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Collins, T. L. (2014). Into the west. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press. Into the West is a great book to use in this unit because it focuses on not just what happened during the U.S. westward expansion but also the causes and effects of it. For the unit, it would show students not only what happened, but the effects of the expansion west. It’s rated by the Northwest Area Education Agency as a low intermediate level, meaning it is perfect for a 5th grade classroom. It is available for loan from the Northwest AEA, and is available for purchase from Amazon for $26.65.
Goldberg, J. (2004). The Louisiana Purchase: Primary source history of Jefferson’s landmark purchase from Napoleon. New York, NY: The Rosen Publishing Group.
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It is important to know the set up to what happened before the Oregon Trail, and what happened to get to that point. It has a good timeline of events that illustrate well for students what happened in a logical manner. It is available for loan from the Northwest Area Education Agency and is for purchase through the publisher for $19.99.
Raum, E. (2014). Expanding a nation. North Mankato, MN: Capstone Press. Expanding a Nation is another book that focuses on the causes and effects of certain events in history. This book focuses more on the Louisiana Purchase, something important to the “westward expansion” theme. It will be used in the unit as part of the map introduction because of its use of simple, easy to read but relevant maps, as well as for the introduction of the westward expansion theme. It is available for loan from the Northwest AEA and is available for purchase from the publisher for $19.99.
Ritchie, S. (2009). Follow that map! A first book of mapping skills. Tonawanda, NY: Kids Can
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It would be best used as an extension to the learning we are doing as a whole group, since it goes more in depth with some of the topics we would discuss about maps and globes in class. The book goes more into detail about the history of globes and how we started to use them today. It ties well with the 5th grade geography standard: “SS.3-5.G.1: Understand the use of geographic tools to locate and analyze information about people, places, and environments” because it talks extensively about map concepts. It is available for loan from the Northwest Area Education Agency, and is available for purchase for

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