The Pony Express

Social Studies/Math Activity

Your students may be intrigued by the story of the Pony Express. In this activity, students plot the route of the Pony Express, discover the kinds of terrain it crossed and calculate the number of legs needed to cover the distance of its total route.



  1. Distribute copies of The Pony Express and ask a volunteer to read it aloud. This should provide enough background on this unique system of communication for students to do the following math problems. However, some students may wish to look in additional sources for more information.

  2. Challenge students to calculate the following problems:

  3. The average miles a rider covered on one leg of the Pony Express was 10 to 15 miles). Have students share their calculations and answers with the class.


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