Module 6-Social Studies 5A - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module students will learn about Daniel Boon and the Western Movement of the pioneers. Students will learn about European Immigrants arriving to this country. Students will learn about the settler’s search for gold in CA and how the CA gold rush affected the Native Americans.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Daniel Boone and Moving West pen or pencil;
2 The Land pen or pencil
soft fabric (1/4 yard)
rose petals
dried mint leaves
dried sweet basil
ground cloves
other fragrant herbs (such as lavender or sage)
3 Immigrants pen or pencil;
4 Gold pen or pencil;
5 Land and Native Americans pen or pencil;

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Daniel Boone and Moving West
  1. Describe what happened during the westward movement in the United States.
  2. Explain the importance of Daniel Boone, one of the early explorers of the frontier.
  3. Explain the Northwest Ordinance of 1787 and why it was important.
2 The Land
  1. Explain the westward movement in the United States.
3 Immigrants
  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the early immigrants who came to the United States.
  2. Describe cultures and customs.
  3. Explain the movement of these early immigrants.
4 Gold
  1. Explain the significance of the Erie Canal.
  2. Describe the effects of the gold rush on both Americans and foreign miners.
5 Land and Native Americans
  1. Describe how Native Americans were affected by the gold rush.
  2. Explain why Native Americans were forced off their land.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
Daniel Boone
Cumberland Gap
Appalachian Mountains
Northwest Ordinance
Davy Crockett
Northwest Territory
paddle steamer
Erie Canal
gold rush
Native Americans
Wounded Knee Creek
Ghost Dance
Sitting Bull
Chief Big Foot
Pine Ridge Reservation

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
Daniel Boone and Moving West
  1. Who was Daniel Boone?
  2. What was the Northwest Ordinance of 1787?
The Land
  1. Why did people want to move west?
  2. Who was Davy Crockett?
  3. Why was the Cumberland Gap important?
  4. What states were a part of the Northwest Territory?
  1. How did people travel west?
  2. What contributions did immigrants make to this country?
  1. Where is the Erie Canal?
  2. Why was it important?
  3. What was the Gold Rush?
Land and Native Americans
  1. How did the 49ers treat the Native Americans?
  2. What happened to the Native Americans the 49ers pushed out?
  3. What was The Ghost Dance Religion?
  4. What happened at Wounded Knee?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Daniel Boone and Moving West The American Pioneering Experience
  1. Who were American Pioneers?
  2. How did the pioneers demonstrate ideal American Values?
  3. Who lived in America before the Europeans came over?
  4. How many Native Americans were in America before the Europeans came?
  5. How many tribes were there before the Europeans?
  6. Describe what Native American life was like before the Europeans.
  7. What happened when Europeans arrived in America?
  8. What was the government's solution to the Native Americans?
  9. What was life like for Daniel Boone?
  10. What is the Cumberland Gap?
  11. Why did people go west?
The Land The Frontier
  1. What are 5 things you learned from watching this video?
  2. How does what you watched relate to what you are learning about?
The Land The Legend of Davy Crockett
  1. What was Davy Crockett’s life like?
  2. What is he known for?
The Land The Cumberland Gap
  1. What was the Cumberland Gap?
Immigrants Routes Westward
  1. What were the highways of civilization in the west in the 1850s?
Immigrants Immigrants
  1. Why did people come to America?
  2. What was life like for immigrants in America?
  3. What contributions did immigrants make to America?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Daniel Boone: Frontiersman Janet Benge
2 Daniel Boone: Woodsman of Kentucky John Paul Zronik IG1040L
3 Who Was Davy Crockett? Gail Herman 630L
4 Cutting a Path: Daniel Boone and the Cumberland Gap Elizabeth Raum 940L
5 The California Gold Rush Mel Friedman 900L
6 Gold! Gold from the American River!: January 24, 1848: The Day the Gold Rush Began Don Brown
7 Last Battle: Causes and Effects of the Massacre at Wounded Knee Pamela Jain Dell 870L

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing