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Westward Expansion BIG-MATS® are FUN in a BIG Way!


These cool and unique Westward Expansion BIG-MATS® are FUN in a BIG way!

This creative product is two BIG-MATS® about the Western Expansion that is placemat size-----11x17-----as a PDF. As shown in the product sample pictures, you can print these in black and white to have the students complete each section and color. Or, if you prefer, you can print them in color, laminate it, and have students use a dry erasers marker to complete both sides.

Westward Expansion Placemat Organizers are fun in a BIG way to end the unit, to use at a learning station, or as a centers activity, or to review for a test. They can be folded in half to fit in a folder, or hole punched and then folded to fit nicely inside a binder.

There are two main options for these 11x17 BIG-MATS® Organizers:

***Option One: Print in black and white. I printed the ones shown as samples at Office Depot for only 25 cents—for one copy back to back in black and white. Simply, upload the file online and in less than 24 hours I picked them up. If you choose this option, be sure to pick “Landscape” as the orientation. I also checked ¼ inch margins to make sure that there was plenty of room on each side. If you can print it at your school or home, then you can skip this step. Then just print or copy the amount you need. I have used these as an end of the unit review poster, as centers activities, and sent it home for homework. You can fold them in half to fit in a folder or hole punch and fold in half to fit in a binder. The students love them because they are creative, fun, and unique. A great way to end a unit or review for a test. Something new to do!

***Option Two: Print in color. Simply, print them in color. You can upload them to any of the office printing stores like Office Depot, Office Max, Staples, for about $1.00 each (both sides in color). I would use a heavier paper option like 70 lbs. Then laminate it to protect them. Students can use dry erasers markers to work on them at a learning station or center or with a partner. Wipe clean and use them year after year.

Each side of these organizers has different questions related to the Westward Expansion like:
✔Why did many people settle out west?
✔Thomas Jefferson played an important role in the Westward Expansion, Name two important things he did:
✔Compare and Contrast the Pony Express and the Transcontinental Railroad
✔Name five important inventions during this time:
✔How did the Louisiana Purchase change the United States?
✔List five things Lewis and Clark saw on their trip:
✔Tell the events that happened during the Gold Rush?
✔Oregon Trail Cloze Questions
✔Vocabulary Review
✔Puzzles and More!
✔For Elementary Grades – Second grade, Third grade, Fourth grade, Fifth grade
✔Great for Core Knowledge
✔Common Core Aligned


This is a Digital Download. No Physical Product will be shipped. 


  • These specific files are ©2018 Heart 2 Heart Teaching, LLC. All rights reserved.
    • For personal use, classroom use, and non-commercial use only. It is unlawful to distribute any part of this file for any reason (whether they are free or for purchase).
  • Clipart, graphics, photographs, found inside this product are copyrighted. They may not be extracted from this file without written permission from the original artist(s).
  • We'd love to see how you use these activities in your classroom--- Tag @heart2heartteaching on Instagram!


How will I receive my download?
Once purchased, you will first receive an order confirmation email. Right after that, you receive a separate email with a link that you will click to download the zipped file. You will receive one or more PDF files.

What if I can't find the email with the Printable in it?
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For Microsoft Windows:

  1. Right click  on the ZIP folder
  2. Choose Extract All from the menu
  3. Choose a place to save the file
  4. Click Extract

For Google Chrome:

  1. After it finishes downloading
  2. Click on the download box at bottom left of the browser page 
  3. Click Extract All at the top of the page

For Mac Users:

  1. Double click on the ZIP folder
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Where do I print my download?
For BEST RESULTS, print the posters on the premium brochure and flyer paper from Office Depot. Using this paper gives the posters a vibrant look that really makes the colors pop! Or send the file to a print shop. But don't worry about that if you need these quickly! Just print on regular paper on the best quality setting on your printer.

Having Printing Issues?  

Many of our files are PDF’s are large units with a lot of graphics and photographs. Sometimes, it may look fine on your screen, but may not print out correctly. If you’re having trouble printing a PDF, please be sure that you're opening the PDF with the latest version of Adobe Acrobat Reader

After downloading and installing Adobe Acrobat Reader:

  1. Open the PDF
  2. Click Print
  3. Select Shrink oversized pages
  4. Click Advanced
  5. Check the box: Print As Image
  6. Click Print