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THE MOUNTAIN STATES UNIT features six nonfiction informational text lessons with engaging hands-on higher and lower level activities to provide students with an in-depth study of the six Mountain States (Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Utah, and Wyoming.)
Students will explore the history of each Mountain state’s first people, early explorers, famous colonists and leaders, early government, important battles and wars, and each state’s journey to statehood.
In addition, every lesson in the Mountain States Unit has been professionally recorded with words and music. Set up a Listening Center for your reluctant readers or use the audio to enhance whole group instruction!
The Mountain States includes a balanced mix of lower and higher level hands-on activities that focus on:
- questions after each of the six lessons to assess informational text comprehension
- language skills activities to reinforce literacy in Social Studies
- reference mapping skills utilizing number pairs to plot points on a coordinate grid
- reference mapping skills using cardinal and intermediate directions to plot historical points of interest on a Mountain States map
- Mountain Man biography followed by a creative writing assignment~pre-writing questions included to guide students through the creative thinking process
- grid math activities using number and letter pairs to solve a mystery puzzle
- scale mapping activity using scale rulers to track and measure the distance traveled by the Transcontinental Railroad
- map creation activity~students will create a map and a scale measurement system of their own
- Mountain States vocabulary and states and capitals quizzes~context-appropriate glossary, grading rubrics, and answer pages included
The Mountain States is one of EIGHT titles in our US Regions Series. Purchase the Mountain States separately or save money and get FREE SHIPPING by purchasing the entire US REGIONS BUNDLE.
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