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)
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).
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