Pony Express Mini-Unit for 4th, 5th - 6th gradesPony Express Mini-Unit for 4th, 5th - 6th grades

Pony Express Mini-Unit


Teach students about the Pony Express, a business that lasted just 18 months during the American Westward Expansion (1860-1861). In this cross-curricular resource, students will learn the how, when, where and why behind this mail delivery system which stretched from St. Joseph, Missouri to Sacramento, California. They will also learn about the riders and horses that made it possible, how much it cost to use and how a new ‘telegraph’ system lead to the company’s closure.

This is a true cross-curricular unit as students will learn U.S. History while engaging in Geography (map work), Language Arts (comprehension, writing, dictionary work, research) and Math (word problems) activities. There are 4 passages about the Pony Express which are the foundation for all activities. Answer Keys are provided.

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