Westward Expansion-The Louisiana Purchase plus Lewis & Clark for Special Ed



Total Pages 132 pages plus 28 google slides
Answer Key Included
Teaching Duration 2 Weeks


This unit on The Louisiana Purchase contains over 100 pages and 28 google slides of material specifically designed for students with special learning needs, especially autism who are in middle or high school.


It addresses the main events and people involved in the Louisiana Purchase including the expedition by Lewis and Clark. All the information is presented in a simplified but rigorous way for students with diverse learning needs to make meaningful and authentic connections to the material.


In addition, many of the activities and assessments include more than one version, suggestions for differentiation, and options for presentation.



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✩✩✩ There are digital versions of the activities from this unit. There are 28 google slides (including a differentiated set) as well as a movie of the book.


See the preview for a more detailed look at the contents.


The Louisiana Purchase Unit Includes:


⭐ This unit comes in 2 complete files. One is in color and one is in black and white.


In the zipped folder you will find:

  • 14 days of lesson plans
  • Louisiana Purchase activities in color
  • Louisiana Purchase activities in black and white
  • Voice-recorded PowerPoint show
  • The Louisiana Purchase book (PowerPoint) to use with activities
  • Links and directions to digital activities


The Louisiana Purchase Activities:


  • Vocabulary board
  • 9 Vocabulary cards and cut/paste activities (includes digital version)
  • Circle map (includes digital version)
  • Matching activities (includes digital version)
  • Maps (includes digital version)
  • Writing Prompt (includes digital version)
  • Close worksheets for review (includes digital version)
  • 2 Sudoku puzzles (includes digital version)
  • Word search
  • Assessments (3 versions) (includes digital version)



Much of what I have learned about curriculum development is incorporated into these units. For example, do not be afraid of repetition. It is critical that students with significant disabilities get to experience material over several days to be able to fully assimilate what is being taught. Also, adding visual supports to your printables and class activities helps students be able to pay more attention to the content you are presenting rather than the mechanics of what is expected. Finally, ask questions. Good questions!! Regardless of the material, if we can ask students good questions it will push them to think more deeply than before.