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

Classroom Ideas 

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.

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

 Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video.  Students can fill them in as they watch.

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words consumer, budget, and expense mean? Think about the meaning of these words as you watch this video.

Art and Social Studies

Draw a scene from the video.

Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another way of creating knowledge and accessing information. 

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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

Learning Resources with this Video

Quiz (PDF)

Online Quiz (coming soon)

Videos in this Series

Grade 3 - The First Americans

Grade 3 - A Country of Cultures

Grade 3 - I Am A Consumer

Grade 3 - Businesses At Work

Grade 3 - The Geography of Our Communities

Grade 3 - How Government Helps Our Communities

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