Lesson Plan:

Westward Expansion through Postage Stamps

By David Diamond


In this lesson, students learn how physical features (land forms) in what is now the United States affected the settlement patterns of early citizens.

National Standards (National Center for History in the Classroom, 1996)

Grades K-12
This lesson addresses Topic 3 (History of the United States), Standard 5 (The causes and nature of various movements of large groups of people into and within the United States).

Time Frame

One hour class period.


  • Enlarged copies of U.S. postage stamps commemorating statehood
  • Three hand lenses
  • U.S. map (with state names clearly marked) for each student
  • Set of 10 small numbered stickers for each student
  • Chart paper