Students study maps from 1830 to present day to see the changes in the country’s borders. Students learn the changing ownership of the land that would become the state of Idaho.
This lesson is part of "Great States: Idaho Unit 5: Westward Expansion" which introduces students to the period of Westward Expansion, when people lived much differently than they do today. In spite of these differences, pioneer families struggled with how to obtain food and shelter, how to define the roles of each family member, and how to balance risk and opportunity—much like families in modern day Idaho.
4.SS.2.1.1: Use geographic skills to collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate data.
4.SS.2.3.1: Analyze past and present settlement patterns in Idaho.
Boise District 413.07: Use geographic skills to collect, analyze, interpret, and communicate data.
Boise District 413.22: Analyze past and present settlement patterns in Idaho.
- Image: Current US map
- A projector
- Classroom set of United States, 1830 map handout
- Classroom set of United States, 1850 map handout
- Classroom set of United States, 1860 map handout
Project the current United States map for your students and disperse the handouts with maps of North America in 1830, 1850, and 1860. The current map will act as a reference as students work through the handouts.
Have students study each map and answer the questions pertaining to each.
Jointly by the US and Great Britain
Illinois, Missouri, and Louisiana; also the Territory of Arkansas
The US and Great Britain had divided the territory such that Great Britain took the northern portion (what is now in Canada), while the US received the southern portion.
Washington, Oregon, and Idaho
Oregon became a state (in 1859) and the remainder became the Washington Territory
Yes, an area south of the Canadian border, west of Minnesota, and east of the Nebraska Territory
It was divided into the Nebraska and Kansas Territories