Westward Expansion (6th – 8th Grade)

Learn about the fight for resources through activities and guided discussions from the perspectives of both Native Americans and Colonists. Explore how tribal economy and identity was impacted by westward expansion. Discover how the lives of Connecticut Natives changed with the environment, and how climate shaped many Native cultures across the United States.

Standard Program Length: 2 to 2½ hours

$10 per student with $150 minimum

Common Core Standards
ReadingWritingSpeaking & ListeningLanguage
1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 91, 2, 6, 7, 101, 2, 41, 4, 5, 6
Connecticut State Standards
GeographyCivicsEconomicsHistory
6.3, 7.3, 6.5, 7.5, 6.6, 7.6, 6.9, 7.9, 8.3
9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 9.10, 10.10, 11,10, 12.10, 9.14, 10.14, 11.14, 12.14
8.4, 9.4, 10.4, 11.4, 12.46.1, 7.1, 8.3, 8.4, 8.5, 8.9
9.1, 10.1, 11.1, 12.1, 9.4, 10.4, 11.4, 12.4, 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, 12.5, 9.7, 10.7, 11.7, 12.7

One teacher per class is admitted free of charge. Please let us know if there are any nurses, aides, or paraprofessionals who will be accompanying you for the program.

In the event of a cancellation, a full two weeks' notice is required or a $100 cancellation fee will be charged. Cancellations due to school closings, delayed openings or early dismissals will not be charged and we will do everything possible to reschedule the trip for a convenient date.

A deposit for large groups may be required.


Enhance the experience with on of our add-on activities..

Schedule time during your trip for students to purchase IAIS souvenirs in our Four Directions Gift Shop, or save time with our pre-packed gift bags


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