Pony Express Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about the Pony Express with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson that provides the who, what, when, where, why and how of the Pony Express, interact with content in hands-on experiences, and take a quiz to test understanding.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • describe what the Pony Express was and how long it lasted
  • explain who invented the Pony Express and who the riders were
  • identify where the Pony Express was and why it ended


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Copies of the lesson Pony Express Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Access to technology
  • Paper cut into strips
  • Index cards
  • Copy of the advertisement for riders for the Pony Express to show students
  • Construction paper
  • Markers
  • Colored pencils

Key Vocabulary

  • The Pony Express
  • Telegraph

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.1

Refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.3

Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.4.4

Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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