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Young scholars investigate the route of an early explorer that passed into the Oregon Territory. They research the reasons for the traveled route and especially looking at the topographical features that could affect the journey. Students also examine the current population patterns of the state and see if there is any correlations.
Young scholars participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson, students become characters from the early 1800's and make the journey west. They write journal entries, make decisions, and participate in projects during the 4 weeks needed for this lesson.
Learners study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history lesson, students study the altered environments of settlers and Native Americans, the conflicts between the groups, the reservation system, and the ethics of Manifest Destiny. As assessment, learners write position papers or create demonstrations to make a judgment on the past and demonstrate understanding of both pioneer and native perspectives.
Study pictures of the Tillamook Burn of 1933 to learn about the concept of cause and effect and the importance of Oregon's forest as a resource. Learners complete a Venn diagram to compare the cause and effect relationship. Then they write a short story using the Venn diagram.
Fifth graders identify the rivers in Oregon and study their importance to the state. In this Oregon rivers instructional activity, 5th graders journal their experiences in Oregon rivers. Students draw a map including two of Oregon's rivers and then work in groups to research the importance of one of the rivers to Oregon's history. Students present their research as a poster presentation to their class.
Students complete a unit of lessons to learn how products reach the market and study the history of the fur trade. In this history and trade lesson, students first learn about the technology that allowed products to reach market faster. Students then complete activities to learn about the history of the fur trade and its role in Westward expansion.
Middle schoolers research the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this Westward Expansion lesson, students watch the PBS video, "The Corps of Discovery." Middle schoolers then conduct further research on the topic and create PowerPoint presentations that feature their findings.
Students research the route of an early Oregon Territory Explorer. In this exploration activity, students speculate on the affect of the topography and forest of Oregon had on the explorer's routes and analyze how these early routes have influenced current settlement pattern across the state.