Maps at Home – Education: Growth of the United States

 

Use these activities and maps to examine the events of the United States’ westward expansion, including encroachment on Native American homelands, major land purchases, mass migrations such as the Oregon Trail and California Gold Rush.

In creating this Learn at Home theme, we have tried to make it as customizable as possible so it can be used with a variety of ages and skill sets. The “Independent Use” worksheets can be done apart from the Map Set, and have been created as PDF Forms so they do not need to be printed for your students to complete. The “Map Set” worksheets are also created as PDF Forms and use the maps listed below (or downloadable as a PDF).

Activity Links

Crossword Puzzle (can be used independently)

Shape of the United States worksheet (can be used independently)

Challenge Questions Sheet (to be used with map set below)

Scavenger Hunt (to be used with map set below)

Group Discussion Questions (to be used with map set below)

Map Observations Activity (to be used with map set below)

Primary Source Analysis Tool (to be used with map set below)


United States Map Set

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1783, Thomas Kitchin, “Map of the United States in North America with the British, French, and Spanish Dominions” – http://oshermaps.org/map/852

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1808, Anonymous, “The United States of America according to the Treaty of Peace of 1784” – http://oshermaps.org/map/36710

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1816, John Melish, “Map of the United States with the contiguous British & Spanish Possessions” – http://oshermaps.org/map/929

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1835, John T Hammond, “United States” – http://oshermaps.org/map/12675

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1836, Henry Schenck Tanner, “North America” – http://oshermaps.org/map/997

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1839, Samuel Augustus Mitchell, “Map of the United States and Texas” – http://oshermaps.org/map/12625

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1840, John Tallis and Company, “United States” – http://oshermaps.org/map/2280

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c.1848 [drawn], 1850, Samuel Griswold Goodrich, “[Untitled map of United States]” – http://oshermaps.org/map/7654.0016

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1849, Samuel Augustus Mitchell, “Map of the United States” – http://oshermaps.org/map/12642

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1850, James Hamilton Young, “A New Map of the United States of America” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1044

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1860, S. Augustus Mitchell Jr., “Map of the United States and Territories” – http://oshermaps.org/map/2242

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1861, P.S. Duval & Son, “Military Map of the United States & Territories Showing the Location of the Military Posts” – http://oshermaps.org/map/12851

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1866, Theodore Frank, “Map of the United States and Territories” – http://oshermaps.org/map/1125

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1888, United States Office of Indian Affairs, “Map Showing the Location of the Indian Reservations” – http://oshermaps.org/map/13877

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1916, United States Department of the Interior, “Map showing Indian Reservations in the United States” – http://oshermaps.org/map/37299


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