map out, the new territory
They established the Oregon Trail, with Sacagawea’s help
The railroad made a huge difference in the dangerous journey westward
Big groups of people were migrating and also immigrating during this time
Technology helped to create jobs for everyone, often in factories