Copyright

Wild West Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde
Teach your students what was wild about early western America with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson explaining the Wild West, interact with content, and apply learning to an activity.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify the time and place of the Wild West
  • describe characteristics of the Wild West
  • explain when and why the Wild West began and ended

Length

1 hour

Materials

  • Copies of the text lesson Wild West Facts: Lesson for Kids, one for each student
  • Map of the United States
  • Yellow construction paper (cut into fourths)
  • Scissors
  • Sheriff badge template
  • Safety pins
  • Chart paper and marker
  • Task cards for outlaws, cowboys, Native Americans, pioneers, gunfighters and lawmen

Key Vocabulary

  • Prospectors
  • Westward expansion
  • Barbed wire

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.4.2

Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize 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.

Warm Up and Preparation

  • Give each student a piece of yellow construction paper and a sheriff badge template and have them trace, then cut out.
  • Ask students to write their names on the badges, then pin to their shirts.
  • Explain to students that they'll be learning about the Wild West and they will be 'Information Sheriffs.'
  • Show students a wanted poster and explain how they were used in the Wild West to locate people.
  • Now have students make a page in their notebooks titled 'The Wild West' and make a wanted poster beneath, listing the things they want to find out as information sheriffs.
  • Divide students into partners or small groups and have them share their wanted posters, then share as a whole group.
  • Create a whole group wanted poster on chart paper, listing questions students asked.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Study.com Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use Study.com

Become a Study.com member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about Study.com
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account
Support