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- Albuquerque, NM
Oregon State History Teacher Resources
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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.
Pupils 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.
Students participate in a simulation of the Lewis and Clark Expedition. In this hands-on American history lesson plan, 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 plan.
Learners study the livelihoods and world views of Kalapuya Indians and Oregon settlers. In this Oregon history instructional activity, 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.
Fifth graders identify the rivers in Oregon and study their importance to the state. In this Oregon rivers lesson plan, 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.